Gun debate stalls in Congress following Texas gun rampage

Gun debate stalls in Congress following Texas gun rampage after Republicans back Donald Trump's blaming of mental health

Congress gathered to deal with the Sutherland Springs shooting on Monday

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The debate on gun control stalled in the United States Congress on Monday in the wake of the weekend's mass shooting in Texas. 

At least 26 people died after a gunman opened fire on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in the central region of the state. 

Congress gathered on Monday to deal with the aftermath of the latest shooting to rock America.

In a not-so-unexpected turn of events, Republicans backed the stance taken by Donald Trump, who said that the massacre had happened as a result of mental health problems, not issues with US gun laws. 

Meanwhile, Democrats highlighted the shooting on Sunday as evidence guns are too easily available for those who have violent intentions. 

They have further accused Republican Party leaders of sitting in fear of the gun lobby as more people die. 

The Democratic Whip, Steny Hoyer, said it was "inexcusable" to offer sympathy but not take action to prevent further incidents. 

Both parties have taken similar positions in the past, following other major shootings like Sandy Hook in 2012 and Las Vegas earlier this year, setting the stage for the debate to remain stalled.