Las Vegas Shooting: Clinton puts target on NRA over killings
HILLARY Clinton has slammed the National Rifle Association while offering her condolences to the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left more than 50 people dead.
"Our grief isn't enough," the former Democratic Party presidential candidate tweeted on Monday.
"We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again."
Mrs Clinton's statement was one of the most politically-charged among politicians who weighed into the country music concert massacre.
Las Vegas, we are grieving with you—the victims, those who lost loved ones, the responders, & all affected by this cold-blooded massacre.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.
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 wrote in her latest book, What Happened, about how the US needs to reform its gun laws to stop mass shootings.
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said silencers hardly make a difference in reducing the sound of gunfire."
"Suppressors only reduce by a few decibels, still same decibel level as a jack hammer," she wrote on her personal Twitter account.
Suppressors only reduce by a few decibels, still same decibel level as a jackhammer. https://t.co/aj0AvJMZwv— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 2, 2017
Following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida last year, Mrs Clinton and congressional Democrats called for changes to gun legislation. They have renewed their calls for change following the latest tragedy.
"Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity," Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said in a statement.
"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."
Former Representative Gabby Giffords, who survived being shot in the head at a meet-and-greet in 2011 outside an Arizona supermarket, said the massacre in Las Vegas "is a grave tragedy for our nation."
"In a just a matter of minutes, one man killed at least 50 people. Another 200 were injured. This is a grave tragedy for our nation," Ms Giffords posted on Twitter on Monday.
More than 50 people were killed and 500 injured in the shooting.
Former US presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton also tweeted their support for the Vegas victims.
"Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas," Mr Obama tweeted. "Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy."
"Thinking of the victims and responders in Las Vegas," Mr Clinton tweeted. "This should be unimaginable in America."
Thinking of the victims and responders in Las Vegas. This should be unimaginable in America.— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) October 2, 2017
Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 2, 2017
Police said 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival about 10pm Sunday local time.
He fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel before taking his own life.
More than 50 people were killed and more than 500 injured.
President Donald Trump offered his sympathy for the victims of the attack, calling it an "act of pure evil" in an address to the nation.
"My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief," he said from the White House on Monday.