Warner says 'enough is enough' on gun violence
December 17th, 2012
03:24 PM ET
7 years ago

Warner says 'enough is enough' on gun violence

(CNN) - Another high-profile Democrat with strong backing from the National Rifle Association said Monday it was time for tougher gun laws.

"I believe every American has Second Amendment rights. The ability to hunt is part of our culture. I have an NRA rating of an 'A,' but enough is enough," Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia told WBBT, a local CNN affiliate in Richmond.

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Warner's comments follow those of Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia who's known for his ties to the NRA and support for gun rights. However, Manchin said earlier Monday that last week's elementary school shooting in Connecticut has "changed" him.

"I'm committed to bringing the dialogue that would bring a total change, and I mean a total change," Manchin said on CNN's "Amanpour."

Warner, who's up for re-election in 2014, echoed those sentiments, saying it was time for both parties to meet in the middle on the issue.

"I join with the president and reasonable folks in both parties and the overwhelming majority of Americans who are gun owners who believe that we've got to put stricter rules on the books," he said.

Warner did not go deep into specifics, only saying "there'll be time" to figure out the details.

Virginia is home to the headquarters of the NRA, which is located in Fairfax outside of Washington, D.C. It's also home to the worst school shooting in U.S. history.

Following the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, Congress passed its first gun law in more than a decade. The legislation improved the National Instant Criminal Background Check program to better prevent those with a mental illness from purchasing a gun. In 2008, President George W. Bush signed the law, which had support from the NRA.

Like many lawmakers on both side of the aisle, Warner acknowledged that one single law won't stop an armed person with mental illness.

"But when we have close to 30,000 killings a year from all types of gun violence, even if we save a few lives, we make progress," he said.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. sonny chapman

    It will take white guys like Warner & Manchin from Red & Purple States to take the lead & get this done. This can not have Obama as point man. The movable voters are still scared of him. They need to approach the NRA & see if they want to get on board. If the NRA isn't interested, then this group needs to court the hunters. Hunters know that nobody NEEDS to own Assault Rifles or high capacity pistols. Hunters & the Billion Dollar Hunting Industry need to be assured by these guys that the right to pursue their sport & is not being threatened.

    December 17, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Liberty&JustForAll

    Really, how about enough of giving taxpayer money to other countries? How about enough of spending our money like it's your own? How about enough of taking illegals over your own citizens? These politicians make me sick. They are why are country is declining and decaying. Anyone who listens to one of these evildoers is delusional.

    December 17, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    This nation now needs GUN-CONTROL LAWS. Period. Guns are acting like animals. Wild animals. Idiots.

    December 17, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. v_mag

    People who have so much fear in them that they require assault weapons and large ammo clips are cowards, plain and simple. If you can't defend your home and family with a shotgun, your no man. You're a chicken crap coward.

    To all the NRA perverts: Quit hiding behind your murder toys and man up.

    December 17, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    From the Mental Health aspect of this problem, less $ to State & Local Govts. for treatment will NOT yield less unstable people who might get hold of these weapons. Starve the Beast & Tax Pledges to Grover might make one feel smug & nPatriotic, but the outcome is bad for ALL. Also, only Govt. can do the Mental Health thing; Churches, Volunteer Clinics or the Red Cross can not. It costs & takes TAXES.

    December 17, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Frank

    We don't need more gun control. We need less gun control. Actually we need to make it mandatory for all citizens to own and carry firearms at all times. A very large majority of our citizens are honest, hardworking folks and law abiding. There is that 1% out there who aren 't and they have the guns and we don't. If we were all armed crime rates would drop like a rock and a lot less good folks would get killed. The law breakers don't run around shooting law enforcement officers because they know they have guns and will shoot back and being well trained would probably kill the the bad guy. When we call out the National Guard during disasters to guard the damaged homes and stores, the looting stops. Why? Because they have guns and will shoot whatever moron tries to loot. Crime goes down, prisons aren't overcrowded anymore billions of dollars are saved in court costs to have a trial. Peroblem solved. My .357 magnum goes wherever I go and the bad guy who dicides to rob me is in for one hellava surprise. Problem solved. Oh yeah, and there are no more repeat offenders.

    December 17, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "but enough is enough"

    Just reading through today's comments suggests otherwise. Enough killing will never be enough killing. Not for those so afraid of their own shadow that they feel the need to pack and carry 24/7. They apparently are going to save the world ... but from what ...God only knows. Video games, I suspect.

    December 17, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Sid Stewart

    the 2nd amendment was put in so the common people could protect themselves against a totalitarian govt of which is now in DC; had nothing to do with deer hunting; those killings took place in a gun free zone; so no one at the school had a pistol of any sort; too bad someone was not armed; more guns are needed; not less

    December 17, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. MeapersoninUS

    See where this goes in the few months/year........................THE NRA basically is running Congress.

    December 17, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. AK_steve

    Come on NRA – start bullying everybody and blaming liberals. Fight for the right to have semi-automatic guns that can shoot (and kill) dozens of people without reloading. Really – what hunter could argue the need of assault weapons to hunt deer? I mean really – thanks to you NRA these weapons our on the streets causing national tragedies. I guess it's the price we pay for freedom. Long live the NRA – thanks for ensure America will remain the most gun-violent nation in the world.

