Democratic Congresswoman: I Will ‘Embarrass’ Obama Into Stronger Gun Laws

House Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) told POLITICO Friday that if President Obama fails to act on gun control in the wake of the tragic shootings in Connecticut, she would have no problem “embarrassing everybody” in the administration into action.

McCarthy said before the election, she had spoken with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew about the issue and told him, “Jack, I know the president is going through an election and I’m telling you after the election I’m coming out full force.” According to McCarthy, after the Connecticut incident, “the gloves are off” and she plans to do “everything” she possibly can to strengthen our gun control laws.

McCarthy’s plans include a campaign to pressure the White House into instituting an assault weapons ban. She acknowledged that the president might have his hands full immediately after the tragedy, but made clear that she expects a swift plan of action: “I want to talk to the White House. I know that they can’t give me an answer tonight, but I want to know what they’re going to do. I need to know what they’re going to do.”

The death of her husband and son in a mass shooting in 1993 was the impetus for McCarthy to join Congress fifteen years ago.


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