Democrat Reps. Push Gun Control Before Virginia Beach Details Known

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Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA-2) and Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA-35) called for more gun control Friday before the details of the Virginia Beach shooting were even known.

Luria was tweeting for gun control before Virginia Beach police chief Jim Cervera had officially listed the number of dead or wounded. In fact, at the time she tweeted, it was widely reported that a suspect was in custody, but Cervera clarified that the suspect had been killed.

Luria wrote:

Since we do not know how the gunman acquired his weapon — whether by purchasing it legally it, stealing it, borrowing it, etc. — what actions does Luria suggest Congress ought to take?

Two hours after Luria’s tweet, it was still unknown what kind of weapon was used, much less how it was acquired. Yet she thinks Congress should “act.”

Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA-35) waited until Chief Cervera had announced that 11 were dead and six were wounded, then tweeted for more gun control although so much critical information is still unknown.

What gun control legislation is “common sense” for a situation in which one does not know the kind of gun used, the means of acquiring that gun, the method used to get it into the building, the weapons policy of the building itself, and so many other factors?

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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