Las Vegas Shooting Reignites Gun Debate on Capitol Hill

Democratic lawmakers Monday morning renewed their pleas for legislative action to restrict access to firearms after a gunman unleashed a storm of bullets on concert-goers on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday night.

At least 50 people were killed, officials said. Multiple media outlets have reported that more than 400 people were taken to local hospitals for treatment in what is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity,” Sen. Chris Murphy said in a statement Monday.

The Connecticut Democrat has been the most vociferous advocate for gun control in Congress since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference.

“It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something,” Murphy said.

Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton was one of the first lawmakers to call for legislative action Monday. He was “praying Congress will have the courage to do more than stand in silence to commemorate them,” he wrote on Twitter.

(Excerpted from Roll Call 10/2/17)