In line with the cries on social media for gun control to happen now in wake of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 innocent human beings dead, several Democratic lawmakers have already taken the opportunity to push for gun control legislation.
According to The Hill, Democrats led by Rep. Gabby Giffords on Capitol Hill have called for further gun restrictions in response to the Vegas shooting before all the facts have been assembled.
“I am praying for the victims of this shooting, their families and friends,” Giffords, herself a victim of a horrific shooting in 2011, said on Monday. “But I am praying for my former colleagues, our elected leaders, too. I am praying they find the courage it will take to make progress on the challenging issue of gun violence.”
Other Democratic lawmakers were less charitable. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said he’s “furious” for Congress not endorsing gun control legislation and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told Congress to “get off its ass and do something.”
“Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity,” said Murphy. “Last night’s massacre may go down as the deadliest in our nation’s history, but already this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year.”
The horrific shooting in Vegas has seriously derailed the week's previously set agenda to focus on helping victims of Hurricane Maria while addressing the border wall.
"Democrats hastily scrapped plans to hold a Monday press conference aimed at pressuring the Trump administration for a more aggressive response to help storm victims in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands," reports The Hill. "Instead, they’ve scheduled a briefing to push for tougher gun laws such as enhanced background checks designed to keep firearms from the hands of potentially violent people."
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), will join with Giffords and other Democratic lawmakers to push for gun control legislation.
“Enough is enough,” Thompson tweeted Monday. “Congress should come together and establish a Select Committee to end gun violence.”
Last year, Democratic lawmakers partook in a House sit-in following the horrible terrorist attack at an Orlando gay nightclub.