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Responding to calls for gun control after Friday's mass shooting in Virginia Beach, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney cautioned against getting into politics "too soon" after tragedy, and told NBC's Chuck Todd: "You're never going to make everything perfectly safe, but we are doing a lot better on enforcement."

MULVANEY: "What's been lost in the last couple of years is the fact that this administration banned bump stocks. We signed a piece of legislation that fixed the background checks."
TODD: "What about the silencer situation? That seems like a legitimate concern."
MULVANEY: "I'm more familiar with the situation in Charleston several years ago, where a guy walks into a church and shot my desk mate in South Carolina Senate. That's where the background check system let us all down. And we fixed that last year with this administration on a bipartisan basis. So there are things the government can do, and there's things this government is doing, but we're never going to protect everybody against everybody who is deranged, insane. I don't know what the shooter's motivation was. ... You're never going to make everything perfectly safe, but we are doing a lot better on enforcement."

Why it matters: The U.S. has more mass shootings than any other country in the world. Federal resources are steered toward shootings motivated by “terrorist ideology,” but most are simply treated as “a local crime, a state crime," according to former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Napolitano told "Axios on HBO" that mass gun violence is one of the top threats to safety and security in the U.S.

The bottom line: Friday's shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center was the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. since November 2018, when 12 people were killed at Borderline Bar & Grill in California.

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Momentum builds to ban lawmakers from trading stocks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Some progressive Democrats and MAGA Republicans are uniting on a proposal to ban sitting lawmakers from trading individual stocks, although it's unlikely that leadership will bring the bill up for a vote.

Why it matters: Members of Congress have great power to move stock prices, and great financial incentives to do so.

Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm was lashing much of the East Coast on Sunday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: The Weather Prediction Center said in a storm summary Monday that winter storm warnings are still in effect for portions of the Central Appalachians, Ohio Valley, interior Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, while portions of the Central Appalachians and coastal New England are under high wind warnings.

Colleyville Rabbi credits survival to active-shooter training

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, one of the people taken hostage in a synagogue outside Fort Worth on Saturday, said in an interview with CBS Monday that he initially took in the man because he thought he needed shelter.

The big picture: Cytron-Walker said he spoke to the hostage taker, identified by the FBI as 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram, for several minutes and made him tea before Akram took the rabbi and three other people hostage during Shabbat services for around 11 hours in Colleyville, Texas.

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