Mick Mulvaney On Gun Reform After Virginia Beach Shooting: Can’t ‘Protect Everybody’

Mick Mulvaney On Gun Reform After Virginia Beach Shooting: Can’t ‘Protect Everybody’

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney wouldn’t say whether President Donald Trump would support stricter gun legislation following the deadly mass shooting at a municipal center in Virginia on Friday, noting that “laws are not going to fix everything.” At least 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in the Virginia Beach building, making it the deadliest mass shooting of 2019 thus far. The attack was one of the hundreds of mass shootings that have taken place on American soil since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, according to the Gun Violence Archive . But Mulvaney on Sunday suggested it’s too soon to talk politics in the wake of the Virginia Beach shooting and warned that passing stricter gun laws is “never going to make everything perfectly safe.” “Does [President Donald Trump] believe there’s a role for the federal government here to prevent these mass shootings?” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Mulvaney during Sunday’s episode of “Meet the Press.” “We have too many of these shootings, and every time, the first thing we talk about is politics,” Mulvaney answered. “The mourning … period hasn’t even stopped yet, let alone the healing process. So let’s not get too deep into politics too soon.” Mulvaney said Trump has already signed gun reform legislation that bans bump stocks ― gun modifiers that make semi-automatic rifles fire faster ― and strengthens the federal background check registry. (Experts have pointed out significant flaws in the latter legislation and Trump […]

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