Northam Blasts Trump After Mass Shootings

Aug 5, 2019

In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend, Governor Northam is blaming Donald Trump and calling on voters to reject gun violence on November 5th.

Following an event marking the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear, Governor Northam blasted President Trump and state lawmakers who failed to act during a special legislative session on gun control.

Recalling the mass shooting in Virginia Beach in May and the fact that a thousand state residents were shot to death or took their own lives with a firearm in the past year, Ralph Northam told reporters “This is an emergency.”  Northam made the comments after an event in Charlottesville.

He scolded state lawmakers for failing to act during a special legislative session and suggested Donald Trump had encouraged attacks on people of color.

"I heard this morning that he denounced racism and bigotry, but I would hope he’d look in the mirror," Northam told reporters.

Northam said, 'Enough is enough!' and urged voters to elect people willing to enact common sense gun controls.

"There’s an election on November the 5th," he said. "I would ask every Virginian to pay attention to what’s going on in this country right now.  That can be addressed on Election Day."

The governor has called on state lawmakers to require background checks for any gun sales, to reinstate the one-sale-per-month limit – a measure designed to stop gun trafficking, and to ban the sale of military-style weapons. 

On Sunday, the Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, wrote that he condemned "terrorism based on the twisted idealogy of white supremacism."

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.