Lawmakers on Monday offered their condolences to victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a gunman opened fire on concertgoers, and several Democratic senators issued statements calling on Congress to pass stricter gun control legislation.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that President Trump had been briefed on the shooting. "We are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials," Sanders said. "All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a statement that it was "particularly despicable that this attack was carried out during a concert, transforming an evening of music and celebration into a heartbreaking and horrific night of violence. Our nation will never allow fear and violence to bow us or break out spirits."
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who recently returned to Capitol Hill after being wounded when a shooter attacked members of Congress on a baseball field in June, offered prayers for the victims.
Jennifer and I are praying for the victims of this unspeakable violence in Las Vegas.— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 2, 2017
"Nevada families are waking up to the shocking news of the tragic events that occurred last night in Las Vegas. Our communities are all in mourning as we try to understand this senseless massacre on the Strip," Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) said in a statement.
Senseless, horrifying act of violence in Las Vegas tonight. Praying for all the victims & those impacted by the tragedy.— Dean Heller (@SenDeanHeller) October 2, 2017
Heller said that he had spoken with Nevada's governor and attorney general and was closely monitoring the situation.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) echoed Heller's sentiments in her own statement, saying, "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded in last night's vicious and senseless attack outside the Mandalay Bay Resort. I thank the first responders for taking down the gunman and working tirelessly to treat the wounded."
Some Democratic senators called for stricter gun control legislation.
"While we have much to learn about this terrible incident, we know mass shootings are all too familiar in America. And we know we can protect our communities better. How many lives must be lost before we act?" Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said in a statement.
"This must stop," said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). "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 praters 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."
Murphy represented Newtown, Connecticut's fifth district in the House of Representatives when a gunman shot and killed 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) hinted at another debate over gun control, saying Congress needs to do more to prevent mass shootings from occurring.