Republicans signaled Monday that they weren't close to considering a new gun control bill anytime soon, even in the face of pressure from Democrats who say the Las Vegas shooting that killed 59 people means it's time for Congress to act.
It's a sign the GOP will once again rebuff efforts to pass any gun bill that Democrats have been seeking in the wake of a string of mass shootings around the nation.
"I just think politicizing this terrible tragedy is beyond disgusting and we ought to wait a respect full period of time, out of respect for people who lost their lives or were injured before we get into the push and shove of politics around here," said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, when asked about the possibility of a bill.
Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., agreed that it's too early to talk about gun control legislation.
"We do much better work when we allow the haze to clear," Rounds said. "Most people I've talked to and visited with have been more focused on victims and their families right now and we'll start out by offering our condolences to the families and those who are injured. Then, let's get the facts about what happened and determine how this individual obtained the firearms. Did he have mental issues? Let's get the facts."
Republicans have often argued that the perpetrators of mass shootings are already lawbreakers, and that new laws aren't necessary and wouldn't be effective.
This time, however, the GOP is up against the largest mass shooting in history, which prompted Democrats to call on Congress to immediately to something to reduce gun violence.
"To my colleagues: Your cowardice to act cannot be whitewashed by thoughts and prayers," tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who has been pushing gun control since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. "None of this ends until we do something to stop it."
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, calling for him to create a bipartisan Select Committee on Gun Violence "to study and report back common sense legislation to help end this crisis." A commission could end up being a compromise of sorts with Republicans, but the GOP gave no signals Monday that this idea could fly.
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., who was shot in the head by a mentally ill man in 2011, showed up in front of the U.S Capitol Monday afternoon to call on Congress to pass new gun laws.
"The nation is counting on you," Giffords said.
The trouble for Democrats in recent years has been that members of both parties from pro gun-rights states have opposed gun legislation.
A 2013 bill to ban assault-style weapons and high capacity magazine clips, for instance, was killed in part after then-Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., determined it only had the support of about 40 of the chamber's 55 Democrats.
The most recent effort to rein in gun purchases in 2016 would have banned those on the federal terror watch list from buying guns or ammunition. Republicans opposed it, noting the terror watch list is put together by unaccountable bureaucrats, is riddled with inaccuracies and often includes innocent people who are put on the list in error.
Republicans offered a compromise plan that would have delayed gun purchases by those on the watch list but would have quickly required a court to prove the person should not be able to purchase a gun. Democrats opposed it because they said it did not provide the federal government enough time to prove each case.
Republicans and Democrats have failed to come to an agreement on any other significant gun bill since the 1994 law banning many assault-style weapons, which expired in 2004.
Efforts to expand background checks for gun purchases, limit the types of guns and ammunition and expand mental health records have all failed over the past few years.
Republicans viewed Democratic proposals as an infringement on gun ownership, while Democrats rejected Republican plans as too weak to effectively curb gun violence.
More delays this time around could lead to the the sorts of protests that Democrats have staged in the past. In 2016, House Democrats commandeered the House floor for more than a day in protest of the GOP's refusal to take up gun control measures.
The states have mostly taken up the cause and many have passed stricter gun laws in the absence of congressional action. Connecticut, for example, banned many assault-style weapons and high-capacity clips after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
But Democrats can be expected to keep pushing.
Among the leading gun control proponents is Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who in 2013 pushed for legislation banning some assault-style weapons and gun clips that hold more than ten rounds.
"We must not allow ourselves to become numb to these massacres that can snuff out so many lives in such a short time," Feinstein said on twitter Monday. "It should shock every American that one individual with easy access to weapons and ammunition can inflict such devastation."