Some Newtown Victims' Families Not Trying to Ban Assault Weapons - '60 Minutes' Sunday

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April 5th, 2013

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SOME NEWTOWN VICTIMS’ FAMILIES ARE NOT CALLING FOR A BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS – “60 Minutes” SUNDAY

Some of the families of the victims of the Newtown mass shooting are not calling for a ban of the type of weapon Adam Lanza used to murder their loved ones. In a 60 Minutes interview to be broadcast the night before they go to Washington to speak out for gun control, the families tell Scott Pelley they realize banning assault-type weapons is a complicated and politicized issue. The interview with the families will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, April 7 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Nelba Marquez-Greene lost her 6-year-old daughter Ana in the rampage that took the lives of 20 young children and six adults in the Sandy Hook Elementary School last Dec. 14. Early on, right after the massacre, she had a different feeling about guns. “At first… my heart was, ‘Let's have a big bonfire and burn everything. Let's burn all these damn guns,” remembers Marquez-Greene. “I have since learned that it's a more complex issue than just saying, ‘Let's ban assault weapons,” she tells Pelley. “We're looking for real change and common-sense solutions, not things that just sound good.”

Says her husband, Jimmy Greene, “When we talk ban and confiscate… it becomes a political argument. It's so much bigger than a political debate. It's so much bigger than Democrats versus Republicans, conservative versus liberals,” he says. “I believe, in my humble opinion, this all transcends that.” See more at http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50144286n.

The people Pelley speaks to in this story have said the big issues in gun control for them now are stiffening the background checks required to keep weapons away from the mentally ill and the limitation of magazine sizes to reduce the number of bullets that can be fired before reloading.

 
  • Scaper

    Sad.

  • Ultima

    @Scaper
    Sad.

    What’s sad? That some of the victims’ families don’t want to be used as props in an effort to pass feel good legislation that will do absolutely nothing to stop future mass shootings? Connecticut already had an “assault weapons” ban. What are they going to do, put the weapons on double secret probation?

    to keep weapons away from the mentally ill

    The Aurura, CO shooter’s psychiatrist told authorities a month beforehand that he was homicidal and dangerous and they did absolutely nothing except try and cover it up after the fact. That’s certainly sad.

    the limitation of magazine sizes to reduce the number of bullets that can be fired before reloading.

    True story – the lead legislator on the high capacity magazine ban in the House doesn’t even know the role a magazine and a clip play in the use of a firearm. She’s been working on this for years, doesn’t have a clue. It would take her all of five minutes to learn this stuff from someone who knew (e.g. any law enforcement officer), but nope. Now that’s sad!

  • Iggy

    Distasteful. (You, Ultima)

  • Ross

    @Ultima

    What’s sad? That some of the victims’ families don’t want to be used as props in an effort to pass feel good legislation that will do absolutely nothing to stop future mass shootings? Connecticut already had an “assault weapons” ban. What are they going to do, put the weapons on double secret probation?

    How dare you speak logically!

    Look no further than Chicago, one of the most prominent “gun-control” cities in America with atrocious levels of gun violence.

  • Key

    The assault weapons ban will never work. All you do is push these guns into the black market. Also, there are no background checks needed to by a black market gun.

  • Key

    buy a black market gun. Sorry.

  • Derrick

    People who are against gun control should never use Chicago as a selling point for why gun control doesnt work because it actually disproves your argument.

    Many of the gun control laws on the books in Chicago have never been followed because their constitutionality have been questioned. If Chicago was a state is gun violence per 100,000 would not even put it in the top 10 of states. Chicago gets so much media attention not because of the shire number of deaths but because of who is dying ( young children)

    there there is also the argument that Chicago is a gun control island, surrounded on all sides by areas that have less strict laws allowing for criminals to easily get those weapons from just outside the city and across the boarder into Indiana.

  • Lane

    @Ultima pretty sure sad just meant the whole situation of their KIDS DYING in SCHOOL. I think that’s what sad about this whole Newton massacre everyone wants to focus in on guns being banned instead nearly 25 kids died.

  • Ultima

    @Lane
    pretty sure sad just meant the whole situation of their KIDS DYING in SCHOOL

    Possibly, but I typically assume an extremely brief comment like that is directed at the headline itself.

    I think that’s what sad about this whole Newton massacre everyone wants to focus in on guns being banned instead nearly 25 kids died.

    Indeed, but as they say “never let a crisis go to waste.” Dead kids make a compelling prop. :(

  • TVMAN

    @Ross. People in Chicago arnt dying because of assault weapons. So this legislation has nothing to do with people dying I’m Chicago.

  • Ridgeback

    This is a sad state that the most powerful country in the world feels , that it is more important to up hold The Right To Bear Arms and allow there , mothers , fathers , daughters and sons be murdered from weapons . We are watching the demise of a Superpower

  • Rose Nelson

    I think people in general would have second thoughts about gun control and backround checks etc…if they listened to the parents of the 6 year old children that lost their lives in a place where we assume our children will be safe!! It was very heart breaking to listen too!!! It was on 60 Minutes tonight.As hard as it must be for them, I am glad that they are speakinfg out to get changes made…. We should try walking in their shoes and maybe we all should work together to make a difference..I am talking about the Newtown shooting on 12/14/12 where small children and other lives were lost…I don’t think anyone is underestimating the fact that all these children died!! Our country has changed and we need to make changes to keep people safe.It certainly isn’t anything like it was when the Amendements were written..

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