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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) on Sunday lamented the lack of support she gets in Congress for her outspoken advocacy in favor of stricter gun safety laws.

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

Conservative columnist George Will said Sunday that the Aurora, Colo. shootings have little to do with the nation's gun laws, describing it as the product of an isolated, deranged individual.

"That's what the problem is -- an individual's twisted mind," he said on ABC's "This Week" roundable. "There is a human itch in the modern age to commit sociology as soon as this happens and to piggy-back various political agendas on a tragedy. And I just think we ought to resist that. ... There are dereanged people in the world."

Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, also appearing on the roundtable, similarly argued that the tragedy didn't have much to do with gun laws. She said the more relevant issue is mental health.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), whose district covers Aurora, told CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday that he supports reinstating the 1994-2004 federal assault weapons ban in the wake of deadly shootings in the city.

"I think this is really a congressional issue that has to be dealt with," he said. "You know, should we rinstate the assault weapons ban? I think we should. And I think that's where it starts."

The NCAA will on Monday announce "corrective and punitive measures" against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to a statement.

ESPN reports that "the penalties will be significant," while a source tells CBS News they'll be "unprecedented."

Appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), called the Aurora shooter a "terrorist" -- in the apolitical sense of the word.

"I think the political will come. But at this point, you know, in a funny way, this guy is a terrorist," he said. “He wasn’t a terrorist in the sense of politics but for whatever twisted reasons that we can barely even imagine, he wanted to create terror. He wanted to put fear in people's lives."


Asked Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" whether there's an appetite to look at gun laws in the wake of the Aurora shootings, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper demurred.

"Well, I'm not sure there's any way in a free society to be able to do that kind of -- he was buying things in different places," he said. "Certainly we can -- I'm sure we will try -- to create some checks and balances on these things. But I mean this is a case of evil -- somebody who was an aberration of nature. If it wasn't one weapon it would have been another. I mean, he was diabolical."

He added: "We are certainly looking at that and trying to say ... how do we preserve our freedoms and all those things that define this country and yet try to prevent something like this from happening. Let me tell you, there's no easy answer. There isn't."

President Obama will travel to Aurora, Colo. on Sunday afternoon to visit families of victims of the recent shootings and local officials, the White House announced Saturday night.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) was at a loss for words when asked Sunday about what might have motivated the shooter who killed a dozen people and wounded many more in the Aurora, Colo. killings. 

"I am speechless," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Obviously this is a deeply troubled, twisted, delusional person. And I can't for the life of me, I don't -- I can't conceive of a motive."

He added: "I spent yesterday -- most of yesterday -- going from hospital to hospital and talking to families and, in some cases, talking to the wounded. It was amazing how buoyant the spirits were in many of these rooms, even with people who had suffered grievous wounds."

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said Sunday that investigations are continuing in the wake of the horrific shooting in Aurora that left 12 dead and 58 injured, according to CNN.

"The investigation continues now that we've had access to the apartment of the suspect," he said on CNN's "State of the Union. "They've got a lot more information and they're going to continue to put together the case."

"I think they are learning more moment by moment," he continued, adding that he's been asked not to talk about the information law enforcement has gained.