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Mark Kelly on Politicizing Las Vegas Shooting: 'If Not Now, When?'

Mark Kelly on Politicizing Las Vegas Shooting: 'If Not Now, When?'

Giffords was left disabled by the 2011 shooting that occurred as she met with constituents in a grocery store parking lot. "No person should endure the horror Las Vegas experienced last night", said Giffords, who has become an advocate against gun violence.

Republicans familiar with the bill's prospects in the House said the legislation was already facing unease from moderate Republicans, and Sunday's violence only made its quick passage more unlikely.

Before the shooting that killed at least 59 people - the worst mass shooting in modern USA history - House GOP leaders had been moving forward with bills to ease regulations on gun silencers and allow people with concealed-carry permits to take their weapons to other states. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), said on Capitol Hill today that President Trump's message of "thoughts and prayers" for the families of the victims affected by the Las Vegas shooting is insufficient to stop gun violence. "This is a grave tragedy for our nation", Giffords posted on Twitter Monday.

Kelly told reporters that events like the Las Vegas shooting should not be the new norm and that there are ways to "cure" what he and many others see as a real epidemic. "Only action and leadership will do that". "We do not have to live this way", said Kelly. Americans need more than our president's prayers. "When permits are granted for a demonstration, and we know that law enforcement is going to be there with their weapons, why do other people need to bring their weapons there?"

Opponents of the measure say that the silencer provision, in particular, could make it harder to identify a shooter during an incident such as the one in Las Vegas. They said the nation's thoughts and prayers are not enough and Congress must pass legislation to keep deadly weapons out of the wrong hands.




She called for the creation of a select committee on gun violence to come up with bipartisan legislation.

Hillary Clinton tweeted Monday that the crowd in Las Vegas "fled at the sound of gunshots". "None of this ends unless we do something to stop it". Scalise returned to the Capitol last week after he was shot and critically wounded in June as he and fellow Republicans practiced for a congressional baseball game.

The Sunday night incident at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas is the worst mass shooting in modern USA history, surpassing the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead in 2015.

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

"But I am praying for my former colleagues, our elected leaders, too", Giffords said in the statement from her advocacy group Americans for Responsible Solutions.

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