Will Congress pass gun reform? Will it include stronger background checks? These are two of the persistent questions that are raised after every mass shooting — including the ones in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Frank Philips, a reporter for the Boston Globe, and Adam Reilly, WGBH News' political reporter, both told Boston Public Radio Monday that they believe Congress, specifically the Republican members, are still far away from passing any gun reform.

Philips said he was "very skeptical about the Republicans particularly coming around" on gun reform, pointing to the NRA's stronghold on the party.

Reilly agreed with Philips aabout the Republican's relationship with the NRA. He said the Republicans would have to "suffer massive electoral losses," before they would make any moves on gun reform.