It was the massacre that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Eementary School on Dec. 14, that has been the catalyst to prompt retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal and former U.S. Rep.Gabrielle Giffords to make their views known about curbing gun violence on Tuesday which is also the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that critically injured Giffords.
On a Tuesday morning appearance of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" McChrystal spoke out in favor of gun control restrictions.
"I spent a career carrying typically either a M16, and later a M4 carbine," McChrystal said on the show. "And a M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It's designed to do that. That's what our soldiers ought to carry."
McChrystal went on to say why he doesn't want those kind of weapons on the street.
"I personally don't think there's any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we've got to take a serious look -- I understand everybody's desire to have whatever they want -- but we have to protect our children and our police and we have to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that."
After being asked what he would say to the National Rifle Association and House Judiciary Committee, McChrystal didn't mince any words.
"I think we have to look at the situation in America. The number of people killed by firearms is extraordinary compared to other nations. I don't think we're a bloodthirsty culture, and we need to look at everything we can do to safeguard our people."
Giffords and her husband NASA astronaut, Mark Kelly launched a political action committee on Tuesday that is also aimed at curbing gun violence. Giffords was shot at point blank range at a Tucson political event by crazed shooter Jared Loughner who also killed six people when he opened fire with a pistol with a 30-round magazine that he emptied in just 40 seconds.
In an op-ed published in "USA Today" on Tuesday the couple said they want to, "raise funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby."
Giffords and Kelly wrote in their op-ed, "In response to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror in our communities, victimized tens of thousands of Americans, and left one of its own bleeding and near death in a Tucson parking lot, Congress has done something quite extraordinary – nothing at all."
Raising funds for more political awareness is the couple's goal so, "legislators will no longer have reason to fear the gun lobby."
"The children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and all victims of gun violence deserve fellow citizens and leaders who have the will to prevent gun violence in the future," they wrote in their op-ed.
Video - Watch former Gen. Stanley McChrystal talk about gun control on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" this morning.