Congressman's shooting first test for Trump-era gun debate

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Republicans in Congress can't merely offer thoughts and prayers every time there is a high profile shooting while simultaneously working with the gun lobby to eliminate gun safety laws and put the public at further risk.

Congress resumed session Thursday with a somber reminder that words matter, as U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise remained hospitalized after being shot during a stunning attack on a group of Republican lawmakers practicing baseball in Alexandria, Virginia.

The governor says it's a serious issue he talks about every day. Americans should definitely be able to go dance in a nightclub, or play in a baseball field, or be able to observe their own religious events without the fear of being gun down.

"We have to do a better job", he stated.

But camp followers on both sides spat out poisonous invective about who was responsible for the noxious politics that has highlighted differences between the two parties on everything from the role of government to taxes and gun control.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch praised the Capitol Hill police, saying that "good guys with guns kept this from getting worse".

Also, one man was shot outside a shopping centre near a major sports arena in New York City on Wednesday but it was not immediately clear who opened fire or how badly the victim was hurt, police said.

Garrett, who has received threats this year, said it was not only lawmakers who deserved the right to protect themselves. Uh-uh. Gun-rights advocates may quote the Second Amendment robotically, but, Winkler notes, they apparently skip over its insistence that any militia be "well regulated".

Echoing those sentiments, the Republicans who control Washington dug in.

Asked by ABC7/WJLA reporter Sam Sweeney if the attack would cause him to reconsider his views on gun control, Brooks made a detailed argument for why it would and should not.

The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party".

McAuliffe also called for gun control after the August 2015 shooting of WDBJ-TV (Channel 7) journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward on live TV in August 2015. Most chose to proceed with caution, issuing public statements that avoided the gun control debate altogether. On 14 December 2012 a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

"I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens", he said. "This is about prevention and education, about knowing the signs of someone who might commit an act of violence and how to stop it from happening in the first place". In February, he signed legislation that rolled back restrictions imposed by the Obama administration on when certain mentally ill people can purchase firearms. The measure succeeded following a Senate vote, and the repeal was signed by Trump in February. We're also fighting back as the gun lobby tries to push through risky "reciprocity" legislation that would arm anyone and nullify concealed carry standards in every state - a race to the bottom that would force states with strong gun laws to allow anyone to carry guns anywhere.

Malloy said, "It sounds like, from what I heard, the weapon that was used could not be acquired in the state of CT now".

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. And today we'll repeat the same vicious cycle that we've performed many times in the past: Elected officials will release statements of sympathy and support. We are heartened by the words of unity that are coming from the leadership of Congress.

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