Giffords was shot in the head and almost killed six years ago at a public meeting with constituents back home in her Tucson-based district. At the same time GOP legislation aimed at loosening gun rules stood in limbo, facing an uncertain future. I know they got into politics for the same reason I did - to make a difference, to get things done. He called the Las Vegas shooting an incident of "domestic terrorism", and said that Congress and the president are in a position to tackle the issue of gun control once and for all.
Critics say efforts to ease the restrictions will allow more criminals to use them and will make it hard to detect when and where a shooting is taking place.
"The nation's counting on you", Giffords said to a crowd outside the Capitol.
"We can accept gun violence as simply the cost of living in America, or we can choose courage", Kelly said. The content of the ads was not immediately clear, but the gun rights organization is also backing Republicans in the races for attorney general and lieutenant governor.
"We need a president that recognizes we have a gun violence problem and will work toward solutions", he said.More news: September: Deadliest month in Syria civil war
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) said just as after the killings in Orlando previous year, he won't take part in a moment of silence on the House floor for the Vegas shooting, saying it's not time for a "moment of silence; it's time for 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?" "None of this ends unless we do something to stop it". My heart is with the city of Las Vegas and all who were touched by this tragedy. "We need it NOW", the Massachusetts Democrat wrote on Twitter.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who was gravely wounded by the gunman who attacked Republicans at the baseball practice in June, called the Las Vegas attack an "act of pure evil" and thanked those who responded and aided the victims.
The Sunday night incident at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas is the worst mass shooting in modern US history, surpassing the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead in 2015.
Videos of the initial gunfire in Las Vegas appeared to indicate the use of a fully automatic, machine-gun-type weapon.