The early October massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival outside of the hotel in Las Vegas was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history with 59 left dead and over 250 people injured.
As in the case of previous public shootings, Democrats have used the incident to revive the debate over gun-control laws. Democrats in Congress have called for background check legislation.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn), known for his representation of families of victims of the 2012 Sandy hook Massacre, called on Congress to “get off it’s ass and do something” about gun violence.
House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to put the background check bill to a vote on the house floor and additionally called for a committee to be set up that would provide recommendations on ways to curb gun violence.
Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee called for political leaders to “stand up to the NRA” in the wake of the violent Las Vegas shooting.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee responded to reporters questions regarding the White house’s position on renewed measures to institute gun control stating “ I think one of the things that we don’t want to do is try to create laws that won’t create-or stop these types of things from happening. If you look to Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes last year; they have the strictest laws in the country and that hasn’t helped them.”
Following the Las Vegas shooting the White House said it was too soon to begin political discussions about gun control measures. Instead it is a time to unite as a country. President Trump’s refusal to talk about gun laws and gun rights right after the shooting is in stark contrast to Barack Obama’s responses to mass shootings during his presidency wherein he would immediately respond with a call for gun control measures.
It is well known that the National Rifle Association was a big supporter and sponsor of President Trump during his campaign and Trump has voiced his commitment to defending the rights of gun owners.
With a Republican controlled White House and Congress, Democrats might be hard pressed to push through gun control legislation. However, lingering sentiments over the Las Vegas shooting could very well change the discussion. Only time will tell.