Several top Democrats reacted to the Las Vegas music festival massacre to call for further gun control after Stephen Paddock killed at least 58 people and wounded hundreds of others.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said Congress must act immediately on the issue.
"My heart breaks for Las Vegas," Blumenthal said, according to Town Hall. "[Since the Pulse nightclub attack], 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."
Connecticut's other senator, Chris Murphy said Congress must "get off its a** and do something" in response to the tragedy.
These are weapons intentionally designed to kill as many people as efficiently as possible. Why is anyone shocked this keeps happening?
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 2, 2017
"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," he said.
We are not powerless against such evil. We must take common sense, widely supported, steps to reduce such violence, agony and grievous loss.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 2, 2017
Former Vice President Joe Biden asked on Twitter how long America should "let gun violence tear families apart."
How long do we let gun violence tear families apart? Enough. Congress & the WH should act now to save lives. There's no excuse for inaction.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2017
"There's no excuse for inaction," Biden said.
However, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin responded to those who utilized the tragedy to make political statements, saying "you can't regulate evil."
To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs...You can't regulate evil...
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) October 2, 2017
Hillary Clinton said people must "put politics aside and stand up" to the National Rifle Association, who she appeared to blame for the ability of Paddock to purchase firearms.
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, 2017
She also wondered aloud on Twitter what the death toll would have been if Paddock was able to purchase a rifle silencer which she said the NRA is trying to make more accessible.
"Have you not sold enough books?" Kimberly Guilfoyle said of Clinton's perceptibly prompt response.
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