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Las Vegas massacre reignites gun control debate

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The tragedy in Las Vegas has re-ignited the gun control debate, both nationally and in Southern Arizona.

Some lawmakers in Washington, DC, are using the massacre to push for stricter gun laws, while others say now is not the time.

"I think it's particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). "The investigation's not even been completed."

In Tucson Tuesday, dozens rallied against an NRA-backed bill that would make it easier to purchase silencers for firearms.

“Now is not the time, when we have increasing amounts of massacres, to be weakening gun laws,” said protester Kristen Randall of Indivisible Southern Arizona.

The rally was planned before the shooting, and Speaker Paul Ryan announced the bill has been tabled in the wake of the tragedy.

But Randall, who owns a firearm, said the massacre makes their plea more relevant than ever.

“Now is exactly the time where we need to come up with solutions,” she said. “We're not politicizing it. We're just looking for solutions.”

But Tucsonan Charles Heller of the Arizona Citizens Defense League disagreed, arguing there is no law that could truly prevent someone from committing a mass shooting.

“You can never increase safety by removing freedom,” he said. “There is no limitation that you could put on any freedom that people have that will cause society or individual to be more safe.”

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