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Here's what members of Congress are saying about gun control after Las Vegas



The mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas on Monday has sparked another debate over America's gun laws on Capitol Hill.

House Democrats on Wednesday gathered on the steps of the Capitol building to call for an end to gun violence and urge Republicans to support legislation to help prevent future mass shootings.

"How many more must die? A hundred, a thousand, ten thousand, a million? What is your blood price?" asked Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon who led a sit-in on the House floor last year after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

"Don’t tell me it's about protecting the second amendment when you wont even stand up for the first amendment," Lewis said. "Don’t tell me it’s about anything other than greed, money and fear."

Republicans on Wednesday said lawmakers need to wait for investigators in Las Vegas to finish gathering all the facts of the case before engaging in another gun debate.

"There will be a time to debate that once we have a fully informed factual basis, which right now we simply do not have," said Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton.

Cotton said regulations that are being proposed by Democrats would not "stop the kind of evil that we see in so many of these mass shootings," and said his constituents have no desire for the federal government to meddle with their second amendment rights.

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) said Congress should focus on getting care for the mentally ill in order to prevent further attacks, and argued there are already enough gun control laws.

"We have laws on the books, if you’re a convicted felon, if you’ve been convicted of domestic violence, if you’ve been diagnosed with mental illness you cannot have a gun, you cannot purchase a gun. We need to enforce the laws we have on the books," LaHood said.

House Democrats this week sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan asking for the immediate creation of a select committee on gun violence.

Ryan showed no signs he plans to oblige, telling reporters on Tuesday "we cannot let the actions of a single person define us as a country."

However, Ryan did say that a controversial bill to ease restrictions on gun silencers had been shelved indefinitely. The bill was expected to come to the floor for a vote in the coming days, but on Tuesday Ryan said the bill is "not scheduled right now. I don't know when it will be scheduled."

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday introduced legislation that would ban bump-fire stocks, devices that can be attached to a gun to allow the shooter to fire ammo more rapidly. Stephen Paddock, the suspect in the Las Vegas shooting used bump-fire stocks on semi-automatic weapons to simulate fully automatic fire.

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