Chuck Schumer: ‘We must’ respond to Las Vegas shooting

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Senate Minority Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday that Congress should be prepared to legislate once it determines the facts of the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500.

“We will bind up this new national wound, and then we will aggressively ferret out the facts, and based on that reality we will – we must – confront the deeply troubling issues that are raised by this atrocity,” Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor.

“How did this monster acquire the arsenal he used to rain down death on crowded innocents? Were those guns purchased and compiled legally? What was this person’s perverted motive? Was there any history of mental health issues? What circumstances could lead a man to commit such violence upon his fellow human beings?” Schumer said listing some of the questions that need to be answered.

“There’s much more that we don’t know than what we do know. Some of the questions we have today won’t have clear answers. Others are, perhaps, beyond our fathoming,” Schumer said. “But some will have answers and will have to reckon with the fact that this man was able to assemble an arsenal of military-grade weapons.”

Schumer said that despite its best wishes, President Trump and Congress can’t “banish evil from the earth,” but said they can pass laws to keep guns from falling into the hands of the wrong people.

On Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, called for a bipartisan special commission on gun violence to be formed to study the issue.