by Countable | 10.2.17
Good morning, friends. Actually, it's a tough one. The massacre in Las Vegas over night has been officially declared the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Here's where we're continuing to update the facts as they come in.
It's inevitable. Practically scripted. After every mass-shooting event, America starts with "thoughts and prayers" and moves straight into the fight over gun control and the second amendment. Here's what people are saying today.
President Trump and Vice President Pence:
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
To the courageous first responders, thank you for your acts of bravery.— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 2, 2017
Then Members of Congress jumped in. Here's Democrat Jim Himes of Connecticut:
Once again, I'm devastated by the carnage in NV— Jim Himes (@jahimes) October 2, 2017
Once again, I offer my thoughts & prayers
Once again, I wonder if we'll do anything about it
Senator Chris Van Hollen, Democrat of Maryland:
As we unite to grieve for the lives lost in Las Vegas, let us also unite to stop the terrible toll of gun violence in our country.— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) October 2, 2017
Arizona Republican Senator Ted Cruz:
Lifting up in prayer all impacted by last night's despicable shooting in Las Vegas & all 1st responders on the scene https://t.co/1Yb9NeHx9w— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 2, 2017
Many others spoke out, across the political spectrum, calling on public officials to act. Nelba Marquez-Greene's 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace died in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
This account, @fedupwithit31, has close to five thousand followers, many of whom echoed his sentiment:
For the record, I support our 2nd amendment rights. It is not guns that kill people, it is the psychopathic owner of the weapon. Period.— @WinningBack🇺🇸 (@fedupwithit31) October 2, 2017
And some who gun-rights supporters lamented America's lack of knowledge of current gun laws, such as this user, @StarChamberMaid:
Today, people who do not know current gun laws will call for more gun laws.— Liz S. (@StarChamberMaid) October 2, 2017
Others were angry at the lack of conversation about gun control. New York Times columnist Charles Blow rejected any suggestion that "now is not the right time" to begin a political discussion.
Whenever someone shoots someone else, with a GUN, it is PRECISELY the right time to talk about preventing ppl from shooting ppl, with GUNS! https://t.co/SzewV4gErV— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) October 2, 2017
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— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor
Written by Countable