Forced to defend that vote on Tuesday, Ryan said, 'There were people's right that were getting infringed. In an outdoor news conference, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grievously wounded in a 2011 attack, turned to the Capitol, raised her fist and said, "The nation is counting on you".
"I think one of the things we've learned from these shootings is that often, underneath this, is a diagnosis of mental illness", said Ryan on Tuesday. A Republican-led House committee last month backed the silencer bill by Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC, who said it would help hunters protect their hearing.
What's wonderful is that the bills are even being considered, and before Sunday were so close to a vote. Conservatives like to blast Democrats for "playing politics" by raising gun control in the wake of the most deadly shooting in modern American history, but isn't claiming to seek help for the mentally ill when you and most members of your party are actually intent on reducing that exact type of health care spending a far more cowardly and cynical version of political gamesmanship?
"This legislation is about safety - plain and simple", Duncan said at the time.
"Politicizing this bad tragedy is, I think, beyond disgusting", Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Monday afternoon.
"When two mass shootings force you to delay a bill that would make those mass shootings harder to detect and stop, maybe that's a sign you ought to let go of the bill go, once and for all", Schumer said. Separate legislation would allow people with concealed weapons permits to cross state lines with their hidden guns.
A tragedy strikes, and the country's predictable gun debate barely begins in the halls of Congress before it's over.
According to reports, House Democrats will gather to protest against Republican inaction on gun control on Wednesday following the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. A bipartisan bill on background checks failed in the Senate four years ago, and since then Republicans have usually pointed to mental health legislation when questioned about the appropriate congressional response to gun violence.
In an interview with The Associated Press last month, he said Congress needs to fund mental health reforms. A group of Democratic lawmakers asked Ryan to remove the silencer bill from the House calendar indefinitely. The Republican-led effort was backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which argued the rule violated Second Amendment rights of people with mental illness.
The floor schedule for this week went out from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office on Friday and hasn't changed.
"It's really a time that we have to heal. They need to pray and we need to come together. and It's just important that we reflect the fact that our hearts are with them".