Congressman Goodlatte offered prayers but nothing else on Monday after the deadliest mass shooting in US history killed at least 59 people in Las Vegas and wounded hundreds more.
Goodlatte, who proudly touts his support from the National Rifle Association, has consistently opposed even the most common-sense regulations on gun ownership. In fact he has done all he can to loosen the regulations that do exist.
The NRA has generously rewarded Goodlatte for his devotion to their wishes. As of last year the organization had donated $52,250 to his political campaigns.
Among other actions, Goodlatte voted to overturn a rule that would bar gun ownership by some who have been deemed mentally impaired by the Social Security Administration. He has opposed universal background checks and renewing the ban on private sale of assault weapons. He refused a request from Andy Parker, the father of TV news reporter Alison Parker, to hold hearings in the House Judiciary Committee on gun laws after Alison was killed by a gunman.
Expect inaction and obstruction from Goodlatte until the next mass shooting horror– when the congressman will again be pleased to offer more prayers.