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Politicians and public figures offer words of support after Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

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In the wake of what is being called the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip., numerous politicians and public figures have offered their sympathies and condolences to the victims, their families, and the Las Vegas community.

President Donald Trump:

My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation, and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.
I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts, and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous, and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.
Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one -- a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.
Scripture teaches us, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.
In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff.
I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims.
In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one -- and it always has. We call upon the bonds that unite us -- our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity.
Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today -- and always will, forever.
In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light, and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.
Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded, or lost the ones they love so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace. And we pray for the day when evil is banished, and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.
May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost. May God give us the grace of healing. And may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on.
Thank you. God bless America. Thank you.


Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval:

“My heart and prayers go the victims and their families and friends who were brutally killed and injured by a shocking and cowardly act of senseless violence. This tragic and vicious attack on innocent people has claimed the lives of our fellow Americans and devastated hundreds of others who were simply enjoying a country music festival. I will be in Las Vegas this morning to meet with law enforcement, first responders and to console the victims and their families and friends. I ask that everyone take a moment to keep the people affected by this horrific tragedy in their thoughts and prayers.”


U.S. Representative Dina Titus:

"My heart aches for the victims, their loved ones, and our community. I am grateful for law enforcement's swift response and the many good Samaritans whose selfless acts of bravery showcased Las Vegas' values to the world. We are a resilient and benevolent town that will not be intimidated by acts of violence. During this difficult time, my office will be working closely with local, state, and federal partners to provide support for Southern Nevada as we heal and move forward."


U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto:

“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. I am working with the City of Las Vegas and Clark County to ensure that local officials have the resources they need to support our community and investigate these tragic events.”


U.S. Senator Dean Heller:

“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,” said Heller. “I want to thank our first responders for their swift actions and efforts that without a doubt saved numerous lives. I’ve been in contact with the White House and Governor Sandoval, and I will continue to monitor the situation as this horrific event unfolds. Lynne and I are praying for all of the victims and their families who are experiencing immense pain and grave, shocking loss that cannot be measured.”


U.S. Representative Jackie Rosen

“There are no words to describe the devastation that our community has suffered and witnessed. I am heartbroken over the evil, horrific act of violence that has shaken Las Vegas and taken scores of innocent lives and injured hundreds more. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and with our community. I am grateful to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, our first responders, and all of the brave souls who risked their lives to save others. This unspeakable tragedy has left a dark stain on our history, but we will not let this painful moment define us. Las Vegas will always be a strong, vibrant city with an open heart and our lights will always keep on shining.”


Henderson Mayor Debra March:

“Our hearts are broken by the tragedy on the Las Vegas Strip and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We ask everyone in Henderson and across our community to come together in support of all those who have been impacted by this horrific act. Our thanks go out to the police, firefighters and all the other first responders who have bravely acted to save lives. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and condolences that we are receiving from around the world. We know that employees of the City of Henderson and their family members have been directly affected by this senseless act of hatred and we will do all we can to care for our team members and their loved ones.”


Attorney Adam Laxalt

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and all those affected by the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. As Nevada’s top law enforcement officer, my focus is on providing our Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and other first responders with the assistance they need in conducting this investigation. In light of this tragedy, we will be postponing our events scheduled October 2 - October 9 until further notice."


Nevada politician Danny Tarkanian

“My family and I send our prayers to the families and friends of the victims and all affected by Sunday night’s horrible events. We are heartbroken by this tragedy.
We, along with all of Las Vegas, are deeply grateful for the courageous and swift actions of the first responders. Thank you to the police, medical personnel, and citizen-heroes helping to provide safety and care to the innocent victims of the senseless violence.”


Nevada politician Susie Lee

“Last night's devastating and reprehensible mass shooting is an unthinkable tragedy that has left our community heartbroken. While I am grieving and mourning after this senseless, evil act of violence, I am comforted and grateful for the bravery of our law enforcement and first responders, who risked their lives to protect others. I am also inspired by the resolve and unity of our community in response to this cowardly attack, and I encourage all who are able to donate blood for injured victims. My heart is with my city, and with all who have been impacted by this terrible cruelty."


Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of last night’s shooting, their families, and those still fighting for their lives. We are working with law enforcement and will continue to do all we can to help all of those involved."


AGA President and CEO Geoff Freeman

"The American Gaming Association and our Global Gaming Expo (G2E) partner, Reed Exhibitions, are closely monitoring the horrific events that took place in Las Vegas earlier this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that were affected, and with the people of Las Vegas and Nevada.
G2E annually welcomes 26,000 visitors and is scheduled to open, as planned, today with the G2E conference program, while exhibitor move in continues for the show to open tomorrow. The AGA and Reed Exhibitions will be in constant contact with local and national law enforcement and our host, Las Vegas Sands. We will closely monitor the situation and safety remains our priority.
The gaming industry is a tight-knit community and Las Vegas is the beating heart of our operations. The AGA and Reed Exhibitions will offer our full assistance as the city recovers, and we will strive to honor the victims of this tragic event."


Joseph A. Pepe, Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas

Joseph A. Pepe, Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas“Our hearts go out to everyone. We are praying for those who have been injured, those who have lost their lives, for the medical personnel and first responders who, with bravery and self-sacrifice have helped so many. We are also very heartened by the stories of all who helped each other in this time of crisis. As the Gospel reminds us, we are called to be modern day Good Samaritans. We continue to pray for all in Las Vegas and around the world whose lives are shattered by the events of daily violence. On this feast day of the Guardian Angels, we invite all to join us for an interfaith prayer service at the Cathedral of the Guardian Angels this afternoon at 5 PM and invite our sisters and brothers around the world to join us in prayer for healing and for an end to violence. ”


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