Pelosi Pushes Gun Control In Wake Of Las Vegas Massacre

Democrats are seizing on Sunday night’s mass shooting by turning up the heat on Congress to pass more stringent gun-control laws.

Newsmax reported that on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared that “we’re never going to rest until we get this done.” She made the pledge during a CNN “town hall” when Bob Patterson, the husband of one of the Las Vegas gunman’s victims, asked what she intended to do to help stop shooting rampages.

Pelosi advocated an expansion of the background-check requirement for firearm purchasers and called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to establish a bipartisan committee to draft gun-control legislation. “I’m not making it harder for you to have a gun,” she explained. “All we’re just saying is that you have to have a background check.” Democrats have long demanded an extension of the requirement to include weapons transactions at gun shows and online.

Pelosi expressed hope that Republicans will join members of her party in approving a ban on bump stocks, which give semi-automatic rifles rapid-fire capability. Stephen Paddock allegedly used the devices to spray hundreds of bullets into the crowd at a country-music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. At last report, the death count was 58. About 500 other people suffered injuries.

“I do think there would be bipartisan support coming together to pass a bill to make it illegal to sell those, because you can buy them now,” Pelosi said. On Thursday, she tweeted that many gun owners believe in such “common-sense” actions. Even the National Rifle Association, which lobbies against gun-control laws, has signaled that it might agree with outlawing bump stocks.

However, GOP leaders are indicating that they are wary of any gun-control measures. “It’s premature to be discussing legislative solutions, if there are any,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. The Hill noted that even if congressional Republicans get on board with a bump-stock ban or other action, a possible veto looms. President Trump, who called for a prohibition on military-style assault weapons before he entered politics, has since aligned himself with the NRA.

In October 2015, Trump declared on ABC’s “This Week” that “the gun laws have nothing to do with (gun violence).” He continued: “This isn’t guns. This is about mental illness.” In April, during a speech at the NRA’s annual convention, the president pledged to maintain the constitutional right to bear arms. “You came through for me, and I am going to come through for you,” he proclaimed.

When asked about gun control following the tragedy in Las Vegas, Trump promised to discuss the issue “as time goes by.” He and other Republicans argued that instead of talking about gun laws, the nation should be mourning the Las Vegas victims and honoring emergency personnel who responded to the scene. “The president is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “That hasn’t changed.”

According to Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson of California, Congress should not stop at making bump stocks illegal. “If that’s the bill in front of me, I’ll vote for that, (but) if this majority believes that a bump-stock prohibition is enough, they’ve been smoking something,” he said. “It just doesn’t even come close.”

Source: Newsmax
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