Giffords and her husband were planning to praise Northam for supporting "responsible gun violence prevention policies" at a series of roundtable discussions in northern Virginia.
Those who lost loved ones or were wounded in the Las Vegas massacre "need to heal, they need to grieve, they need to pray, and we need to come together", Ryan added. "This is just bad". In fact, Hillary Clinton was quick to pounce on the National Rifle Association (NRA), which backed the bill, though she demonstrated an embarrassing lack of knowledge of the issue in a tweet. "Right now we're focused on passing our budget". "I don't know when it will be scheduled", Ryan said Tuesday.
Ryan, when asked specifically what Congress was doing to protect people from mass shooters, had little to offer other than his comments on prayers and healing.
Gillibrand said Sunday night's shooting that killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 others at a country music concert is another reminder of what she called "Congress's refusal to do anything to address gun violence in this country". "It's not who we are".
"I urge you to create a Select Committee on Gun Violence to study and report back common sense legislation to help end this crisis", Pelosi wrote.
Sen. Richard Durbin of IL, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, pushed Congress to pass a universal background checks bill and "commonsense gun laws" to help prevent the next mass shooting.
Kelly lamented the Las Vegas shooting, which left at least 58 dead and 515 injured, as another incident that has altered the lives of many people.
During his remarks, Northam said, "We as a society need to stand up and say it is time to take action against gun violence".
Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia said at the rally that thoughts and prayers were not enough.
More certain Tuesday was that Republicans, who control Congress as the majority in the House and Senate, remain opposed to new legislation to clamp down on the purchase or ownership of firearms or related devices like those believed to be used by the Las Vegas shooter.
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Besides the silencer measure, House GOP leaders had been moving forward with a bill to allow people with concealed-carry permits to take their weapons to other states. A vote on that measure also seems unlikely.
Sen. Chris Murphy of CT said in a statement, "It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren't public policy responses to this epidemic".
"The nation's counting on you", Giffords said, turning to face the Capitol and holding up her fist.
But no action was expected, as other mass shootings in Colorado, Connecticut, and Florida, and even attacks on Gifford and Scalise, failed to unite Congress on any legislative response.
"Background checks still (are) the most likely piece of legislation to get passed through Congress because it enjoys widespread public approval and it frankly is probably most dispositive on the amount of gun violence that happens every day across this country", he said. The bill Speaker Ryan just tabled removes the federal tax on suppressors, as well as the burdensome process in place to obtain them.
Ryan met with the media in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, and said further mental health reform was "a critical ingredient" in the effort to curb mass shooting events.
"We ask our Republican colleagues to pick from the smorgasbord of options available to you", he said at an event with anti-gun groups.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said lawmakers should remember the good feelings they shared when Scalise returned to the Capitol last week, more than three months after the June 14 shooting.
On Monday, however he strove to reach a wider audience, accepting a President's duty to offer solace at times of national trial. "It's really a time to find what divides us" and put it aside, he said. "We can not allow this terror to win".