WASHINGTON - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans in Congress of being â€śa wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of Americaâ€ť as she and other Democrats bemoaned the lack of action by the GOP majority to address gun violence after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
The GOPâ€™s failure to act â€śis about money,â€ť Pelosi said after a rally Wednesday morning outside the Capitol.
While House Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders have asked Americans to donate blood in the wake of the shooting, Pelosi said Republicans â€śhave to give some political blood. They think their political survival is more important than the survival of those 59 peopleâ€ť who died in the Las Vegas shooting, as well as the school children who died in Newtown, Connecticut, and club-goers killed in Orlando, Florida.
â€śIt isnâ€™t,â€ť she added.
Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia said at the rally that thoughts and prayers were not enough.
â€śHow many more dead bodies will it take to wake up this Congress?â€ť Lewis asked. â€śThis (gun violence) must stop and it must stop now.â€ť
Former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was grievously wounded in a 2011 shooting, urged lawmakers to â€śbe bold, be courageous. The nation is counting on you.â€ť
The Democratic rally, which included dozens of activists assembled near the Capitol steps, came after Republican leaders made it clear Congress will take no action on gun legislation in the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas.
GOP leaders refused to entertain Democratic demands to expand background checks for gun purchases and tighten restrictions on semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines - but they also shelved their own House bill that would have loosened access to gun silencers.