The Las Vegas shooting has quickly become one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, as it has left approximately 50 people killed and over 400 injured.
With that in mind, House Republicans are scheduled to vote on a bill this week to pass a bill that would make mass shootings even more deadlier by putting silencers in the hands of criminals, and making it difficult for law enforcement officers and just about everyone else– to identify the sound of gunshots and locate an active shooter. Back in June, a shooting in Virginia involving several Republican lawmakers left five people injured and brought Congress to a standstill on this vote, with the House of Representatives canceling a number of hearings, including one scheduled to consider a package of pro-gun legislation.
Despite having people in their own party effected by the shooting, the GOP remained adamant over the vote.
Wonder if the House is going to stick with schedule and vote on the GOP bill to loosen restrictions on gun silencers this week? https://t.co/0jrjwaxR8G
— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) October 2, 2017
As reported by Politico, theGOP-sponsored bill, the Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act), would remove gun silencers from the list of items regulated by the 1934 National Firearms Act. Under current law, silencers , which reduce the noise emitted from firearms, are regulated as strictly as machine guns and short-barreled rifles. According to the National Rifle Association, top legislative priority this year has been to roll back the regulations on what they call noise suppressors. So, the fact that silencers are rarely used to commit crimes means the regulation is working, thus would eventually lead to more gun violence and to more death and injury when a mass shooting, which seems to be more common than not, occurs.
Congress has announced that he bill won’t be voted on this week, but it is in the works.