Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said on Wednesday that he believes lawmakers have gone “as far as you go” on gun legislation following the shooting at a Nashville elementary school this week.
“There’s nobody here that, if they found the right approach, they wouldn’t try to do something that they feel pain,” Rounds told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. “And yet, when we start talking about bans or attacks on the Second Amendment, I think that’s what’s already been done until we’re going to do it with gun control.”
But Rounds suggested that Congress reallocate $500 million in funds that were intended to put solar panels on schools to increase school security and make school buildings “more difficult to access.”
The shooter at Covenant School, a private Christian school in Nashville, Tenn., showed up in Nashville, Tenn., to report that he had spied a second target, but released it after deciding it was “too much for security.”
The 28-year-old shooter, a former student at the school, killed three staff members and three 9-year-old students on Monday before being killed by police.
He is not alone among his Republican colleagues in suggesting that Congress can do little about the issue. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he doesn’t see “any real role” for Congress to play in reducing gun violence.
“It’s horrible, it’s horrible,” Burchett told reporters. “And I’m not going to fix it.” Criminals love criminals. ”
President Biden expressed frustration with Congress’ lack of action on guns after Monday’s shooting, slamming Republicans for the holdup and pushing for a ban on assault rifles.
Congress to act. Most Americans think that weapons have a prodigious impact, a crazy idea. They are against it, Biden said. “I can’t do anything but reason with Congress.”