To prevent mass shootings, which to tackle: Guns or mental illness?

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"Right now we're focused on passing our budget".

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill woke up to the news of the worst mass shooting in US history, and questions about the congressional legislative agenda that includes a controversial bill that would relax the sale of gun silencers.

Earlier this year, Ryan also pushed the American Health Care Act, another bill that sought to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and which would have ended access to mental health care and drug abuse treatment for millions of Americans. Ryan apparently put a bill that would have eased restrictions on gun silencers on the back burner.

Congressman Mark Meadows said: You have to have a special class of license to have an automatic weapon. "And we have to decide if that's the kind of country we want to be".

"Americans are exhausted of living in fear that their community will be the next Newtown, Orlando, Aurora or Las Vegas", said Sen.

Police said the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nev., was killed after a SWAT team burst into the hotel room from which the gunfire was coming. Officials say the shooter modified a semiautomatic weapon with a "bump stock" that allows it to fire more like an automatic weapon.

"I think it's premature to be discussing legislative solutions, if there are any", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

The legislation was advancing through Congress even after gun safety advocates raised concerns that silencers could prove even more deadly in a mass shooting.

RYAN: Yeah, there were people who were - whose rights were being infringed. I don't think our problem in America is gun laws.

Further proof that the Las Vegas shooting had a political effect came in the careful words pro-gun Republicans chose in responding to it. Imagine the gun lobby's version of society - everyone armed, everyone out for themselves, everyone at risk all the time.

RYAN: That bill's not scheduled now.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday asked Ryan to create a select committee on gun violence to recommend legislation. My message to them is this: "don't let the big-money interests and extremists speak for you", she said.

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., joined House Democrats to demand action to save American lives from gun violence.

After last year's nightclub shooting in Orlando, Democrats occupied the House floor for more than 24 hours to draw attention to efforts to expand federal background checks for gun buyers.

There were new questions about whether the House would vote soon on legislation that would make it easier to buy gun silencers.

Standing next to his wife former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, retired NASA astronaut Cpt.

Lubbock Republican Arrington said what happened in Las Vegas is heartbreaking, but it shouldn't bring about a knee-jerk reaction.

"Thoughts and prayers are good, but they are simply not enough", said Sen.

"We need a way forward". And in the immediate wake of the Las Vegas massacre, it looks like this mass shooting won't lead to any changes either. No person should endure the horror Las Vegas experienced last night.

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