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Sen. Richard Blumenthal Calls For Bringing Back Gun Control Bills
Sen. Richard Blumenthal Calls For Bringing Back Gun Control Bills

Sen. Richard Blumenthal Calls For Bringing Back Gun Control Bills

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued a call to action to his fellow lawmakers Sunday and said Congress needs to bring back gun control measures following the tragic shootings in Isla Vista, Calif.

Blumenthal called for a renewed push to pass gun control legislation during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“Obviously, not every kind of gun violence is going to be prevented by laws out of Washington,” he said. “But at least we can make a start and I am going to urge that we bring back those bills, maybe reconfigure them, centre on mental health, which is a point where we can agree that we need more resources to make the country healthier and to make sure that these kinds of horrific, insane, mad occurrences are stopped.

“And the Congress will be complicit if we fail in that,” he said.

On Friday night a 22-year-old college student identified as Elliot Rodger allegedly stabbed three people to death in his apartment in Santa Barbara, California, and then drove through the city and fatally shot three others with handguns he had legally bought. He later killed himself.

A YouTube video and a lengthy “manifesto” Rodger left behind were filled with rage and plans for “slaughtering” women because he felt they had rejected him. Rodger had been visited by Santa Barbara authorities last month after a family member expressed concerns about him. The Santa Barbara sheriff, Bill Brown, said Rodger was courteous to the deputies and did not meet the criteria for legal intervention.

President Barack Obama made gun control a priority shortly after Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut with an assault-style rifle and two handguns in December 2012.

The Newtown massacre, coming on top of other mass shootings, set off an intense national debate about gun violence. But a few months later the Senate defeated Obama’s proposals to restrict sales of certain types of guns and require greater background checks. Gun-rights groups, a powerful national political force, opposed the measures, saying they would infringe on Americans’ constitutional rights.

Blumenthal said the defeated legislation could have given authorities in Santa Barbara a better chance to intervene in Rodger’s case before the killings and would provide for “professionals trained in diagnosing and detecting this kind of derangement”.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ranks California as the state with the strongest gun control measures, requiring background checks for all firearms sales, regardless of the type of gun or where it was purchased.


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    1. Of course he will try and use this to push new gun control laws.

      The irony here is that CA has the most repressive gun control laws in the US. If gun control really prevented crime at all, it would be the safest state in the Union.

      Besides being tragic, this story is also deeply ironic.

      The attacker used a knife to kill half his victims, yet his properly registered guns, all purchased with a background check are the ‘problem’???

      I think the problem goes a little deeper than that…

      • Blumenthal, like most idiotic liberals seem to believe that taking the guns away from All Americans is going to change the violence?

        Wake the f#&k up. It’s not the guns. It’s the psychotics that we continue to allow the freedom to commit the heinous acts of cruelty.

        Wake up America. it’s the BROKEN PUBLIC HEALTH system the needs attention desperately. And we need to stop the tendency of attaching any negative labels/stigma on people who are unfortunate to be afflicted with mental health issues.

        God Bless America

        • when will you idiots stop trying to make the public think as you do about “gun control.No where has any one ever said any thing about “taking awaw your guns”If you would allow
          your stupidity to move over one second you would know that gun control is trying to make

          America a safer place in which to live.

          Stop hating the president and try to get this country back on track.

    2. Yet again someone with mental issues is out taking his problems on others. Does not matter what gun control laws there are. This guy was a serious head case and was out to kill with knife and guns. All because he felt picked on, now we have several dead people who did nothing wrong. These nit wits in government will use anything and anyone to push there agenda’s to take more control from American citizens. My condolences to the family’s who should not be going thru this.

    3. Another politician piling onto a tragedy with bromides and patronizing, simplistic “solutions” that solve nothing. What could new gun laws have done to stop an unhinged individual like this from using a knife and his BMW to kill when he had the will and seething anger to kill fueled by his delusions? And how did he get the guns in a strictly regulated state while purportedly being in therapy? What failed here? And what could have been done by family, friends, and society if anything?

    4. Blumenidiot carries and so will we.

    5. Blumenthal’s mental health should be checked. Who is pulling his strings?

    6. Blumenthal lied about his Marine Corps service but now hounds us to believe his latest agenda. He needs to wake up and admit a few facts. Every shooting he and his lib pals shriek about these days has been carried out by a nut. Most of the time, these nuts are known to the psychiatric community and politely discussed, e.g., Aaron Alexis, Adam Lanza, James Holmes, Jared Loughner, Seung-Hui Cho and now Elliot Rodger. About fifty years ago, we suffered a “cuckoo’s nest” phenomenon, caused by liberal shrieking about institutional horrors. And the movement occurred without so much as a whimper from the psychiatric community. Consequently, we emptied out the mental institutions along with parts of the prisons and as expected, the killings began. Where’s law enforcement? You’d think they went to the Clarence Dupnik “skool of sheriffin’ & blamin’ others.” But the libs continue to rail about a little machine used a million times a year for personal protection. Against whom you ask? It’s used against the nuts and felons allowed to roam the streets by the shrieking libs who set them free in the first place. He needs to grow up and admit this is a violent world where self-protection is a civil right. And taking away that little machine won’t make anyone any safer. Remember Blumenthal at the next election.

    7. I read part of the young mans rambling and obvious mentally challenged manifesto. He missed his calling actually, he should have become a democratic senator or congressman with those credentials. He admitted he didn’t like women–at least he didn’t pretend he did and just use them for political advantage.

    8. maybe have laws to stop mental people form getting guns. But that would take money and effort and the conviction to make your country better and the people in it safer. Wont happen. Its easier to shout down people `trying to take my guns` and to blame other segments of society. Yes, maybe the health care industry needs to identify the nuttie people better….but like everything in the USA, if you cant make money off of it, then it wont be done.

    9. they want an other mexico yes bad guys can kill any one because the mexican gun laws are Baddddddddd

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