He told reporters it was important not to make any hasty moves in the wake of the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo., on Friday in which 12 people were killed and 58 injured at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“What I do know is no matter what … idea comes forward in a crisis— it's always better when you study and shoot for a solution, than shoot for a political answer,” the Number Three ranking House Republican said.
Colorado lawmaker Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D) has called for a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban in the wake of the tragedy. But few expect there to be any tougher laws passed.
McCarthy said lawmakers must proceed with caution to address the matter, instead of responding with knee-jerk measures.
“And knowing what political nature we’re in right now and knowing we’re coming just after the weekend, I’d like to focus on the families first. But I’d like to have all the facts before we move legislation,” McCarthy said.
Several Republicans have echoed a similar message.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said on Monday that more stringent gun-control laws would not have prevented the shooting.
“I still believe that the Second Amendment is the right course to preserve and defend and don't believe that new laws are going to make a difference in this type of tragedy,” Romney said on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report.
The White House has also downplayed any calls for stricter gun control measures.
"The president's view is that we can take steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them under existing law," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Sunday in route to Aurora, Colo., to meet with victims' families. "And that's his focus right now."