Sen. Rob Portman urged people to “stand up against bigotry” and “white nationalism” following the mass shootings in Texas and his home state of Ohio.
The comments from the Ohio Republican came Tuesday and were detailed in a report by Politico.
Portman also expressed support for “red flag” laws, which allow police and family members to block access to firearms for those considered an imminent threat to others and themselves, Politico noted.
His comments came one day after President Donald Trump called for such laws.
“I think there’s more we can do legislatively,” Portman said. “Some of the legislative ideas may not make a difference. This one would I think if you could come up with a way to remove a gun from somebody’s possession.”
The Hill quoted him as saying: “There are some laws that I think bridge this issue of the guns and the mental health issue and I think red flag laws is one.”
Politico noted Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said he would renew efforts to pass legislation with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to expand background checks. Portman had voted against the original bill, but said Tuesday Congress “should look at everything."
And he said more needs to be done to understand the cause of the shootings.
“We all need to stand up against the bigotry and the hatred and the white nationalism,” Portman said. “There are certain things you can do on the legal side with regard to guns but there’s a deeper problem here.”
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