Nancy Pelosi blames latest mass shooting on soft gun control laws. Do you agree?
"The votes aren't there for gun control," she said. "We certainly aren't going to be able to do it in this Congress, and I don't know that we would be able to do it in a Democratic Congress because it takes a lot of votes to go down that path."
Indeed, after the Colorado shootings, just four lawmakers held a press conference calling for better gun safety laws. Two of them, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), followed up with a bill that would make it significantly harder to buy unlimited amounts of ammunition on the Internet, which is how the Colorado shooter purchased his bullets. Congressional leaders have already signaled the bill isn't likely to go anywhere.
"Some people wanted him to go farther," Pelosi said, but "we have to have a national conversation about this. We have to bring people together at the table to say, listen to what our law enforcement people are saying ... They would be a very respected voice in all of this."
If people could hear police officers talk about how current gun laws are "stacking the deck against us as we go out there," it could hugely impact people's perspectives on the debate, she added.
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