In Shadow of Las Vegas Shooting, Outraged Democrats Call on Congress to 'Get Off Its Ass and Do Something' on Gun Control

'Thoughts and prayers are not enough,' Senator Elizabeth Warren says

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People hug and cry after a mass shooting on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
People hug and cry after a mass shooting on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Credit: Ethan Miller/AFP
Amir Tibon
Amir Tibon

A number of members of Congress wasted no time calling for action on gun control, responding to Monday's shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and 525 wounded. While most politicians published anemic responses sending "prayers and love" to victims of Monday's shooting in Las Vegas, others Democratic lawmakers called for laws that limit access to machine guns and assault rifles for people like the Nevada shooter.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy released a statement on calling on Congress to "get off its ass and do something." Murphy represents Connecticut, a state struck by tragedy five years ago, when a local resident shot and killed 20 young children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

It is "infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren't public responses to this epidemic," Murphy continued, "the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference." 

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren offered a similar message. "Thoughts and prayers are NOT enough. Not when more moms and dads will bury kids this week, and more sons and daughters will grow up without parents," the Massachusetts senator said.

"Tragedies like Las Vegas have happened too many times. We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence. We need it now," she added. 

Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey wrote, "We are not powerless against such evil. We must take common sense, widely supported, steps to reduce such violence, agony and grievous loss."

"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," said Booker. 

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York tweeted, "This senseless violence must end—thoughts and prayers are simply not enough. We must act to prevent this from happening again."

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the shooting later on Monday, but offered no proof.