Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Talks 'Infuriating' Inaction on Gun Control After Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting

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Law enforcement officers secure the road leading to the Borderline Bar and Grill where a gunman injured 11 people in Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Nov. 8, 2018.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand decried Congress' "infuriating" inaction on gun control and offered some hope for the future of gun reform when she stopped by The Late Show on Thursday in the aftermath of a shooting that killed 13 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The Democratic senator, who was just re-elected in New York State during Tuesday's midterm elections, kicked off her appearance addressing Wednesday night's shooting at a country music bar, the nation's deadliest since the attack on a high school in Parkland, Fl. nine months ago. The motive of the shooter is still unknown.

"Well, it is extraordinarily heartbreaking and it's infuriating because Congress literally has done nothing in the face of gun death after gun death in communities all across this country. And it is because of the greed: the greed of the gun manufacturers and the greed of the NRA," Gillibrand told host Stephen Colbert.

Still, the pro-gun reform lawmaker offered some hope for future reform based on Tuesday's elections. "I do believe things are changing. And the reason why I believe that is because we had candidates run in this last election who ran on this issue," she said, citing Democrat Lucy McBath, who won a seat in the House of Representatives in Georgia's sixth Congressional district and whose son was killed as a result of gun violence. She also mentioned Jennifer Wexton, who won in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, where the NRA is located, on a platform of gun reform.

Gillibrand also said that Parkland activist Emma Gonalez, who she described as "speaking out and calling B.S. every time a politician gives her an excuse why they won't take on the NRA," was giving her hope for the future.

Still, Gilibrand foresaw more work ahead of Democrats to pass stricter gun laws. "We have to obviously flip the Senate to be able to do whatever the House could do, that common-sense reform," Gillibrand said. "But I think the country is in a place where we will fight this until we get it done because you need these basic reforms."

The senator, who has served since 2009, ably won reelection on Tuesday, gaining 68 percent of the vote.

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