Democrats are already calling for more gun control, after a shooter opened fire on Republican congressmen at practice Wednesday morning for a charity baseball event, hitting Republican Whip Steve Scalise.
In an interview later Wednesday morning, Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe immediately dived in, saying, “I have long advocated – this is not what today is about – but there are too many guns on the street.”
Then he made an unbelievable claim, clearly stating, “We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence.”
No one called him out over the outrageous, false claim.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., : “There are too many guns on the street” pic.twitter.com/8RHcssVH0z
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 14, 2017
In an interview with Sen. Rand Paul, he made it clear that if someone with a gun had not been there – the Capitol Hill Police – it could have been a massacre, with many more getting shot.
The shooter, who has been identified, reportedly asked in advance if Democrats or Republicans were practicing at the baseball field. The shooter’s Facebook page also indicates he is an anti-Trump activist.
Gun control was the topic on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Wednesday morning as well, when host John McArdle asked his guest, Virginia Democrat Rep. Don Beyer, “Any time after a shooting like this, I know you’re somebody who is a strong advocate of more gun control. Is that something on your mind today?”
“Yeah, although, this is probably the worst possible time to try to make a gun control argument. First of all, it was a rifle, rather than the kinds of things that we’re trying to control. It’ll be interesting to see who the shooter was. So many of these cases are people with mental illness, from the Reagan shooter, through Virginia Tech. And, let’s — I don’t want to characterize it, because we don’t really know, but it may be, especially with a rifle, which is not typically one of the things that’s in the front part of the gun debate, is, how did he buy it and when? But, those are further discussions. We do — I think all of us, Democrat and Republican, would like to see much less gun violence than we have. It’s — I met with the suicide action prevention people yesterday. There’s 22,000 gun deaths a year from suicide — or suicide from guns in America, and that’s about two-thirds of it overall. So, we need to work together to keep trying to find ways to work forward without upsetting the Constitution.”
More blame placed on the guns:
People blaming the Virginia shooting on Shakespeare (but not easy gun access) have got to be the most ridiculous people on earth.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 14, 2017
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