Host Jimmy Kimmel opened last night's episode of his late night show with an emotional plea for gun control, after 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in the mass shooting Sunday night in Las Vegas. Holding back tears, Kimmel shared the pain and despair he was feeling for what he described as "a terrible, inexplicably shocking and painful tragedy" in his hometown.
“Fathers without sons, mothers without daughters,” he said. “It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up or give up. It’s too much to even process. All these devastated families who live with this pain forever, because one person managed to collect a stockpile of rifles and use them to shoot people.”
Stephen Paddock committed the worst mass shooting in American history over the weekend, killing 59 people and injuring more than 520 others, after opening fire on country music festival attendees from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. It seems almost routine––there have been at least 1,518 mass shootings since 2012’s Sandy Hook massacre, according to the Gun Violence Archive––and as the calls for gun reform mount yet again, the public is left leafing through the names of the dead and parsing through whatever details investigators can glean from Paddock's life to better understand why he decided to murder in the first place.
The Washington Post sparked controversy yesterday after its editors published an article which appeared to normalize Paddock's actions, describing him as a "high-stakes gambler who 'kept to himself'" before the killings, and while the article is symptomatic of a much larger problem (white American men––who are later memorialized by the media––with no connection to Islam pose a greater domestic threat than Muslim terrorists or foreigners), the general sentiment, that of shock from the murderer's relatives and loved ones.
President Trump addressed the nation from the White House Monday morning to deliver remarks regarding the now deadliest mass shooting in US history, perpetuated by a white, male American terrorist. Trump called the violence an “act of pure evil.”
Earlier that same morning he tweeted his initial response: "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!"
Former Arizona Representative Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords was among the prominent voices to send out her condolences after 58 people were killed and, reports now estimate, more than 515 others were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history when a lone gunman opened fire on country music festival attendees from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Giffords has been at the forefront of the movement to curb gun violence since she survived an assassination attempt in January 2011. Giffords was shot in the head by Jared Lee Loughner during an event outside a Tuscon grocery store. Six others were killed and an additional 12 were injured during the attack.
More than 50 people were killed and, reports now estimate, more than 400 others were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history when a lone gunman opened fire on country music festival attendees from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Authorities identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, 64, from Mesquite, Nevada. Authorities fatally shot Paddock as they apprehended him in his room. Paddock had a small cache of weapons––10 rifles––in his possession. Investigators have located Paddock’s roommate, Marilou Danley, 62, for questioning, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. He added that officers had located a Hyundai Tucson and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, both with Nevada plates, which were registered to Paddock.