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Gun debate under Trump tested by congressman's shooting

19 June 2017

But gun control advocates aren't going far. The measure would have expanded background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and on the Internet.

There was also a shooting in San Francisco on Wednesday that left three people dead plus the shooter at a UPS facility.

"On a rare occasion I'd have my gun in the glove box or something, but it's going to be in my pocket from this day forward", he said. "Senseless gun violence should have no place in our attractive city or anywhere in our country", said California Democrat Jackie Speier.

John Whitbeck, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, retweeted Pavlich's tweet and took an additional swipe at McAuliffe: "Disgusting". "Not a day for politics". Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and lashed out at Republicans who support gun rights. "I have long advocated - this is not what today is about, but there are too many guns on the street".

Since the House is dominated by the Republican majority, and The Washington Post story quotes Republicans who are anxious about their own security, it is easy to figure out where this drive for taxpayer dollars is coming from. The hearing was canceled.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, responded to the incident that occurred in his state by making a case for gun control reform while simultaneously maintaining that what happened is not about gun control - presumably, to quell any speculation that this stunt was somehow orchestrated by Democrats to push their gun control agenda.

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The Republican who sponsored the bill, Rep. Jeff Duncan, S.C., happened to be at the baseball diamond Wednesday morning.

Member of Congress decided not to postpone the game between Democrats and Republicans, which raises money for several charities, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

Just before the shooting began, Duncan and Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said they spoke to a man they now think was Hodgkinson. "He said, 'Okay, thanks, ' turned around".

But with death threats against members of Congress already on the rise before Wednesday, Republican leaders are in no mood to rethink their gun rights stances.

Barry Loudermilk, Republican from Georgia, called for congressmen to have a dispensation to carry guns in the capital, as his staff do in his state.

Later, after New Orleans police confiscated weapons during the Hurricane Katrina crisis in 2005, Scalise wrote a bill that would prohibit future confiscations during public emergencies.

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In Congress, Scalise has maintained a top rating from the National Rifle Association. On 14 December 2012 a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

"We would all be wise to reflect on the importance of civility in our nation's politics this morning", Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor. "This radical attempt by the Obama Administration to unilaterally rewrite the Constitution will launch our nation down a slippery slope as the White House shows a risky disregard for the rights and freedoms guaranteed to every American". But that does not mean that most Republicans do not sincerely believe the safety-is-in-armed-numbers gospel they preach.

"Our thoughts are with those who have been shot and with their loved ones, and we commend the heroic effort by the law enforcement officers who intervened", said Brady Campaign President Dan Gross in a statement.

He added, "With 93 million people a day, it's just something". A reply from Goodlatte, provided by aides, said his "prayers are with Congressman Steve Scalise" and the others injured.

Chris Hurst, a former WDBJ-TV news anchor man who was the boyfriend of Parker, is now running for a House of Delegates seat as a Democrat in the 12th district against Republican Del.

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Gun debate under Trump tested by congressman's shooting