    December 17, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    New laws can't fix this problem we have now. Problem: no morals in our youth. Congress took God, prayer, and disciplin out of our schools and look at where it has taken us. There are laws against drunk drivers, and yet people are killed every day by drunk drivers. Maybe, just maybe, the answer lies in every law abiding citizen carrying a fire arm. The numbers are heavily on the side of the law abiding citizens then. I'm not saying that is the gossple, but tougher laws on gun control only affect those who abide by them. Criminals don't mind breaking the law, and evil will find a way.

    December 17, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Munner413

    The silence from Hollywood is DEAFENING! Has anyone seen Tom's latest?

    Munner413

    December 17, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Frank wrote:

    We don't need more gun control. We need less gun control. Actually we need to make it mandatory for all citizens to own and carry firearms at all times. ....
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    Does requiring everyone to carry a piece include first graders? Looters are not afraid of guns. They're extremely afraid of getting caught, which is why the commit such cowardly acts. Most are cowards.

    If we were all armed the crime rates would most likely drop because of the resultant drop in the population, not because of guns serving as a deterrent.

    December 17, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Munner413 wrote:

    The silence from Hollywood is DEAFENING! Has anyone seen Tom's latest?
    ------------
    The silence from the right is as expected. The only person on the right who has spoken up has been Mike Huckabee, and he put is foot in his mouth in the process. Before the sun had set that day, Huckabee was on FNC saying that those events would never had occurred had there been prayer in public schools. His remarks were resoundingly condemned by the left, and he has since backtracked only a half a step.

    December 17, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Laurien

    no such thing as a peaceful gun. no such thing.

    December 17, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Pappy

    What a jerk. spotlight graber , we got to do somehting?? no specifics ??? well duh its out hand, welcome to oabama land you voted for it enjoy

    December 17, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. John Smith

    Short of banning all guns like Nazi Germany, nothing could prevent what happened in Conn. The shooter had stolen 2 handguns and one rifle configured as an assault rifle. However, there is a way to drastically reduce the 30,000 gun related deaths noted in the article. Legalize drugs – we have lost the war on drugs and 90% of gun related deaths are also related to illegal drugs. If you really want to reduce gun deaths, forget about further drug regulations which don't work. Legalize drugs and tax the hell out of them so we get the revenue, not the cartels. This comes from a retired cop!

    December 17, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. John the Historian

    It is time for gun control. Just look at the statistics in Europe. One death prevented is one life saved. Where are all the Christian Pro-Life people now. Just silence. Who would God shoot ? Why do we need guns in our society. Guns only have a purpose to kill. Do these sadistic hunters need an assault weapon, rapid-repeating guns to kill bambi ??? Why do we have only gun-free zones. Let us have a gun-free society now. Why is the NRA even against background checks and want teenagers to learn about violence with a gun.

    December 17, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. SANDRA

    My son was shot and killed 10yrs ago, no arrest ever made, case is still unsolved. How can you defend guns our world is different, just like we need to lock our homes and cars.
    GUN CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Dou

    Enough is Enough.......find another sport to save our innocence childrens being killed.

    December 17, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Before the sun had set that day, Huckabee was on FNC saying that those events would never had occurred had there been prayer in public schools"

    You know Rudy, I don't relate to his comment at all. I can't remember ever having prayers in school when I was growing up. If I did, it wasn't remarkable enough to remember one way or the other. I do question his logic. Then again, I could never worship a god (lowercase intended) so lacking in compassion that he must needs murder innocent children to get his message out.

    December 17, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. ghostriter

    Frank, sorry bud. They shoot cops too.

    And if someone was robbing you at gun point, do you really think you could pull out your, unlock the safety before he empties his clip in you? Me think you watched too many Dirty Harry movies. That "make my day" junk is about as believable as Rocky beating the Russian.

    And please believe....if criminals knew everyone was armed, they would simply shoot 1st. And give them more justification to.

    December 17, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. UDidntBuildThat

    Rudy NYC
    Does requiring everyone to carry a piece include first graders? Looters are not afraid of guns. They're extremely afraid of getting caught, which is why the commit such cowardly acts. Most are cowards.
    __________________________________
    Sooo, your idiotic statement means that we ban guns all together so that the only people that will have them are cops and robbers? How many kids would still be alive today if the principal or an teacher was allowed to protect themselves? So let's assign a police officer to every school? We see exactly how a gun ban works. Look to the school in CT. It is a gun-free zone. U forget it was a kid that killed those children. Look at Chicago to see just how well gun control works.

    Lastly, terrorists could not get guns thru airport security so they smuggled in box cutters and used planes as weapons to kill 3000 innocent people. the point? Evil always find a way no gun ban will stop those sickos fr shooting up a school full of innocent kids. If that kid did not have access to guns he would have found a way to get them or found another way to put his twisted plan in motion.

    We live in a society where human life is not valued and there is no personal responsiblity. that is the real problem.

    December 17, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    Frank, what if you made a mistake with your .357? What if you missed the perp and hit a six year old kid on the other side of the street? Do you really think you're infallible? We have a justice system for a reason, and arming everyone to go out and wing somebody because they feel threatened or they feel " threatened" does not create the society we want, it creates something like Somalia.

    December 17, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Canuck

    @Sid Stewart

    "the 2nd amendment was put in so the common people could protect themselves against a totalitarian govt of which is now in DC;"

    How can anyone take you seriously when you can't even construct a simple sentence???

    December 17, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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