DC Mayor: 'Our Country Is Drowning in a Sea of Guns’

By Penny Starr | September 23, 2013 | 4:30 PM EDT

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – At Sunday’s memorial for the victims of the Navy Yard shooting rampage, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray blamed the tragedy on too many guns in this country.

While praising the first responders to the attack Gray said, “We’re reviewing their response to learn as many lessons as we can from this event. But there’s one lesson that’s already abundantly clear. Our country is drowning in a sea of guns.”

According the District of Columbia’s 2012 Annual Report (page 25), the homicide rate in the nation's capital has dropped by 53 percent between 2008 and 2012.

Gray went on to compare the D.C. shooting with other shooting massacres but failed to mention the 2009 shooting death of 13 people at Ft. Hood, the other attack on a military installation staged by a government-credentialed employee who fired at unarmed co-workers.

“The Navy Yard, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, the streets of our cities – why is it that every time we seem to let ourselves become inured to the horrific violence that these places represent?” Gray said. “And these tragic occurrences never seem to move us any closer to ensuring guns don’t get into the hands of criminals or mentally unstable people.

“I don’t know the answer, but I do know this: This time it happened within the view of our Capitol dome, and I, for one, will not be silent about the fact the time has come for action,” Gray said.