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Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday called for the creation of a select committee to investigate gun violence following the deadliest shooting in the nation's history in Las Vegas.

Such a committee, as outlined by Pelosi, would study gun violence and offer recommendations for Congress. She suggested one bill lawmakers could start with: A bipartisan measure by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Pete King (R-N.Y.) to expand background checks for gun sales made over the internet, at gun shows or in classified ads.

"Congress has a moral duty to address this horrific and heartbreaking epidemic. Charged with the solemn duty to protect and defend the American people, we must respond to these tragedies with courage, unity and decisive action," Pelosi wrote in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

House Republicans have established select committees in recent years to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and controversial undercover videos about Planned Parenthood's use of fetal tissue donations.

Pelosi made an identical request to Ryan's predecessor, former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), exactly two years ago on Oct. 2, 2015. At the time, Pelosi was reacting to a shooting at an Oregon community college.

But Boehner and his leadership team ignored the idea and it never came to fruition.

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