A Familiar, Partisan Response In Congress To Las Vegas Massacre

Ryan said there's no plan for the House to act soon on a National Rifle Association-backed bill to ease regulations on gun silencers.

"Hunters need armor-piercing bullets?"

"You know, I thought Sandy Hook would". The Second Amendment, approved in the era of single-shot muskets, should not be invoked to block common sense limits on firepower and it should not be used to stand in the way of more thorough background checks on prospective gun buyers.

In a twist of timing, Australia completed another gun amnesty - where people with unregistered, illegal or unwanted firearms could hand them into their local authorities, without penalty or prosecution - just two days before the Las Vegas shooting.

Fox News Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt said the extreme elements demagogue the issue before there's an opportunity to have a rational conversation.

So maybe we shouldn't be shocked when a man sets up a sniper's nest in his Las Vegas hotel room and rains down death on a concert crowd of 20,000.

Automatic weapons have been banned in the United States for three decades. Law enforcement officials have not released details about the types of weapons that were used or whether they were obtained legally.

But Democrats quickly moved beyond well-wishes to call for legislative action, even without full details about the shooter and his motives.

Schumer and other Democrats noted that Republicans postponed a hearing on the silencer bill in June when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were shot at a congressional baseball practice. "In the face of unspeakable evil, our whole nation must respond with countless acts of kindness, warmth and generosity".

Trump, who ran his campaign against any gun control laws, did not mention it in his two remarks on Monday during which he said that this is "a very very sad" day for him.

Kelly, who leads the gun-control group Americans for Responsible Solutions with Giffords, called the incident "domestic terrorism" and criticized the pending Republican gun bills. Experts also name stresses caused by an increasingly widening the wealth gap and increasing difficulties making ends meet, as well as the closure of numerous nation's mental institutions.

Former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was grievously wounded in a 2011 shooting, urged lawmakers to "be bold, be courageous".

Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of MA refused to join the President's moment silence for the Las Vegas victims, saying on Twitter: "it's time for action". 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.

Ryan, in an interview with WISN radio in Milwaukee, said Wednesday: "Bad people are going to do bad things". Dozens lie dead and hundreds wounded from the Las Vegas massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

Legislation that would have expanded the use of federal background checks failed in the Senate five months after the Newtown killings.

"To my colleagues: your cowardice to act can not be whitewashed by thoughts and prayers".

"It is not even about policy", he said. "It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something".

To buy a gun in Japan requires an all-day class, a written exam, a shooting-range test, mental health and drug tests, a rigorous background check - and then only shotguns and air rifles are allowed.

Another NRA priority is a bill that would allow gun owners who live in states that allow people to carry concealed weapons to carry them in other states, overriding state laws to the contrary. "Where did he get that kind of a gun?"

"I think it's a mistake when people focus on the difference between a semiautomatic weapon and a fully automatic weapon", Gardiner said. "We need to find that we are stronger".

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