“I hope, I really sincerely hope, that this tragedy, this unimaginable, unspeakable tragedy, will provide an impetus to bring back measures that would keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people who are severely troubled or deranged like this young man was," Blumenthal continued.
While the Democratic senator discussed the need for background checks, he proposed potentially centering the legislation around mental health in order to bring conservative lawmakers on board.
“We need mental health resources, and that initiative I hope will provide common ground, a point of consensus, that will bring us together in the Congress and enable the majority — 90 percent of the American people want background checks — to be heard," Blumenthal said. “I’m going to urge that we bring back those bills, maybe reconfigure them to center on mental health, which is a point where we can agree.”
Sen. John Thune (R-SD), also appearing on "Face the Nation," said that he felt any gun control legislation pass through Congress should address mental health.
"That’s where we ought to be focusing our efforts," he said.