Dems renew calls for gun restrictions in wake of Las Vegas shooting

Democrats are demanding action from Congress and the White House to impose new restrictions on gun sales following a mass shooting in Las Vegas late Sunday night, the deadliest in U.S. history.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTop Oversight and Foreign Affairs Dems ask Black Cube for answers on alleged Iran deal op Biden, Corker honored with Freedom House human rights awards What's wrong with the Democratic Party? Just look at California MORE said “there’s no excuse for inaction,” while former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump lashes out at 'rigged' Russia probe in pair of tweets Clapper: 'More and more' of Steele dossier proving to be true Republicans are strongly positioned to win Congress in November MORE attacked the National Rifle Association.

 

 


At least 58 people were killed and some 400 injured after a shooter fired on a crowded country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

The suspected gunman, Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., was found dead in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, from where he fired on the crowd. 

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President Trump will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday. In a somber address at the White House, Trump called the mass shooting “an act of pure evil” and praised the bravery of the first responders.

“We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity,” Trump said. “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today and always will."

But many Democrats expressed frustration with those offering thoughts and prayers for the victims, saying that it isn’t enough.

“This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic,” Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyFive takeaways on the canceled Trump summit with Kim Dem senator: I support 'real' Second Amendment, not 'imaginary' one Frustrated Trump wants action on border wall, immigration MORE (D-Conn.) said in a statement. “The thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFortune 500 CEOs: The professional athletes of corporate America The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal Rising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race MORE (D-Mass.) echoed that sentiment.