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A Familiar, Partisan Response In Congress To Las Vegas Massacre

In December 2012, Trump praised then-President Obama for his speech in Newtown, Connecticut, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

But whether or not Democrats and Republicans like it - and surely they don't - the gun debate has always been deeply political.

Hillary Clinton said people must "put politics aside and stand up" to the National Rifle Association, who she appeared to blame for the ability of Paddock to purchase firearms. That's compared to 38 percent who anxious the government would go too far in the same survey in 1995.

CT has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

Pelosi on Monday asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to create a select committee on gun violence to recommend legislation.

Rep Esty (CT-5) who represents Newtown, and is a vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force stated, "Words fail. It's not good enough to send our thoughts and prayers". "None of this ends unless we do something to stop it", tweeted Sen.

Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation have renewed calls for gun legislation in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, where at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured.

"I think that there will be, certainly, time for that policy discussion to take place".

Blumenthal called the absence of action "complicity". "I've been here since 2003, and passing these bills in the name of "helping sportsmen" is one of the most cynical excuses I've ever heard".

In the spring, Pew found that 52 percent said gun laws in the country should be more strict than they are today, while 18 percent said gun laws should be less strict and 30 percent said they are about right - giving those in favor of changing laws a narrow majority. "It should shock every American that one individual, with easy access to weapons and ammunition, can inflict such devastation", Feinstein said a statement that only called for Congress to "work together to prevent such tragedies from happening again".

The American flag flies at half staff over the U.S. Capitol following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas this week, in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

To residents of MA - and other states with much stricter gun-control laws - Nevada's six-gun mentality must seem like a remnant from the Wild West.

Republicans have offered condolences but no calls for any specific legislative action.

If history is a guide, Trump will become tired of repeatedly being called upon to offer comfort after a massacre, an experience that caused Obama to become increasingly contemptible of lawmakers who refused to act. "Do not wait. The nation is counting on you".

In a CNN poll in June 2016, shortly after the Pulse nightclub shooting, 55 percent said they favored stricter gun control laws, 42 percent were opposed.

Congress this year has been considering legislation that would loosen gun ownership restrictions, particularly a measure that would eliminate a $200 transfer fee on silencers.

"One of the things we've learned from these shootings is often underneath this is a diagnosis of mental illness", Ryan said. Joe Manchin, a Democrat up for re-election next year in a state carried overwhelmingly by President Donald Trump.

Ryan, R-Wis., said Tuesday there is no plan for the House to act soon on the silencer bill, which a Republican-led House committee backed last month. The bills do not have the 60-votes needed to overcome an anticipated Democratic filibuster in the Senate.

As the Senate's chief gun control advocate, Politico reported he was still hashing out details of the new background checks legislation and wouldn't introduce it imminently.

Murphy was also active on Twitter, accusing gun control opponents of "cowardice" and insisting that "Congress' inaction has made us complicit" in Sunday's murders. She added that the investigation was ongoing, "and it would be premature for us to discuss policy when we don't fully know all the facts or what took place last night".



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