Sen. Raphael Warnock says ‘we need reasonable gun reform in our country’ in response to ‘tragic’ Atlanta-area shootings

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Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., arrives prior to the start of arguments in the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, at the Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 in Washington.

Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia said the US needed “reasonable gun reform in our country” in response to the Atlanta-area shootings that left eight people dead.

“We need reasonable gun reform in our country,” Warnock said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “This shooter was able to kill all of these folks the same day he purchased a firearm. But right now, what is our legislature doing? They’re busy under the gold dome in Georgia trying to prevent people from being able to vote the same day they register.”

He continued: “When you can buy a gun and create this much carnage and violence on the same day, but if you want to exercise your right to vote as an American citizen… the same legislature that should be focused on this, is busy erecting barriers to that constitutional right.”

Last week, a white gunman, 21-year-old white man, Robert Aaron Long, was arrested and charged for shootings at spas in the Atlanta-area earlier this week. Six of eight people who died during the attack were women of Asian descent.

“We all know hate when we see it. It is tragic that we’ve been visited with this kind of violence yet again,” Warnock said in the interview. “I’m going to do everything in my power as a United States Senator to make sure that families don’t have to endure this kind of violence in the first place.”

Long told law enforcement that he had a “sex addiction” and that the attack was not racially motivated, however, advocates are pushing back against that claim. The shootings came amid a rise in hate against the Asian American community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Warnock, along with Sen. Jon Ossoff and state Rep. Bee Nguyen attended a rally on Saturday condemning hate crimes against the Asian American community, the Associated Press reported.

“I just wanted to drop by to say to my Asian sisters and brothers, we see you, and, more importantly, we are going to stand with you,” Warnock said during the rally, according to the AP.

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