The gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, used a high-powered riffle and had an arsenal of hundreds of rounds of especially deadly ammunition, reports have stated. He killed himself about 10 minutes after starting the attack.
Democrats have called for reinstating the assault weapons ban among other gun-control measures when Congress returns next year.
“We can’t just say people are violent and turn away,” Lieberman said. “We have the power to do something about this. … We can save a lot more than one child if we work together on this.”
Blumenthal had to pause a moment, almost overtaken by emotion, when he recounted going to the Newtown firehouse last Friday, where parents found out whether their children were among those killed.
“I will live forever with the sights and sounds of those parents as they emerged from the firehouse,” Blumenthal said. “Newtown is a call for national reflection. … It’s also a call for action.”