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Gabrielle Giffords issues statement after Las Vegas shooting

06 October 2017

"I want to commend the first responders and other citizens who acted with bravery and courage despite the awful events". "And we will defeat them".

"Not again", Murphy wrote. "I thought 101 California would", she said, referring to a 1993 San Francisco shooting that left nine dead.

Just one in four (27%) Republicans say that stricter laws around gun purchases would lead to fewer mass shootings.

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

The outlet says Kelly and Giffords co-founded the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions after Giffords suffered a gunshot to her head at a constituent meeting in a supermarket parking lot on January 8, 2011 in Tucson.

Democrats say lawmakers can not continue to ignore the need to strengthen the country's gun laws, while many Republicans counter that they've already taken steps to address the issue with mental health legislation they passed previous year.

But the numbers have not been in favor of gun control for some time in Congress, dating back to a 1994 vote to approve an assault weapons ban, which played a role in Democrats losing control of Congress in that mid-term election.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT announced the measure during a news conference along with Sens. "The nation's conscience must be galvanized". "It has been barely a year since what was previously the largest mass shooting in American history - the deadly attack at Pulse nightclub", he said. This coincides with messages from the National Rifle Association suggesting that Obama would be particularly "anti-gun" and even "take your guns away". I'm going to scream and kick and shout until Congress acts to make Americans safer.

"Until I get more facts, I can't opine", Sen. Several of them have, however, offered their useless thoughts and prayers. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who tried a bipartisan approach after elementary school children were shot to death in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012.

If mass shootings are becoming routine in the US, so too, is the response from congressional Republicans. This cycle of preventable violence and pointless debate will not end until more political leaders, and responsible gun owners, acknowledge the obvious: that sensible restrictions on gun possession and use are both constitutional and necessary.

Later that day, Ryan tabled action on the SHARE Act. There are background checks. "It's an epidemic that needs to be cured".

"Right now they're going in the wrong direction", Kelly said. Asked about the silencer bill, Trump said, "We'll talk about that later".

But then Trump ran for president and "had to do what the NRA wanted him to do", Schumer added. He stopped short of addressing gun measures.

This is true even when you look at subsets of Republicans.

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Hartford deputy police chief Brian Foley called it a horrific morning.

However, it seems speaker of the House Paul Ryan did not need any persuasion - he already has a plan on how to evade the issue of gun control: blame it on mental health. "Some things can not be predicted or prevented".

At least one Republican senator, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, said outright he was prepared to vote to ban "bump stocks". Because there, um, have been mass murders committed by Islamic extremists in recent years. "I'm not for any gun control, okay?"

Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, as well as Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Governor Dannel Malloy, and Lt Governor Nancy Wyman all weighed in within hours of learning about the mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas Sunday, October 1. If that is what he is seeking, then he should articulate his positions and simply say so.

Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and a mom of five kids.

See photos from the scene of the shooting here.

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Gabrielle Giffords issues statement after Las Vegas shooting