Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has used the tragedy in Las Vegas as an opportunity to push for stronger gun legislation and to lash out against both the National Rifle Association and a gun bill that is currently making its way through the house.
“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots,” she tweeted Monday morning. “Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”
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.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
She later added: “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”
Clinton is referring to the so-called “Hearing Protection Act,” which would make it easier for people to purchase silencers, CNN reported. The bill is part of a larger measure that would loosen gun control by making it easier to transport guns across state lines and narrowing the types of ammunition that fall into the restricted “armor-piercing” category.
The bill was slated to undergo a congressional hearing in June, but it was canceled after the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice that left House Republican Whip Steve Scalise and several others seriously wounded.
On September 12, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing and passed the bill a day later, but no House floor vote is currently scheduled.
Clinton, who called for stronger gun control laws in the wake of the June 2016 mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, was joined by a slew of other Democrats in demanding action.
“When you have weapons of war in wide circulation, you get war-like casualty counts,” tweeted Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). “Not what the Founders had in mind. House bill for easier access to silencers = more carnage in these kinds of shootings. Terrible idea.”
“Congress should take up and vote on legislation to ban military-style weapons,” echoed Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) on Twitter.
It is not clear whether the Las Vegas gunman used silencers or had any in his possession at the time of the attack.