House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on the GOP to take up legislation that would prevent terror watch list suspects from purchasing guns, even as Senate Democrats were preparing to force votes on that issue in the upper chamber.

The morning after a shooting in California that left 14 people dead, Pelosi referred to a New York Daily News front page declaring "God Isn't Fixing This," and said Congress should do more than hold a moment of silence in the wake of what has become a pattern of mass shootings.

"What gives us the right to hold moments of silence when we do nothing to act upon the cause of the grief?" Pelosi said.

Democrats are calling for a bill to ban people on the terrorism watchlist from buying guns, which has a Republican cosponsor but faces heavy opposition from the Right and gun lobby groups.

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