To Republican advocates, it is now personal. Several pointed to a list with the names of six members of Congress that was found in the possession of the gunman, James T. Hodgkinson.
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“Have they ever been shot at, multiple times, at close range, trying to save someone without any way to defend yourself?” Representative Barry Loudermilk, who was on the field during the shooting, said of gun control advocates.
“When you’ve experienced that yourself, maybe then we can have this debate,” said Mr. Loudermilk, Republican of Georgia, evoking some of the emotion often conveyed by victims of gun violence who come to Washington seeking gun safety laws.
The legislative push underlines a continuing partisan clash after highly publicized mass shootings, one in which national lawmakers tussle over gun regulation and rarely stray from party lines. Gun rights
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Connecticut’s two U.S. senators joined members of the state’s LGBTQ community and gun violence prevention advocates in marking the one-year anniversary of the Orlando nightclub shooting on Monday. Fifty people were killed and 53 injured in the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.
The senators say Orlando and other mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado, and San Bernardino, California can be blamed on weak gun control laws and congressional failure to act on such measures.
Shortly after Orlando, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy led a filibuster in the Senate in an unsuccessful attempt to get tighter federal gun laws. He says with Republican President Donald Trump now in power, things are worse.
“Combined with this nation’s loose gun laws, the rhetoric coming from this president poses a real danger to everyone in this country, but in particular vulnerable populations that are the subject of discrimination and the subject of hate.”
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