Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Gabby Giffords’ gun control group, and other Democrats began calling for gun control before the facts in the Annapolis newspaper shooting were even known.
With no report of the identity of the attacker, and even before the number of dead and wounded had been confirmed, Giffords’ group already tweeted, “A summer intern shouldn’t have to tweet for help. We must do better. We must never stop fighting to end gun violence.”
Minutes later they followed with a second tweet:
— Giffords (@GiffordsCourage) June 28, 2018
Rep. Clark followed the Giffords’ group, tweeting:
Absolutely heartbroken. I stand with those impacted (once again) by mass gun violence. Congress must stop sidestepping this American epidemic and act- NOW. #Annapolis https://t.co/sjWhLxpZqn via @nbcnews
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) June 28, 2018
Then Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted, implying Congress somehow encourages such acts by refusing to pass more gun control:
Pulling for everyone at the Capital Gazette. Horrible.
So awful that my colleagues still don't understand their unconscionable silence has become a green light for would-be shooters, who perceive inaction as endorsement.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 28, 2018
But in reality, Maryland has some of the more stringent gun controls in the country. Those controls include an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, a bump stock ban, and gun violence restraining orders. (Such orders began to be pushed as a way to prevent mass public shootings following the May 23, 2014, Santa Barbara, California, attack.) The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland also has a “licensing system that requires prospective handgun buyers to provide their fingerprints and undergo training.”
Yet before the identification or motive of the Annapolis attacker had been revealed—and before specifics on the weapon used had been reported—Democrats were calling for more gun control.
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