The Alexandria shooting and Virginia gun laws

Sen. Mark Warner               CBS News

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"I have long advocated - today is not what this is about - but that we have too many guns on the street", he said.

However, despite the expressions of sympathy and admonishments over the violence, there appeared little move from either side over the potential for new legislation on a day where a man also opened fire at a United Parcel Service Inc package sorting hub in San Francisco, killing three people before turning the gun on himself.

Virginia requires background checks at commercial, licensed retailers, although background check requirements are more relaxed for private sales, such as at gun shows. But it's not just about politicians.

"I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens", McAuliffe said at a press conference.

McAuliffe responded by saying he talks about gun control "every day" because it is "a very serious issue".

A reported then remarked, "If it's not the day for it, why are you bringing it up?"

State Police Special Agent Michael Walter, 45, was fatally shot May 26 in Richmond's Mosby Court neighborhood when he and a Richmond officer were on patrol and approached two men in a vehicle.

Will today's events imprint on their hearts, shake their consciences awake, or make them see the gun debate with new eyes?

"I talk about this every single day", McAuliffe said.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was asked about gun control following the attack.

"Never missing a chance to push his gun-control agenda, our illustrious leader, Governor McAuliffe, when interviewed about the shooting, predicted that the US will have no one left alive in only 31/2 more days due to gunfire". "We all have the same goal here, to be safe".

Virginia is historically a fairly gun-friendly state, and although Democratic Gov.

Echoing those sentiments, the Republicans who control Washington dug in. Despite President Obama's vigorous lobbying for the measure, five Democrats joined forty-one Republicans in voting against it, denying it the sixty votes it needed to get through the Senate.

According to Attorney Sean Healy, this morning's shooting is just another example of how expanded gun rights could save lives.

However, Frum wasn't the only gun control advocate to quickly push for increased gun control. The firearm is only released once the transaction is complete, the paperwork is signed and the background check proves the purchaser is legally eligible to be in possession of a firearm. Typically, after one of these tragedies occurs, the gun control debate takes the spotlight as Democrats call for stronger gun control reforms while Republicans evoke the Second Amendment to keep the laws as lax as they are.

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