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December 16th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

State of the Union Crib Sheet for December 16

Today, Candy reported from Newtown, Connecticut where she spoke to Governor Dan Malloy about trying to comfort a grieving community. Malloy reflected on the emotional experience of telling family members that they had lost loved ones. He also called for stricter gun laws. “These are assault weapons. You don't hunt deer with these things," he said.

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), whose husband was killed in a mass shooting on the Long Island Railroad in 1993, called on President Obama to issue an executive order to tighten up the gun laws in place.

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Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy

“Ultimately I had to break it to all of the folks who were assembled at the firehouse that their children or loved one in the case of the adults were not coming home. And that's an exercise that I will live with for the rest of my life. It's not something you're prepared for, and you go on.”

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy on gun laws

“In the absence of federal legislation, people use descriptive terms to try to get around the limitations that are built into our statutes here in Connecticut or might otherwise not happen if we had federal legislation on this issue. These are assault weapons. You don't hunt deer with these things. And I think that's the question that a lot of people are going to have to resolve their own minds.”

Connecticut  Governor Dan Malloy on the gunman

“We know he shot his way into the building, so he penetrated the building - he wasn't buzzed in. He penetrated the building by literally shooting an entrance into the building.”

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) on gun laws and the president

“I know that the president could be talking from the bully pulpit. Certainly we can hopefully work together on passing some legislation that has certainly been introduced every year. But what the president can do is an executive order to tighten up some of the laws that are still already out there.”

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) on arming officials at schools with guns

“We have more guns in this country than any other civilized nation. It has to be looked at holistically. We have to look at mental health, we have to look at those signs that led up to the other shootings and now we're seeing that people talking about this particular shooter also had signs. …It’s a combination of things that we can do on the social level, we can ask people, certainly children have been trained, especially high school kids, you know, if you see a classmate that is acting strange or teachers seeing someone that might be anti-social, to make sure that young person gets some help.”

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