Las Vegas Massacre is a Uniquely American Tragedy
As details emerge, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence issues initial statement on Las Vegas shooting
In response to the Las Vegas shooting that left more than 50 dead and hundreds wounded, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“Days like today are always devastating for our organization. We send our deepest condolences to those affected by the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas.
“Days like today are also deeply frustrating. We are outraged that in just over a year, the deadliest mass shooting in American history has been eclipsed by another, then another. These tragedies continue to escalate because dangerous people have easy access to a limitless supply of high-powered weaponry.
“The United States of America is the only industrialized country where these massacres continue to happen. Gun deaths have become a part of our national identity — they are a daily occurrence. When gun violence happens in neighborhoods across the country, we mourn and move on. When a gunman ambushes legislators at a Congressional baseball practice, we mourn and move on. When hundreds are shot at an outdoor concert, we are angry and outraged and call for change. We mourn. But this time, we cannot move on. We must take action.
“This is not normal. The shooting in Las Vegas is a tragedy — a uniquely American one. There are commonsense policies that can prevent these deaths. We know what they are. Now we need legislators on both sides of the aisle to fight for them.”