Terry McAuliffe was quick to call for stricter gun laws after a 66-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter James T. Hodgkinson opened fire at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria with an M-4 assault rifle.
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".
"We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence - I mean I've long talked about this, about background checks and shutting down gunshow loopholes". In fact, they've nearly become normalized in our society.
Frum describes himself as a conservative Republican who supported former President Ronald Reagan.
When asked if he believed it was a good time to talk gun control politics, he replied, "No, because we don't know the facts".
"In general the only person who is going to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun", said Healy. "Senseless gun violence should have no place in our attractive city or anywhere in our country", said California Democrat Jackie Speier.
Thus far, however, the reaction from each party has stuck to the status quo with Democrats calling for gun control reforms and Republicans pushing back.
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"I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens", McAuliffe said at a press conference. "I have long advocated - and this is not what today is about - but there are too many guns on the street", McAuliffe said at a media briefing with law enforcement not far from Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood.
And it took just a little more than an hour after news of the shooting broke for one political commentator to begin politicizing the brazen attack.
"It is frustrating. These kinds of tragedies happen every single day", said McBath.
A reporter responded, "If it's not for today then why are you bringing it up?" They get angry as well.
"Republicans have proven impervious to mass shootings and I don't think you'll see any reforms now", said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and gun policy expert. Let's go with the most commonly accepted definition, from the Congressional Research Service: a shooting in which a gunman kills four or more people indiscriminately in a public place.
He noted the shooter had a criminal record and was from IL, which already has strict gun laws, "yet he was still able to access a firearm somehow". Those supporting the deregulation bill have dismissed current restrictions as unnecessary and costly, while gun control advocates have argued that lifting restrictions on silencers could lead to more gun violence. "The investigation is going on".
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