As families and friends of the Orlando shooting victims gather to bury their loved ones, the Republican-controlled senate blocks a measure that would have required a 3-day vetting period on gun sales to anyone suspected of links to terrorism.
The US president has signed a memorandum ordering a ban on bump stocks used to make semi-automatic rifles fire like automatic weapons. The man who killed 58 concert-goers in October 2017 in Las Vegas used a bump stock.
The White House has said US President Donald Trump would back efforts to improve gun background checks. A bi-partisan bill would ensure states and agencies accurately report criminal information to the FBI.
In a short statement, President Donald Trump spoke of the need for healing and fighting mental health problems but did not mention guns. Wednesday's shooting was the fifth deadliest in US history.
Similar to previous massacres, Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas will likely trigger a fresh debate over gun control. But in an interview with DW, a noted scholar on gun violence doubts that much will change.
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