"I am praying for the victims of this shooting, their families and friends. It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something".
"For years, Gabby and I have been working to get the people in this building to summon the courage to take meaningful action that make our communities safer places to live", Kelly said, pointing at the U.S. Capitol.
Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, who has made stricter gun laws a central plank in his campaign for the commonwealth's top office, canceled a series of events with Giffords and Kelly created to highlight his differences with the Republican nominee, former George W. Bush adviser Ed Gillespie, on the issue of "the epidemic of gun violence". In an outdoor news conference, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grievously wounded in a 2011 attack, turned to the Capitol, raised her fist and said, "the nation is counting on you".
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam has canceled several campaign events following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.
"This must stop. America is the only place where horrific mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity". But critics call it little more than a vehicle to ease restrictions on purchasing silencers and armor-piercing bullets, and letting people carry concealed weapons in any state. Most Democrats argue that the incidents heighten the need for tighter gun laws, while most Republicans say Americans should have a greater ability to protect themselves.
"Guess what folks? Gun violence and grief hurt in EVERY zip code". The massacre in Las Vegas is a grave tragedy for our nation. "But they are not enough", Kelly said. "I'm exhausted of waking up to horrific news like this, and I'm sure you are, too".
At the Capitol, Kelly pointed to the silencer provision of the SHARE Act as the sort of "bad legislation" that must be stopped - and called on lawmakers to do more than just stop the bad bills.
The shooting is "yet another reminder that nothing has changed since Newtown and the grief and shock we experienced there", Blumenthal said Monday, a reference to the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. "In the face of unspeakable evil, our whole nation must respond with countless acts of kindness, warmth and generosity". But the speaker has shown no interest in legislation to tighten up gun laws. "We need it NOW", the Massachusetts Democrat wrote on Twitter.