Just after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, members of Congress took to Twitter and appeared to call on the federal government to enact stricter gun control measures in response.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who represents the families of victims in the December 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, tore into Congress for being “so afraid of the gun industry.”
“It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something,” he added:
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) October 2, 2017
Others appeared to join him:
We suffer these horrific events repeatedly and do nothing to stop them. We must do better.
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) October 2, 2017
My heart breaks for the victims, their loved ones & all those injured in Las Vegas. I call on Congress to show they care by taking action. pic.twitter.com/TC9FFQreeV
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) October 2, 2017
Once again, I’m devastated by the carnage in NV
Once again, I offer my thoughts & prayers
Once again, I wonder if we’ll do anything about it
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) October 2, 2017
It is not enough to ask how could someone do this. We must also ask ourselves how can I prevent something like this from happening again.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 2, 2017
But words & prayers not enough for Las Vegas & other gun violence victims. We must come together to tackle this epidemic. Enough is enough.
— Rep. Brad Schneider (@RepSchneider) October 2, 2017
One Congresswoman retweeted an article about a Sandy Hook mother blaming Congress for the Las Vegas shooting:
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) appeared to worry about the National Rifle Association’s influence over gun control laws in Congress:
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) October 2, 2017
As was previously reported, a gunman opened a torrent of fire onto concertgoers attending a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday night.
At least 50 people died and 400 were hospitalized, according to officials. Police said they believe the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, killed himself before they entered the hotel room where he is believed to have carried out the shooting.