After Las Vegas: looking for answers

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Those gun-rights bills have been stalled by mass shootings, not any political force.

Speaking at a news conference Monday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said the nature of the attack is yet to be determined, and labeling the attack as "terrorism" was premature. Many people woke up to the news Monday morning.

Bowen said he was more focused on stopping proposals like the one in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature that seeks to allow people to hide a weapon without a state permit or training than he was on gun silencers.

With the unforgettable images of a helpless, panicked crowd running for their lives, we face a choice: are we willing to accept these scenes as trade-offs to ensure unfettered access to firearms or will we find the courage to say: "Enough?"

"Look, we have a tragedy".

Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one - a parent, a child, a brother or sister. And the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is pure arrogance - pushing parochial values into areas where they make no sense (at least, not to the people who live there). This is about all of us.

What else could explain 59 people killed and more than 500 injured by a man with an veritable arsenal of high-powered guns mowing down innocents for no discernible reason? A group of Democratic lawmakers asked Ryan to remove the silencer bill from the House calendar indefinitely.

In the meantime, with Republicans in control of both Congress and the White House, federal laws appear to be moving in the direction of looser regulation.

Many people also took to social media to voice their opinions including people on the other side of the debate.

First, contrary to the mythology spread by the gun lobby, there is not much real controversy around the first steps we should take to trim rates of gun crime. They won't prevent all gun deaths, but this isn't an all-or-nothing question.

The legislation Pelosi called for a vote on, sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Santa Rosa, would expand the national background check system to require checks on everyone who buys a firearm, including purchasers at gun shows and over the internet. How about the day when assault weapons are banned? What about considering whether we should limit the amount of ammunition a person may purchase, or the size of a magazine? Heidi Heitkamp is a Democratic senator who voted the wrong way on this issue after Sandy Hook.

Like Trump, Barack Obama's response to the first mass shooting under his leadership - at Fort Hood in 2009 - was focused mainly on those grieving. To ignore or indefinitely delay this conversation is negligent, and it is heartless. Former president Ronald Reagan also supported the ban, writing a joint letter with Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford in 1994 for Congress to heed the pleas of the law enforcement community.

"The Don" promised the country a year ago he'd uphold the Second Amendment come what may which says "a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed". I thank the first responders for taking down the gunman and working tirelessly to treat the wounded.

Has every mass shooting in the United States, the manufacturers of guns have seen their shares jump.

Since the shooting, House leaders have not said when they will schedule a vote for the Sportsman's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act) introduced on September 1. He said he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday.

"Now is not the time for silence - it's a time for action", the Salem Democrat said in a statement.

"We can not simply throw up our hands or continue to justify the presence of weapons of war whose primary goal is to kill the largest number of human beings in the shortest amount of time possible", Sen.

Last year, Orlando set the lethal record.

This happened in the middle of a country music festival. Whose city will it be next year?