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KIMT News 3 – Area politicians share their thoughts on the shooting spree that left 12 dead and several others injured in Washington.
More details emerge from the tragic shooting at a US Naval yard on Monday and although we know more about the shooter, many questions are left about his motive.
Today politicians in our area share their thoughts on the impact the shootings have on the White House and around the country.
US Senator Charles Grassley describes his thoughts on hearing the news for the first time.
“You really don’t know how to react except to have a great deal of sympathy and try to find out what motivated this person. After you find out what motivated this person, maybe there’s something you can do, but probably not,” said Grassley.
With several pressing issues on the minds of legislators, the shooting caused an abrupt halt to all operations.
In fact some say the once quieted issue of gun control will become a highly debated subject once again.
“In this particular instance where he used guns that were stolen, if somebody is committed to stealing a gun to commit a crime, there’s no way you can legislate against that,” said Grassley.
Iowa Sate Representative, Sharon Steckman also believes the debate will have to be addressed but so will other issues about the shooter.
“I hope that, that debate does not end. I’m not sure that things will get done because, like you said, they’re so divided already and they’re in a quagmire. The mental health issue is huge, I don’t think this young man had a very good support,” said Steckman.
As Congress tries to get back on track and discuss issues like the upcoming Farm Bill and talks on Syria, Steckman said her counterparts at the national level need to get on the same page.
“If you’re speaking of Washington, they have to learn how to play like big people and work together. They have to do that and then they could get some things done,” said Steckman.
Several victim names have been released since the shooting and their ages range from 43 to 76. Those killed were civilian workers and military contractors.
Authorities say they are still trying to find any links between those killed and the shooter.
Investigators say there are also looking into just how Alexis was able to sneak weapons on to a heavily guarded area.
Already fingers are pointing to budget cuts.