Carney was asked whether delaying a legislative proposal risked failing to harness the outrage in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. The press secretary said it was hard to "imagine in a few weeks or a few months that pain would not still be incredibly intense and present."The article also noted that Virginia Senator Mark Warner has joined the chorus talking about banning sporting rifles, also known as so-called "assault weapons." Warner called the Newtown shooting a "game changer." While Warner earned an "A" rating from the NRA in 2000 after having signed a number of pro-rights bills as governor, he has what can be termed a checkered past on the issue. As chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia he supported a waiting period for purchasing handguns, supported Governor Doug Wilder's handgun rationing bill, and later supported the Clinton Gun ban.
UPDATE: CBS TV 6 and The News Leader reported and a stronger statement by Warner making it clear he now supports Obama's call for banning so-called "assault weapons."