A new bill on the floor of the U.S. Senate plays on the nationwide horror caused by the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev.—yet the measure proposed would have done nothing to stop the carnage.
Introduced by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and supported by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada, the legislation addresses expanding background checks at gun shows. Of course, the Vegas shooter passed background checks to purchase all of his firearms, so this looks rather like an unrelated piece of gun control cynically cashing in on the outrage.
“It’s about saving lives in the future,” Cortez Masto explained. And the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Titus read off the names of all of the Vegas victims—after delivering a speech in support of gun control that would have done nothing to save them.