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Sen. Mark 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 and six adults killed.

“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. 

T Ailshire December 22, 2012 at 04:24 PM
If he cares about children's lives, would he not be willing to protect them in whatever manner possible, EVEN IF that meant armed guards at our schools, or armed faculty and staff? If one supports armed guards at airports, terminals, sporting venues, etc., how can one say a school is less important?
Big_Ed January 02, 2013 at 11:31 PM
A double-barrel shotgun was one of the firearms used to murder at Columbine. Only two shots can be fired from a double-barreled shotgun before the shooter must reload by breaking the barrel open, manually inserting two new rounds, and closing the gun. The cops sat outside while those scumbags murdered, reloaded, and murdered more.
Big_Ed January 02, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Maybe you'll consider a similar tax when you use your First Amendment Right.
Big_Ed January 02, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Senator Warner, take notice that these massacres always occur in "gun free zones."
Bob Grigsby January 12, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Wow, bottom line... Constitution of the United States and oath of office to defend said document. If you have issue with said document... Move on, crazy killed those kids not the gun.

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