Fifty-Nine Shot Dead in Las Vegas: GOP Offers “Thoughts and Prayers” and...

Fifty-Nine Shot Dead in Las Vegas: GOP Offers “Thoughts and Prayers” and No Action


Fifty-Nine Shot Dead in Las Vegas: GOP Offers “Thoughts and Prayers,” No Action. Even in the wake of the return of their colleague Steve Scalise, after he was shot on a baseball field in Virginia on June 14, the GOP will likely do nothing on the problem of guns in America.

Republicans control the White House, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. The NRA controls what they do on gun policy. 

After the murders of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012, the NRA and the gun lobby still fought hard against any changes in gun laws.The killer in the Sandy Hook massacre, Adam Lanza, used a Bushmaster XM15-E2S to murder his victims. Lanza murdered 28 people in total.

Just days after Rep. Scalise returned to work in the House unable to walk without assistance as a result of being shot by James Hodgkinson using a SKS Rifle, Republicans still appear to be unmoved regarding any change in federal gun laws. The reason is clear: The NRA has donated $3,555,194 to current members of Congress since 1998.  Gun policy in the united states continues to be hugely impacted by money in politics.  After the Citizens United Supreme Court case the problem became worse.

“It is not enough to ask how could someone do this. We must also ask ourselves how can I prevent something like this from happening again. We are not powerless against such evil. We must take common sense, widely supported, steps to reduce such violence, agony and grievous loss,” wrote Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on twitter on Oct. 2nd.

Many of the changes in gun policy that have been proposed, such as universal background checks and restricts on straw purchases, poll well and have been popular solutions for years.  A ban on military assault weapons is also a common sense solution that has been proposed. Assault rifles have been the weapon of choice of mass killers in America time and time again. Deranged attackers with unlimited rounds of ammunition have been able to kill from 30 to 50 people in one incident more quickly, and the incidents appear to be getting worse each year — primarily because of easily obtained assault weapons.

On average over 117,000 people are shot each year in the U.S.

But it became clear after the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary that nothing could break the money driven policy grip of the NRA, other than the Democrats controlling all three branches of government.

With the 2018 midterm elections all but certain to be a referendum on Donald Trump’s first two years in office, change may be coming in early 2019.  The 2018 midterm elections are 398 days away.


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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke