Rather than keeping the focus on the victims of the terrible Las Vegas shooting, many Democrats are seizing the opportunity to push for gun control.
According to Politico, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) is not only among those calling for gun control — he’s taken it one step further. While the victims are still being mourned, he’s looking to pass a bill for gun control.
On Monday, the day after more than 50 people were killed, Senator Murphy announced he wanted to introduce a new bill that would strengthen background checks for individuals looking to purchase guns.
Murphy admits this gun control measure would not have prevented the Las Vegas massacre, considering Paddock had no criminal record and has already passed background checks, but believes that shouldn’t matter.
According to Murphy “we can’t get caught in the trap of only advocating legislation that addressed yesterday’s shooting. The fact is, 80 other people died from guns yesterday and stronger background checks laws should’ve saved many of them.”
Murphy isn’t alone in using the tragedy to further his political aims. According to Fox News, Hillary Clinton used her response to the tragedy to attack the NRA. “Las Vegas, we are grieving with you – the victims, those who lost loved ones, the responders, & all affected by this cold-blooded massacre. The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”
She was rightly criticized for her claims as not only exploitative but ignorant of how firearms work. According to Dana Loesch an NRA spokeswoman, a silencer, or more accurately known as a suppressor, wouldn’t have eliminated the noise of gunfire on Sunday. “Suppressors only reduce by a few decibels, still same decibel level as a jackhammer.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders criticized the statement saying the blame should be on the shooter, “I think before we start trying to talk about the preventions of what took place last night, we need to know more facts, and right now we’re simply not at that point. It is very easy for Mrs. Clinton to criticize and to come out, but I think we need to remember the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter, and this isn’t a time for us to go after individuals or organizations. I think we can have those policy conversations but today is not that day.”