The mother of a Colorado shooting victim blasted John McCain for his comments on gun control.
Caren Teves was the mother of a victim in the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting in July where James Holmes opened fire on the audience of a Batman film. Thursday, Teves said that Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) had given a shameful response to her question about gun control earlier in the day. John McCain apparently told her that she needed some “straight talk.”
According to the Huffington Post, Senator John McCain said:
“I can tell you right now you need some straight talk. That assault weapons ban will not pass the Congress of the United States.”
According to an interview with Talking Points Memo, Caren Teves said:
“I was very surprised that a senator, who has been in office for over 30 years, would address a grieving mother, who just lost her son exactly seven months prior — yesterday was the 20th, I lost my son on 7-20-2012 — to tell me that I needed ‘some straight talk.’ … It takes a lot for me to just get out of bed every morning. I mean, this is still so new and so fresh, that my son was murdered. And I just expected a little more respect from someone who’s been in office over 30 years, and his staff. Between that and the form letter that we received, it’s just, it’s appalling.”
John McCain seemed agreeable to discussing the merits of an assault weapons ban in the wake of the Aurora shooting. When said bill came to light after the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, however, McCain seemed to just turn right around and oppose it in response to the mother of a Colorado shooting victim.
How do you think Senator John McCain should have responded to the mother of a Colorado shooting victim?