Republicans unwilling to consider new gun laws

Republicans unwilling to consider new gun laws

Declaring that 'enough is enough, ' Democrats in Congress on Monday called for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders in the House and Senate to move forward on ways to cut down on gun violence, arguing that there is now a never-ending cycle of mass killings followed by inaction on the part of elected leaders in Washington. "They think their political survival is more important than the survival of those 59 people" who died in the Las Vegas shooting, as well as the school children who died in Newtown, Connecticut, and club-goers killed in Orlando, Florida.

There could be one legislative legacy - the shooting may have slowed some pro-gun legislation.

Assaults by firearm kill about 11,000 people in the United States each year, which translates to a roughly 1-in-370 lifetime chance of death from gun violence.

It's unclear how the Las Vegas gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, got his weapons. We can't go backward on 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. California's are among the strictest, with complete bans on assault weapons and large ammunition magazines, and weapons have flowed from Nevada into the state.

The retired NASA astronaut blamed the "polarization of our politics" and the powerful corporate lobby for preventing consensus on gun regulations in Congress. The organization considers any event where four or more victims were injured (regardless of death) to be a mass shooting.

Kris Brown and Avery Gardiner, co-presidents of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said in an interview that Congress should again try to close loopholes in the national background-check law.

But that means outrages like the one in Vegas will not swiftly reshape the political terrain.

But Nicholson asked about the February GOP bill that rolled back a regulation requiring those who had applied for Social Security disability benefits because of "mental incompetency" undergo an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check before purchasing a gun.

"It was an act of pure evil", Trump said. But Flake didn't want to talk about gun control today, and neither did many other Republicans. Earlier this year, Trump signed a bill undoing an Obama administration rule blocking gun sales to some mentally ill people. With that in mind, Schumer also singled out another bill sponsored by many Republicans allowing concealed carry permits in one state to be recognized in others. And former President Bill Clinton said, "This should be unimaginable in America". "But that's not the place that we're in at this moment", she said. "I am praying they find the courage it will take to make progress on the challenging issue of gun violence".

Many conservatives, often from rural states where hunting and gun ownership is endemic to the culture, revere the Second Amendment.

"Everyone is jumping to conclusions without having a full set of information", he said.

Democrats, now, don't hesitate to push gun control when tragedy strikes.

Some California officials didn't hesitate to lay blame on the gun industry and their supporters. "That's not true. Every gun lobbyist and the politicians who do their bidding were all in that room with him".

One survivor of the attack showed that minds can be changed on the issue.

Trump said he plans to visit Las Vegas on Wednesday. "My biggest regret", he wrote, "is that I stubbornly didn't realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it".

"I think it's premature to be discussing legislative solutions", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, while some rank and file Republicans were a little more blunt about the demands of Democrats for action on gun control measures. "If not now, when?" he tweeted in response.

During his remarks, Northam said, "We as a society need to stand up and say it is time to take action against gun violence".


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