Friday's shooting tragedy at a Connecticut school has ignited debate on the issue of gun control.
Twenty-seven people, including 20 children, were killed when a gunman opened fire inside a kindergarten class at Sandy Hook Elementary.
The shooter has been identified as Adam Lanza, 20, the son of one of the victims, according to police.
Some, like White House press secretary Jay Carney, said Friday "was not the day" to discuss gun control. Others disagree.
Assemb. Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, a strong advocate for stricter gun control legislation said elected officials must put public safety before the interests of the strongest gun lobbyists.
“I am appalled once again. Little children gunned down in the safest of places, their elementary school classroom. In a world gone seemingly mad, I have always had to defend my stance in government for stricter gun laws and regulations," said Schimel in a press release. "I urge people to call the White House and their State Houses — and scream out — our children, our children."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said society must unify and once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans, according to a press release Friday.
"While we don’t have all the facts and our focus must be on the victims, this is yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns," Cuomo said. "Let this terrible tragedy finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action and I pledge my full support in that effort."
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