Virginia Governor Calls for Gun Control after Shooting

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC - America's only national LGBTQ political organization exclusively focused on gun violence prevention, released the following statement on the shooting in Alexandria, VA this morning that injured several people, including a US Congressman, a congressional aide and a police officer.

That at least is the dream of people like Representative Barry Loudermilk, a Georgia Republican, who was on the field during the congressional baseball practice shooting Wednesday morning.

The shooter has since been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, who was shot by police and later died from his wounds. In fact, they've nearly become normalized in our society.

But when asked if more needs to be done to protect politicians, the governor again made the argument for more gun control. Among those who voted to end the rule: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Gun control activists spoke up in earnest. He added, "I have long talked about this -- background checks and shutting down gun show loopholes".

At a press conference from the scene, Virginia governor and Democrat Terry McAuliffe was the first to raise the spectre of gun control. "We were inside the backstop and if we didn't have that cover by a fearless person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit-every single one of us". "I have long advocated - today is not what this is about - but that we have too many guns on the street", he said.

Others tried to avoid discussing politics amid such a tragedy.

Rep. Chris Collins, R-New York, even said he'll be carrying a gun in his pocket "from this day forward". "The rhetoric has been outrageous - the finger-pointing, just the tone and the angst and the anger directed at Donald Trump, his supporters".

He then vowed to start keeping his handgun on his person at public events.

So instead of admitting that maybe they're wrong and that we could benefit from fewer people having access to way fewer guns in this country, they dig in and say the only way to be safe is to have more guns at all times.

The "good guy with a gun" myth was forged in through action movies and video games and NRA propaganda and zombie shows, solidified in angry confines of American suburbs, where people feel like they're getting soft behind their manicured lawns and crave their one last chance to become a hero blasting away a bad guy. And they'll probably make sure getting struck by a stray bullet counts as a preexisting condition so you can't get treated for it either.

Oftentimes, when a shooter is stopped by a gun, it's at the hands of a member of law enforcement, which is exactly what occurred in Alexandria. So much for coming to their senses.

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