Dem calls for gun background check vote by end of week

Sen. Chris Murphy on Las Vegas attack: 'Time for Congress to get off its ass' and act on gun control

In an outdoor news conference, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grievously wounded in a 2011 attack, turned to the Capitol, raised her fist and said, "the nation is counting on you". "There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference".

The deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas left Republican-backed bills to loosen gun rules facing an uncertain future.

The mother of a 6-year-old child killed in the Sandy Hook shooting blamed Congress for not taking a stronger stand on weapons and said gun violence happens in "EVERY zip code".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, according to ABC News, that the focus today should be on the victims of the shooting and their families.

At the moment, the House is also set to vote on legislation that would make gun silencers more accessible. He called the Las Vegas shooting an incident of "domestic terrorism", and said that Congress and the president are in a position to tackle the issue of gun control once and for all. "#LasVegas #Newtown", she wrote in a series of tweets Monday in relation to the Las Vegas shooting. "How many lives must be lost before we act?" he asked.

But so far there is no indication that Republicans will take up gun violence legislation.

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"He's already breaking the law shooting an automatic weapon that wasn't registered, so what's going to stop him, had he chosen to shoot a suppressed weapon, to do that?"

Democrats wondered, however, whether the Las Vegas attack would change any minds on Capitol Hill.

"We can't just be working to defeat bad legislation like federally mandated concealed-carry and the deregulation of silencers", Kelly said.

"As much as we might hope to we cannot banish evil from the earth, Congress can't do that, the president can't do that", he said from the Senate floor.

Following the tragic shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, Gabby Giffords is urging her former colleagues to act on the issue of gun violence.

Both Kelly and Giffords have advocated for stricter gun control legislation in the years since the shooting in Tuscon that nearly took Giffords' life. "None of this ends unless we do something to stop it". "No person should endure the horror Las Vegas experienced last night", said Giffords, who has become an advocate against gun violence. "Only action and leadership will do that".

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