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Calls For Tougher Gun Control Laws After Vegas Shooting

But Pelosi and other Democrats said the Las Vegas was merely the latest - and most horrific - in a long series of deadly shootings that occur almost every day.

In Nevada, gun owners can buy and openly carry firearms without a permit, license or registration. Advocates of the measure, including the National Rifle Association, have cast it as a safety enhancement. Supporters say silencers can prevent hearing damage among hunters. "But if you're saying that this Republican Congress is going to infringe upon Second Amendment rights, we're not going to do that", he said.

As the scale of Sundaynight's massacre at a concert in Las Vegas became apparent, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, tweeted: "Tragedies like Las Vegas have happened too many times". Some people have called for a ban not on all firearms, but rather on the type of weapons, ammunition and clips that are used on battlefields. Duncan said. "The thing is, and the thing he probably realized is, it doesn't make any difference - it's still loud". While lax gun laws play a role, a number of other factors also contribute, experts said. But those bills have not proceeded as far as the silencer legislation.

"One of the few ways the police had to go after this shooter was they could look for the sound, try to hear the sound of where the guns came from", Schumer said on the Senate floor.

Licensed gun dealers, who handle perhaps 60% of all firearm sales, have to report multiple handgun sales to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Weapons of that type manufactured after 1986 generally can not be privately owned. "I don't know when it will be scheduled", Ryan said Tuesday. "And so the notion of passing another bill to make it illegal would be of little effect". Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who was shot in June during a congressional baseball practice and returned to work last week, released a statement condemning the "pure evil" act.

"In this tragic moment, I encourage people across America to stand together in solidarity, and to support the Las Vegas community and all of those affected, especially by giving blood and encouraging others to do the same", he said.

Taking a lead, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader, sought off a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on creation of a Standing Committee on gun violence and passage of common-sense legislation on gun control.

But Democrats quickly moved beyond well-wishes to call for legislative action, even without full details about the shooter and his motives.

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"The fact of the matter is, common sense gun violence prevention legislation can and will save lives all across the country", the group wrote in the statment.

But if a person's record is clean - and Paddock evidently did not raise any red flags - he can buy as many guns as he wants.

"Imagine how much worse last night's shooting could have been if the gunman had a silencer", Kelly said.

Todd Fasulo speaks of the "courage and resiliency" of the first responders to the massacre. 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". The legislative push by Democrats was in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in CT that left 20 children and six adults dead.

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.

Shares in gun manufacturers rallied Monday after the nation witnessed its deadliest mass shooting in modern history.

"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. Thoughts and prayers will not stop future tragedy. "It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something". "They are weapons of mass destruction".

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