Pols react to Navy Yard shooting; DiFi talks guns

Your voices in Congress are responding to the mass shooting today at the Washington Navy Yard.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., took a decidedly political approach:

“I mourn those killed today at the Navy Yard in Washington and send my thoughts and prayers to those families grieving the loss of loved ones.

“There are reports the killer was armed with an AR-15, a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol when he stormed an American military installation in the nation’s capital and took at least 12 innocent lives.

“This is one more event to add to the litany of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons—including a military-style assault rifle—and kill many people in a short amount of time.

“When will enough be enough?

“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.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, made no policy prescriptions:

“Our prayers rest with the families and loved ones of those killed at the Washington Navy Yard today. Our thoughts remain with the injured and all those now recovering from this unspeakable tragedy.
“Every day, the men and women of our Navy and across our Armed Forces lay their lives on the line on distant shores; they should not be forced to confront the horrors of gun violence here at home.

“Members of Congress always stand with the members of our military. Today, we hold a special place in our hearts for those who serve our country at the Navy Yard and for all caught in the crossfire of today’s horrible attack. We offer our condolences to the victims and stand prepared to support them and their families in the days and weeks to come.”

From House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio:

“This has been a dark day, and we know more of them lie ahead for the families of the victims. Hoping that they find comfort – and answers – is at the top of our minds. Next, we ought to say ‘thank you’ to the first responders and law enforcement professionals – including Capitol Police – who did their jobs and saved lives.

“These events strike a particularly personal chord for all of us on Capitol Hill. Every day, a special breed of men and women go to work at the Navy Yard, and they do so just blocks from our Capitol. These are our neighbors and our defenders. So I would ask all the members, officers, and staff of the House of Representatives to take a moment tonight to think about everyone at the Navy Yard, and keep them in your hearts. I pray that we never forget their service and sacrifice.”

And, assorted tweets:

@RepBarbaraLee: My thoughts and prayers go out to victims and loved ones of those killed or injured at #NavyYard today.

@RepSwalwell: Today, not far from Cap. Hill, a senseless act of gun violence took innocent lives. Thoughts are w/ victims’ families. #NavyYardShooting

@RepThompson: Keep Navy Yard victims in your thoughts as law enforcement works to ensure those responsible for this horrific shooting are held accountable

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    What a surprise! Nobody favors killing co-workers

  • Elwood


  • Elwood
  • JohnW

    How do universal background checks and laws to track and shut down straw buyer networks “disarm law-abiding citizens?” The “key fallacy” in Sowell’s comment is that we have never had these laws except on a city-by-city or state-by-state basis. Obviously, if you can go from D.C. to the Virginia suburbs, or from Chicago to the Indiana suburbs, or go to a gun show or online to buy guns and unlimited rounds of ammo, the local laws will be ineffective.

    PS: None of the proposed laws would have prevented what happened at the Washington Navy Yard. But they could help reduce the daily killing of innocents in the cities and some of the mass shootings that have occurred (Aurora, for example). We are an inexplicably violent nation, as evidenced by everything from road rage to beating the brains out of baseball fans. Easy access to guns just magnifies the problem.

  • Bruce

    In the parts I could tolerate of Lamestream media’s non stop coverage of the latest tragedy,, with the picture of the shooter, constantly in my face, It appears to be behavior problems. Why wasn’t something done about the shooter’s behavior problem?

    People who have been in the military, have been doing things like this for decades. Does anyone remember the My Lai massacre?

    Senator Goldman & her parrots, squawking about gun control, have it all wrong. The shooter needed some kind of medical help.

  • Elwood

    Aaron Alexis had been a ticking time bomb for years.

    What we need is nut control, not gun control.

  • MichaelB

    Thanks for letting us all know that the “assault weapons” ban proposed by Obama/Feinstein/Thompson after the Sandy Hook shootings (and an expanded version passed in states like New York/Connecticut) is not disarming anyone.

    I guess anyone who chose to purchase one
    could still do so after it passed? The current owners could just simply ignore the registration requirements as well?

    The “key fallacy” in your reasoning is that gun control supporters really “respect” the 2nd Amendment/just want to “make a deal” to preserve gun ownership. They don’t. Few, if any, gun control supporters ever offer to repeal or scale back current legislation as part of a “compromise” we are hearing that is required on this issue.

    Expect more complaints about “too many guns” supposedly being the “cause” of violence and the need to restrict/ban more of them from those having nothing to do with violence or being mentally ill.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    What the heck does My Lai have to do with this incident?

  • JohnW

    I differentiate between the mass murders and the everyday killing that goes on in the cities. They call for different solutions.

