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The House of Representatives were reportedly scheduled to hear debates on whether it should be easier for Americans to get silencers for guns on Wednesday—just hours after a gunman fired on several GOP congressmen and aides at a baseball field in Virginia, sending Rep. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) to the hospital.
The debate on silencers was canceled in response to the shooting, according to CNN.
Similarly to the debates that crop up following every highly publicized shooting in the United States, people waged passionate arguments both for having stricter gun control laws and for looser laws would have helped prevent the attack.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-K.y.) said everyone at the ballpark would have been killed if not for Capitol Hill Police being at the scene. “It would have been a massacre without them,” Paul said of the police officers who returned fire at the shooter and ultimately subdued him.
Some Twitter users used his quote as a jumping-off point for the debate.
Others felt yet another shooting in the U.S. just highlighted the need to talk about stricter gun control laws.
Virginia:— David Frum (@davidfrum) June 14, 2017
No background checks
No permit req’d for concealed carry of long guns
Open carry long guns & handguns
Why do we allow people to have weapons that will fire off 50 rounds? Glad they're ok, hope this inspires #guncontrol like Australia has.— Courtney Beth (@resistasista76) June 14, 2017
Soooo... still no gun control? K.— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) June 14, 2017
owning guns don't keep you safer and fighting gun control makes us all less safe— maura quint (@behindyourback) June 14, 2017
I wish Steve Scalise and aids a speedy recovery. Reports are it was an automatic rifle. Common Sense Gun Control is sorely needed.— WASH NEWS (@washnews_live) June 14, 2017
praying for victims.. we need bipartisan legislation on gun control. maybe congress will act now that it has affected one of their own— Emerson Bryant (@emersonhbryant) June 14, 2017
Others were not convinced any gun control measures would be brought about in light of Wednesday’s shooting.
But there were also many people who said gun control laws would not have prevented the shooting—with some arguing concealed carry permits should be broadened.
And CCW. No way to defend yourself. Feel terrible for Scalise. He knows now what it's like for poor people in Chicago.— Paul Nehlen (@pnehlen) June 14, 2017
Before libs start w their Gun Control bs, this could have been done with a large truck or a butcher knife, good people w guns stopped it— Hickory Taylor (@HickoryTaylor) June 14, 2017
More gun control laws won't protect you from lunatics but people with guns will.— El'geherg (@Elgeherg) June 14, 2017
Republican Congressman shot.— Mark Romano (@TheMarkRomano) June 14, 2017
This may be the only time Leftists don't want gun control!
As more details of the shooting continue to come out, it is likely the gun control debate will only intensify.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).