"All Americans, including our elected leaders, should live in an environment where they can pursue every day activities without fear of being shot". "I have long advocated, this isn't what today is about, but there are too many guns on the street".
The shooting in Alexandria is opening yet another discussion about guns in Virginia.
The incident - which sent five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, to the hospital - began to spur questions about gun rights and gun control policies, while members of both parties condemned the violence and called for unity.
While McAuliffe said it was not a topic for today, he was still taking heat from gun rights activists.
After each mass public shooting, President Obama would call for expanded background checks on private transfers of guns - even though not one of the shootings would have been prevented by such a law. "I talk about this every single day".
Gross said that despite the House vote, the measure "is not going anywhere in the Senate".
McAuliffe's comments drew fire immediately from Katie Pavlich, a Fox News contributor. One reporter asked the governor if he would be criticized for bringing up gun control so soon after the attack.
Nearly immediately after Scalise was shot Wednesday, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued a statement decrying the attack. "Not a day for politics".
"On a rare occasion I'd have my gun in a glove box or something, but it's going to be in my pocket from this day forward", he said.More news: Trump acknowledges he's being investigated
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"Never missing a chance to push his gun-control agenda, our illustrious leader, Governor McAuliffe, when interviewed about the shooting, predicted that the US will have no one left alive in only 31/2 more days due to gunfire".
Because members of Congress were there.
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., argued that tougher gun laws aren't the answer.
The humanity of the response to this shooting has been overwhelming: lawmakers crying on television while giving thanks to the police who responded so quickly and saved so many lives, an image of the Democrats' baseball team gathering to pray for their colleagues.
In reality, it's impossible to separate domestic violence from gun violence more broadly: 36.7 percent of women living in domestic violence shelters have been threatened or harmed with a gun used by an intimate partner, and in 2011 more than half of women murdered with guns in the United States were killed by intimate partners or family members. What WILL happen is that the debate about guns will continue. The proposed bill also goes a step further in that it would allow people from states that do not offer a concealed carry license to apply for a "non-resident permit" in D.C.
A spokesperson for Scalise said he was "stable" and undergoing surgery.
That fall, Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control advocacy group headed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pumped $2.4 million into several contests for Virginia State Senate as McAuliffe and the Democrats sought to flip the GOP's 21-19 control of the chamber.
In the face of it all, McBath said simply: "I have hope".