New York Times Calls for Congressional Action on Gun Control

By Susan Jones | January 11, 2011 | 6:42 AM EST

The Glock 9 mm's 33-round magazine.

( - A day after opining that "it is legitimate to hold Republicans...responsible" for the anger that has produced violent threats against politicians, the New York Times on Tuesday sounded a call for gun control.

"The ludicrously thin membrane that now passes for gun control in this country almost certainly made the Tucson tragedy worse," said the newspaper editorial. "Members of Congress are legitimately concerned about their own safety now, but they should be no less worried about the effect of their inaction on the safety of all Americans."

The editorial urges lawmakers to "stand up to the National Rifle Association and its allies," which "have made the country a far more dangerous place."

The newspaper specifically urges Congress to take up a bill proposed by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), that would ban "the extended ammunition clip used by the Arizona shooter." (The Times, in referring to the gun's magazine, repeatedly uses the wrong term. An ammunition "clip" is not the same thing as a gun's magazine.)

The editorial criticizes two member of Congress who say they now plan to start carrying guns for their personal protection. "If lawmakers want to enhance their safety, and that of their constituents, they should recognize that the true public menace is the well-dressed gun lobbyist hanging out just outside their chamber door," the newspaper concludes.