Republicans who say Congress should learn more about the Las Vegas shooting before considering gun legislation are just buying time, and don't want to do anything at all, a House Democrat charged Tuesday morning.
"Waiting is one of the many tools that the folks who would have us do absolutely nothing on gun safety employ," said Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., on MSNBC.
"They say it's too soon, it's too soon to politicize it, it's too soon to act," he added. "You know, I don't remember after 9/11 when people flew airplanes into buildings, I don't remember thinking, 'what we need to do right now is wait and not take action.'"
Democrats have grown more and more frustrated with Republicans who oppose any gun control legislation, even in the face of the two largest mass shootings in the United States in 2016 and 2017. Himes said he is losing his patience with Congress.
"It's not like we need to know a whole lot more than we already know," he said. "We could in this building, and this is why I get so angry at the United States Congress ... I'm standing in the one building in America where with one our of hard work this morning, we could pass a couple of bills that would be perfectly consistent with people's Second Amendment rights, which would be perfectly consistent with what we're supposed to do, which is represent the will of the people."
Himes admitted that legislation can't stop all gun violence, but said something like universal background checks would help reduce the violence.
"We could pass those bills today, and we would reduce the carnage," he said. "But we're not."