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Lawmakers call for gun control in wake of Las Vegas massacre

Lawmakers call for gun control in...

SPOKANE, Wash. - For the first time, police are giving a glimpse into the hotel room where a gunman fired on a crowd of 22,000 people in Las Vegas.

Police released images showing some of the 23 weapons found inside that room. They say the gunman also set up cameras inside and outside the hotel room. But, it's still unknown what led Stephen Paddock to commit this heinous act.

Many are wondering how and why this tragedy could have happened. Some political leaders, however, are wasting no time in blaming current gun laws and calling for a change.

Police also released body camera footage from the officers who were first on the scene. In it, you can hear more of the gunfire that is clearly heard in cell phone videos that emerged from that night. You can hear bullets fired in rapid succession.

And leaders in Washington, D.C. want a change. Wednesday, Democrats plan to hold a "Call to Action" on the steps of the Capitol.

"We have it in our power to save lives. It's that simple. And there is no more basic responsibility," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

Senators want to stop another massacre like this from ever happening again.

"He fired off and on for somewhere between 9 and 11 minutes," said Undersheriff Kevin McMahill for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.

Police say Paddock had been collecting weapons for more than 20 years.

"The fact that he had the type of weaponry and the amount of weaponry in that room it was pre-planned extensively," said Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

Jimmy Kimmel called out senators during his opening monologue Monday night, discussing gun control loopholes.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee also released a statement Tuesday. It reads:

“Once again, we are mourning the violent loss of innocent lives to a man who had access to weapons no civilian should have access to. It’s impossible to know how to stop every act of gun violence, but I know with my whole being that our nation’s leaders aren’t even trying.

“It’s a different story here in Washington state. Voters have overwhelmingly approved common-sense laws to strengthen background checks and empower families to keep guns away from a loved one in crisis. Our legislature has supported efforts related to mental health and suicide prevention. I issued an executive order to look further at background checks and other gaps in the way we collect and share data relating to people who attempt to purchase guns. It’s a good start, but we can – and must – do more.

"This session the legislature needs to ban bump-stocks and other devices that turn legal semi-automatic firearms into lethal fully-automatic machine guns. We must make sure people intent on causing mass destruction and loss of life won’t be aided by lax laws that give them unfettered access to military-style weaponry.

“To those who say we can’t talk about machine gun massacres right after the massacre: I’m done waiting for the ‘right time’ to talk about it. The ‘can't talk about it now’ crowd is killing us.”

Republicans have pushed back against Democrats' calls for gun control, saying it is wrong to politicize what happened in Las Vegas.


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