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

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

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

“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.”

The NRA is headdquartered in Fairfax.

“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. "...  Enough is enough." 

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" she plans to introduce legislation to ban assault weapons at the start of the next Congress. 

Carol Lewis December 18, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Thank you, Sen Warner. Now please put your beliefs into action and do something!
Joe Brenchick December 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM
And just what magical law could have prevented the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut? The automatic knee jerk reaction many have is to blame and ban the instrument without ever addressing the individual. I understand that politicians feel that they have to “do something” in order to show their constituents that they took some sort of action. Sadly however, it will likely only amount to yet another law added to the long list of laws that Adam Lanza had broken that day.
Leslie Perales Loges (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM
This is a comment in two parts from reader Ann Csonka: No "magical law" to prevent. However, this tragedy may help focus national attention on an ASSEMBLAGE of problems we ignore or do not know how to handle. These include: 1. GUN LIMITS. It is rational to restore the "assault weapons ban" & limit availability of high-capacity magazines. Ordinary citizens don't need military & law enforcement weaponry. Yes, criminals will get them, but troubled teens and adults will have less access to unnecessary weapons in homes. 2. GUN AFFIRMATION. #1 does not infringe on the interpretation of 2nd Amendment rights for individuals to own guns for personal pursuits such as marksmanship, hunting, or protection. AFFIRM these pursuits. ...... ctd. ......
Leslie Perales Loges (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 10:02 PM
This is a continued comment from reader Ann Csonka: 3. SPAN CULTURAL DIVIDES. City folks need to recognize that rural cultures often include guns and that is okay. In Herndon, we have a 5-minute police response time. Someone isolated 50 miles away in the country may wait a long time for a Sheriff to respond. Also, many urban/suburban folks are imbued with "Bambi syndrome" even with our dangerous overpopulation of deer. People in rural environments, on homesteads or survivalists need guns for practical purposes such as hunting for food. (Individuals in groups may vary widely) 4. TOLERANCE. When people differ in beliefs/experiences/perspectives, all must engage brains and open hearts--NOT invoke judgmental dogma. For example: > gun owners are not automatically blood-thirsty crude killers > gun control supporters are not all stupid liberal wussies [Note: This comment and the previous part of this comment are NOT comments by Leslie Perales. They are from reader Ann Csonka.]
Carol Lewis December 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM
There is no harm in trying, Joe. Not allowing the sale of assault weapons to private citizens, and enforcing existing background check regulations would be a start.

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