Conservative activist Grover Norquist on Sunday accused President Obama and Democrats of politicizing the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. to push for gun control.

“We have got to calm down and not take tragedies like this, crimes like this, and use them for political purposes,” said Norquist, a prominent anti-tax activist and board member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), on ABC’s “This Week.”

“President Obama has been president for four years. If he thought that some gun control would solve this problem he should have been pushing it four years ago. He didn’t,” Norquist continued.

“Democrats had a majority in the House and a super majority in the House and the Senate for the first two years that they were in office. If they thought that this was really an important issue, they might have done something then. They didn’t. So what they’re now doing is politicizing a tragedy rather than trying to do something that might,” he added.