Dem senator pitches ideas for gun control after shooting
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Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyElection Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Senate Dems ask Trump to disclose financial ties to Saudi Arabia Dems damp down hopes for climate change agenda MORE (D-Mass.) is publicly pitching potential next steps for Congress to take after a mass shooting in Las Vegas late Sunday.

Markey floated several ideas on Twitter Monday, adding that "enough is enough."

"The epidemic of #gunviolence in our country is not preordained. It is preventable. It is time #GOP stops blocking #guncontrol legislation," he wrote in a tweet.


At least 58 people are dead and 500 others injured after gunfire broke out at a country music festival, authorities said earlier Monday, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

In the wake of the shooting, Markey said Congress could bolster background checks for buying a gun, including getting rid of a "loophole" that allows an individual to buy a gun through a private sale without a background check.

Let’s close the close the gun show loophole.

— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) October 2, 2017

Let’s close the loophole that allows domestic abusers to buy guns.

— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) October 2, 2017

Let’s close the loophole that allows straw purchasers to buy guns and flood our streets with them.

— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) October 2, 2017

Let's once again ban assault weapons. These are weapons of war and should be used in combat, not in our communities.

— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) October 2, 2017

Any push to toughen gun control laws or broaden background checks faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled Congress. The Senate, controlled by Democrats in 2013, rejected a bipartisan background check proposal.

But Democratic senators are urging their colleagues to take action on new legislation after the Las Vegas shooting.

"None of this ends unless we do something to stop it," Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyGOP lawmaker demands ‘immediate recall’ of acting US ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP MORE (D-Conn.), whose home state was affected by a deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, tweeted on Monday.

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Dem senator: Trump accepts Saudi denials because he is 'enamored' with dictators Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP MORE (D-Md.) added separately that Congress "must act. Automatic weapons aren't needed to hunt deer or ducks; they're meant to kill people."

Markey also floated repealing a law that gives gun manufacturers broad protections from lawsuits tied to the "misuse" of a gun, or giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding to study gun violence like a "public health crisis."

Let’s study #gunviolence like the #publichealth crisis it is and fund the CDC’s budget.

— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) October 2, 2017