New York Democratic Sentaor Chuck Schumer Says "No Amendment Is Absolute" On CBS's "Face The Nation" Sunday, December 16

Sen. Chuck Schumer Says ‘No Amendment Is Absolute’ As Pro-Gun Senators Avoid Media

Chuck Schumer, Democratic Senator for New York and co-author of the original 1994 assault weapons ban bill, appeared on CBS’s Face The Nation on Sunday.

Addressing the gun law debate currently raging in the wake of Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Schumer said Democrats and Republicans both needed to vision a “a new paradigm.”

His message to the right? They must concede “that no amendment is absolute.”

And for the left? They should “admit that there is Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

Enshrined in the US constitution, the right to bear arms is something millions of Americans hold as sacrosant. But it seems 27 deaths — 20 of them young children — could make the notion of absolutes, abhorrrent.

On the day that President Obama attended an interfaith vigil in Newtown and told a grieving community “we can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end, and to end them we must change,” Schumer echoed aspects of that call.

President Obama Speaking At An Interfaith Vigil For The Victims Of The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings On Sunday In Newtown, Connecticut