But it's also worth remembering that three of the leaders who steered passage of the 1990s gun-control measures were a senator from Tennessee who sponsored the background check bill, a Senate committee chairman who navigated the assault weapons ban through that body and a NY congressman who faced down his committee chair and leadership to get the measures to the president's desk.
The National Rifle Association announced its support today for regulating "bump stocks", devices that can effectively convert semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons and that were apparently used in the Las Vegas massacre to lethal effect. "Most people are in need of medication to deal with their day to day lives and I think there is something at the root of society that's gone wrong".
Stephen Paddock bought almost three dozen guns in the year before he unleashed carnage on a crowd in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding more than 500.
LaPierre issued the statement joinly with Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.
"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?"
In another significant development, Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC, the key voice behind the so-called gun silencer bill that awaits a vote in the House, said he would be open to debating the bump stock issue and plans to talk to more of his Republican colleagues. "If firearm sound suppressors were treated the way lawnmowers and chainsaws were treated, they would be required on firearms", Rathner says, adding that opposition to the gear is "a cynical, knee-jerk political reaction, not one based on knowledge or experience". That man can work all week then take his AR-15 with a bump stock to the range on Saturday and enjoy himself as he mimics automatic fire for a few short bursts.
Meanwhile, in House of Representatives, democrats Dina Titus of Nevada and David Cicilline of Rhode Island introduced a bill to ban the manufacture, possession, transfer, sale or importation of bump stocks. There were also 23 guns stockpiled there.
"He said people ask their friends "'What'd you do when you were in Vegas?' 'I went to a strip club, I saw a insane show, and I shot a machine gun, '" Grant said.
I'm sure God isn't averse to prayer, silent or otherwise. If one lives in an area that has become economically depressed or has started to experience new forms of petty or violent crime that it hasn't previously, it can be easier to generalized that as a broader trend within society. "Could happen to any one of us".
Legislation that would have expanded the use of federal background checks failed in the Senate five months after the Newtown killings.
"I don't know why our so-called leaders continue to allow this to happen". But that number varies widely from state to state.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said holding a hearing would be a "good idea", especially since many people aren't well versed in bump stocks.
There are no available nationwide figures on sales of bump stocks since the massacre. He said he rejects customers who smell like alcohol or marijuana or "if they look a little unstable".
In its survey, the only item that didn't receive majority of support was banning private ownership of handguns, which just 33 percent of the public backed.
Bump stocks were used by the shooter in Las Vegas.
The owner of a shop in Mesquite, Nevada, says the Las Vegas shooter bought firearms there and never gave any indication that he might have been unstable.
Sturm Ruger said in August that its latest quarterly revenues were down 22% from a year ago and that earnings plummeted more than 50%. "Let's have a discussion". The mass shooting in Las Vegas has sparked a national conversation about gun control, as most mass shootings do.
Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who like Duncan belongs to the House Second Amendment Caucus, also said he was continuing to research the accessory.
"Honestly, I don't think gun control could stop this", Southern California tourist Allie Sibley told Xinhua. Richard Shelby of Alabama when asked if he'd be open to any regulations or bans on the devices. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. That is why the bump stock was created. "I apologize, but I do not know". We asked Hemenway why it is hard for the U.S.to establish gun laws like Australia or Japan. Jon Tester, a Democrat who's up for re-election in Montana next year.
The rise in gun shares after the Las Vegas attack is particularly interesting because President Donald Trump made upholding the right to bear arms a central plank of his campaign.
Officials have said Paddock had no known history of mental illness. "This is taking it into war".