Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said that if Congress doesn't pass stricter gun control laws, they will be "complicit in the next killing."
The strong words were in response to the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, that killed 50 people.
"We have the power to act, and we must," said Durbin, the second-ranked Democrat in the Senate, according to Reuters. "The bottom line is that we allow dangerous people to buy guns in America and that has got to change. In the coming days, Congress must take a stand against hate, terrorism, and this horrific gun violence.”
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton advocated for more gun control by banning the AR-15 assault rifle, which was used by the Orlando shooter.
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"We have to sort through the decision," Clinton told CNN. "Yes, there is a right for law-abiding, responsible Americans to own guns. And yes, there are reasonable, common-sense measures to try to keep people safe from guns. We've got to figure out the best way to move forward on that.”
But presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had a different perspective, arguing that more guns would have stopped the shooter.
“If you had some guns in that club the night that this took place, if you had guns on the other side, you wouldn’t have had the tragedy that you had. If people in that room had guns with the bullets flying in the opposite direction right at him... right at his head, you wouldn’t have had the same tragedy that you ended up having,” Trump told CNN.
According to the New York Daily News, an armed guard was at the club. However, the shooter, Omar Mateen, was not killed until police raided the venue.