McAuliffe, Hillary Call for Stricter Gun Laws After Murders of TV Journalists
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) called for stricter gun control laws in the state following this morning's murder of two TV journalists.
(Full updates on the shooting, here.)
“There are too many guns in the hands of people that shouldn’t have guns,” McAuliffe said earlier today during a radio interview with WTOP. “There is too much gun violence in America."
McAuliffe was then asked by a reporter why guns continue to "get into the hands of people that shouldn't have them."
He said twice he has brought legislation to the Republican-controlled General Assembly calling for more background checks and both times his proposals were rejected.
McAuliffe said earlier this year he vetoed legislation that would have allowed people to buy machine guns in Virginia, while another bill would have allowed people to carry loaded shotguns in their cars.
"Those pieces of legislation actually passed our General Assembly," he said, calling for common-sense background checks and pointing out that he owns a gun and is a hunter.
On Twitter, Hillary Clinton echoed McAuliffe's sentiments.
Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims' families in Virginia. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 26, 2015
The suspect has been identified as 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan, who had worked as a WDBJ reporter under the name Bryce Williams.
Watch his comments above.