Gabrielle Giffords issues statement after Las Vegas shooting
Oct 04 2017
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a gun control proponent, said it was "time for Congress to get off its ass and do something". "We can demand that the leaders we elect to go to work ... don't have the option to say that this is just too hard".
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi echoed those calls on Monday, urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to form a Select Committee on Gun Violence "to study and report back common sense legislation to help end this crisis". Mark Kelly is a retired Navy captain and former NASA astronaut.
Giffords, whose ability to speak has been limited since the shooting, told her former colleagues, "The nation's counting on you". "What happened in Las Vegas was shocking, it's tragic, and for those affected, and their families, it's devastating", McConnell said. Your thoughts and prayers aren't going to stop the next shooting. The massacre in Las Vegas is a grave tragedy for our nation.
But so far there is no indication that Republicans will take up gun violence legislation.
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 previous year. But critics call it little more than a vehicle to ease restrictions on purchasing silencers and armor-piercing bullets, and letting people carry concealed weapons in any state. "I'm exhausted of waking up to horrific news like this, and I'm sure you are, too". Scalise 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. While Kelly said he and Giffords are praying for the victims, he criticized Congress for not acting.
Democrats called both bills outrageous. "In the face of unspeakable evil, our whole nation must respond with countless acts of kindness, warmth and generosity", he said.
Democrats wondered, however, whether the Las Vegas attack would change any minds on Capitol Hill.
For a much smaller gathering of pro-Confederate demonstrators in Richmond last month, police enacted a ban on objects like sticks and shields that could be used for mayhem, but concluded there was no way to ban guns under existing law. "When permits are granted for a demonstration, and we know that law enforcement is going to be there with their weapons, why do other people need to bring their weapons there?"