Sen. Tim Kaine calls Orlando shooting “a gut punch to Virginians”

Tim Kaine
FILE - In this July 22, 2015 file photo, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks with a reporter on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kaine is backing the international accord with Iran.The former Democratic Party chairman made the announcement on Tuesday in a speech on the Senate floor. He says the deal takes Iran's nuclear program that was on the verge of success and disables it for many years through peaceful diplomatic means. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAVY) – Senator Tim Kaine opens up about the Orlando shooting calling it, “a gut punch to Virginians.”

He says Virginia has a lot of scar tissue when it comes to gun violence, citing the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 and the recent shooting of two staff members of the WDBJ news station in Roanoke.

Senator Kaine says he believes there needs to be changes when it comes to people who can buy weapons. He is proposing that those on the terrorist watch list are barred by law to buy weapons. This is something he has pushed for before.

“If we are concerned about the misuse of these weapons by people who have been convicted of felonies or who have been adjudicated mentally ill and dangerous, we should be concerned about misuse of weapons by people who are on the terrorist watch list and that would be an important addition to federal law that I supported in December and I support again now,” said Kaine.

Kaine says it’s part of his duty to take steps necessary to make people safer. He says we owe it to the people injured and their families.

“I hope we resolve to take steps that are necessary to make folks safer. In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shooting, we made many changes and even some with respect to background checks to make Virginia safer,” said Kaine. “We’ve got to be diligent, we owe it to the people injured and their families.”

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