Virginia shooting sparks gun control debate

Virginia shooting sparks gun control debate

Virginia shooting sparks gun control debate

"Had there not been a member of House leadership present, there would have been no police present, and it would have become the largest act of political terrorism in years, if not ever", Rep. Tom Garrett of Virginia said, pointing to legislation he has introduced to make it easier for people to carry a gun in Washington.

So there was a moment, in the aftermath of Wednesday's rampage at an Alexandria, Va., baseball diamond, that champions of gun control imagined that that some of the GOP lawmakers targeted by the shooter might reconsider their reflexive opposition to any legislation to restrict the availability of firearms.

Before the facts were even known about Wednesday morning's 7 AM shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, gun control advocates were already calling for more stringent laws.

"It just politicizes something that shouldn't be politicized, at least not at that stage", said Philip Van Cleave with the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun-rights group.

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. "We worry about this every day for all our citizens", said McAuliffe.

For the Republican majority that incurred his rage, Hodgkinson's rampage and subsequent take-down only reinforced the NRA mantra that the only antidote for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

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Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, a gun-rights advocate, said the gun debate can wait.

"Evil is real, evil exists and it makes no sense that the good can not protect themselves against evil", said Loesch.

"Many gun control sceptics - and I agree with them - believe that restrictions would be futile", said UCLA professor and gun policy expert Eugene Volokh.

Chris Hurst, a former WDBJ-TV news anchor man who was the boyfriend of Parker, is now running for a House of Delegates seat as a Democrat in the 12th district against Republican Del.

"On a rare occasion I'd have my gun in the glove box or something, but it's going to be in my pocket from this day forward", he said.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R., S.C.) argued that tougher gun laws aren't the answer.

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The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party". Two Capitol Police officers, Special Agents Krystal Griner and David Bailey, at the practice on Mr Scalise's limited security detail were also injured - with one shot - but are in good condition. Most chose to proceed with caution, issuing public statements that avoided the gun control debate altogether. It has been described as a "rifle" and a "long gun" by witnesses, who said the shooter seemed to have fired 50 or 60 rounds. Gabby Giffords, who also was a victim of a mass shooter, told one reporter, "Let's focus on what happened today".

A group connected to the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre said the latest shooting showed that "more conversations are needed".

We don't even know yet whether these laws could conceivably have made any difference in preventing this attack.

"Violence has no place in America, our communities, or our politics". "All Americans, including our elected leaders, should live in an environment where they can pursue everyday activities without fear of being shot". But the ardent supporters of gun rights who came under fire this time were not about to change their views.

Stymied in Washington, gun control activists have taken their fight to state capitals, city halls and corporate boardrooms. They helped beat back such proposals in Congress repeatedly during Obama's presidency, but face a far steeper challenge in the Trump era.

I suspect that Bishop spoke the truth when he said that his proximity to the shooting had "changed everything".

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