'Too early' to discuss gun control

Wednesday, 04 Oct, 2017

Las Vegas shooting: A body is covered with a sheet after a mass shooting in which dozens were killed at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday. "If you told me an asteroid fell into Earth, it would mean the same to me".

Murphy, a leading gun-control proponent, said mass shootings had become an "epidemic" in America. "There's no political affiliation that we know of".

Paddock had earlier worked for defence company Lockheed Martin.

President Donald Trump is delivering a message of unity in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in recent USA history. Murphy introduced a bill past year that would expand background checks, but the legislation did not pass. The laws are different in each State.

"Yeah, but I'm also saved by well trained people who had guns to shoot back", Scalise said.

The Firearm Owners' Protection Act of 1986 says civilians are not allowed to own newly manufactured machine guns.

Stephen Paddock's ability to kill scores of concertgoers Sunday night may have come from using modified semi-automatic weapons with high-capacity magazines, something that enabled him to shoot hundreds of rounds in just a few minutes.

Sanders said that when gun control is eventually debated, the administration will "need to look at things that may actually have that real impact", noting that Chicago has "the strictest gun laws in the country" yet still sees thousands of gun-related crimes committed each year.

Full automatic rifles, also known as machine guns, are not typically available to the general public and usually kept for military or police services.

Hillary Clinton wrote: "Our grief isn't enough".

"For years, Gabby and I have been working to get the people in this building to summon the courage to take meaningful action that make our communities safer places to live", he added.

The gun lobby and its allies in Congress can parse the Second Amendment all they want, but no reasonable person could believe the framers of the U.S. Constitution anticipated a day when a lone citizen could assemble an arsenal of high-powered firearms and kill scores of innocent people in seconds.

A gun shop owner in Mesquite, Nevada, confirmed to ABC News that he sold guns to Paddock, but he did not specify how many and whether they were the ones used in the shooting.

He says mental illness is a "terrible challenge in our society", and hopes to "talk further" about what can be done to prevent mass shootings. Raja Krishnamoorthi, from IL and Ro Khanna from California also condemned the incident.