L.I. Rep. To Introduce Gun Legislation In House

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Long Island Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, one of the strongest gun-control advocates on Capitol Hill, said she has been offered federal protection in the aftermath of Saturday’s shooting that left Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life.

McCarthy said the FBI and Capitol Police asked her if she wanted body guards in light of shootings. The congresswoman said her first instinct was to reject it, but said she would consider the matter at a meeting in Washington this week.

“We were offered security. I turned it down. Someone on my staff kindly called the commission [and] said ‘she’s crazy, give her protection,'” she told reporters including 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

1010 WINS Reporter Mona Rivera with comment from Rep. McCarthy on increased protection

McCarthy also criticized two members of the House — Rep. Heath Shuler (D-North Carolina) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) — for announcing they would carry their own guns when visiting their home districts.

“It’s a shame that a member of Congress or any public official or any federal judge or any judge feels the need to carry a gun,” McCarthy said.

A gunman on the Long Island Rail Road killed her husband and injured her son in 1993.

She plans to introduce legislation making high capacity gun clips, like the one allegedly used by the Tucson shooting suspect, illegal.

Jared Loughner, 22, was in court Monday, and is being held without bail. He is accused of killing six people — including New Jersey native Phyllis Schneck and the granddaughter of former Yankees and Mets manager Dallas Green. Fourteen others were also injured.

McCarthy will introduce the bill when the House returns to session.

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  • Jon

    I am moving the hell out of NY!! this place is like Nazi Germany. It is only a matter of time before they completely take everything that our country was founded on in the name of “National Security” as Benjamin Franklin said, ” those who give up their liberty for security deserve neither!!!!!”

    …. I guess we will have to colonize Mars so that we have some where to go so we can live with dignity and actual RIGHTS!!!!!!!

  • sumpa

    bad guns for what the guns good do? why yes? bad violence taking arizona but child did not!!! bullets guns know tried back but never for stopping !!!!!

  • DanTe

    Notice how quickly the libturds at CBS pulled this article from the featured section? Especially when nobody agrees with their stupidity and their own staff have to write a lone comment in support?

  • http://va22033.wordpress.com va22033

    Remember back when you could kill someone and not worry about doing any time or even really being castigated by the American public. For example, I give you the leader of the left for years, the lion of the Senate, the murder, Senator Teddy “Good Bye Mary Jo” Kennedy. I heard it was reported that his last words to her were, “MJ gotta go – hope you can swim.”

    Ahhh, don’t you miss the good old days….

  • aldous huxley

    I DESPISE McCarthy for using this tragedy to further her own personal agenda. It is beyond tasteless. Make no mistake – this is personal to her – this is not about representing the people who put her in office !!!!!

    The 2nd Amendment has been a thorn in the side of the government for many many years.

    I had always hoped that I would never live to see the day when the government would be confiscating guns from law abiding citizens. I am afraid that I will see that day.

    When that day comes, our precious US Constitution will be nothing more than an antiquated piece of paper.

    One final thought – what is one of the first things that Communist regimes have done when coming to power – confiscate the guns. Disarm the public.

    Welcome to tyranny.

  • slap

    How does a law protect you as you’re being violated. Hold on bad man and let me pull out my Schumer file of laws. See, right here… there is a law saying stop – I’m sensative.

  • amazed

    Why is it that some countries (for example australia,england) don’t allow people to carry guns and their gun crime rate is absolutely negligible when compared to ours ? They have safe and responsible communities. They both also have universal health cover for citizens. Is there somethng in people’s psyche that makes us think that by having guns everywhere we are safer ?

    • Nick

      So “Amazed”, go live in that nirvana.

      Always fantasizing the “ideal” that don’t exist to prove your so called point. I’ve been in London. You should try it before opening your hole, as you are want to. And I mean the other hole.

    • slap

      llsten lib, stop challenging my rights and start making something of yourself. Too many LIBS love to trash Americans who work hard and deserve constitutional protections. Stop telling me how I should live my life. Remember this is a nut. Stop spinning this story and start praying the those who actually had their lives impacted. Morons!

    • a

      I’d do a little research before making a comment on UK and AU crime rate.

  • Mike from Long Island

    I agree… Her husband is dead because no law abiding citizen on that train could defend them selves or others against that nut case. It took the killing of those poor souls to allow cops to ride for free!

    I completely agree with regulating how a gun is obtained which should happen through a proper background investigation but honestly to completely remove the option of someone being able to defend themselves is no better and will only fuel these type of shootings.

    Idiot (Long Island Rep. Carolyn McCarthy) – Criminals dont follow the rules thats why they are criminals!!!!! And why your husband is dead… I guarantee if any law abiding, gun carrying, trained citizen that day was packing – your husband most likely would be alive.

    And if she had any knowledge of gun laws/regulations high capacity mags are already illegal – or does she also mean to include law enforcement?

  • c smith

    gun laws only work for law abiding citizens, never the criminals. you can make all the laws their are. This is like the politicians that said to a store owner that was robbed–they told him we will propose a law where you cannot open for 24 hours, problem solved

  • Nick

    Yes let’s make illegal guns illegal. Sounds stupid? Than welcome to Libturd World.

    Carolyn McCarthy won’t be satisfied until everyone is defenseless like her husband and son. Waiting to be attacked. Because criminals will always get illegal guns. What do they care if it’s illegal, what are you going to do? Put them in jail?

    Lib T ARDS.

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