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Mark Kelly Pleads For Gun Control: 'Prayers Aren't Going To Stop Next Shooting'

It is “not enough” to mourn the victims of Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas, according to the husband of a congresswoman who was injured in a 2011 shooting.

“What we are hearing today at the Capitol and the White House are thoughts and prayers,” retired astronaut Mark Kelly told reporters on Monday, while his wife, former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, stood beside him. “Thoughts and prayers are important. We send our thoughts and prayers, too. But they are not enough. Your thoughts and prayers aren’t going to stop the next shooting. Only action and leadership will do that.”

Thomson/Reuters reported that Kelly continued: “Despite the tragedies in places like Aurora and Newtown and Orlando, despite daily shootings in communities across America, despite senseless gun-related domestic violence, despite epidemic or preventable suicides, despite the problems of toddlers shooting toddlers and their parents, the response from Congress has been to do nothing, absolutely nothing.”

The Las Vegas tragedy, in which a 64-year-old Nevada gunman killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others at an outdoor country-music concert, sparked painful memories for Kelly and Giffords. The congresswoman nearly died when an assailant shot her and others at an event in Tucson, Ariz., six years ago.

The couple frequently speaks out in support of stricter gun-control laws. Their pleas continue to fall on deaf ears, due to the Republican Party’s control of House and Senate. President Trump also opposes more gun-control measures, despite having held a much different view before he entered politics.

Kelly noted that Congress is scheduled to consider a bill allowing individuals to buy gun silencers. “Imagine how much worse the shooting (in Las Vegas) could have been if the gunman had a silencer,” he said. “Imagine the gun lobby’s version of society - everyone armed, everyone out for themselves, everyone at risk all the time.” Giffords, addressing lawmakers, added: “The nation’s counting on you.”

Many Democrats are seizing on the tragedy to renew their demands for action to further restrict gun ownership. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, claimed elected officials have a “moral duty (to) address this horrific and heartbreaking epidemic.” She proposed establishing a select committee of Republican and Democratic House members to come up with bipartisan legislation.

The Huffington Post reported that Kelly, who described the Las Vegas incident as an act of “domestic terrorism,” proclaimed: “We need a president who recognizes that we have a gun-violence problem and will work towards solutions. Americans need more than our president’s prayers. We need his plans.”

Responding to those, like White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who argue that it is too soon to discuss gun control in the wake of the shootings, Kelly asked: “If not now, when? You know, when you are not going to talk about it on a day like this, how many times can we say that over and over again, ‘Now is not the time?’ Well, today is the time.”

Source: Newsmax, HuffPost
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