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U.S. Leaders Respond To Vegas Tragedy - What’s Your Response?

by Countable | 10.2.17

What They Said

Senators, Representatives, Presidents, Ex-Presidents, Vice Presidents and Presidential hopefuls all offered their condolences in the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas that claimed 58 lives. Some also used the opportunity - or didn’t - to discuss gun legislation.

President Trump:

"My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief," Trump said in his speech from the White House. Trump also thanked the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and first responders “for their courageous efforts.” The President closed his remarks saying he prayed "the day when evil is banished and the innocent are safe."

Trump has ordered that "our great flag be flown at half-staff."

Earlier in the morning, Trump tweeted his condolences:

Vice President Mike Pence issued a three-tweet statement:

First Lady Melania Trump:

Nevada Democratic Sen. Cortez Masto:

Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller:

Nevada republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, after tweeting earlier in the morning about a "tragic & heinous act of violence," has put out a call for blood donations:

While the President did not mention guns in his speech, other politicians did.

Both of Connecticut’s Senators, who championed gun control after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 that killed 20 children and six teachers, had this to say:

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal:

Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy:

Later in the morning, Murphy released a longer statement about the Vegas shooting, calling out Congress for its failure to act on gun legislation.

"This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren't public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something."

Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts seemed to share Murphy’s outrage:

Hillary Clinton joined the calls for gun legislation, tweeting:

Former VP Joe Biden shared similar sentiments:

Two former Presidents also offered their condolences--and disbelief at "another senseless tragedy."

Bill Clinton:

Barack Obama:

What Would You Say?

What would your tweet say? Or what did it say? Hit the Take Action button and tell your reps your thoughts, then share them in the comments below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Carol
    10/02/2017
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    Forget the prayers and condolences – do your job ban assault weapons, Vote no on the Silencer bill, vote no on concealed carry reciprocity. If you really cared and weren't a wacky for the NRA you would do all these things. Your prayers mean nothing at this point.

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  • Luanne
    10/02/2017
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    I hold the American Rifle Association, and any member of Congress who took money from them responsible for this. Don't you get it? It's not about the Second Amendment. It's about convincing people that they need guns to feel safe and the SELLING them the guns so that the arms makers and their minions pocket your cash.

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  • Jen
    10/02/2017
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    The NRA needs to be classified as a terrorist organization. They are no longer about advocating for gun rights for responsible owners - just angry white men ready to fight for everything different than the status quo. Stop accepting bribes from them. It's getting us no where.

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  • PLD
    10/02/2017
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    Elementary school deaths...high school deaths...nightclub deaths...movie theater deaths, street deaths...concert deaths...the shame of our country: gun deaths! When will our GOP dominated United States Congress stand up to the NRA and the gun industry?! It’s time to forsake big money and political power from lobbyists and establish sane gun-ownership limitations for the sake of American lives! PLEASE?!!😢

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  • Diana
    10/02/2017
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    It is time a common sense gun control laws are approve in USA. There is no need for any one to own semi-automatic or automatic guns in this country. They are not for hunting for sport. These guns are only good to hunt people. That is their only purpose. It is time for the government of this country to divorce the NRA. Do not compromise with the gun industry. Develop other forms of employment and develop production quotas. Put a stop to invalid excuses. There are to many lives on the line. I demand the van of automatic and semi-automatic arms. Stop pampering the gun industry and the NRA. PROTECT LIFES OR GET OUT OF GOVERNMENT.

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  • Kodiwodi
    10/02/2017
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    Your thoughts and prayers just aren't good enough anymore. Do something about the NRA influence in Congress and reasonable gun control.

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  • Bethw.md
    10/02/2017
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    My husband and I lived in Las Vegas for 7 years. We are horrified and devastated by this continuation of violence and loss of lives and hundreds of people injured. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone affected. How many more tragedies and innocent people have to die before we stop allowing anyone to buy semi automatic weapons. We must ban them. These are weapons meant for our military not citizens exercising their 2nd amendment rights.

