Sen. Mark Warner: Newtown is 'Game Changer' on Guns

Virginia senator said his three daughters asked him Friday what he was going to do about school shootings tragedy.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) wants to tighten gun laws, saying "enough is enough" in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings Friday that saw 20 young children and six adults killed.

“I‘ve been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights,” the Democrat from Alexandria said Monday outside the Virginia Capitol, where he was attending an unrelated meeting, The Washington Post reported Monday.

“I’ve got an A rating from the NRA. But the status quo isn’t acceptable. I’ve got three daughters," the Post reported. "They asked me on Friday evening, ‘Dad, what are you gonna do about this?’ There’s got to be a way to put reasonable restrictions, particularly as we look at assault weapons, as we look at these fast clips of ammunition.”

“I believe every American has Second Amendment rights, the ability to hunt is part of our culture," Warner said on Richmond's CBS affiliate, Channel 6. "I’ve had an NRA (National Rifle Association) rating of an 'A' but, you know, enough is enough." The NRA is headdquartered in Fairfax.

A Warner staffmember sent out a tweet Monday: SenWarner thinks #Newtown shooting "game changer" on guns

President Obama, who visited Newtown, Conn., the site of the shootings, also wants to tighten gun laws.

"It's a complex problem that will require a complex solution," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. Carney, The Wall Street Journal reported, said the president wants to engage the public, parents, law enforcement and mental-health professionals to find a solution. 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that she plans to introduce legislation to ban assault weapons at the start of the next Congress. 

Judy Cook, M.D. December 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM
The most powerful tribute we can leave to those innocent victims is to do as many other countries have successfully done and put in place and enforce meaningful gun control laws, especially regarding automatic weapons. We need to help more people understand that one of the reasons for laws in society is so that we can all live together peacefully and minimize the need for weapons, just as laws for driving decrease wrecks and deaths and allow us to move with more freedom rather than less. Education about, and consistent enforcement of, the laws is also necessary to make this happen. We also need to be more intelligent about mental health issues and make it the acceptable norm for people to reach for professional help when they are emotionally distressed, whether that is anger, sadness, grief, or any other number of emotional issues that can cloud our judgment and lead to tragic behaviors without help.
Chuck Stein December 20, 2012 at 02:31 AM
We currently have meaningful gun control laws regarding automatic weapons, which are already illegal.
Keith Best December 24, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Adam Lanza broke about 30 gun laws. The children in Israel were targets of fanatics. That is, until teachers with proper training armed themselves. No children have been killed since. And blaming guns in this is like blaming a fork and a spoon for making Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell fat. Think about that.


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