John Lewis to revive gun control push after Las Vegas shooting

Rosanne Cash wrote an op-ed column in the New York Times calling for artists to stand up to the NRA

On Wednesday, Blumenthal, Murphy and other Democratic senators announced legislation to prohibit so-called "bump stocks", the device the gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas this week used to allow his semi-automatic rifle to achieve a near fullly-automatic rate of fire.

Mr Kelly responded by asking: "how many times can we say that over and over again, 'Now is not the time?' Well, today is the time". "This is just bad".

"I am a vice-chair of the House PA SAFE Caucus and am the sponsor of House Bill 528, the "no fly, no buy" bill, which would ban gun sales to suspected terrorists on the "no-fly" list".

She said the administration would not want laws created that would fail to "stop these types of things from happening". They think their political survival is more important than those 59 people. "It's not who we are".

"In addition, I have supported other gun safety bills, including gun violence restraining order legislation and legislation proposing background checks on individuals attempting to purchase ammunition, even when the purchase of a firearm is not involved".

This year, with the Las Vegas tragedy now weighing heavily on Americans, Democrats have decided perhaps staging a sit-in is not the best strategy.

Nevada's two United States senators, Republican Dean Heller and Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, on Monday both issued statements offering prayers to victims and thanks to first responders, but neither mentioned anything about gun laws.

"The silencer issue, we think, is a pretty transparent gift to the gun lobby", said Christian Heyne, legislative director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Asked specifically about the House measure to ease restrictions on silencers, the president said: "We'll talk about that later". This will make a police officer's job a lot harder to handle, since they won't know where a shot is coming from and drive-by shootings will escalate. "Thank God our colleagues on the other side of the aisle have pulled back on this bill". Mike Thompson of California and Robin Kelly of IL attended the event, along with other House Democrats.

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.

Republicans have been upbeat about prospects for legislation as they control both the House and Senate and have an ally in the White House in President Donald Trump.

Former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was grievously wounded in a 2011 shooting, urged lawmakers to "be bold, be courageous".

"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized House Republicans for returning to the silencer debate so shortly after his return", Time reports.

In an interview with The Associated Press last month, Ryan said Congress needs to fund mental health reforms.

Lawmakers in President Donald Trump's party appeared stymied Tuesday over what legislative steps, if any, to take to contain U.S. gun violence in the aftermath of America's deadliest shooting in modern history.

"What Congress can do - what Congress must do - is pass laws that keep our citizens safe", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on the Senate floor.

"It's really a time that we have to heal". "We need to find that we are stronger".

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