Gun debate under Trump tested by congressman's shooting

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In the aftermath of the an attempted mass assassination of GOP congressmen on a baseball field Wednesday morning in Virginia, Capitol Hill buzzed with calls for unity and bipartisan prayers for wounded Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.

As for the calls from Republicans to empower more people to carry weapons, Watts said, "if more guns and fewer laws was the best solution, we would be the safest country in the world".

"The majority of House and Senate Republicans were not courageous enough to reject the corporate gun lobby's money and rhetoric and they have helped the gun industry sell more guns that are seeping into more public spaces throughout the nation", said Murray on Wednesday. As Republican lawmakers grow more uniformly conservative and centered outside urban areas, few prominent voices in the party are willing to support gun control measures.

However, now that some of their own have been targeted, the question arises whether Republicans will change their tune and be more open to gun control reforms.

Mr. McAuliffe cited background checks and "shutting down gun show loopholes" as needed steps to prevent further attacks, but reiterated that was a discussion for another day. New York Rep. Chris Collins lurched in the other direction, telling Buffalo's WKBW he would, going forward, "be carrying (a licensed firearm) when I'm out and about".

"Until we get to a point where that is unacceptable, I don't see it changing anytime soon", Verma said.

"This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy", said former Rep.

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"There shouldn't be one standard for members of Congress and another for citizens who otherwise have the same right to self-defense", he said.

First, it's unclear if the suspect - 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of IL whom President Trump said has died from his injuries - obtained or was carrying the gun legally. Mika was reportedly in critical condition. Gun violence is a cultural problem in the United States.

Members of Congress like Loudermilk and Collins can't think of any other solution except gun escalation, because to do anything other than escalate would mean admitting that they've been wrong about the role of guns in society for years (that role being that owning any and all guns conceived of by humankind, no matter how technologically complex, deadly and created to kill as many people as efficiently as possible, is an inalienable right foreseen by short-life-span having men in 1791).

On the morning of December 14, 2012, when a gunman opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut, I was in eastern Pennsylvania, reporting on child poverty for the Times.

"Efforts to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans will only punish those who play by the rules and will be ignored by criminals who break the law", Scalise said in a news release. Last year, a young ISIS sympathizer planned a shooting at one of the largest churches in Detroit.

"While the details are still unfolding, it is clear that another tragedy has occurred in our nation", Dan Gross, the Brady Campaign president, said in the statement.

The governor says it's a serious issue he talks about every day. It's unclear where Hodgkinson, who had been living in Alexandria, Va., recently, bought the gun.

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