In the wake of Las Vegas, amplified calls for firearm restrictions
LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) - In the wake of the deadly shooting three days ago, there are amplified calls in congress and in our state capitol to pass firearm restrictions.
Right now, a touching tribute is being held to honor the lives lost in Las Vegas.
People are calling on lawmakers to pass bills that would expand background checks and limit the purchase of certain firearms.
But in this Republican-controlled state capitol, that probably won't happen.
As terror reigned down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, concert goers bolted, trying to save themselves and their loved ones.
When the dust settled, and the death toll climbed, democrats in Washington amplified their calls to pass new gun laws.
"How did this monster acquire the arsenal he used to rain down death on a crowd of innocents," asked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters says something must be done.
But republican leaders in Congress, and republican legislative leaders in Lansing, don't see increasing gun laws as the remedy.
Senator Rick Jones used to serve as Eaton County Sheriff.
"People need to realize, there's no law we can pass that can completely stop this. I wish there was. I really do. The problem is, if you've got money and you are an evil person, you can buy a bomb, you can buy machine guns, you can do bad things that hurt people," he said.
Republican Representative Gary Glenn says the anti-gun hysteria "defies logic."
"Owning as many machine guns as he did, I think is already illegal. Which proves the point that you cannot legislate against evil in the existence of evil. Some people want to pretend it doesn't exist, it does and you can't pass laws that cant control it," he said.
Just last year, Kalamazoo felt the same horror when a gunman killed six people and injured two.
Democratic State Representative Jon Hoadley is appalled state republicans are trying pass a bill that would allow people to carry concealed carry pistols without a government-issued permit.
"If you ask most people, they say of course we should expand background checks. Now it won't solve all types of violence with firearms. But it could make sure that we are keeping them out of the hands of folks who shouldn't be having them. Which is why over two million people have been denied firearm sales, because background checks caught them previously, so let's expand those," he said.
Right now, the bill that would roll back permits for concealed carry firearms remains in the state senate for debate.