Reno Calls Stricter Gun Control Legislation

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

( - In the wake of multiple shootings in Honolulu and Seattle this week, Attorney General Janet Reno in Washington Thursday called again for Congress to pass legislation to keep guns away from people who shouldn't have them.

Reno expressed hope that "in the time remaining in this year that Congress will address this issue, because I think all America now has seen what guns do and how easy access to guns produces such tragedies." She also said at a news conference that federal officials "want to be careful because we don't know exactly how people came to acquire the guns, and we want to be objective in the way we pursue it."

"It is time for us to come together and let's get the job done," Reno said. "Let's make sure we have legislation that keeps guns out of the hands of the people who don't belong to have them, and that we join together with state and local officials throughout the country to make sure that those who illegally use guns are held accountable."

When asked if she had ordered any type of review for the recent shootings, Reno responded, "We have reviewed each but the FBI has been involved in a review of school violence situations and we're trying to take a look at them and see just what can be done to prevent it."

Talk of gun control legislation emerged on the House floor Thursday.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), said the House Republican leadership has "ignored American families, and families overwhelmingly support common sense gun safety. Laws that keep firearms out of the hands of kids and of criminals. The Republican leadership has allowed the special interests to write our gun laws. Common sense should be applied when it comes to the safety of our schools, of our neighborhoods, of office buildings and places of worship."

DeLauro went on to say, "this Congress should not adjourn without closing the loopholes to let guns fall into the wrong hands. No more deadbeat leadership, it is time for responsible action."

However, Rep, Jack Metcalf (R-WA) called on his colleagues to remember the wording of the 2nd Amendment.

Metcalf also called on his colleagues, "to go back to the founding of our nation. Why were the British soldiers marching toward Lexington and Concord in the darkness of April18th, 1775, because they heard correctly that the colonists were stockpiling guns and ammunition. The colonists had been trying to work out their problems with the King. But when the British moved to take away their guns, they went to war.

"And when the Amendments were added to the Constitution" Metcalf said, "First Amendment, of course, a priority, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. But what's the 2nd Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Let's remember that."