Terry McAuliffe, the presumed Democratic nominee for Virginia governor, is calling for improved mental health care and greater gun control in the aftermath of Friday’s mass shooting at a Connecticut school.
In a statement issued Monday, the former Democratic National Committee chairman said the tragedy demands “a reflection on what we as a Country and a Commonwealth can do to make our children safer. For me, there are some common sense places to begin.
“First, we must prioritize the diagnosis, treatment, and awareness of mental health issues by recognizing that individuals with psychological and emotional disorders need our help instead of stigmatization. Second, I’ve said in the past and I continue to believe that there are mainstream restrictions on dangerous weapons that we can agree on including: renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban, passage of bipartisan legislation to strengthen background checks, and re-implementation of Virginia’s one-gun-a-month rule.”
McAuliffe was referring to the repeal earlier this year of a 19-year-old state law that had limited gun purchases to one per month.