Feinstein: 'America is a gun-happy country'

Feinstein: 'America is a gun-happy country'
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinHarris shares video addressing staffers the night Trump was elected: 'This is some s---' Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Senate talks on stalled Violence Against Women Act reauthorization unravel MORE (D-Calif.) said during an interview that aired Sunday that the U.S. is "gun-happy."

During an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press," Feinstein was asked about her call for legislation that would ban bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly.

"What does that say about the state of the gun debate that basically the best you thought you could do here is just to simply introduce a loophole closing?" host Chuck Todd asked.

"The state is sad. America is a gun-happy country," Feinstein said.

"And I think there are many of us in growing numbers that don't want a gun-happy country."


Feinstein said guns have their place in the country, adding that she doesn't have a problem if they are used properly.

"But what I have seen over the decades is a growth of substantial improper use of weapons," she added.

She referenced several mass shootings that have occurred over the past several years before bringing up the Las Vegas shooting last weekend.

"Now you see a great American classic, which is country music, people by the thousands out in a safe place, with a big hotel in the background," she said.

"And somebody comes along. He has been legal. He's gotten his weapons legally," she continued.

"He has 40 weapons. He has 12 of these bump stocks. They are on the weapons. And he begins to fire a weapon that fires similar to a machine gun out of two broken hotel windows."

At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured when a gunman opened fire last weekend at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

Several lawmakers have renewed their push for gun control in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.