Amid mass shootings, GOP-controlled Congress remains focused on loosening gun laws

Oct 04, 2017, 00:19
Amid mass shootings, GOP-controlled Congress remains focused on loosening gun laws

Reacting to the mass shooting in Las Vegas that has claimed the lives of 59 people, Trump said, "Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded, or lost the ones they love so dearly in this awful, bad attack". The former Arizona congresswoman was a victim of a 2011 Tucson shooting that left six people dead. "No person should endure the horror Las Vegas experienced last night", said Giffords, who has become an advocate against gun violence.

"Guess what folks? Gun violence and grief hurt in EVERY zip code".

Gillespie, a political consultant and former Republican National Committee chairman endorsed by the NRA, also took to Twitter on Monday morning to respond to the violence.

Giffords has always been an advocate for gun control; she and her husband Mark Kelly, a retired American astronaut, launched a political action committee called Americans for Responsible Solutions in January 2013.

"The nation's counting on you", Giffords said to a crowd outside the Capitol.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, also of CT, said he's "furious" that Congress has failed to address gun violence since the Pulse nightclub shooting in June of past year.

"Let's be clear, there's a difference between speech and action", Gillespie said.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat, joined Marquez-Greene to blast lawmakers for not enacting stricter gun control measures, and called for Congress to "get off its ass and do something".

"He's already breaking the law shooting an automatic weapon that wasn't registered, so what's going to stop him, had he chosen to shoot a suppressed weapon, to do that?" "But they are not enough", Kelly said. "There's a lot we need to do in the wake of this mass shooting".

"We need a president that recognizes we have a gun violence problem and will work toward solutions", he said. "None of this ends unless we do something to stop it".

Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, returned to the Capitol last week after he was shot and critically wounded in June as he and fellow Republicans practiced for a congressional baseball game. It is the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history. "I'm exhausted of waking up to horrific news like this, and I'm sure you are, too".

She added that she was praying for her former colleagues and elected leaders to "find the courage it will take to make progress on the challenging issue of gun violence".

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