The shooting in Orlando has again ignited the debate around our gun laws.
Following the shooting, Senator Lindsey Graham issued a statement that read in part, “This is not a gun control issue, it’s a terrorism issue. If gun control were the answer there would be no Paris and Brussels attacks.”
A spokesman for Senator Tim Scott issued a similar statement to the News 2 I-Team.
“The threat we face from radical Islam is real, and we must focus our energy on supporting our intelligence community as they continue their work in this area. Senator Scott does not believe gun control measures will solve the issues we currently face, ” Senator Scott‘s spokesman Sean Smith wrote via email.
While in Mt. Pleasant Tuesday, Representative Mark Sanford told News 2 he agrees there needs to be a focus on security, but he said congress must also review current gun laws.
In a stark contrast, Representative James Clyburn has been pushing for a vote to reform current laws. During a call for discussion Monday, he was shut down by Speaker Paul Ryan, which lead to a frenzy in the House.
“These people worship at the altar of the NRA,” he said after being asked about why many Republicans continued to avoid discussing gun control.
“This is not about ISIS, this is not about any kind of foreign terror,” Clyburn said Tuesday. “This is about guns in America and whether or not we can have some kind of moderation to the Second Amendment.”
All three republicans have A-ratings with the NRA for their support of the organization and it’s views. Rep. Clyburn is rated F.