And of course, Hillary Clinton, the defeated presidential candidate who should be in jail instead of making public comments, urged the public to not politicize this mass murder - but then immediately politicized it. Or after two lawmakers survived assassination attempts. They think their political survival is more important than those 59 people. Remember, even when Democrats had control of the Senate after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, they still could not pass a bill to ensure every gun purchased in this country underwent a background check.
But the South Dakota Democratic Party is pushing for Congress to do something. Democrats believe that the sheer scope of the carnage and pressure on President Trump to act might make this time different. And after each of these jihadist atrocities, Republicans didn't budge an inch on gun control. Indeed, we have very little information about the shooter's motivation or the state of his mental health.
Those are attachments that go on semi-automatic firearms that would make them function as an automatic weapon. We could also note that Ryan has pushed aggressively for deep cuts to Medicaid, which provides mental health treatments to many low-income Americans.
They refused to leave the House floor, reading the names of the victims of gun violence.
The killings this week in Las Vegas plus so many severe injuries must be the last gun incident ever! Congress last seriously debated gun control in 2013, after the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT. The measure failed by a wide margin. There's a useful health-related goal for that: Suppressors help protect the shooter's ears from the crack of the shot, which is literally deafening at normal volume without any ear cover.
"Mr. and Mrs. America, you have to stand up, you have to say 'enough is enough, '" Feinstein said.
"We must never stop fighting", Giffords said. "You have to help us".
But on Tuesday, as the nation mourned the deaths in Las Vegas, House Speaker Paul Ryan shelved the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act.
"That law is now being implemented", Ryan said. "I'd be willing to look at that". "I thought 101 California would", she said, referring to a 1993 San Francisco shooting that left nine dead.
Other Republicans indicated that the latest tragedy is not going to change their position.
"The investigation's not even been completed, and it's premature to be discussing legislative solutions, if there are any", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.
"I don't think we should listen to people who are not interested in safe gun-handling", Pratt said of gun-control proponents.
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., spoke for many conservative lawmakers Wednesday when he told reporters: "I'm a Second Amendment man".
Asked about gun control before leaving Washington for a day trip to Puerto Rico, Trump answered cryptically.
"I mean if people want guns, they're going to get them", Hoff said. When asked by reporters aboard Air Force One about whether he was open to a discussion on gun control, the President said, "at some point perhaps that will come".
JEFF FLAKE: I'm sure we'll be talking about that a lot.
What are Democrats are saying?She was flanked by Blumenthal and Sen.
"If you look to Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes previous year, they have the strictest gun laws in the country", Sanders said. Schumer also called on Trump to bring together congressional leaders to start working on gun safety issues.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who joined U.S. Sen. A spokesman for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., but not all of them. "Why can't we keep a weapon from becoming a military-grade weapon?"
Whether Paddock had links to the IS or not, the Las Vegas shooting once again puts the spotlight on a painful and oft-debated policy issue in the United States - that of gun control reform.
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