Gabby Giffords Reacts to Las Vegas Shooting: "We Must Stop This"

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Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the Las Vegas shooting shows that, "the time for hand-wringing and soul-searching is over. Only action and leadership will do that".

Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, who has made stricter gun laws a central plank in his campaign for the commonwealth's top office, canceled a series of events with Giffords and Kelly created to highlight his differences with the Republican nominee, former George W. Bush adviser Ed Gillespie, on the issue of "the epidemic of gun violence".

Giffords finished, "The nation is counting on you".

"The bipartisan committee would make recommendations to prevent unspeakable tragedies such as the mass shooting in Las Vegas and to restore confidence in the safety of our communities", said Pelosi in a statement on Monday.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she was "heartsick" for the victims, but said "thoughts and prayers" are not enough while calling for a dialogue on gun violence. At the same time GOP legislation aimed at loosening gun rules stood in limbo, facing an uncertain future.

Republicans who reacted to the violence in Las Vegas early Monday did not call for any legislative response to the shooting.

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"This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren't public policy responses to this epidemic", Murphy said in a statement".

A separate bill sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., would allow any gun owner with a state-issued concealed carry permit to hide a handgun in any state that allows concealed carry. A group of Democratic lawmakers asked Ryan to remove the bill from the House calendar indefinitely. Most Democrats argue that the incidents heighten the need for tighter gun laws, while most Republicans say Americans should have a greater ability to protect themselves.

Rep. Steve Scalise, who just returned to the House last week after being shot during a baseball practice at a Virginia park in June, said he and his wife are praying for the victims.

" Bad to wake up to the horrific news from Las Vegas".

"Days like this remind us how quickly things can change".

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. "What we need now is a federal system so we're not left with a patchwork of laws across the country".

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