Republican Sen.-elect Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee was asked for her reaction about the mass shooting at the Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks, California, that killed 13 people and injured 22 others.
Blackburn, who reportedly received $1 million from the NRA during her recent campaign, called for protecting the Second Amendment and protecting citizens, and falsely claimed “we’ve always done that.”
The U.S. has consistently been a country with high gun-related deaths. In 2016, the U.S. had 37,200 gun deaths, noted PBS.
Blackburn, who opposes Obamacare and universal health care, said that mental health care needs to be addressed.
She assumed that the shooter is mentally ill, which has not been confirmed.
Blackburn also offered her cliche “thoughts and prayers” for the victims.