HOUSTON, TX - The shots fired in Florida are causing some to take new aim at stricter gun control. US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is calling for a federal reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, after 49 people were massacred in Orlando. Sunday's incident is the deadliest mass shooting in us history.
Congresswoman Lee will team up with Florida US Representative Corrine Brown, to introduce legislation this week that could prohibit assault weapons, again. The first ban lasted from 1994 to 2004. Lee also wants to shed light on how the nightclub gunman, Omar Mateen was able to legally buy an AR-15-style weapon, despite being investigated by the FBI for possible terror ties.
Also in the cross hairs, the New York Daily News places the blame for the massacre on the NRA, for what the paper calls a "continued opposition to an assault rifle ban." Still, not everyone is on board with reinstating the assault weapons ban.
Bernard Jackson of Houston says, "Tougher laws maybe. Pre-screening maybe. Making them less available maybe. But these tragedies have always happened and will continue to happen. If it's not assault rifles, we'll use clubs and bats, and rocks and sticks. That's not the solution."
Weapons of war, maybe. But the real battle will be in Washington DC. Until then, according to the Gun Violence Archive, we're 165 days into 2016 and we've already had 133 mass shootings.