Romney responds to A&M shootings by saying no new gun laws are needed

Monday’s fatal gunfire near Texas AM in College Station stirred reaction from around the nation, with Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney telling reporters on the campaign trail in Florida that the shooting doesn’t prompt the need for any new gun laws.

“I happen to believe that this is not the matter of the weapon that’s used, it’s the matter of the individuals and the choices these people make, and we have to understand how to prevent those kind of choices from being made,” Romney said. “I don’t think gun laws are the answer.”

Other reactions included:

“This is a sad day in the Bryan-College Station community. … A traumatic incident occurred a few blocks from our campus today. We are deeply saddened to learn about the deaths of three individuals, including a law enforcement officer. My thoughts and prayers, as well I am sure of the entire Aggie community, go out to the families and close friends of those who died so tragically, those who were injured and anyone else personally impacted by this senseless act of violence. All of us at Texas AM will do whatever we can today and in the coming days to serve in any way possible to ease the pain, tensions and concerns of all affected.”

— R. Bowen Loftin, president, Texas AM University

“It is heartbreaking to hear the news of the tragic shooting in College Station that took the lives of Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann and an additional victim. Constable Bachmann and I were just together at the Feast of Caring last week – he was a brave protector of and servant for our community, and we have all lost a great friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this awful shooting. God bless Constable Bachmann’s family and all of our first responders. I would ask everyone in our community to pray for the victims, their families, our first responders and the military men and women who selflessly serve to keep us safe.”

— U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the shooting in College Station this afternoon. I join the community in expressing my deepest condolences.”

–U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas

“Senseless attacks by violent criminals have no place in the state of Texas – and will not be tolerated.”

— Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

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