No sign of new gun control push in US Congress after shootings
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 8:23
Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday morning's shooting of five people, including U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, during a baseball practice in Alexandria again illustrates the need for gun control measures. "I have long advocated - today is not what this is about - but that we have too many guns on the street", he said.
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. McAuliffe said 93 million people are a victim of gun violence a day.
Democratic Representative Tim Ryan, who described himself as a strong supporter of gun rights, told reporters that "does not mean we should not have universal background checks" to gauge gun buyers' mental health and to check on whether they are on terrorism watch lists. "That's not for today's discussion". "On a rare occasion I'd have my gun in a glove box but it's going to be in my pocket from this day forward". "This is a very serious issue". You know, we just buried one of our great state troopers, a special agent with a wife and three children.
The governor was referring to the funeral he recently attended for slain State Police special agent Michael Timothy Walter, who was shot at a public housing complex May 26. "We've got to stop the violence", said Bernie Sanders.
McAuliffe, 60, is the 72nd governor of Virginia. "Senseless gun violence should have no place in our attractive city or anywhere in our country", said California Democrat Jackie Speier. It's all about gun control.
Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is a Political Action Committee (PAC), organized for the objective of raising and spending money to elect pro-LGBTQ candidates at the federal and local level who support sensible gun reforms. A broader context of deep-seated partisanship and the spectre of political violence - including Kathy Griffin's controversial recent Trump beheadin - appeared to play into reactions to the shooting.
"I can't answer about today", McAuliffe said.