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Senator finds out about school shooting during gun control debate
California shooting highlights Senate gun control debate in real time

Sen. Richard Blumenthal is passed a note about a school shooting on the Senate floor Thursday. (Senate Recording Studio/Screenshot)

When Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., started speaking on the floor Thursday morning, he had not yet heard about the mass shooting at a Southern California high school a little less than an hour before. During Blumenthal’s speech on gun control legislation, a staffer passed him a note alerting him to the shooting. Although he incorrectly stated that the shooting took place in Santa Clara, Calif. instead of Santa Clarita, Calif., Blumenthal quickly pointed to the massacre where two people died as a real-life example of the need for the legislation.

Watch: El Paso surgeon’s graphic testimony on treating Walmart shooting victims

Rep. Madeline Dean reacts as Dr. Alejandro Rios Tovar testifies about treating victims of the Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas, at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. (Screenshot via C-SPAN)

Democrats Push Bill They Say Could Have Prevented Parkland Shooting
Measure would provide states grants for passing Gun Violence Restraining Order laws

California Rep. Salud Carbajal and other House Democrats are pushing a bill in the wake of a Florida high school shooting that would reward states that create laws to allow courts to authorize temporary removal of guns when an individual poses a threat to themselves or others. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A group of House Democrats on Friday highlighted a bill they’ve authored that they say could have prevented Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 dead.

The bill would authorize a federal grant program for states that enact Gun Violence Restraining Order, or GVRO, laws. These statutes allow law enforcement or family members to petition courts to temporarily remove guns from a person’s possession if they pose a threat to themselves or others. If passed, a separate appropriation measure would be needed to provide the funding for the grants.

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Watch Live: Democrats Stage House Floor Sit-In On Gun Vote

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House Democrats are staging an ongoing chamber sit-in, calling for further debate and a vote on gun control issues.  

WATCH LIVE The chamber cameras, which are under control of the House leadership, are not showing the sit-in. Those cameras are also what feeds C-SPAN.  

Americans Starkly Divided on Interpretation of Orlando Massacre
Poll: Republicans call it terrorism, Democrats say it was domestic gun violence

A member of the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office wheels a body out of Pulse Nightclub where an ISIS-inspired gunman killed at least 50 people on Sunday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

If you think the murder of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub was an act terrorism, you're probably a Republican.  

That's according to a Gallup poll released Friday, which showed that Republicans and Democrats have starkly different interpretations of the worst mass shooting in America's history.  

Out of Options, Obama Now a Bystander in Gun Debate
No indications president will take new action on his own; He will visit Orlando on Thursday, however

A member of the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office wheels a body out of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where an ISIS-inspired gunman killed at least 49 people on Sunday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

White House aides and experts on gun control said Monday the Obama administration is not mulling any new executive actions, dramatically increasing the odds that federal gun laws will go unchanged after Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando .  

That means a president who has pushed hard for legislative overhauls of gun laws and even acted alone to implement restrictions is essentially leaving the matter to be decided in November. Out of room to maneuver, Obama appears unlikely to choose between new executive actions and what's best for his political party.

Clinton: Gun Laws and Terrorism are Connected
Calls Trump's response to Orlando shooting 'dangerous'

Hillary Clinton on Monday called for a "return to common-sense gun safety reform," saying in a CNN interview that the issues of lax gun laws and terrorism were "connected" by the mass shooting in Orlando.  

"We've got to take the fight to the terrorists wherever they are in order to keep ourselves safe at home," she said. "But we also have to be conscious of the fact that a lot of folks who have no connections to terrorism  are using these weapons to murder and maim people as well."  

U.S. to Seek Death Penalty in South Carolina Mass Shooting
Dylann Roof is charged in the shooting of nine Africian-Americans at Bible study

Dylann Roof is charged in the killings of nine black parishioners during a Bible study last year in South Carolina. (Photo by Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)

The Justice Department will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the suspect in a mass shooting at a South Carolina church last year that prosecutors allege was racially motivated.  

Roof, 22, who is white, allegedly opened fire at a Bible study last June 17 in Charleston, killing nine black parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church.