Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Insults Republicans by Invoking Gun Control After Shooting

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Insults Republicans by Invoking Gun Control After Shooting

"I'll tell you what: you can say what you want, but if they had guns-if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would have been a much, much different situation".

In contrast with the tough talk from the Newtown Action Alliance, the Brady Campaign's response to the shooting on Wednesday was muted.

Despite the day's carnage, there was no immediate indication that President Donald Trump or his fellow Republicans would shift from their position protecting gun ownership rights.

Malloy said, "It sounds like, from what I heard, the weapon that was used could not be acquired in the state of CT now".

Gun control activists spoke up in earnest.

McAuliffe then stated that "we lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence" before correcting the figure to 93 when a reporter pointed out the misstatement.

Following a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, in which a GOP congressional baseball team was targeted, the gun control debate is in full swing.

A shooting at a practice for a Congressional baseball game brought the gun control debate back to the forefront on the Gulf Coast; one member of the US House representing Sarasota County had only left the field minutes before the high-profile attack unfolded.

"There are too many guns in the street", McAuliffe said in a news conference Wednesday near the shooting location.

For those fighting for stricter gun laws, Wednesday was an uncomfortably familiar day.

"Many gun control sceptics - and I agree with them - believe that restrictions would be futile", said UCLA professor and gun policy expert Eugene Volokh. "We are about this every day for all of our citizens".

Ms Giffords said, however, the shooting is "an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy".

Spokesmen for the National Rifle Association (NRA), the powerful pro-gun rights lobbying group and a Republican Party ally, were not immediately available for comment.

"We have to do a better job", he stated.

"I am heartbroken for the pain of Congressman Scalise, the other victims, and their family, friends, and colleagues who survived".

The problem in America is not guns but the state of the political discourse, said Dave Kopel, a gun rights advocate and director of libertarian think tank the Independence Institute. "Background checks, shutting down gun show loopholes, that's not for today's discussion". In the face of it all, McBath said simply: "I have hope". Early reports say one of the wounded Capitol police officers finally shot and wounded the gunman, a remarkable feat of heroism.

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