Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe there is anything Congress can do to stop school shootings, calling it “a local decision,” The Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
McConnell made the remarks while addressing a group of community leaders in Danville, Ky., where he said the federal government can’t do much besides appropriate funds.
“You would think, given how much it takes to get on an American plane or given how much it takes to get into courthouses, that this might be something that we could achieve, but I don’t think we could do that from Washington. I think it’s basically a local decision,” McConnell said.
“It’s a darn shame that’s where we are but this epidemic is something that’s got all of our attention,” he added. “And I know it’s got the attention of every school superintendent in the country.”
Congress has faced increased pressure this year to pass stricter gun laws following school shootings in Texas, Kentucky, Florida and elsewhere, including raising the minimum age requirement to purchase certain weapons or to ban certain types of firearms.