Las Vegas may now be linked in many minds with a mass shooting, as are Columbine, Sandy Hook, Orlando and Virginia Tech. Like atrocities in the past, the bloodshed has renewed the gun debate which largely follows party lines.
Democratic law makers past and present have called for action from Congress. Condolences have been accompanied by demands for restrictions on gun ownership.Sen. Murphy after Las Vegas mass shooting: “To my colleagues: your cowardice to act cannot be whitewashed by thoughts and prayers.” pic.twitter.com/TNybC9azEn— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 2, 2017The National Rifle Association – a powerful gun lobby group – has come in for criticism by the likes of Hillary Clinton Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017That Nevada has some of the least stringent gun laws in the United States has not so far been addressed by the Trump administration.
“It’s very easy for Mrs. Clinton to criticize and to come out. But I think we need to remember the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter. And this isn’t a time for us to go after individuals or organizations,” said White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
There has so far been little information about the type of weapons the Vegas gunman used or how he acquired them.