Tim Kaine Hosts Roundtable on Gun Violence Prevention

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Sen. Tim Kaine (D) Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) Virginia
Kristen Dumont, former teacher Kristen Dumont, former teacher
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During a round table discussion in Richmond February 26, Senator Tim Kaine said he will push as many bills as possible to prevent mass shootings.

The Richmond chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America organized the event, where concerned parents asked Kaine to improve gun laws in Virginia.

Kaine says preventing another school shooting is not going to happen by one bill being passed. He says it will take a series of steps and both parties in congress will have to meet somewhere in the middle.

He says there is an unhealthy imbalance between mental health and easy access to weapons.

Kaine is interested in working on a bill that would restrict purchases on specific assault weapons.

“I've seen these tragedies occur and congress sit on the sidelines. I hope there's a discussion, frankly, led by our young people that may change the dynamic,” said Kaine.

Many at the roundtable, including Kaine, say arming teachers as a response would do more harm than good.

“As a former educator, you see events like parkland and sandy hook and it just makes you scared. It makes you scared for your classroom. It makes you scared as a parent,” said Kristen Dumont. 

Parents agree more resource officers and security at schools across Virginia could be a good short term solution.

Senator Kaine told NBC29 that he is a strong supporter of the second amendment and owns a gun himself.

He says responsible gun owners do not have to be affected by restricted gun laws.