What would make us believe that once this deranged individual made the decision to break the law by committing mass murder, would he all of a sudden decide to obey a gun law?
The shooter opened fire on concertgoers and killed 59 people and injured more than 500 in less than 15 minutes, the rate of fire setting this incident apart for other mass shootings.
In the past, Mr. Trump was in favor of specific gun control laws. It was the first time that has happened in almost a year.
Paddock bought five guns at the store over the course of a year and brought them in to be cleaned after shooting practice, according to Sullivan. Search interest in "gun rights" has plateaued over the last decade and remained unchanged in the last six days.
"Some gun owners like tricking out their rifles, sort of like a hot rod auto, comparing speed and power".
Just the thought of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 terrifies me. The trend also appears to be common after such attacks. He split the money evenly among Sandy Hook Promise, Americans for Responsible Solutions and Everytown for Gun Safety. Mr. Trump can sell his supporters on nearly any idea, why not gun control? We're not talking about banning assault weapons here. Some Republicans might oppose such a ban because they actually do not support the automatic weapons ban itself. And for all the attention that's being paid to the Republicans saying they support this idea, you know, many members are in the same place as Pennsylvania Congressman Lou Barletta - just very skeptical of any new gun control measure.
For once, President Donald Trump's ability to not tell the truth might just be conducive to producing substantive action on guns in our country.
"Look, I didn't even know what they were until earlier this week", House Speaker Paul Ryan told MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt on Thursday.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., said he plans to introduce a bipartisan bill in the House to put a total ban on "bump stocks", similar to a bill proposed by Democrats in the Senate. More than 20 Democratic have signed on as co-sponsors.
But a congressional gun debate is far from something that Republicans could tackle easily right now. These positions feed the argument that allowing one restriction or regulation is, in fact, the slippery slope to repealing the Second Amendment, and incite the NRA to cry, "They are coming for your guns". A vote on the bill has been delayed. But in the same statement, the NRA renewed its push for a law that would allow anyone who can carry concealed weapons in states where such permits are available to all gun owners, like Nevada, to carry them in every state, including NY.
A Las Vegas gun shop owner said Friday his store sold two rifles and one handgun to Stephen Paddock on two separate occasions past year, adding that there was "nothing noteworthy" about the transactions.
But it'll be up to state and federal lawmakers to eventually decide what those steps are.
Investigators say the gunman in Sunday's Las Vegas massacre used bump stocks to fire more rounds, faster.