Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 | 1:19 p.m.
Nevada’s senators expressed shock and disbelief and offered prayers Friday after a gunman killed 26 people, including 18 children, at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
But they didn’t talk about whether the tragedy ought to prompt Congress revisit the issues of gun violence and the availability of firearms.
Several Democratic lawmakers from northeastern states took to Twitter and email to call for Congress to take up legislation to tighten controls over firearms. But leading Democrats did not respond.
“There is, I’m sure — will be, rather — a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I don’t think today is that day,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
A spokeswoman for Sen. Harry Reid said he agreed with Carney.
“I am in shock and disbelief at this horrible tragedy that took so many innocent lives today. As a father and grandfather, it is beyond my comprehension why anyone would want to hurt innocent children,” Reid said in his statement. “I join the millions of Americans whose thoughts and hearts are with those suffering because of this horrible crime in Connecticut.”
Sen. Dean Heller said he and his wife “would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the families affected by this senseless tragedy and to the entire Newtown community. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all those who are grieving in the wake of this truly horrific event. The entire nation stands with the community during this extremely difficult time.”
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