Rep. King: Gun Control Advocates Are Hurting Their Own Cause
"I thought it was inappropriate yesterday for people in these early hours to be jumping up and raising this as an issue," King said on "America's Newsroom." "Let's wait a few days, see what happened."
He said it's one thing to push for reasonable gun control legislation, but it's another to "politicize a tragedy."
"All they're doing is hurting their case by the way they reacted yesterday," King said.
He added that he believes in thorough background checks for potential gun buyers, but he noted that the Las Vegas shooter reportedly had no criminal background that would come up as a red flag.
"While I think that legislation is important, I don't see right now, based on what we know now, how it would have had any impact," King said.
On Sunday, Stephen Paddock opened fire on an outdoor music festival from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500.
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