Rep. Scott Taylor said Monday that both political parties want to address the issue of gun violence and mass shootings, but said he doesn’t see universal background checks as a way to do that.
“What I will tell you is I think there’s an equality of desire to prevent these things from happening. I think you can do things. I think there can be action that’s done,” Mr. Taylor, Virginia Republican, said on CNN.
He said that while he is not a member of the National Rifle Association, plenty of his constituents are, adding that targeting the organization isn’t getting anyone closer to solving the issue of gun violence. He does have an “A” rating from the organization.
“I’m not concerned about the organization itself. I’m concerned about preventing death. I’m concerned about dealing with the issues that we can control. Not a boogeyman. Because the NRA is the boogeyman right now,” Mr. Taylor said.
“I’m not supportive of universal background checks,” he added.
A mass shooting on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, brought the issue of gun violence back to the forefront of the debate. Seventeen people were killed at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School when the suspected gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, opened fire using an AR-15.