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Pete King: Background Bill Not Enough to Stop Vegas Shooter

(Fox News' "America's Newsroom")

By    |   Tuesday, 03 October 2017 12:51 PM

Rep. Pete King co-authored a bill to stiffen background checks for gun buyers following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but he is not sure that if even if that bill had become law, if it would have stopped the gunman in the Las Vegas shooting from having weapons.

"He filled out all the requisite forms and everything came back clean," the New York Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hemmer of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself before officers stormed the hotel room from where he'd fired his shots into a crowd of country music fans, killing 59 and injuring hundreds more.

King said he does strongly support background checks, but he thought it was "inappropriate" for people to raise the matter as an issue just hours after the shootings in Las Vegas.

"Let's wait a few days and see what happens," said King. "What it did was politicize a tragedy. If people are really interested in getting some sort of reasonable gun regulation in place, it doesn't help the way they reacted yesterday."

Paddock had no criminal background at all, and "we don't know of any psychological history that turned up," said King. "While I think the legislation is important, I don't see right now based on what we know now how it would have had any impact yesterday."

King noted that Paddock also did not seem to fit any profiles that would be known for a mass murderer, and seems to have left a trail behind him.

"It is important to question the girlfriend," said King, referring to Marilou Danley, who initially was named by authorities a "person of interest" in connection with Sunday's shooting.

"She may be entirely innocent," said King. "On the other hand, if a person has an arsenal, and weapons, and explosives, and vast amounts of ammunition, again, did she know about it or ask why or did he discuss what was it about with her? All that is what the police are doing now."

Danley and Paddock had lived together for at least two years, and King said she should know what he'd been planning.

"On the face of it he seems to have been very successful," said KIng. "A big gambler but a very successful person, 64 years old. Not the type of person thought to carry out this type of attack. She could be the one that has the key to his mind as to exactly what caused him to do this, whether or not he discussed anything like this before."

Danley was overseas when the shooting occurred, but still, she has to be questioned, said King.

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