Gun debate under Trump tested by congressman's shooting

Gun debate under Trump tested by congressman's shooting

Gun debate under Trump tested by congressman's shooting

U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, a Republican from Rochester, may have fueled that delusion, however inadvertently, when he told a WWJ Newsradio 950 interviewer that the terrifying moments he and two of his MI colleagues spent in the gunman's line of fire had "changed everything as I know it forever".

Early this morning, a gunman opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball team practicing in Alexandria, Virginia, wounding four people: House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who is reportedly in stable condition and undergoing surgery; a staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams; and two Capitol police officers. U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, said while there's been noxious commentary from all levels of government and media, it's up to the nation's leaders to set an example. "When 20 children from Sandy Hook wasn't a tipping point for this country, what is a shooting on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia on a number of congressmen going to translate into?" Rand Paul of Kentucky, who was there when the shooting happened.

"You had no way to defend yourself", he added. But online, a discussion about gun control was quickly building across America.

This is a striking departure from recent political history, when clashes over gun rights often fell along regional rather than partisan lines. Throwing more taxpayer money at security is the Republican way of telling the American people that they are never going to fix the real problem and that the possibility of getting gunned down is just a fact of life in the United States of America.

Measures to block people on the federal terrorism watch list from buying weapons and to close background-check loopholes failed in the Senate.

The headquarters of the National Rifle Association is also located in nearby Fairfax County.

Trump, who has offered strong support for the NRA, appeared at the group's convention in April and told members: "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end". Pro-gun voters lean heavily toward the Republican Party. So it will pop the bubble wrap in extremists' minds to hear that in not allowing restrictions on firearms, they've been genuflecting to a myth.

Writing and reporting about gun control inevitably makes you cynical about the political process.

A group connected to the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre said the latest shooting showed that "more conversations are needed". Congress has not been much help.

To purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer in Virginia, citizens are required by law to fill out state and federal forms before the dealer runs a quick background check. They only know how to try to take more and more weaponry away from law abiding citizens.

So instead of admitting that maybe they're wrong and that we could benefit from fewer people having access to way fewer guns in this country, they dig in and say the only way to be safe is to have more guns at all times.

If there was one hopeful development following Wednesday's shooting at a congressional baseball practice, it's that people were talking about the need for our society to do something about such acts of violence.

"Evil is real, evil exists and it makes no sense that the good can not protect themselves against evil", said Loesch.

One way to interpret the white paper is as a message to the new administration from an agency that for many years has seen its authority restricted by NRA-backed Republican lawmakers.

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., told a Buffalo television station that he will now carry his gun everywhere in light of the shooting. Brooks later said he ran to the first-base side and hid behind a batting cage as gunfire erupted, and he saw Scalise crawling out of the outfield leaving a trail of blood.

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