Reporters and news commentators on Monday called for tougher gun control laws in the wake of the Sunday night shooting in Las Vegas, and criticized Congress for failing to pass legislation already.
MSNBC host Joy Reid tweeted, "This country refuses to be rational about guns, even in defense of our children's lives."
Liberal Washington Post blogger Paul Waldman remarked that he was "looking forward to hearing the NRA explain how if more people had guns at that concert then everything would have been OK."
Looking forward to hearing the NRA explain how if more people had guns at that concert then everything would have been OK.— Paul Waldman (@paulwaldman1) October 2, 2017
"At least 50 dead in Las Vegas," Associated Press reporter Erica Werner wrote on Twitter. "Zero chance Congress will act on guns."
The shooting took place at an open-air country music concert when the gunman, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. Paddock apparently shot himself after what is being called the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Paddock's hotel room reportedly contained at least 10 guns.
A Newsweek article published Monday said Nevada is likely to "come under renewed scrutiny" due to having "some of the most-relaxed gun laws in the country."
The left-leaning website Vox used the incident as an example of how "firearm ownership contributes to America's murder problem." Vox said gun ownership "doesn't translate directly to more homicides," but said the proliferation of guns in the U.S. is a clear problem "when you compare the United States with nations like Britain and Japan."
Shaun King, a liberal columnist for the Intercept news site, said on Twitter that, "The United States is the ONLY country in the world that has more guns than people. The sheer math guarantees that this will happen."
The United States is the ONLY country in the world that has more guns than people. The sheer math guarantees that this will happen.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 2, 2017
Gun control resurfaces in the national debate each time there is a mass shooting, with Democrats proposing more laws restricting access to firearms and Republicans usually opposing their efforts.
But even many Democrats are hesitant to pass legislation to restrict access to guns. In 2013, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., famously pulled consideration of a gun bill, and said the Senate needed to take a "pause" on the legislation. Reid said the Senate would return to the bill, but never did.