Sunday night started out as a handsome evening in Las Vegas, with country music in the air and the lights of the Strip mingling with stars.
On an average, more than 90 Americans lose their lives to gun violence every day, a daily toll of heartbreak and tragedy in communities across the US. Thousands more will fight emotional scars, and tens of thousands will grieve and question along with them.
But it doesn't have to be this way.
But gun control advocates worry that with Trump and Republicans in power in D.C., there's even less chance of passing new laws now than after previous shootings. Over 100,000 people are shot each year, 33,000 of those fatally.
We calculated the lifetime odds of death by applying 2014 life expectancy and population numbers in the United States, and our analysis assumes each cause of death won't change drastically in the near future.
"It's really a time that we have to heal". We can assume that other people - like my wife, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords - will pay the price for our status quo. The problem is that dispassionate analysis of gun-safety laws, no matter how long delayed, never penetrates the panic room in which politicians hide out from their responsibilities. Gabby and I, and Americans across the country, had been working our hearts out to stop this bad legislation.
But even on our toughest days, we're optimists.
Lawmakers in President Donald Trump's party appeared stymied Tuesday over what legislative steps, if any, to take to contain USA gun violence in the aftermath of America's deadliest shooting in modern history.
Opponents of the measure say that the silencer provision, in particular, could make it harder to identify a shooter during an incident such as the one in Las Vegas.
Scalise offered similar thoughts, saying, "Those families need our prayers". Supporters of that say that Congress should have also extended that right to lands government by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and this plan would change that, under the name of the "Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act".
The bill was expected to come up for a vote as soon as this week.
"I feel very, very deeply sad and sorry", said Sen. Enough. Congress & the WH should act now to save lives. Gabby got into politics because she wanted to govern. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., he hoped the scale of the tragedy, with many dozens dead and hundreds wounded, would make a difference. He has promised to reinstate Virginia's one-gun-purchase-a-month policy and work to close the gun show loophole.
Those who lost loved ones or were wounded in the Las Vegas massacre "need to heal, they need to grieve, they need to pray, and we need to come together", Ryan added.
SCHUMER: Can you imagine if that law passed? Where they have been repealed, murder and violence have increased.
After a deranged young man used his mother's readily accessible firearms in 2012 to shoot schoolchildren and educators in Newtown, Connecticut, issues such as proper gun storage and the challenges of balancing legal gun rights and mental health risks were frighteningly obvious. You can buy an AR-15 in a parking lot with no background check at all.
People take cover after hearing gunfire at a country music festival, the scene of the mass shooting.
Although gun violence is one of the leading causes of death in America, it is also one of the most poorly researched, according to a January 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Democrats are frustrated that yet another horrific mass shooting will likely not result in stricter gun laws or at least constructive dialogue.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., echoed Kelly's sentiments saying, "It's time for Congress to get off its a- and do something".
But Trump, asked Tuesday whether Las Vegas would prompt him to embrace gun control, instead praised police for their response. Thoughts and prayers are important.