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Former GOP Leader: Gun Control 'Isn't Going To Change A Thing'

Republicans are pushing back against Democratic attempts to exploit the Las Vegas mass shooting to ramp up their demands for more gun-control laws.

In a Newsmax TV interview, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay claimed that focusing on firearms is not the solution to such violent incidents. “It’s not the guns; it’s the people,” the Texas Republican said. “It’s not the gun that pulled the trigger. He pulled the trigger.”

In reference to the gunman who killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 others at an outdoor country-music concert Sunday night on the Las Vegas Strip, DeLay told the website: “You just can’t imagine how someone would want to commit suicide by taking (those) lives ... but there are people out there that do that. When you don’t believe in life, when life is not precious, when life means nothing — then if you’re going to take it out on somebody, it’s no big deal. So that’s part of it. It’s more complicated than that.”

At last report, investigators had not determined why 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., sprayed the crowd with bullets from a 32nd-floor motel room overlooking the concert site. He used a number of semi-automatic weapons to fire hundreds of rounds, as people crouched in fear or ran for their lives.

DeLay explained: “I’m not saying ‘that’s life’ or the loss of life; what I'm saying is we need to learn from this. Things can be done to make Las Vegas and places with big crowds even safer. But Chicago has the most gun laws in America, as far as gun control is concerned, and it’s the murder capital of America.” (The former congressman failed to point out that gun sales are legal in areas surrounding Chicago.) He argued that “If we just use the excuse of guns or gun control, and that makes us all feel good and feel happy, it isn’t going to change a thing — and it hasn’t changed a thing.”

DeLay, a staunch conservative, worked with House Speaker Newt Gingrich in running the House of Representatives from 2003-05. His political career ended after prosecutors charged him with conspiracy for allegedly violating election laws. In January 2011, a jury found DeLay guilty and imposed a three-year prison term. Other courts overturned the conviction.

The Washington Examiner reported that congressional Republicans are refusing to consider additional restrictions on gun purchases in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. “I just think politicizing this terrible tragedy is beyond disgusting and we ought to wait a respectful period of time, out of respect for people who lost their lives or were injured, before we get into the push and shove of politics around here,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas told reporters.

GOP Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota added: “We do much better work when we allow the haze to clear. Most people I’ve talked to and visited with have been more focused on victims and their families right now, and we’ll start out by offering our condolences to the families and those who are injured.”

Source: Newsmax
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