In face of Las Vegas shooting, congressional inaction

Elias Hubbard
October 6, 2017

The legislative push by Democrats was in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in CT that left 20 children and six adults dead.

"Meanwhile, I will continue to fight for common-sense gun safety measures to reduce the number of senseless gun deaths of our fellow Americans". Those sectors led the gains on Monday, continuing a rise since Republicans unveiled more details about their proposal.

Some Democrats seemed to tacitly acknowledge that gun legislation is a nonstarter, with many lawmakers offering statements that offered condolences but no formal calls for action.

Congressman Andre Carson said it is time people need to stop hiding behind the false narrative that enacting common sense gun policies somehow limits the rights of law abiding Americans.

Cleckner said it would be far cheaper and easier to equip a weapon such as an AR-15 with a Slide Fire stock, which is legal and can be bought for about $300, than it would be to buy a machine gun. "That's what's going to keep the people in this country safe".

The speaker ordered flags to half-staff at the U.S. Capitol in memory of the victims.

The GOP's failure to act "is about money", Pelosi said after a rally Wednesday morning outside the Capitol.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is bemoaning the lack of action by congressional Republicans to address gun violence such as the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Republican leaders are making it clear that Congress will take no action on gun legislation in the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas. Senator Gillibrand spoke out against the measure because she says gun silencers makes it hard for police to track shooters.

The NRA-ILA says, "It is lawful to possess, purchase or sell a machine gun or silencer that is legally registered and possessed in compliance with all federal laws and regulations", in the state of Nevada.

Paul McQuillen, with the group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, says the Las Vegas incident once again highlights the inadequacies of the nation's gun laws.

A separate bill sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., would allow any gun owner with a state-issued concealed carry permit to hide a handgun in any state that allows concealed carry.

In light of the tragedy in Las Vegas, and the ongoing tragedy of gun violence in America, this could not be more inappropriate.

Acts of mass gun violence, reported The Washington Post, "have done little to change the strong partisan divide on the issue".

"Right now, we have a situation where there's a hole in our law that needs to get fixed".

"States with very open gun laws like OH and Pennsylvania and the Iron Pipeline from the South bring guns into New York State".

Last year, Initiative 1491 on extreme risk protection orders passed, allowing families or law enforcement to petition a court to consider temporarily suspending a person's access to firearms, if there's evidence that there's a harm to the individual or others. After the 2016 election of Donald Trump, who has espoused less-strict gun control policies than those of his Democratic predecessor, gun stocks sank. Murphy blasted what he called hollow thoughts and prayers of politicians and "continued legislative indifference".

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