(Washington, D.C.) Gun control legislation is usually a pariah when it comes to politics in Washington.
Seldom do law makers want to touch it, and even the president has been criticized by many supporters for not being aggressive in seeking more con control legislation.
But the events of last Friday have forced the issue into the face of the nation.
Local 15 sought comment from three Alabama lawmakers in Washington... Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, and Congressman Jo Bonner.
"This is a terrible tragedy carried out by a very disturbed and troubled individual," said Senator Shelby. "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."
In regard to any possible gun legislation that might go before the senate, Shelby offered only this:
"We must examine any proposals very carefully."
And Senator Jeff Sessions said this:
"Our hearts break for the child victims of this atrocity, for the teachers who gave their lives protecting their students, and for the families now grieving. These murders are an anguishing reminder that evil lives among us and must be confronted at every turn."
In regard to possible legislation, said Sessions:
"Federal, state and local officials will need to analyze what can reasonably be done to help prevent such attacks in the future. May God bless the victims, their families and the children of this nation."
"The whole nation is heartsick over the loss of so many bright and promising young lives as well as the heroes who died trying to shield them from evil. As the people of Newtown, Connecticut grieve, Americans and Alabamians share in the pain of their sorrow. This is rightfully a time of mourning and a time to be supportive of the families who lost their precious loved ones.
And Congressman Jo Bonner offered this:
"Sadly, there is no way to legislatively end evil, and what that young man last Friday did was as evil as any crime could be. While, in due time, there most definitely should be a national discussion over what - if anything - can be done to prevent such a massacre from occurring again, the conversation must be comprehensive, including mental health issues, school safety, the rampant violence in the entertainment industry and a whole host of other topics. Nothing this important can be cured by a single, simple solution."