Some Republicans open to banning "bump stocks" after Las Vegas shooting

Violet Powell
October 7, 2017

President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, meets at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with first responders to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 4, 2017.

Senior congressional Republicans say they are open to considering legislation banning "bump stocks" like the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to make semi-automatic rifles perform more like fully automatic weapons.

Speaking to Sean Hannity from his hospital bed, Gunderson was adamant he could tell the president truly cared.

"We're not gonna talk about that today", he calmly replied.

"We'll talk about that on a later date", he said.

Trump has been an outspoken ally to the gun lobby both as a candidate and president.

He praised the medical staff who had worked to save the victims as "some of the most fantastic people", adding they did an "indescribable" job.

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Still, the government said that figure was artificially inflated by the loss of so many lower-paid workers in hurricane-hit areas. The job losses were so substantial that it caused the number of jobs across the entire US economy to shrink by 33,000 last month.

"We are with you 100 percent. What happened is, in many ways, a miracle", Trump said.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Last Vegas on Wednesday to speak with doctors, law enforcement officers, first responders, and survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in US history. He plans to speak privately with victims of the Sunday night shooting rampage that left at least 59 dead.

Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retiree with no criminal record, was identified as the gunman in Sunday night's attack, spraying bullets at an open-air concert from the window of his suite in a high-rise hotel and killing 58 people.

He also passed his own Trump hotel on his way toward the entertainment strip.

The president said police were learning more about Mr. Paddock and his motive, and that more information would be made public soon, according to NBC News. Twelve of the rifles there were fitted with so-called bump stocks, officials said, allowing the guns to be fired as though they were automatic weapons. Instead, he ended up spending an hour and 35 minutes meeting with patients who were well enough to take visitors and who were not having medical procedures done.

Whether he was a fan of Trump's or not before Wednesday, Gunderson certainly is now.

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