Sen. Feinstein said yesterday that “Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless loss of life.”
President Obama used the words “yet again” in reference to the mass shooting.
At least 12 people were killed in Monday’s attack; an investigation by local, federal and military authorities is ongoing. The FBI on Monday afternoon identified the gunman as Aaron Alexis, who reportedly worked at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas.
The 34-year-old was killed inside the Navy Yard facility, but not before inflicting the kind of carnage that immediately evoked memories of other recent mass shootings such as those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.
While advocates on both sides of the aisle may be mum thus far on new laws in the wake of the shootings, more voices will begin sounding out as the media pushes for answers.
Democratic leadership in the Senate and the White House have said they plan to seek expanded background checks, despite it failing in the Senate.
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