"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. "I have long advocated, this isn't what today is about, but there are too many guns on the street".
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.
McAuliffe's comments drew fire immediately from Katie Pavlich, a Fox News contributor.
"Never missing a chance to push his gun-control agenda, our illustrious leader, Governor McAuliffe, when interviewed about the shooting, predicted that the US will have no one left alive in only 31/2 more days due to gunfire".
Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday he was not the day to talk about gun control, then proceeded to talk about gun control hours after the shooting of Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise in Alexandria, Va.
Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, who helped apply a tourniquet on Scalise, wasted no time dismissing a question at the Capitol about whether his views on gun rights had changed. He was a known Bernie Sanders supporter, which added another twist to the incident.
Rep. Jeff Duncan told media after the shooting that he spoke to the soon-to-be shooter who asked him if the players on the baseball field were "Democrats or Republicans". Scalise remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.More news: Congressman, others wounded in shooting in Va.
For those who want to avoid talking about meaningful gun control, focusing on talking more politely to each other is the flawless dodge.
The gun-grabbers will blame the gun and call gun violence an epidemic, which it might be in some few areas - looking at you, Chicago - but is largely unknown in the vast majority of counties across the United States. Because the last time it was tried - the 2013 bill sponsored by Sen. Virginia allows carrying a loaded semi-automatic rifle equipped with a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition in certain public locations, but a permit is required. After the shooting of 20 first graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in December of 2012, CT approved a law imposing a number of new gun restrictions.
Cohen said part of the difficulty was that many Republicans in right-leaning districts are more afraid of conservative primary challengers than of Democrats in general elections.
"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.
One thing that people across the political divide seemed to agree on in the wake of the attack on Wednesday - that amid the prayers for the wounded, there was little prospect of any legislative change on gun rights stemming from this attack.
The atrocity at the Republican baseball practice should teach us that America will never become great again unless our administration, our Congress, and our citizens stop demonizing one another and start working together as a team.