Virginia shooting sparks gun control debate

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

A House subcommittee had been scheduled to discuss a controversial proposal to ease regulations of gun silencers on Wednesday, but the hearing was cancelled in the wake of the shooting.

The congressional response to the Republican baseball practice shooting hasn't been to consider the issue of gun violence in America, but to ask taxpayers for more money for their own security. They repeatedly state more than 90 people are killed by "gun violence" in America every day. But gun control advocates tells Bustle they don't want partisan arguments, they want unity. But they are pragmatic enough to know the latest shooting doesn't dramatically alter the dynamics of their uphill battle.

A recent letter writer blaming Democratic rhetoric for the shooting of Republican legislators and agents at a practice for a baseball game did nothing more than make himself another one of the "enablers" of people who choose such violent methods as a means to assuage their frustrations over the current political situation. Mr Hodgkinson, who most recently lived in IL and worked as a home inspector, died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. Typically, after one of these tragedies occurs, the gun control debate takes the spotlight as Democrats call for stronger gun control reforms while Republicans evoke the Second Amendment to keep the laws as lax as they are.

Scalise was shot in the hip, while a congressional aide was also shot.

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Rep. Jeff Duncan (R., S.C.) argued that tougher gun laws aren't the answer.

First, it's unclear if the suspect - 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of IL whom President Trump said has died from his injuries - obtained or was carrying the gun legally.

Soon after the shooting, messages of support began pouring in, and gun control advocates said that the attack highlights the need for safer streets in the US.

"I talk about this every single day".

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Chelsea Parsons, vice president for guns and crime policy at the liberal Center for American Progress, noted however, that since the 2012 shooting in CT resulting in the deaths of 20 first-graders and six staff members at an elementary school, several states have imposed new limits on gun sales.

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who represents the district of former Rep. "This is about prevention and education, about knowing the signs of someone who might commit an act of violence and how to stop it from happening in the first place". Trump quickly signed it.

Gun control groups are fighting federal legislation that would relax existing gun laws, especially after Republicans backed by the NRA fared well in last November's elections. "I have a carry permit", he said to WKBW (Channel 7).

AP writer Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.

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It was not until Thursday afternoon, in a brief essay posted to Facebook, that Murphy, after cheering his colleagues' resilience, asked: "What does it say about us as a country that we can so easily move on from such a seemingly cataclysmic event?" Subscriptions start as low as 25¢ per day.

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    The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson , who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media. Scalise "is under heavy sedation, and he's been in surgery, I think, all of the three times I've been there", Richmond said.
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