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Congressional Democrats Call for More Gun Violence Research
Report, House bill draw attention to lack of federal funding

Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy sponsored a bill that could lead to more federal funding for gun violence research. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Congressional Democrats have launched renewed calls for federal research into gun violence prevention in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting.

Senate Democrats on Wednesday presented a report from the Government Accountability Office highlighting the limitations lawmakers have imposed on researchers attempting to understand gun violence, which they called a “public health crisis.”

Curbelo: Regulatory Fix to Bump Stocks a ‘Big Mistake’
Florida Republican at odds with Paul Ryan

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., says that pushing for a regulatory fix banning bump stocks is a big mistake. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Carlos Curbelo on Wednesday called Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s push for a regulatory fix banning bump stocks “a big mistake.”

“If we agree that this should be banned we should have the courage of our convictions and proceed with legislation that will make that explicitly clear,” the Florida Republican said.

Ryan: Regulatory Bump Stocks Ban ‘Smartest, Quickest Fix’
Comments indicate House may not vote on issue

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday that a regulatory fix may be the best approach on a potential bump stock ban. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday, in his most direct comments on a potential bump stock ban, that he thinks a regulatory fix is the best approach.

“We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix,” the Wisconsin Republican said at a news conference.

Want to Know How to Curb Gun Violence? Don’t Ask Congress
Majorities have blocked gun-related research for decades

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords turns to shake her fist at the Capitol as her husband, retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, looks on during a news conference after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

The mass shooting in Las Vegas last week — like every high-profile mass shooting — raised a host of questions about why such horrors happen and how they can be prevented. But don’t look to Congress to help provide the answers.

Could gunman Stephen Paddock have been stopped while he was stockpiling dozens of weapons ahead of his rampage if law enforcement officials had tracked and flagged suspicious gun purchasing patterns?

Curbelo, Moulton Introduce Bipartisan Bump Stock Legislation
Twenty House members, 10 Democratic and 10 GOP, are co-sponsors

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Nass., left, and Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to ban bump stock rifle attachments. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Seth Moulton introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to ban devices — including bump stocks — that “increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle.”

The bill aims to ban the manufacture, sale, and possession of bump stocks, attachments that can increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle tenfold — essentially making them fully automatic.

House GOP Shows ‘Overwhelming’ Interest in Bipartisan Bump Stock Bill
Speaker Paul Ryan opens door for House to consider legislative action on the devices

Rep. Carlos Curbelo said his office has been “overwhelmed” by bipartisan support for a forthcoming bill restricting access to bump stocks, rifle accessories that increase the rate of fire. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s office has received dozens of calls from lawmakers in both parties who have demonstrated interest in a bill he and Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts plan to introduce that will limit access to bump stocks, rifle accessories that effectively convert semiautomatic rifles into rapid-fire ones.

The Florida Republican said he has been “overwhelmed” by interest from GOP colleagues in the measure he and his staff are producing.

Key Republican Lawmakers Open to Considering Bump Stock Ban
Las Vegas shooter had 12 rifles outfitted with device that effectively made them fully automatic

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn indicated Wednesday he would consider looking into a ban on rifle bump stocks. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Some members of congressional Republican leadership have expressed a willingness to explore legislation banning bump stocks, the attachment that the Las Vegas shooter used to effectively make semiautomatic rifles fire at the rate of automatic ones.

Investigators in Las Vegas found that 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who killed at least 59 people and injured more than 520 in a mass shooting there late Sunday night, had 12 rifles fitted with bump stocks in the 32nd-floor hotel room from which he fired upon a crowd outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Walz to Donate NRA Money to Charity
Comes after his record on guns is hit by gubernatorial primary rival

Rep. Tim Walz speaks with guests during a campaign event for Rep. Rick Nolan at the University of Minnesota Duluth in October 2016.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Scalise Says Experience ‘Fortified’ Support for Gun Rights
On Las Vegas shooting, House majority whip says ‘We shouldn’t first be thinking about promoting our political agenda’

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, left, arrives with Speaker of the House Paul D, Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to speak to reporters following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said his experience after being shot in June “fortified” his support for gun rights. 

In an interview with Fox News, Scalise was asked if his views on gun rights changed after being shot during practice for the Congressional Baseball Game as well as the shooting this week in Las Vegas that left 59 people dead. 

Opinion: Liberals Must Find the Right Tone on Guns
Raw emotion does not change votes in Congress

Broken windows are seen on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Sunday in Las Vegas. (David Becker/Getty Images)

The witty, conservative economist Herb Stein once pooh-poohed apocalyptic predictions with these reassuring words: “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

Stein, who had served as Richard Nixon’s chief economic adviser, was referring to the trade deficit. But Stein’s Law has a wide application beyond economics — and it offers a dollop of comfort about gun violence after the Las Vegas massacre.