During his weekly press conference Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) struck a different tone than his Democratic colleagues when he suggested the appropriate response to Sunday's shooting was enforcing existing laws rather than enacting stricter gun control measures.
“How about enforcing the laws we got on the books?” Ryan queried a reporter who asked about solutions other than gun control. Ryan noted, however, he hadn't explicitly ruled out the possibility of enacting new gun control laws.
“This speaks to making sure that we actually enforce our laws that we have on the books,” Ryan added in an apparent suggestion that the takeaway from Sunday's shooting was something other than a need for additional gun control.
When Devin Kelley slaughtered 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, he used a Ruger AR-556 firearm that federal law should have prevented him obtaining. It's unclear how Kelley, who served a year in military prison for assaulting his wife and stepson, obtained his weapon, but a report Monday offered a clue that Ryan referenced during his press conference.
“This man should not have gotten a gun,” Ryan said of Kelley, whom he referred to as a “domestic abuser.”
On Monday night, news surfaced the Air Force failed to notify the FBI of Kelley's criminal history. The Air Force's neglect might have allowed Kelley to obtain a firearm even though Texas denied his request for a license to carry.
Ryan's answer appeared to align with statements made by his party's leader, President Donald Trump, who said Tuesday that stricter gun control legislation wouldn't have prevented Sunday's massacre.
Watch Ryan's make his comments below, via CNN.