Democrats are desperate to do something - anything - on gun control

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Support for stricter gun laws tends to spike in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings.

Republicans, meanwhile, are about twice as likely as Democrats to favor allowing concealed carry in more places (82 percent to 41 percent) and allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns (81 percent to 42 percent).

She also wondered aloud on Twitter what the death toll would have been if Paddock was able to purchase a rifle silencer which she said the NRA is trying to make more accessible.

Democrats see the National Rifle Association - the leading lobbying group against all forms of stricter gun laws - as a bogeyman in the debate over gun control.

Giffords and Kelly were scheduled to attend events with the Democratic nominee for Virginia governor, but Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam canceled the events in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting.

The divide comes when Americans - 47 percent of whom said they consider the right to own a gun essential to their sense of freedom - are asked what to do about it.

The bill, which had already passed the House Natural Resources Committee on a party-line vote last month, came under renewed scrutiny following the massacre in Las Vegas. But those bills have not proceeded as far as the silencer legislation.

Republican-backed bills to loosen gun rules are now in limbo as supporters of gun control have been quick to push for new laws.

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Manchin also said that it will be up to President Donald Trump to set the tone for a legislative response to the massacre in Las Vegas. I want to commend the first responders and other citizens who acted with bravery and courage despite the awful events.

According to the Chronicle, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) believes Republicans have enough votes to pass the bill on the House floor, though it can be blocked by Senate Democrats in a filibuster.

But the carnage he unleashed is unlikely to sufficiently shake up well-worn gun politics to produce meaningful changes in the nation's gun laws, even though public support for more regulation typically spikes after mass shootings.

Some Democrats seemed to tacitly acknowledge that gun legislation is a nonstarter, with many lawmakers offering statements that offered condolences but no formal calls for action. People who want to buy silencers now have to submit fingerprints and photographs, pay a $200 tax, and wait as long as nine months or more (far longer than when buying handguns) to make a purchase. "The nation is counting on you". "There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference".

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy called for Congress to "get off its ass and do something" about gun violence following the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Durbin also wants more serious penalties for so-called "straw purchasers" - people who buy a gun for someone who can not legally purchase or possess a firearm. "The fact is, 80 other people died from guns yesterday and stronger background checks laws should've saved many of them". People can avoid a background check if they buy a gun online, in a private sale or at a gun show.

"Now is the time to take positive action to keep America safer", she said in a statement. "None of this ends unless we do something to stop it", tweeted Sen. "If you think what happened today was acceptable; if you think hundreds of Americans gunned down at a country music festival by a single man with an arsenal in his hotel room is fine, then do nothing".

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