gun violence

Gun Control Movement Turns to Campaigns
Sen. Chris Murphy says focus should be outside the Capitol

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, at their news conference at the Capitol on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Gun control advocates quickly urged Congress to act after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. But the real fight may be on the campaign trail.

Many of them suggest that even after a gunman opened fire on thousands of concertgoers in Las Vegas on Sunday night — killing nearly 60 people and injuring more than 500 — it’s unlikely that the Republican-controlled House and Senate will act.

Pelosi Again Asks GOP Leaders to Form Select Committee on Gun Violence
Democrats renew calls for legislation to prevent gun violence after Las Vegas shooting

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has again asked Speaker Paul D. Ryan to form a select committee on gun violence after the Las Vegas shooting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is again asking Republican leadership to form a select committee on gun violence after another mass shooting incident.

The Democratic leader sent a letter Monday to Speaker Paul D. Ryan following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which a lone gunman killed at least 58 people firing from his hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino onto a crowd attending a country music festival. More than 500 people were injured during the shooting, the worst in American history.

One Dollar, One Name to Recognize Gun Violence Victims
Robin Kelly wants a vote on gun control legislation

Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly says pressure from the National Rifle Association is keeping House Republican leadership from allowing votes on gun violence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When Rep. Robin Kelly rose to speak on the House floor Thursday morning, she carried a list of 50 names — all victims of gun violence.

“I’ve begged — I’ve pleaded — I’ve screamed — I’ve cried and I even ground the people’s House to a halt with last year’s historic sit-in,” the Illinois Democrat said.

Pro-Gun Control Democrats Prep for Trump, GOP Congress
Democrats pushing to address gun violence remain hopeful

Connecticut lawmakers, from left, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Christopher S. Murphy and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, have been pushing Congress to address gun violence. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats pressing for legislation to address gun violence are reassessing their strategy after a year in which they staged high-visibility demonstrations in the House and Senate to demand action.

With Republicans in control of both chambers and the White House next year, Democrats and advocates predict they will have to pivot and block measures that expand gun owners’ rights. 

'Newtown' Film Screening Dovetails With Dems' Gun Message
Examines families who lost children in Connecticut school shooting

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, seen addressing a school group on the U.S. Capitol steps, has emerged as a leading advocate of enhanced background checks. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call file photo)

PHILADELPHIA — When organizers of the Impact Film Festival decided on their lineup of topical documentaries they would show at this year’s Democratic National Convention, they could hardly have expected that their screening of “Newtown” would come on the day Democrats chose to address the issue of gun violence head-on in prime time.  

But that’s what happened, and the movie about the aftermath of the December 2012 mass murder of schoolchildren and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut was screened just a few hours before Erica Smegielski and Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, along with others touched by gun violence, were scheduled to address the party gathering.  

The Latest From the Democratic Convention — Day 3
Obama, Biden, others to tell convention and the nation why Clinton is prepared for the White House

Democratic Nominee for Vice President Tim Kaine takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Victims Behind the 'Mothers of the Movement'
A look at the children whose deaths inspired their mothers to action

Hillary Clinton greets Sybrina Fulton, center, the mother of Trayvon Martin, after a campaign event in Cleveland in April. (Courtesy Hillary Clinton Facebook page)

Women who all lost children to gun violence or in confrontations with the police took the stage Tuesday night at the Democratic convention.  

The "Mothers of the Movement" have endorsed and campaigned for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who often introduces them at campaign events as “a group of mothers who belong to a club no one ever wants to join.”  

Gun Violence Takes Center Stage at Democratic Convention
Activists sense a sea change in momentum around the issue

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, seen here with her husband Mark Kelly, will address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — Every couple of minutes, it seems to Daniel Hernandez, someone stops him to ask about gun violence.  

Hernandez is a former intern for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He helped save the Arizona Democrat's life after she was shot in the head at a constituent event in 2011.  

The Latest From the DNC
Hillary Clinton has officially won the Democratic nomination

From left, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Jane Sanders and Bernie Sanders listen to nominating speeches at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark)

Democrat Launches Fund to Support Gun Control Candidates
Sen. Chris Murphy is taking the issue to the campaign trail

Murphy, center, conducted a filibuster over gun violence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who led a filibuster for stricter gun laws after the Orlando nightclub massacre, will fulfill a promise to push the issue on the campaign trail.  

On Thursday, Murphy launched the "Fund to End Gun Violence," which will back House and Senate candidates. Endorsements are expected in coming weeks and months, according to a news release.