Georgians' post-Orlando policy suggestions span the political gamut

There's the fundamental question of whether new controls on purchasing firearms would help, and Democrats filibustered on the Senate floor for nearly 15 hours yesterday in order to force votes on the issue. (Republican leaders in the chamber seemingly agreed to hold several votes in the days ahead, including on an NRA-backed proposal.)

Democrat Jim Barksdale, the Atlanta investment manager challenging Johnny Isakson in November's Senate race, said he backs expanding background checks on all gun purchases and cited a recent Public Policy Polling survey that said 87 percent of Georgians were on the same page:

Many Republicans on Capitol Hill, however, say firearms are not the proper focus.

Isakson said Monday that it was time to declare a “no holds barred” war against Islamic terrorism amid news that the Orlando gunman pledged allegiance to the Islamic State:

Those views extended across the aisle to at least one Democrat, Atlanta U.S. Rep. David Scott, who said Tuesday that President Barack Obama needs to “stop pussyfooting around, get a sense of urgency and declare war” on radical Islamic terror.

House Republicans have focused their legislative response to Orlando so far on advancing a long-delayed mental health bill, but the measure had to be watered down in order to attract support from both sides of the aisle.

Then there's Lawrenceville Republican Rob Woodall, who warned about rushing to any conclusions too quickly:

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that...
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