Democrats continued their call Tuesday for stricter gun laws, but the effort faced a long-standing political stalemate over a deeply divisive issue.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called on President Donald Trump to undertake a bipartisan effort to curb gun violence after this week's mass shooting in Las Vegas left 59 people dead and more than 500 injured.
"I am requesting the president to call us together, Democrats and Republicans, to come up with a reasonable solution," Schumer told reporters.
But Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell countered that it was too soon to bring the issue before Congress.
"I think it's premature to be discussing legislative solutions — if there are any," McConnell told reporters separately. "I think it's particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this, which just happened in the last day and a half."