"As legislators, it is our duty to facilitate thoughtful policy discussions in the aftermath of such a tragedy, regardless of political positions. As a mother of three and grandmother to one, I certainly have serious concerns as to how someone capable of such mass murder was able to get his hands on an assault weapon and murder 26 innocent people.
"This is a time to reflect on everything that may have contributed to this shooting, from gun laws to the level of violence in the media to how we address mental illness in this country," Capito said.
Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., did not respond to a request for comment by Monday evening.
Rockefeller also wants to see a "renewed national dialogue on mental health."
State and federal budget cuts have cut back "both inpatient and community services for children and adults living with serious mental illness," Rockefeller said.
Today, West Virginia and the whole nation have "an incredible shortage of mental health providers," he said.
"It would be a travesty if we only looked at Friday's attack -- as well as the many other senseless tragedies we've seen - in silence and refuse to act. I'm pushing for that action now before we have to mourn more innocent lives lost."
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