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Carolyn McCarthy On Gun Control Efforts: Politicians 'Don't Have A Spine Anymore' (VIDEO)

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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) blasted the political arena on Sunday for its inaction on gun control.

“A lot of politicians know it’s the right thing to try to fight for something to save lives,” said McCarthy in an appearance on NBC's Meet The Press. “They don’t have a spine anymore. They pander to who’s giving them money.”

McCarthy's convictions on guns stem from personal tragedy. Her husband was killed in a 1993 mass shooting at a Long Island Railroad station. When word broke of the Colorado shootings on Friday morning, her experience was revived.

"It just brings you back to a place most victims don't want to go to," McCarthy said. "But incidents like this and knowing what the families are going to be going through, not only today and tomorrow but the weeks down the road."

Other politicians have joined McCarthy in calling for more action toward tightening firearms restrictions. In the wake of the Aurora, Colo. tragedy, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J) is prepared to renew efforts toward a bill that would limit the availability of high-capacity gun magazines.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) also targeted the 2012 presidential campaign on Sunday, criticizing Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's views on gun control.

"The president has spent the last three years trying to avoid the issue, or if he's facing it, I don't know of anybody who has seen him face it," Bloomberg said on CBS' Face The Nation.

Bloomberg added that Romney has "apparently changed his views," pointing back to his time as Massachusetts governor where a ban on assault weapons went into effect.

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