Mass Shootings

Trump on Las Vegas Shooting: "An Act of Pure Evil"

The president offered condolences, federal law enforcement assistance.


President Trump addresses Las Vegas Shooting
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President Donald Trump addressed the nation Monday morning about the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas that has left over 50 dead and over 400 wounded.

"We are joined together today in sadness shock and grief," said the Ppesident from the diplomatic reception room in the White House. "For the families of the victims, we are praying for you, we are here for you, and we ask God to see you through these dark moment."

The president had already issued a tweet early this morning expressing his sympathies for the victims and families of the shooting, something he called in his speech "an act of pure evil."

Reason's Eric Boehm has a roundup of things we know so far about the shooting, and the shooter, identified as 64-year-old Mesquite, Nevada, resident Stephen Paddock.

The president said very little about any federal efforts being undertaken in regard to the shooting, adding only that the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security were working closely with local law enforcement.

CNN is reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with FBI Director Christopher Wray about the shooting this morning, and issued a statement saying that he and the DOJ would "do everything in our power to get justice for you and your loved ones."

Trump took time to thank the Las Vegas Metro police, saying their rapid response "shows what true professionalism looks like."

The president will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday, where he plans to meet with local law enforcement.

The rest of Trump's speech consisted of a call for Americans to come together in the wake of the shooting.

"Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be shattered by violence."

Vice President Mike Pence weighed in over social media, calling the shooting a "cowardly act of terror"

Nevada's two senators likewise responded to the shooting over social media. Republican Dean Heller called the shooting a "Senseless, horrifying act of violence" and offered condolences to the victims and praise to first responders. Democrat Cortez Matso said much the same, tweeting she will "continue to monitor the situation."

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also issued remarks over Twitter, in which she said it was time to "put politics aside" and stand up to the National Rifle Association.

More information will come out as the investigation proceeds. Reason's Nick Gillespie has some wise words on not jumping to conclusions or politcizing a tragedy while so much is still unknown.