Democrats criticized for talking gun control so soon after Vegas shooting

Oct 04, 2017, 00:16
Democrats criticized for talking gun control so soon after Vegas shooting

"The nation's counting on you", Giffords declared, with a fist extended toward the Capitol.

President Donald Trump denounced what he called "an act of pure evil" and said he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Kelly says we must stand up to fear and reclaim American values.

The Connecticut Democrat offered his condolences to "the victims, their families, the first responders and the entire community in Las Vegas", after a gunman killed more than 50 people and wounded hundreds of others at an outdoor Jason Aldean concert near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

At a candidate forum in Richmond last week, Northam and Gillespie weighed in on what may be a new gun policy issue for the 2018 legislative session: whether cities and counties should be allowed to restrict weapons at volatile political rallies like the chaotic white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville this summer. Kelly said guns and politics go hand-in-hand. "Give me a break", Mr Kelly said in front of Capitol Hill.

The former astronaut charged that Congress has done "absolutely nothing" to stop further acts of gun violence and instead is working to craft legislation to "weaken our gun laws". "They are not enough".

"Awful, very bad scene in Las Vegas", Flake said in a tweet Monday morning. "There's not much we can do, but we can learn".

The shooting is "yet another reminder that nothing has changed since Newtown and the grief and shock we experienced there", Blumenthal said Monday, a reference to the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.

Following the tragic shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, Gabby Giffords is urging her former colleagues to act on the issue of gun violence.

"I know this feeling of heartbreak and horror too well", Giffords added.

Former President Bill Clinton showed his sympathy for the victims and said what happened in Las Vegas should "be unimaginable in America". "What we need now is a federal system so we're not left with a patchwork of laws across the country". We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence.

Both Giffords and Kelly are co-founders of Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control advocacy organization.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) said just as after the killings in Orlando past year, he won't take part in a moment of silence on the House floor for the Vegas shooting, saying it's not time for a "moment of silence; it's time for action".

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