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00:00:01
>> Republicans in Congress putting off plans to loosen firearms laws after the massacre in Las Vegas, but showing no sign of changing their ironclad support for gun rights. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where the worst mass shooting in US history has prompted the usual show of mourning we've grown accustomed to after similar events.
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Flags lowered to half-staff, thoughts and prayers for the victims. House Speaker Paul Ryan also postponing for now action on a bill that would make it easier to buy gun silencers.>> That bill's not scheduled now. I don't know when it's gonna be scheduled.>> President Trump suggesting he may take a look at gun laws at some point.
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But nobody expects this latest event, as horrific as it is, to fundamentally change the Republican Party's pro-gun stance. Gun owners are too powerful of an interest group, and anybody who crosses them will pay a steep political price.>> Ryan shelving the silencer bill for now, saying Congress should focus on mental health issues to prevent further mass shootings.
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But defending his party's decision to overturn a rule that would have blocked some mentally ill people from buying firearms.>> Protecting people's rights was very important, and that's what that issue was all about.>> Republicans already taking heat, and not just in Washington. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel, who earlier went after the GOP health bill, delivering a tearful monologue Monday imploring Congress to act.
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Pointing at the contrast between the aggressive US response to terror threats and the country's inaction in the face of gun violence, with its far larger death toll. President Trump, due to visit Las Vegas on Wednesday, suggesting he might take a look at firearms laws. But Trump, like many other Republicans, a close ally of the National Rifle Association, the powerful lobbying group pushing to loosen gun restrictions at the national and local level.
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Telling NRA members earlier this year that they have a true friend in the White House.>> Democrats in Washington pushing for tougher background checks and other gun control measures. Lawmakers like Democratic senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut amping up the rhetoric.>> In the minds of these madmen, when they see Congress doing absolutely nothing, they read that as quiet acceptance of the carnage.
00:02:09
>> But at this point, they're not planning another sit-in like they staged last year after the Orlando Pulse nightclub shootings. Focusing instead on kitchen table issues as they try to win back the House of Representatives next year. Democrats more unified than ever on guns, but it's not clear at this point how far they're willing to go.