Ohio Elected Officials Offer Condolences after Las Vegas Shooting
Ohio public officials offered prayers, condolences and calls for a renewed focus on weapons after a gunman killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds in Las Vegas.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called such shootings “one of the saddest aspects of our culture now.”
“This random gun violence begs the question, how does somebody like that get a gun that can discharge that many rounds in that few seconds?” Brown, a Democrat, said in an interview on WVIZ/PBS’s Ideas. “And how do you talk to your children about this when it’s so random? Everyone always says this, but our hearts go out to those who were killed, the family members, and those who were injured.”
Asked if Congress might consider gun control measures, Brown said no, adding, “the NRA pretty much seems to own the president of the United States and the majority leaders in the House and Senate.”
Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, responded to the news in a series of tweets this morning.
Jane & I mourn the loss of innocent lives in this horrific attack in Las Vegas last night. — Rob Portman (@senrobportman) October 2, 2017
We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack. — Rob Portman (@senrobportman) October 2, 2017
Our heartfelt thanks to all of the police officers, first responders & others who helped people to safety. — Rob Portman (@senrobportman) October 2, 2017
Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared that flags would fly at half-staff on Monday, after an order by President Trump.
As we reflect on the act of terror that hit Las Vegas last night, Ohio honors those lives lost by lowering flags in their memory. pic.twitter.com/CDg7oHXWN8 — John Kasich (@JohnKasich) October 2, 2017
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson called the shooting “yet another reminder that we need to renew and reinforce our efforts to remove and keep weapons from the hands of those who should not have them.” The mayor’s office released the statement in an email Monday morning.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, family members, and friends impacted by the senseless shootings that have taken scores of lives and wounded hundreds more,” Jackson said. “No words can express the suffering and loss.”
Here are responses from other Ohio members of Congress:
I am horrified by the news of another horrific mass shooting in our country. My thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims and their families and everyone in Las Vegas impacted by this senseless tragedy. — Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) October 2, 2017
I'm struggling with words to respond to last night's tragedy. My heart breaks for the families & friends of those impacted. — Rep. Jim Renacci (@RepJimRenacci) October 2, 2017
My heart breaks for Las Vegas in the wake of this horrific act of violence. We can't let this be the norm. These occurrences must end. https://t.co/0IjIL0YSX6 — Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) October 2, 2017
My deepest condolences for the victims of the horrendous attack in Las Vegas and their families. Thank you to the first responders and concert goers who bravely put their lives in danger to save others. We are standing with Las Vegas. — Dave Joyce (@RepDaveJoyce) October 2, 2017
There are no words for a such a cruel tragedy. My heart breaks for those caught in the violence. We all mourn with the people of Las Vegas. — Marcy Kaptur (@RepMarcyKaptur) October 2, 2017
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