Colorado governor on gun violence reduction: ‘Take the best ideas from all sides’
Polis said state laws, including red flag laws, must be enforced, citing both the Club Q shooting and another mass shooting at a Boulder grocery store last year.
“Of course, the response must also be national,” Polis said, adding that some neighboring states do not require background checks to buy guns.
But gun laws shouldn’t eclipse consideration of « mental health issues, consideration of the rhetoric used in the political realm and how that can incite these acts of violence, » he said. said Polis, who was the country’s first openly gay elected governor.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) also said he believes there is no one-size-fits-all solution to gun violence.
« The reality is, » he said on « Fox News Sunday, » « we have an outbreak here in the United States that isn’t happening in any other country in the world. And there’s a lot of reasons for that. I think people are trying to oversimplify the issue. The key is to make sure every tragedy is unpacked, and [we] understand what the problem is with this individual tragedy.
As for the actual legislation, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Sunday on CNN’s « State of the Union » that there were « probably not » the 60 supporters needed for the Current Senate to pass an assault weapons ban. The 10th anniversary of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults died, will take place next month.
« But I’m glad President Biden is pushing us to vote, » Murphy said.
The continued sale of semi-automatic weapons « is sick, just sick, » Biden said last week as he called for a ban on assault weapons.
When asked if he would support an assault weapons ban, Polis said he would support « additional licensing or background checks for some of the most powerful weapons » nationwide, as he did when he was in Congress.
Congress passed a bipartisan gun safety package in June, which included some restrictions on gun ownership for people experiencing mental health crises.