Shaheen: 'We Need to Get Assault Weapons Off Our Streets'
The U.S. Senator from New Hampshire says a "comprehensive approach" must be taken to end "the culture of violence."
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, issued a statement Monday in the wake of last week's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it's time to get assault weapons off the streets.
"After a heartbroken weekend where the nation grieved with the families of Newtown, it's time for elected leaders to come together and determine what we can do to help end the culture of violence that is leading to these tragedies," Shaheen said. "We need a comprehensive approach that includes improving access to mental health services, better enforcement of our current laws, and we need to get deadly assault weapons off our streets."
Gov.-Elect Maggie Hassan issued a similar statement on Monday, saying "we owe it to those we've lost to come together and determine what can be done to make our communities safer and better, including improving our mental health system and addressing the proliferation of deadly assault weapons."