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'Furious' Connecticut Senators Call For Action Following Las Vegas Shooting

U.S. Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy
U.S. Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – After at least 50 people were killed in a shooting in Las Vegas late Sunday night, Connecticut's two senators expressed grief and frustration, and called for action in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) both sent their condolences to the victims and their families after the shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. A gunman identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada fired from a hotel window, killing at least 40 people and injuring 400.

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“Although many details of this mass shooting remain unclear, one thing is certain: yet again, we are watching in horror as another American community is torn apart by the terrible devastation wrought by a gunman," said Blumenthal.

"My heart breaks for Las Vegas: the victims, their families, their friends, and their entire community. It has been barely a year since what was previously the largest mass shooting in American history – the deadly attack at Pulse nightclub. In the interim, 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.”

Murphy said, "My heart goes out to the victims, their families, the first responders, and the entire Las Vegas community. Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity. Last night's massacre may go down as the deadliest in our nation's history, but already this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year."

“This must stop," Murphy continued. "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."

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