    The former is a mental health problem. The latter is a gang culture/gun proliferation/gun trafficking problem. The former often involves semi-automatic long guns, which have action hero type appeal to would be mass killers and increase the lethal damage when used. The latter mostly involves handguns. Both are exacerbated by easy access to guns without an effective system of background checks.

    As for “making a deal,” whatever “gun control” laws have survived to date are melting away faster than an ice cube on a hot sidewalk. Your side is winning, winning, winning. This is due to the NRA’s ability to energize a relatively small base of gun activists, who don’t represent majority opinion of even NRA members but who can be highly effective in low turnout special elections, such as the recall in Colorado.

    So, stop acting like the victim of some conspiracy to take away all your guns and 2nd Amendment rights. If there is such a conspiracy, it has to be the least effective one in the history of conspiracies.

  • MichaelB

    Your solutions are tired social engineering/”blame society” ones that we’ve heard before and don’t work.

    Blaming guns for violence, wanting more restrictions on those NOT involved with violence and doing what about the perpetrators? I guess just hoping they will go away? Even the Obama Administration hasn’t shown an interest in prosecuting
    those already failing federal background checks for gun purchases. But now we need an “effective” background check? I feel better already.

    The “conspiracy” is coming from your side claiming to have “common sense” (if you can believe this). The NRA, private citizens legally owning guns and gun manufacturers are “causing” violence – criminals just don’t mean it and they were “forced” into abusing guns. So I guess that’s why Andrew Cuomo said he needed to confiscate guns from law abiding people in his own state to “solve” violent crime? Everyone is just so much safer by “journalists” outing legal pistol permit holders in the New York City area? I guess this is what passes as “rational behavior” by the political left.

    So called semi automatic long guns are hardly ever used in crime as evidenced by the US Senate hearing on the “assault weapons” renewal. For whatever reason there is an appeal to ban them from law abiding people (again) when the previous legislation was ineffective.

    No self respecting bad guy is going to submit to an “effective” background check for handguns or any other type – firearms are obtained with illegal transactions (easy access for anything those who ignore laws). So stop acting like another gun law/ban is going to magically “fix” things. It isn’t.

    The new gun bans enacted in New York, Connecticut and possibly California are just “melting away”? The 2nd Amendment won in the Supreme Court by only one vote so that’s no big deal either? A few more so called “progressive” justices from Obama or another Democrat President won’t matter? The mainstream media/entertainment outlets/public education system being in the tank for gun control is nothing?

    The majority of the people support the 2nd Amendment as an individual right – most of the Democratic Party does not. They are not to be trusted on this issue.

  • JohnW

    Polls showed that 90% of Americans were in favor of stronger background checks. That included a majority of people who identified themselves as NRA members. According to you, being in favor of background checks amounts to being against the 2nd Amendment as an individual right. So, apparently a majority of NRA members are anti-2nd Amendment. Who would’ve thunk it? There must be a bunch of anti-Constitution subversives who have infiltrated the NRA.

    Feel free to reply. I support your First Amendment rights. However, I’ve exhausted mine on this topic.


  • Bruce

    Military. Add Dan White to the list of shooters with military training. The good old U.S. Government trains people to kill.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Polls show 90pc of Americans think brushing teeth is a good habit

  • Bruce

    I’m sure Thug 4 Life, won’t be buying his/her weapon @ Wal Mart. Only an idiot would try to buy a weapon without finding out about their own background. Every time I try to find info about someone, a background check site pops up. When you decided to snoop on me, John W@. came up on my Linkedin. Within minutes, I found out entirely to much about John E. W@. Right down to the colors & number on your house.

    So as far as background checks go. It’s just another expense for honest people. Totally meaningless for Thug 4 Life. Something like Stupid Weed. The last graduating high school person I asked, said: “Everyone smokes it”.
    It has been said entirely to many times: Laws are made to be broken..

  • MichaelB

    The so called “gun proliferation” argument advanced by you and others is exhausted.

    So how about coming up with something different besides lectures from politicians/activists about “not needing” to own guns or the parade of victims saying “you’re against the kids” if you don’t agree to ban what we want?

    The public is not going to support banning/confiscating guns from law abiding people – just so gun control advocates can feel better/hope the bad guys will fold their hands and behave themselves as a result.

  • Bruce

    Your story in today’s CC Times, had some good points Josh. The thing about people needing mental help is: The person needing mental help, is to mentally gone to think they need mental help. What’s worse is: Police have to be called to declare someone mentally unfit. Worse yet: Police often kill the person who needs mental help.

  • Elwood

    CRazy Uncle Joe says buy a shotgun!