Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), a gun control advocate whose husband, Dennis McCarthy, was killed and son, Kevin McCarthy, was severely injured in a 1993 mass shooting, told Politico on Friday she plans to pressure President Obama on legislation should he fail to act -- even if that "meant embarassing everybody":
McCarthy (D-N.Y.), the foremost gun control advocate in Congress, said she spoke with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew before Election Day and told him she will exert pressure on the White House to push for gun control legislation.
“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.”
Earlier on Friday a tearful Obama said that "we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."