McAuliffe also incorrectly claimed that 93 million Americans die per day because of gun violence, and had to correct his statement.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) was the first politician to turn the tragic shooting involving Republican congressman on Wednesday political, during a press conference at the scene of the crime.
A reporter asked McAuliffe if he was aware of any threats like this occurring, and whether there are any more known threats.
“We had no prior information that would lead us to believe that anything like this was going to occur,” McAuliffe responded.
“Do you think anything more needs to be done to protect politicians?” another reporter asked McAuliffe.
McAuliffe answered: “Well, let me say this. I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens. I have long advocated – this is not what today is about. There are too many guns on the street. We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence.”
McAuliffe continued: “I’ve long talked about this. Background checks, shutting down gun show loopholes. It’s not for today’s discussion. But, it’s not just about the politicians. We worry about this every day for all of our citizens.”
Another reporter asked McAuliffe that, if this is not the day for politics, why he is making it about politics.
“I talk about this every single day. This is a very serious issue,” McAuliffe responded. “I’m not going to get anywhere near the investigation. The FBI is leading this. This obviously, with 93 million people a day.”
When McAuliffe repeated his claim that 93 million American people a day are killed by gun violence, reporters interjected, asking McAuliffe if that number is correct.
McAuliffe corrected himself, telling the reporter he meant to say, 93 individuals.
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