"We need a comprehensive system of background checks to keep this kind of person from buying a gun; we need to plug the loopholes," Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said referring Atlanta gunman Mark Barton.
Last spring, in the wake of shootings at high schools in Littleton, Colorado and Conyers, Georgia, the senate passed a juvenile justice bill that did include some gun control, but in a measure last month, the house cut out those aspects of the bill.
"We don't need more gun control legislation," said Rep. Saxby Chamblis, R-Ga. "I will oppose all attempts to chip away at America's bill of rights."
That's still the line of most Republicans, which means that the odds of any gun control getting into a final juvenile justice bill are slim, especially faced with the powerful influence of the National Rifle Association.
NRA President Charlton Heston said his organization had no response to what happened in Atlanta Thursday when Mark Barton, armed with two handguns, walked into an office complex and began shooting.
When it was over 12 people were dead, including Barton, his wife and their children. 13 other people were injured.
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While Heston contends that American society as a whole is a "good Democracy," he suggests that the now frequent outbreaks of violence involving guns is the government's fault.
"There are 22,000 gun laws, the problem is enforcing them. There is no point in having a law if you don't enforce them," he said.
Heston added, "Almost all the people in the 43 states where you can even carry a concealed weapon are law-abiding citizens. Criminals are a problem. Criminals, however, don't buy guns - they steal them, of course, for a living."
Authorities in Atlanta have confirmed that Barton legally owned at least one of the guns used in his shooting spree.
Congressman John Lewis, who represents the Georgia district where yesterday's shootings took place, doesn't believe even another massacre will make a difference, "We have a great distance to go, and I don't think this Congress has the courage to take the necessary step to control the proliferation of guns in America."