Dem rep on Waffle House shooting: Restrict 'access to military-grade assault weapons'

Dem rep on Waffle House shooting: Restrict 'access to military-grade assault weapons'
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Tennessee Rep. Jim CooperJames (Jim) Hayes Shofner CooperOvernight Defense: VA pick breezes through confirmation hearing | House votes to move on defense bill negotiations | Senate bill would set 'stringent' oversight on North Korea talks Republicans top Dems at charity golf game Obstacles to Trump's 'Space Force' could keep proposal grounded for now MORE (D) called for limited access to “military-grade assault weapons” after a gunman opened fire at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tenn., killing four people.

“Nashville woke up to devastating news. We mourn the innocent victims and thank our brave first responders. Many will say now is not the time to discuss change. But now IS the time,” Cooper, who represents Tennessee’s 5th District, wrote on Twitter.

“We can and must do everything possible to prevent these tragedies and keep Americans safe," he tweeted. "That starts with restricting widespread civilian access to military-grade assault weapons.”

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Police are searching for the suspected gunman, CNN reported.

A spokesman for the Metro Nashville police said a restaurant customer stopped the shooting by rushing the gunman.

"He saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped. So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter. At that point, the gunman then fled," said Don Aaron, according to the network.

The police department tweeted a photo of the rifle used to carry out the attack.