Founder Responds to Las Vegas Mass Shooting

October 2, 2017

Stop Handgun Violence Response to Las Vegas Concert Shooting

Boston, MA – Last night a gunman perched in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas shot and killed at least 58 concert-goers and wounded 515 others. After raining bullets and terror down on concert-goers, the shooter was found dead in his hotel room.  While the details of this latest mass shooting – the worst in US history – continue to emerge, Stop Handgun Violence founder John Rosenthal made the following statement:

“While the horrific magnitude of this massacre is yet unknown, we do know that the shooter was able to get access to at least ten high-powered firearms capable of large scale destruction. We know that our national gun policy allows unrestricted access to military style assault weapons and large capacity ammunition clips, and this irresponsible public policy has deadly consequences. Congress and the President are responsible for dangerous gun policies that make mass shootings and 91 Americans dead from gun violence a daily occurrence in the US.

“Congress took zero action when 26 died at Sandy Hook, 32 died at Virginia Tech, 70 were injured at Aurora, and 107 injured at Orlando. How many others will be shot and killed in vain? Congress and the president continue to send prayers while working to make deadly weapons more available without background checks or detection by law enforcement. Clearly Congress and the President care more about gun lobby blood money campaign contributions than public health and safety from preventable gun violence.

“Right now, Trump and the gun lobby are pushing legislation through Congress that would undermine and dismantle the concealed carry permitting system of each state and a second bill that would deregulate silencers and make it easy to kill without detection. We reap what we sow and must work together to defeat these bills. We must instead pass legislation to protect Americans, like urban Massachusetts has done on a bipartisan basis, achieving the lowest gun death rate in the nation.”

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Comments

  1. Bonnie - October 2, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    It must stop! I am against all hand gun ownership. Unless you are in law enforcement
    You should not own a gun.

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  2. Louise Mcnulty - October 2, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Congress stop taking kick****s from the NRA it should be shut down as a Terrorist Organization for promoting gun use and making gun laws weak. What will get you to vote your conscience instead of your party???? Please change the laws for the common good!!!

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  3. elena pellegrino - October 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Please enforce gun laws to stop gun violence

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  4. Marc Abend - October 3, 2017 at 1:12 am

    We need to stop violence with guns

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  5. Lori Frank - October 3, 2017 at 2:06 am

    I have no words.

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  6. Elise Fortier - October 3, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Stop this insanity. Guns=violence.

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  7. Heidi Robbins - October 3, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Need to stop military style weapons being purchased.

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  8. Susan ORegan - October 3, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Change must happen!

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  9. James and Deborah Jensen - October 4, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I hope our elected officials finally show the courage to act, but I’m not holding my breath. Act and call your elected representatives.

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  10. Samantha McGarry - October 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you for your work

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  11. Wendy Dabcovich - October 4, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    we CAN curb gun violence, we CAN prevent many tragedies, it is a CHOICE we make.

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  12. Caroline Jordan - October 4, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Until you take action to enact laws banning assault weapons you are complicit in the murder of these innocent people. Enough of the thoughts and prayers. They don’t bring anyone back from the dead.

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  13. Nancy Woron - October 4, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Congress needs to develop their conscience!

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  14. Lisa Talbot - October 4, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks – keep up the good fight – I’m with you 100%!!

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  15. Carrie Reepmeyer - October 4, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you for your hard work. We CAN prevent these needless killings with tighter gun control laws.

    Reply

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