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

Virginia Senator Mark Warner said his three daughters asked him what he was going to do about the school shootings.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) wants to tighten gun laws in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings that killed 20 young children and six adults, according to The Washington Post.

“I‘ve been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights," Warner said.  "But the status quo isn’t acceptable. I’ve got three daughters. 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."

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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Raconteur December 18, 2012 at 01:51 PM
"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.” Typical ignorant statement from an ignorant politician. He doesn't know what an "assault weapon" is and what the hell is a fast clip of ammunition?
M C December 18, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Gun control is no more an answer to this "problem", than putting tighter restrictions on driving cars is as a result of someone plowing through a crowd... Guns aren't the problem, People are the problem. Let's look at re-establishing mental health programs that took a hit during some budget cuts. Get people the help they need. Get people to recognize when some one needs that help & make it possible for them to get it.
Anne December 18, 2012 at 05:41 PM
We have to control who gets the guns. We also need to control the type of guns people get. Why do folks need semi automatic assault rifles? Semi Automatic hand guns? When this can be explained logically and without insults I will listen. But I see no reason other than killing mass amounts of people to have them. They are not for shooting elk, deer, bear. All I have seen are humans being hunted with them....
Anne December 18, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Think that will stop it huh? I disagree. But explain to me why you or anyone else needs an assault rifle with the capacity to shoot off 150 bullets in less than a minute? Help me understand why we need them.
M C December 19, 2012 at 07:54 AM
"we have to control who gets the guns" ~ I agree. & in my original post, I mention the lack of mental health care available. This affects background checks for gun ownership. a person may not have a criminal record (yet), but can still have mental issues. If a background is run & sees no criminal record ~ you get approved for purchase. What is missing is the mental health diagnosis that *used* to be there before it got cut from the Gov'ts budget. We need to reinstate Mental Health programs & make it easier for people to get checked, so if they are diagnosed with something, it shows up on backgrounds & flags them for non-gun ownership. I also agree that assault rifles are a "specialty gun" & should be only in the hands of law enforcement types. But by definition, a double action revolver (most only hold 6 shots) is a "semi automatic handgun". It is too broad of a brush stroke & a ban will never happen & tighter controls will be tough to push through.
M C December 19, 2012 at 07:54 AM
I am former corrections, have also worked armed security. I have 24 years experience & training with guns... when facing a deadly threat, you are taught to shoot at the center mass (largest part of the body) because you are more likely to hit your intended target while under stress. You are also taught to shoot until the threat is neutralized. you don't just shoot once & hope it worked. For various reasons, not everyone drops dead from one bullet. Sometimes, the good guys need more. My main concern is that CRIMINALS do not follow LAWS. That's why we classify them as criminals. Gun control LAWS will only affect LAW-abiding citizens. Criminals will still get whatever gun they want. you will never eradicate every single assault weapon on earth... & If the bad guys have superior firepower over the good guys... The good guys tend to lose, or at least suffer greatly before winning. (reference North Hollywood shootout. Feb. 28, 1997)
Allen December 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Come on people they have tried to ban guns to see what would be the out come and in every instince crime escalated ten fold,gun control is not the answer unless your against our 2nd amendment and if thats the case your just looking for an excuse.You can take it to the bank the people wont give up their guns.
Unknown Sender December 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM
not to mention you just cant ban them. what about all that have been made since assault weapons originated? there are literally untold amounts out there. how would you ever confiscate them all? its like MC said, and plainly too... someone will always be able to get a weapon of some sort (doesnt always have to be a gun) and do something bad. the only thing i disagree on is the mental health. youd have to make juvenile records available for 18 year olds (another story). so, you cant limit the guns, you cant eradicate the lunatics, the ONLY thing to do is protect the kids. how? let me ask you this... when was the last time someone was shot inside fort knox? or is gold worth protecting more than flesh? get my point? and dont say schools cant be forts. they can be. easily! make it so it takes the military to get in or out, you get to keep your guns. everyones safe and happy.
Unknown Sender December 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM
its a simple mentality... "stop the bullet". if you do that you save the lives. make the walls thick enough access is unattainable during attendance hours. you've stopped the bullet or any other perverse manor in which these non humans operate.
M C December 21, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Diane Feinstein's 1994 "assault" weapons ban only pertained to new production & new sales. If you owned one already, you could keep it. you could even still sell it. During the time her AWB was active, crime went up. Feb. 1997, North Hollywood shoot out... 2 bank robbers outgunned the LAPD (one of the biggest PD's in the US...) & they also had full body armor (& helmets, if I remember correctly)... the police had to borrow better guns from a nearby gun shop to hold them off until the SWAT team could get there... Columbine happened during the active AWB.... & of coarse, she's back ~ climbing on the bandwagon again, playing on people's emotions to try to reinstate another useless AWB that pretty much mirrors the first one.... ANY gun control law, makes it one step easier to gain ground for more, broader controls on other types of weapons. Which is why, even though I feel the general public doesn't need access to actual assault weapons, I do not support a ban on them... Re-fund & reinstate Mental Health programs & do proper background checks again (the laws are already in place) & you can somewhat control who gets them ~ legally. Illegally is a whole other ball game that will never be won.


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