Washington, D.C. – Center for American Progress President and CEO Neera Tanden issued the following response on the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada:
Last night’s shooting attack in Las Vegas has now become the deadliest mass shooting in recent American history, taking the lives of more than 50 people and wounding hundreds more—people who were doing nothing more than enjoying a night of music and dancing. Our immediate thoughts are with the victims, their families, and the scores of first responders who put an end to this heinous act of extreme violence.
While there is still much we do not know about this shooting, one thing is clear: This kind of mass shooting attack happens far too often in our country. As we add one more name to the list of locations now synonymous with a horrific act of violence, we know that there is much more that we could be doing to help keep dangerous weapons of war out of the hands of people who wish to do our communities harm. The time has long since passed for taking serious action to reduce gun violence in this country, and our elected leaders need to finally stand up to do so.
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