Yesterday, the Senate approved a resolution, honoring the numerous victims of the Las Vegas shooting, earlier this month. To date, the shooting has taken the lives of 58 people, and left over 500 injured – as serious questions of motive still remain completely unanswered.
The Senate passed the resolution, jointly introduced by Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto, by a unanimous consent before they ended legislative business on Monday.
This particular resolution condemns the “brutal and senseless” shooting, as well as identifying and recognizing those killed, or were injured or those “who attended the event, but were not physically injured, and are dealing with severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress and are seeking grief counseling.”
“[The Senate] recognizes the spirit and resilience of the Las Vegas and Nevada communities,” according to the resolution.
The mass shooting incident of the Las Vegas shooting took place on Oct. 1 at a country music festival in Las Vegas, making it the deadliest mass shooting incident in U.S. history.
“I’m extremely grateful for all of the first-responders, law enforcement officers, medical staff, and heroes in the crowd who ran toward violence and chaos that night in order to help,” Senator Dean Heller said in her statement.
Whereas Senator Masto added that “I am grateful for the tremendous outpouring of financial, physical, and emotional support to our grieving community, and I take pride in the resilience and strength that Las Vegas has shown.”
This resolution, which also recognizes the brave attempts of the first responders and the law enforcement officials and agencies that reached the incident and dispatched helps with courage and bravery, also notes that the President Trump called the shooting to be “an act of pure evil,” but that America’s unity,” cannot be shattered by evil.”
The Senate’s resolution comes as lawmakers are debating on how to respond legislatively to the incident. Many Democrats have reflexively called for more draconian gun controls, and even confiscations, while Republicans have introduced a bill that would outlaw “bump stocks.” However, the NRA strongly opposes the bill in its present form, because of the vague language which could be applied to basic and every day gun maintenance parts.
Several of the Republicans have asked the President Trump’s administration to review a decision from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) which had found that a bump stock “is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act.”