Lieberman: Restore assault weapons ban, start ‘national commission on mass violence’

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Sunday called for a restoration of a federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, as well the launch of a national commission aimed at preventing instances of mass violence from happening again. 

"I think we ought to restore that assault weapons ban," Lieberman said on "Fox News Sunday," during a discussion about Friday's deadly shooting at a school in his home state, in which a gunman used as semiautomatic weapon to kill 20 children and six adults. 

Lieberman also called for the launch of a commission to better understand tragedies such as the one in Newtown, Conn., and prevent them from happening again.

"I think we need a national commission on mass violence" in order to ensure that anger and heartbreak are "not lost in legislative gridlock," he said.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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