"We are proud of our GW students' initiative in leading the response to the heartbroken and deadly shooting in Las Vegas last night", SA leaders wrote in the statement. "We know what it looks like in CT because we've seen it firsthand in Newtown".
A year ago 15,079 people died as a result of gun violence. Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms, dating to an era when citizens feared an oppressive government, and long before automatic weapons.
The US, which has less than five per cent of the world's population, has between 35 to 50 per cent of the world's civilian-owned guns.
"He's already breaking the law shooting an automatic weapon that wasn't registered, so what's going to stop him, had he chosen to shoot a suppressed weapon, to do that?"
The mass shootings in America have, over the years, turned into a macabre ritual and acquired a sense of numbing familiarity.
California, Florida, and IL and the District of Columbia generally prohibit people from openly carrying firearms in public.
There are about 176,000 pre-1986 machine guns registered with the US government that can be legally transferred, and they typically cost tens of thousands of dollars. It would allow gun owners to transport registered firearms across state lines, carry guns in national parks and eliminate the $200 transfer tax on silencers. Nevada honors concealed handgun licenses from other states.
Democrats wondered, however, whether the Las Vegas attack would change any minds on Capitol Hill.
The Las Vegas strip was put on lockdown as cops raced to the scene. A SWAT team found Paddock dead in his hotel room and suspect he killed himself. According to an analysis by Mother Jones, out of 62 cases between 1982 and 2012 (a time period that would not include the actions of Dylann Roof or Stephen Paddock, among others), 44 of the killers were white men and only one was a woman.
Still, Las Vegas is known throughout the United States to be one of the safest, most secure cities in the country. The legislative push by Democrats was in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in CT that left 20 children and six adults dead. Across the board, stronger gun laws correlate with lower rates of gun deaths, even after adjusting for sociological and demographic factors, according to a Harvard Medical School research.
Gun laws work, and they are worth fighting for.
Background checks are done when people buy guns, but they are also allowed to sell them privately. That's a legal accessory that enables a semi-automatic gun to operate like an automatic weapon.
In what might have been one of the most conventional moments of his unorthodox political career, President Donald Trump struck appropriate notes of grief and shock as he called for national unity. An over-affinity for guns among white men, risky against any other backdrop, gets defended as patriotism by many conservatives or even as white pride by those on the alt-right.