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  • Ticktock
    10/02/2017
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    This is another of those issues where our response doesn’t matter. The killings will continue, guns will continue to be sold, people will continue to make excuses just like enablers dealing with an addict and people will continue to die. Evading our responsibility has become US citizens favorite pastime. We’ll just tune this destruction out and get back to reality TV. The NRA and the Republicans continue to petal fear for safety when very few actually have need of a personal weapon other than hunting. Some in that crowd could have had a hand gun or rifle but it would probably made no difference. A gun is like a males big car, motorcycle or his appendage more tied to his ego than reality. We need more adults is the room.

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  • AngelaWood
    10/02/2017
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    At no time should an average American citizen have the ability to possess, own or purchase a semi-automatic rifle. There's no sense in it. Why would anyone want one? It sure as shit isn't for hunting or home protection.

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  • Carol
    10/02/2017
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    We are tired of prayers and condolences. Want to do something positive? Ban assault weapons, vote NO on the silencer bill, vote NO on concealed carry reciprocity - stop praying and do the right thing.

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  • Pam
    10/02/2017
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    There is no excuse for failure to change gun control! Shootings at a Vegas music festival, an Orlando night club, a Sandy Hook elementary school, a Carolina church, and on and on and on... Are NOT the result of immigrants, terrorists, or anyone those afraid of the NRA want to blame. The continual shootings are the direct result of thinking everyone is entitled to any gun they want and as much ammunition as they want. Any Senator or member of Congress who fails to bring forward and vote for STRONG GUN CONTROL will have any further gun deaths ON HIS/HER CONSCIENCE.

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  • Eileen
    10/03/2017
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    This has got to stop! He wasn't an immigrant, he wasn't a refugee, he wasn't poor or uneducated! This is an old white mans agenda, as is most every non progressive legislation in the last 10 -20 years! The job of government is to provide for safety for its citizens! This requires regulations as we are not smart enough to regulate ourselves! The constitution demands equality, pursuit of life and liberty! This is the work of bloody hands of everyone of the senators and representatives who have taken cash or other favors from the NRA and the gun lobby! This is YOUR work! We will not forget! Your days at your job are numbered! Do something heroic! BAN assault weapons and multiple round guns and ammunition! Those who don't like it , Join the military! There is NO NEED for Joe Q Public to have an assault weapon! Why should the NRA and gun lobbies hold the rest of us hostage!? Australia had the guts to do what was needed! And so should we!

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  • Poodle
    10/02/2017
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    Ban assault weapons

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  • Frankie
    10/02/2017
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    We can have common sense gun safety laws while respecting law abiding citizens right to protect themselves. It's high time. Honor Sandy Hook, Charleston, and now Las Vegas to name a few. We will never have 100% safety but we can find a balance

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  • Azrael
    10/02/2017
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    Didn’t this administration clear the way for this to happen? Am I shocked, yes Am I surprised, no Am I sad, Very

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  • Catherine
    10/03/2017
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    I want stricter gun control laws. Now is the time to discuss these things. In fact, there is no better time. Have a real conversation about gun control laws. Vote no for the silencer bill coming up. Take action. Protect your people. There is no such thing as fighting these mass shootings by having more good people with guns. You have the power to keep guns out of the hands of those with ill motives. Use it.

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  • SymanthaFox
    10/02/2017
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    We need to ban automatic rapid fire rifles. There is no excuse for military machinery being in civilian hands.

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  • Andrea
    10/03/2017
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    Enough is enough. We need gun regulation now not after more people have been slaughtered. It's insane that the NRA gets away with pushing its gun agenda basically to make money. The fewer guns that people can access, the fewer deaths that occur. Nobody should have an assault weapon. They should be banned. Silencers should be banned. Open and concealed should be banned. My God what is wrong with the people who don't fight for gun control. The US is the only country with this problem. Enough is enough! Pretty soon all those militias are going to blast their way into the White House. Regulate guns before it's too late. Sickened and horrified by the senseless stupidity and tragedy of innocent people being murdered. Why is it harder to get a drivers license than a gun in this country? Do something!

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  • Timothy
    10/03/2017
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    Prayer without action is useless. To quote St Teresa of Kolkata: “Prayer doesn’t change things. It changes us and we do things.” So Congress, ask God to give you the balls to stand up to the NRA and gun-toting maniacs.

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  • Kelanmon1
    10/02/2017
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    Enough prayers!!!! Stricter gun regulations!!!!

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