Connecticut officials react to Las Vegas shooting
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal expressed their condolences to the Las Vegas community Monday in wake of Sunday’s mass shooting at a concert. At least 50 people were killed and over 400 were hospitalized.
“Our hearts are breaking for the Las Vegas community. This morning, our nation woke up to yet another senseless tragedy - one that we have seen repeated far too many times. While we do not know all the details of what took place in Las Vegas - we are incredibly grateful to the first responders and the everyday citizens who bravely risked their lives to save others. We send our sincerest condolences to those who have lost loved ones and we pray for the recovery of the survivors. To all those impacted by last night’s shooting - Connecticut stands with you. “
“We join the country in mourning the citizens who were killed in Las Vegas last night. Our thoughts are with the injured, and with the families who were plunged into the horror of waiting for news on their loved ones. I want to commend the first responders and other citizens who acted with bravery and courage despite the terrible events. Their actions saved lives and we thank them for what they did to protect residents.”
“My heart goes out to the victims, their families, the first responders, and the entire Las Vegas community. Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity. Last night's massacre may go down as the deadliest in our nation's history, but already this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year.”
“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.”
“Although many details of this mass shooting remain unclear, one thing is certain: yet again, we are watching in horror as another American community is torn apart by the terrible devastation wrought by a gunman. My heart breaks for Las Vegas: the victims, their families, their friends, and their entire community. It has been barely a year since what was previously the largest mass shooting in American history - the deadly attack at Pulse nightclub. In the interim, thousands more have been lost to the daily, ruthless toll of gun violence. Still, Congress refuses to act. I am more than frustrated, I am furious.”
Joe Ganim, the mayor of the state’s largest city, Bridgeport, said his parents just returned from a conference in Las Vegas.
“They came back from Las Vegas literally in the last two days,” Ganim said. “I think they stayed on the Strip. You just have to pause every time something like this happens. I respect the Second Amendment. I don’t mean to challenge it as a basis of our fundamental rights. (But) when you can shoot that fast that many people, I don’t get it. I’ve been a strong advocate for as long as I have been in and out of government, (and) fought for the assault weapons ban. I don’t know the answers. I know where I stand on these things.”
“The attack overnight in Las Vegas— the largest mass shooting in our nation’s history—is horrific in its scale and senselessness. My thoughts and prayers are with the hundreds of victims injured and killed, their families, and the community as they grieve following this tragedy.
“The frequency of these awful events—Newtown, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, and the list unfortunately goes on—is striking and must be met with immediate action. Gun violence has taken far too many American lives from us too soon. Commonsense reforms such as banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, requiring a background check for every commercial gun sale, and supporting federal research into the causes of gun violence, can help save lives. I urge Speaker Ryan to immediately allow Congress to take up these and other measures to prevent gun violence. We owe it to the victims and their families to do everything we can to prevent these atrocities from occurring again and again.”
“Once again, the nation is beset with a horrific mass shooting and Congress has done nothing. We are all heartbroken for the victims and their families, my thoughts and prayers are with them all.
“This December, it will be five years since the tragedy at Sandy Hook occurred. In that time, there have been over 1,500 mass shootings. Since that horrific day, the U.S. House of Representatives has not held a single vote on commonsense gun violence prevention measures. With each day that passes, Congress remains complicit in these acts of violence. Silence and prayers for the fallen are simply not enough. We need a vote on common sense solutions that not only address gun violence, but also focus on mental health and universal background checks. We will continue to demand action for the victims of gun violence. A Quinnipiac Poll in 2017, listed that 94% of Americans polled were in favor of universal background checks. My colleagues in the majority need to do something for a change and address this epidemic. How many more tragedies, how many more deaths need to occur until they are finally able to stand up to the NRA and do what is right?” said Larson.