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 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. 

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Paul December 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM
It's not a game. There are people who think it is a game, and who react to any tragedy as a chance to make a new play, but it isn't a game. We had a ban on high capacity magazines for ten years. All it did was make them slightly more expensive. Even if a real ban were instituted, a magazine is a box with a spring. Anyone can fold some sheet metal and make one. A semi automatic rifle is a rifle that fires a bullet each time you pull the trigger, without the user having to chamber another bullet. An "assault weapon" is a semi autistic rifle with cosmetic features. You can take off the wooden trim and add military styled black plastic trim and change a traditional hunting rifle into an assault weapon, without changing anything about how the gun works. This lunatic killed his mother in order to obtain the weapons he used, a law prohibiting large magazines or guns that look scary would not have stopped him at all. Let's look at real problems and real solutions, instead of playing the same political games we always do. This is not a game.
Paul December 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Senator Feinstein has introduced, or tried to introduce legislation restricting guns on whatever manner she thought might get traction every year for as long as I have been following politics. I find it disgusting that she steps up to the microphone so eagerly to capitalize on this tragedy. She has learned, over the years. She has figured out that it looks bad to wave her proposed legislation in front of the cameras while the initial reports are coming in, but she is still playing the same game, making the same move, instead of taking the problem seriously.
GM December 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Kudos to Sen. Warner and his daughters! Not wanting to curb guns and ammunition of one kind just because it won't solve the problem is like saying I will not rake my yard because my neighbour's leaves can still land up in my yard. Change is incremental, and here is a chance to show the world that Americans can curb their "need to defend" if it means supporting someone else's "need to live". I don't think banning assault weapons implies not trying to solve the mental health challenges in this country.
joe brewer December 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Maybe his kids should be in office since they already asked the questions he should have.
Jim December 19, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Well said Joe Brewer!
JTS53 December 19, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Samuel L Jackson said this today about the Sandy Hook shooting: “I don’t think it’s about more gun control. I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life.” Exactly! It's a values issue not a weapons issue! Chicago has among the strongest gun control laws in the country and, oh by the way, also has among the most juvenile murders in the country (odd that Obama and Emanuel don't discuss that so much) -- and you want to persuade me that gun control is effective? Hideous hypocrisy!
t_joseph December 21, 2012 at 03:14 PM
lots of criticism but i don't read any proposed solutions i'm not for or against gun control - i have no strong opinion at this time what i would like to know is what exactly those against gun control propose that would reduce the likelihood of these events? i know what those for gun control propose. and its effects are debatable. but what i'm still foggy on is what do those against gun control actually advocate as a legitimate solution? if they are making proposals, they seem to be getting drowned out by those against gun control who cite the 2nd amendment but make no recommendations
joe brewer December 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Check out the posting on the LTM "School Board Member floats idea of Guns in Elemantary Schools".
joe brewer December 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM


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