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Thompson joining House Democrats today seeking 'common sense' gun laws

05 Octubre 2017, 01:12 | Bibiana Flor

Gun sales typically rise over concerns that a deadly event could lead to more stringent gun-control legislation.

Stephen Paddock, the man identified by police as the Las Vegas shooter, is said to have used automatic or semi-automatic guns in his attack. In 2015, the Senate rejected two proposals to prevent terror suspects from purchasing firearms and expand background checks after the shooting at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif.

Rep. Brian Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, took to the House floor to say that Congress should consider legislation addressing the availability of assault weapons. "Charged with the solemn duty to protect and defend the American people, we must respond to these tragedies with courage, unity and decisive action", Pelosi said in her letter to Ryan.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who returned to work just last week after suffering serious injury a gun attack on a congressional softball game in June, tweeted that he and his wife, Jennifer, "are praying for the victims of this unspeakable violence in Las Vegas".


Last week, he said, Republicans planned to vote on a bill that would loosen gun laws, instead of strengthening them. But critics, including some law enforcement groups, say that it would make it more hard to identify the proximity of an assailant, including during scenes of mass shootings and terror.

If you want to buy a grandfathered machine gun, you need permission from local law enforcement, you have to pay $200, plus you must submit fingerprints and photos to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

"Background checks still (are) the most likely piece of legislation to get passed through Congress because it enjoys widespread public approval and it frankly is probably most dispositive on the amount of gun violence that happens every day across this country", he said. Americans own nearly half of all civilian-owned guns in the world.

"The shooter was just another good guy with a gun".


Acts of mass gun violence, reported The Washington Post, "Have done little to change the strong partisan divide on the issue".

And now Professor Adam Winkler, of UCLA, who is a gun law expert and has been cited in landmark Supreme Court cases has claimed that with 320million guns in the U.S. - such massacres are impossible to stop.

A recent study showed that firearm deaths have been the third-leading cause of children in the us, with an average of almost 1,300 children killed by guns every year. No, we're not protected from that, because of that easy access.

Retailers stocked up on firearms during the 2016 presidential campaign, anticipating a stampede of gun buyers after Hillary Clinton won the race and moved to restrict gun sales.


Gunman Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old Newtown resident, shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School with a shotgun and opened fire in the school, killing 20 children and six adults.



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