Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy of New York, perhaps the foremost gun control advocate in Congress, says “the gloves are off” if the president doesn’t act. McCarthy spoke with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew before election day.
“I said, ‘Jack, I know the president is going through an election and I’m telling you after the election I’m coming out full force,’” McCarthy told POLITICO Friday. “I was just giving the White House a heads up that the gloves are off on my side and I was going to do everything I possibly could. … If that meant embarrassing everybody, that’s what I would do.”
Embarrassing the White House, McCarthy said, meant building a large-scale public campaign to ban assault weapons. She pledged to continue to work with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others to build support for her cause.
“I want to talk to the White House. I know that they can’t give me an answer tonight, but I want to know what they’re going to do. I need to know what they’re going to do.”
McCarthy became an activist after her husband was killed and her son critically injured in a shooting on the Long Island Railroad in 1993.