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White House says Virginia TV shooting points to need for gun control

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WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that the shooting of two television journalists in Virginia is another example of gun violence that is "becoming all too common."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Congress can pass legislation that would have a "tangible impact of reducing gun violence in this country."

Earnest said he had not had the chance to speak with President Barack Obama about the shooting, which occurred Wednesday morning. Earnest said the thoughts and prayers of those in the White House are with those killed.

A Roanoke police officer moves road cones back into position after letting a vehicle through at WDBJ's Digital Broadcast Center, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Roanoke, Va. © Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP A Roanoke police officer moves road cones back into position after letting a vehicle through at WDBJ's Digital Broadcast Center, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Roanoke, Va.

(Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

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