ATLANTA - Recalling his walk through the bloody halls of Sandy Hook Elementary School, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the nation is ready for comprehensive gun-control legislation.
ATLANTA — Recalling his walk through the bloody halls of Sandy Hook Elementary School, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the nation is ready for comprehensive gun-control legislation.
“I think the American people have a feeling, and I hear it as I go across the country, that enough is enough,” Holder said in an interview.
He said his visit to the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, where 20 students and six staff members were shot and killed on Dec. 14, marked his worst day as attorney general. He retraced his steps through the school, talking to the first-responders, seeing caked pools of blood in classrooms and viewing crime-scene photos of “these little angels, these babies.”
Holder cited the Sandy Hook shootings and the recent shooting of a 14-year-old student at Price Middle School in Atlanta as incidents that should spur support for President Barack Obama’s gun-control legislation.
“If not now, when?” he asked. “If the conscience of this nation is not moved by what we all saw and know about in Newtown (and) what has repeatedly happened in other places and other venues such as the recent shooting here in Atlanta, if not now, when?”
Holder said he was “pretty optimistic” Congress will enact comprehensive legislation. He cited strong support by law enforcement for universal background checks and a ban on armor-piercing bullets.