It’s true, if I made a list of 100 cities I wanted too or had to visit Las Vegas would be the last on the list. But this senseless act of gun violence brought terror and tragedy to our communities and our nation and I am grieving. My brain and heart is struggling to make sense of this sickness. It is unacceptable that any American should have to endure the horror and trauma the survivors of this tragedy and their loved ones experienced last night, and will continue to experience for the weeks and months to come.
I am thankful to law enforcement officers, Medics and Firefighters. Las Vegas Police officers acted with great bravery and responded within minutes to move people to safety.
This is not normal. Here in America, we are 25 times more likely to die from gun violence compared to people from other industrialized countries. In fact, no other country like ours comes close. It’s not normal, and it’s not inevitable.
It’s an epidemic that needs to be addressed. I stand against gun violence in our states, cities, and neighborhoods. May we find the courage to change.
Whenever any American’s life is taken by another American unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence – whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.
Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.