Trump mum on gun control

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There are calls for action after the shooting in Las Vegas, but so far, President Donald Trump has stayed out of the gun control debate.

However, there is mounting pressure that may bring Trump into the conversation, as gun control advocates and Democratic lawmakers press for change.

While thanking the staff at a hospital in Las Vegas on Wednesday, President Trump brushed off a reporter's question about whether America has a gun violence problem. "We're not going to talk about that today. We won't talk about that," said Trump.

Earlier in the day, on his way to Las Vegas, he focused his comments on first responders, but seemed to acknowledge that he'll have to address the topic eventually. "We'll be talking about gun laws as time goes by."

But for advocates of stricter gun control laws, the time to talk is now. A number of Democratic lawmakers, some of them linking arms, walked down the Capitol steps, showing their solidarity in passing what they call "common sense" gun laws. "Don't tell me it's about protecting the Second Amendment when you won't stand up for the First Amendment. Don't tell me this is anything other than greed, greed, money and fear," said Rep. John Lewis (D-GA).

In a CNN town hall meeting, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke via satellite to the husband and daughter of a woman who died in Sunday's shooting in Las Vegas and made them a promise on gun control. "We're never going to rest until we get this done," said Pelosi.

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