Statement from the College Democrats of New York on Las Vegas Mass Shooting
At least 58 people were killed and 515 injured in Las Vegas Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those afflicted by the recent attack. Words can never fully repair the brokenness that some families now feel, but I hope they know they are not alone in the long,steady path toward recovery,” said Ryan Trumbauer, Vice President of CDNY.
We have become too accustomed to grieving the loss of life at the hand of a gun. How many deaths will it take for Congress be compassionate and pass comprehensive legislation to protect the most basic right to life? How many massacres will it take for Congress to wake up and realize automatic and semiautomatic weapons have no place in our country? Will 273 mass shootings, 11,656 deaths, and 23,529 injuries, just this year, from gun violence force their hand to vote against the NRA and for human safety?
While threats from abroad sound daunting, we should be more concerned about the fact that domestic attacks are so frequent due to easy pathways for any person in our country, mentally stable or not, to obtain a weapon meant to take a life. Gun violence is a serious and worsening problem that tears innocent families and communities apart. It must be addressed immediately through bipartisan action and support for smart and reasonable gun control.
CDNY stands with the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting and their friends and families, as well as the tens of thousands of other victims of gun violence across the United States. But our grief and support isn't enough. Our elected officials have continuously ignored our calls for common sense gun control and it's about time they listen. Call your members of Congress to demand they take actionable measures to prevent gun violence from taking even more innocent lives.