State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Gun Control

Thomas Dixon: Close the gun show loophole and the Charleston Loophole

Source: 2016 South Carolina Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Tim Scott: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Scott: Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Lee Bright: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Bright: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Joyce Dickerson: Right to guns, but address issues of gun violence

Both Joyce Dickerson and Harry Pavilack said they favor the right to have guns, both that there are issues associated with gun violence that need to be addressed. Pavilack cited the power of the gun industry, while Dickerson focused her attention on avoiding future violence by adequately treating the mentally ill.

"I have a gun. I don't know how to shoot it, but I have one," Pavilack said.

"I believe South Carolina is ready for a woman like me," Dickerson said. "I have paid my dues."

Source: Augusta Chronicle on 2014 South Carolina Senate race May 29, 2014

Tim Scott: Don't rush to judgment on gun control after school shootings

Q: [In the wake of the recent school shootings], let me ask you about the whole business with the National Rifle Association. Their idea seems basically to be just add armed security to all of our nations' schools. Do you think that's feasible?

SCOTT: To rush to judgment, I think, is a bit premature on what we should do. We should take a very serious look at whatever it takes to keep our kids safe at school. We don't know what that is yet.

Q: But would you be in favor of changing some laws, like, for example, banning these assault weapons?

SCOTT: I would love to see what comes out of the committee [which Obama has just appointed], with Vice President Biden putting together a holistic approach, looking at the opportunities to seriously address all the issues of mental illness to other issues, understanding what happened and why. After we have those answers, we'll be in a much better position to decide the path forward.

Source: CBS "Face the Nation" on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Dec 23, 2012

Mitt Romney: Supports Second Amendment rights but also assault weapon ban

Q: As governor you signed into law one of the toughest restrictions on assault weapons in the country.

A: Letís get the record straight. First of all, thereís no question that I support 2nd Amendment rights, but I also support an assault weapon ban. Look, Iíve been governor in a pretty tough state. Youíve heard of blue states. In the toughest of blue states, I made the toughest decisions and did what was right for America. I have conservative values.

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Bill Richardson: The 2nd Amendment is precious

Q: You are currently the NRAís favorite presidential candidate declared in either party, based on their rating system. Did anything about the massacre at Virginia Tech make you rethink any part of your position on guns?

A: The first point Iíd want to make is my sincerest condolences to the families of those loved ones that perished. It was an unspeakable tragedy. Youíre right; Iím a Westerner. The 2nd Amendment is precious in the West. But I want to just state for the record, a vast majority of gun owners are law-abiding. This is an issue that deals with two fundamental problems in our system. The first is mental illness. We should ensure that all federal and state initiatives deal with making sure those with mental illnesses cannot get a gun. We should find ways to ensure that our schools get the help that they need to detect these mentally ill patients. Secondly, Iím for instant background checks. We have to make sure states are properly funded to be able to detect those problems.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Background check system could prevent Virginia Tech massacre

Q: Did any role that federal government plays fail those students at Virginia Tech?

A: Yes. You know, I remember very well when I accompanied Bill to Columbine after that massacre and met with the family members of those who had been killed and talked with the students, and feeling that we had to do more to try to keep guns out of the hands of the criminal and of the mentally unstable. And during the Clinton administration, that was a goal--not to, in any way, violate peopleís Second Amendment rights, but to try to limit access to people who should not have guns. Unfortunately, we saw the tragedy unfold at Virginia Tech. We now know that the background check system didnít work, because certainly this shooter, as heís called, had been involuntarily committed as a threat to himself and others. And, yet, he could walk in and buy a gun.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: VA Tech shooter not declared a danger to others

Hillary Clinton slipped up in her description of the Virginia Tech killings, overstating what a Virginia court had found about the shooterís mental state in 2005. Clinton said the shooter ďhad been involuntarily committed as a threat to himself & others. And, yet, he could walk in and buy a gun.Ē

Thatís only half true. Itís correct that Seung-hui Cho had a court-documented history of mental illness that should have precluded his purchase of a firearm. And he was indeed found to present ďan imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illnessď in a ruling dated December 14, 2005. But the Judge did not check a box that would have declared Cho Ēan imminent danger to others.ď Moreover, the judge declined to involuntarily commit Cho and sent him to outpatient counseling. Clintonís confusion on this might stem from bad reporting by some news outlets that said Cho was found to be a danger to himself and others.

Source: FactCheck on 2007 South Carolina Democratic debate Apr 26, 2007

Joe Biden: Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole

Q: How many of you, in your adult lifetime, have had a gun in the house?

[Show of hands]: Senator Gravel, Senator Biden, Senator Dodd, Governor Richardson, Congressman Kucinich.

Q: Sen. Biden, what could the federal government have done to save those kids at Virginia Tech?

A: What they could have done is three things.

  1. In the so-called Biden crime bill, we put 100,000 cops on the street. Iíve worked with law enforcement for the past 30 years, with armor-piercing bullets, waiting periods, etc. But the one thing thatís clear: We should not have let the assault weapons ban lapse.
  2. We should close this so-called gun show loophole, so you canít go into a gun show and buy a gun that you couldnít buy walking into a gun shop.
  3. We have let the country down in the way in which we have not focused on mental illness. We should know that your kid is safe at college. If teachers determine that a child is a danger, the school should be able to take them off the campus.
Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

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