Hours after a gunman opened fire on thousands of concertgoers on the Las Vegas strip late Sunday night, Hillary Clinton spoke out to offer condolences while calling for gun reform.
Perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 more when he opened fire on a crowd of people below attending a country music concert. Paddock was only located when the smoke alarms in his hotel room were triggered from the smoke coming off his weapon; when SWAT team members breached his room, he was found dead apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots," Clinton said. "Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get." The former Democratic presidential nominee urged people to "put politics aside" and "stand up to the NRA," while also issuing a more traditional statement of sympathy:
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"Our grief isn't enough," Clinton asserted. Also Monday, former President Barack Obama tweeted a brief statement of support, which you can read below. Kimberly Alters
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