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Las Vegas shooting leaves GOP-backed gun bills in limbo

Las Vegas shooting leaves GOP-backed gun bills in limbo

"Last night's massacre may go down as the deadliest in our nation's history, but already this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year".

However, the attack on Sunday at the country music festival in Las Vegas, in which at least 59 people were killed and 527 were injured, quickly became the deadliest mass shooting by a sole perpetrator in modern U.S. history, prompting Murphy to call for increased gun-control measures.

Liberals voiced disbelief that such bloodletting, this time at a country music festival, had happened yet again.

The events were expected to feature former Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has pushed for stronger gun control after she survived a gunshot wound to the head in 2011.

Gun-control advocates zeroed in - not on the type of guns used but on laws that could change how the shooter got them. And former President Bill Clinton said, "This should be unimaginable in America".

The structural impediments to change, meanwhile are formidable. At least 59 people lost their lives at such a uniquely American scene, and more than 500 were injured. At the end of the day, this isn't about whether you're a Republican or Democrat. We need a Congress that will stand up to the special interests, look at the research and act to save lives.

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

"It's really a time that we have to heal". "That's why I participated in the House sit-in previous year after the Orlando massacre, and that's why I'm speaking out again today". And while his scripted remarks were a ideal match for the moment, it remains to be seen if he will be as apolitical and restrained after he has had time to absorb the quickening Washington debate over the killings.

"But if we work together, we can stop shootings in the future", Durbin said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, meanwhile, choked up when describing the heroism of concert-goers who used their bodies to shield others.

At the White House, questions about gun policy on Monday were brushed aside, as premature.

"The duty of Congress is to listen, debate ideas, and vote on the best solution to protect the American people", Nolan said. "I don't think so".

PAUL RYAN: One of the things we've learned from these shootings is that often underneath this is a diagnosis of mental illness.

Trump, who said he will visit Las Vegas tomorrow, signalled that a debate about gun control might be coming. But the change only came about only after the association saw the tide turning in favor of gun control.

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".

One of his rivals for the governor's mansion, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has been out front in pushing tougher gun control laws, took the opposite track. But she also diagnosed the challenge facing Democrats, for whom the issue is becoming increasingly powerful as a mobilizing force in elections.

JEFF FLAKE: I'm sure we'll be talking about that a lot.

In a lot of ways, Monday was a freakish day on Capitol Hill. Richard Blumenthal, also of CT, noted it's been just over a year since the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

"I don't think the people serving in our Congress and the Senate have the guts to have a frank conversation with the American people", Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Monday. None of these is debated in Congress, and few in statehouses, because too many politicians subscribe to aphorisms and claptrap in lieu of an honest reckoning that more guns, and less regulation, is a recipe for mayhem. He has promised to "defend our Second Amendment rights".

Many liberals from cities and urban areas have never touched a gun or gone hunting, and despair at the government's inability to ban assault rifles, limit magazines and improve background checks. Ryan pitched Republicans' new tax plan in Congress, telling the workers that lowering corporate taxes in America would make American corporations more competitive and able to ultimately draw more business, hire more people and raise wages. It would make it easier to purchase silencers, among other things.

But a bill sponsored by Republican Sen.

Toomey said he had not yet spoken to his Democratic counterpart, Sen. In some cases, however, a questionnaire is administered instead of voting record of members of congress. And states can, within certain parameters, put restrictions on those guns.

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

United States gun laws actually have been loosened under Trump.

"You know, I thought Sandy Hook would".

"I think it's a mistake when people focus on the difference between a semiautomatic weapon and a fully automatic weapon", Gardiner said. "I thought 101 California would", she said, referring to a 1993 San Francisco shooting that left nine dead. "None of that did".