Rep. Schiff wants tougher gun laws in wake of UCSB rampage

McClatchy Washington BureauMay 27, 2014 

Santa Barbara Rampage

Jose Cardoso pays his respects at a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif. Sheriff's officials said Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood.

CHRIS CARLSON — Associated Press

As the House of Representatives prepares to return from its Memorial Day recess, calls for tougher gun laws in the wake of the weekend’s University of California-Santa Barbara rampage that left three people dead by gunfire and three others stabbed to death are starting to trickle in.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Ca., weighed in Monday, saying ‘the shooting at Isla Vista is another heartbreaking tragedy, and another example of the senseless gun violence affecting our communities.’

‘What will it take to get the Congress moving on responsible gun safety laws?’ said Schiff, a former prosecutor. ‘What will it take to keep guns out of the hands of seriously mentally ill people? How many more Sandy Hooks, Auroras, Stocktons, Columbines, Virginia Techs, and Isla Vistas must we have?’

The House and Senate tried to deal with gun laws in 2012 in the wake of the deadly shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. The Senate managed to craft a bipartisan bill to expand background checks, but lawmakers were unable to break a filibuster in the chamber.


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