VERIFY: Are more Washingtonians buying guns?

Wednesday, 04 Oct, 2017

They're created to do one thing, which is to kill people.

"From the audio, that is not someone who has a traditional semi-automatic rifle firing it in its normal condition", said David Chipman, a former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who advises the gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions. "Does it prompt a gun control debate?"

"Congress has a moral duty to address this horrific and heartbreaking epidemic".

Kelly and Giffords co-founded the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions after Giffords suffered a gunshot to her head at a constituent meeting in a supermarket parking lot on January 8, 2011 in Tucson.

The Congress, she said, must pass the bipartisan King-Thompson legislation to strengthen the life-saving background checks that keep guns out of the wrong hands.

Nothing changed after these events, which brought a president to tears (it was the hardest, the toughest day of his presidency, Obama said).

Asked about what Congress can do to prevent shootings in the wake of Las Vegas, the speaker focused on mental health.

After the awful news of the Las Vegas shooting and reports with details of the deaths and injuries, we were subjected to experts telling us how to protect ourselves from such incidents, to be aware, to report suspicious people, etc. But I do have to say how quickly the police department was able to get in was really very much of a miracle.

As the echo of gunfire subsided and the bodies of 59 dead in Las Vegas were counted, distraught family members and gun-control advocates took center stage in America once again. "Your thoughts and prayers aren't going to stop the next shooting", Kelly said. In between then and now, President Barack Obama handed over the White House and executive branch to Donald Trump and it seems less likely the Republican President will push for new restrictions as Obama did.

So where the hell is the collective outrage each time there is a slaughter in an American school or concert or movie theater?

"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 are aware of a device called a bump stock. that enables an individual to speed up the discharge of ammunition", Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said during a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, though he declined to give more details. While seasonal hurricanes take their severe toll in the Atlantic, the United States gun industry remains the biggest stumbling block to peace in society.

One of the bill's sponsors Republican Jeff Duncan, argues that reducing gun noise is a safety issue for hunters.

Democrats rejected a Republican proposal to ban the sale of firearms to people on a government watchlist as toothless and conservative Republicans opposed it.

"It's not the guns - it's the people who are the problem", Harris said, repeating a common theme expressed by the powerful NRA.

National Shooting Sports Foundation which hosts the "SHOT Show" said they would not be discussing any questions relating to Sunday's massacre, including a venue change for the January 23-26 show, which is being held about four miles away from where Stephen Paddock killed 59 people and injured hundreds more using an array of high-powered assault rifles.