Va. governor: ‘There are too many guns on the streets’

Greg Nash

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) advocated for stricter gun laws on Thursday after Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and several others were shot on a baseball field in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Va.

“I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens,” McAuliffe said at a press conference. “I have long advocated — this is not what today is about — but there are too many guns on the streets. We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence. I have long talked about this. Background checks and shutting down gun show loopholes, and that’s not for today’s discussion, but it’s not just about politicians. We worry about this every day for all of our citizens.”

McAuliffe later clarified that 93 Americans, not 93 million, die every day from gun violence.

{mosads}A reporter challenged McAuliffe, saying that “people are going to criticize that you’re bringing up gun control at this time.”

“I talk about this every single day,” McAuliffe said. “This is a very serious issue.”

The Virginia governor recalled a state trooper who had recently been shot and killed in the line of duty as an example of the “needless and senseless” violence he said needs to be addressed.

Another reporter asked McAuliffe if the “acrimony with the political discourse” might have created a climate in which lawmakers became a target.

“I can’t answer about today,” McAuliffe said. “The investigation is going on. I do think that things have become very partisan and very hardened in the country today. We have to work together to get things done and we’re the greatest nation in the world and there has been too much raw discourse today that is pulling people apart.”

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