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Sen. Sanders statement on Las Vegas shooting

04 Octubre 2017, 09:08 | Fidele Alvizo

Sen. Sanders statement on Las Vegas shooting


Before Sunday, the 2016 Orlando attack was the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history, with 49 people killed. Schoolchildren, movie watchers, churchgoers, nightclub partiers - and, on Sunday, lovers of country music.

"If you'd have said right, we're gonna have new gun laws now, there are [still] so many weapons out there", Shepherd says. The presence of all this weaponry, which no one would need for self defense, helped the shooter accumulate a death toll in record numbers.

Not for me - not anymore. "What makes America unique is the absence of political will and leadership".

The most updated estimates - now almost a decade old - place the worldwide civilian gun cache at around 650 million.

Earlier Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said there are no plans to bring a bill that would make it easier for Americans to purchase gun silencers to the House floor in the wake of the mass Las Vegas shooting. And that's because the only thing more consistent than mass shootings is our unwillingness to learn anything from such tragedies.

Nevada is an open-carry state, meaning openly carrying long guns, rifles and other weapons in public places is generally okay, apart from in courtrooms and in schools. Ninety Americans are killed, on average, every day by guns.

Our calculations based on OECD data from 2010 show that Americans are 51 times more likely to be killed by gunfire than people in the United Kingdom.

In the latest Gallup numbers, 55% of people said they wanted stricter gun laws while just 10% wanted less strict laws. Forty-eight percent of Americans said they grew up in a house with guns.

I say this not to win some sort of ideological purity contest, but because banning guns urgently needs to become a rhetorical and conceptual possibility. In 2014 we had about 4,500 active volunteers; today we have 60,000.

"What Congress can do - what Congress must do - is pass laws that keep our citizens safe", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on the Senate floor. We can continue to win victories like this across this country if everyone gets off the sidelines and joins us.

"More weapons and more unsafe weapons are killing us, not protecting us", said Hirzell, who tweeted, "The death rate from gun violence in the United States is on average 25 times higher than in high-income nations with sensible gun control laws".

President Donald Trump will travel to Las Vegas Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims. But when we learn more about this, there will be an effort. But there is a limit to how much state-by-state restrictions on gun sales can accomplish. "It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something".

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is demanding federal response to the violence in Las Vegas. For Congress, that means demanding they reject National Rifle Association leaders' radical and deadly agenda. You need to be lobbying legislators to amend the Constitution, rather than lobbying officials to create laws that disregard it. Why?

The good news is that at the state level, we have continued to pass strong laws and continued to stop bad bills. And it's very clear that that's a failed experiment, the outcome of it is we have a 20-times higher gun homicide rate than any other developed nation. She lives in Colorado.

Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and a mom of five kids.

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