BREAKING: Democratic Senator Calls For Federal Gun Control Following Shooting
Well, that certainly didn’t take long. In the wake of the killing spree in California in which 3 people were shot to death and 3 people were stabbed to death, Democrats are already calling for additional federal gun control laws. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation this morning.
“That gut-wrenching, heartbreaking statement is a reminder of how we felt in the wake of Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, a year and a half ago when it seemed like we were on the verge of potentially legislation that would stop the madness and end the insanity that has killed too many young people, thousands — tens of thousands — since Sandy Hook,” Blumenthal told CBS’ Face the Nation,
“I hope, I really sincerely hope, that this tragedy, this unimaginable, unspeakable tragedy, will provide an impetus to bring back measures that would keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people who are severely troubled or deranged like this young man was,” Blumenthal said.
“We need mental health resources, and that initiative I hope will provide common ground, a point of consensus, that will bring us together in the Congress and enable the majority — 90 percent of the American people want background checks — to be heard,” Blumenthal said. “I’m going to urge that we bring back those bills, maybe reconfigure them to center on mental health, which is a point where we can agree.”
The statement he was referencing was by Richard Martinez, the father of one of the shooting victims, Christopher Martinez,
“Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the (National Rifle Association). They talk about gun rights — what about Chris’ right to live?” he continued.
“When will this insanity stop?” he asked. “When will enough people say stop this madness, we don’t have to live like this? Too many have died. We should say to ourselves — not one more.”
It should be noted that California currently has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, including a strict universal background check law like Blumenthal mentioned. Only certain approved guns can be sold in the state, magazine capacity is limited to 10 rounds, and there are waiting periods to purchase firearms.
California is also one of only a few states that bans the possession of certain types of semi-auto firearms. California has a rating of “A” from the Brady Campaign. California is one of the top 5 strictest states for gun control according to the Brady Campaign.