Several firearms modified by Las Vegas gunman

Location of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino

Location of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino

Listening to the gunfire during Sunday night's mass shooting is unsettling, but it is absolutely necessary to understand how the gunman was able to kill so many people, so quickly. That's what Gov. Bruce Rauner did when asked whether he would support a so-called assault weapons ban.

Indeed, recent years have seen a number of mass shootings, often followed by calls for more gun control, in a country where unstable individuals have legally been permitted to purchase military-grade firearms.

But the president played down that sense of urgency.

The president told reporters Wednesday before boarding Marine One that he and first lady Melania Trump will be paying their respects to meeting with police who have done a "fantastic job in a very short time".

The Vegas massacre follows others in Sandy Hook, Conn. and Orlando, Fl. "It's a very, very sad day for me personally".

California Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted Tuesday that she plans on pursing a bump stock ban calling the gun add-ons a "ridiculous loophole". "Look, we had a tragedy", Trump said. Regardless of whether this is terrorism, the issue here is about the gun laws in the United States.

At least one of Paddock's rifles had been modified with a legal "bump stock"-style device that enables the shooter to rapidly fire off rounds without actually converting the rifle to a fully automatic weapon, one federal law enforcement source said".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during Monday's press briefing "there's a time and place for political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country".

The shooting prompted some Democrats to urge the Republican-controlled Congress to take action to prevent similar mass shootings. Since Trump's election, gun sales have also fallen.

On the campaign trail a year ago, Trump aligned himself with gun rights advocates who consider the US Constitution's Second Amendment right to bear arms sacrosanct. I grew up in a home where most of our meat came from deer, pheasant and turkeys that my dad shot himself with a legally owned gun.

The GOP-controlled House had been poised to pass the SHARE Act, a sweeping revision of firearms laws that included a provision easing restrictions on silencers.

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