EASLEY, S.C. - Presidential candidate John Edwards said Monday that he is the strongest general election candidate in the Democratic field because he's won in the South and his chief rivals have not been tested there.
Upon arriving in Nashville, Edwards learned about the shooting at Virginia Tech that led to the deaths of 22 people, including the gunman. He continued to a news conference at the Nashville Farmers Market, and opened by offering his prayers for those killed. "God bless them, and it's a terrible tragedy in America," he said.
Edwards supports gun control measures such as background checks at gun shows, but stressed his support of gun ownership rights in his rural America plan. In the interview with the AP, Edwards said he grew up hunting deer, rabbits and birds, but doesn't hunt any longer. "I think it's important for us to respect the right to own firearms and to use them for protection," he said. "I don't think, though, that it means anybody needs an AK-47 to hunt."