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 killed and six adults.

“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. 

sheri December 18, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Rethink how we help people with mental illness and those who are Autistic. This state does no do nearly enough of what it can, and they make it hard for parents to get the help they need for their kids, unless they are very well off. Even to send your child to a school for autistic kids where they will get the care, attention, and education, they severely need you need to get permission from the school district. Not from their doctors. And what school is going to sign away all the extra money they get for special-needs children? People need to realize these kids will not be children forever; they will one day be Adults. It's when they are still young that it is key to mold them, so they can live safely and comfortably in society.
Greendayer December 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Of course, we need to look at gun safety, but we also need to look at the whole issue of child safety. Five times as many children die in auto accidents compared to homicides. The media doesn't cover them as much because it doesn't sell as much. But, unfortunately, the children are just as dead, just as gone forever. The governments are responsible for roads, the licensing of drivers, and the enforcement of the traffic laws. It is a tragedy that 20 children were killed in Newtown. But, let's not ignore the thousands and thousands that die each year on the roads.
Java Master December 18, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Oh really, Sen. Warner? You mean say that until your daughters asked you what you were going to do about gun violence that it never occured to you to go against the radicals in the 2nd amendment discussion? The NRA represents only gun dealers and manufacturers and but they handsomely reward those who do their bidding....what was that A rating worth to you?


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