(NBC News) – The U.S. Senate gets a closed-door briefing today on the tragedy in Orlando.
That mass shooting is raising new questions in Washington about gun control and the fight against ISIS. “We had 49 innocent Americans killed on our own soil and this President can’t seem to put the golf club down and come off the golf course and engage ISIS where we need to engage them,” said Rep. Trent Franks, (R) Arizona.
Frustration is spilling over in Washington
President Obama stance on banning Muslims: “Where does this stop? Are we going to start treating all Muslim Americans differently?” asked President Barack Obama.
“He was more angry at me than he was at the shooter,” said Donald Trump, (R) Presumptive Nominee.
Hillary Clinton on gun control. “People cannot board airplanes with full bottles of shampoo but people being watched by the FBI for suspected terrorist links can buy a gun with no questions asked. That is absurd.” Hillary Clinton/ (D) Presidential Candidate
Congress is again discussing a law to ban people on the no-fly list from purchasing guns. “We can’t just have moments of silence when we see American lives perish,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra, (D) California.
After years of gridlock, the senate’s top republican signals compromise. “We’re open. Nobody wants terrorists to have firearms,” said Senate Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
But opponents question whether Americans on the no-fly list should lose their right to bear arms because the government thinks – but cannot prove – they have terrorist connections.
Trump’s Muslim ban, also not popular with Republicans here.