Donald Trump on Visit to Las Vegas: 'Very Sad Day For Me Personally'

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October 04, 2017Oct 04, 2017

When Americans woke up on Monday morning, what Archbishop Dolan described as a "cosmic groan" could be heard across the United States. The country grieved in the aftermath of the most tragic mass shooting in modern American history. 

On Sunday night, more than 50 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in modern American history when a lone gunman opened fire during a country music festival from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel. More than 500 innocent people were injured. 

The suspect was soon identified by law enforcement as Stephen Paddock, 64, according to NBC News. 

 Police first responded to reports of the shooting just after 10 pm. The suspect was fatally shot at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Authorities found several weapons in Paddock's room after using explosives to enter, law enforcement reported. 

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit… When we started running out there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground,” described one woman, according to MSNBC.

Now, President Donald Trump is visiting Las Vegas in the aftermath of the tragedy. 

He remarked on Wednesday that the Las Vegas trip is a "very, very sad day for me personally." 

“Well, It's a very sad thing. We’re going to pay our respects and to see the police who have done, really, a fantastic job in a very short time,” the president said according to Politico. “It's a very, very sad day for me personally. Thank you.”

On Monday, President Trump called on Americans to lean on God during this difficult time and to recall the great lessons that Scripture can teach us. 

"Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit," he said. "We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward."

President Trump then called on all Americans, especially those directly suffering from the tragedy in Las Vegas, to not suffer from despair. This is because even the darkest of despair can be lightened by a ray of hope. 

"In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness," he continued. "The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope."

At the end of his remark, President Trump reminded Americans to not let their minds be clouded by hate: "It is our love that defines us today and always will, forever." 

You can watch his full message to the country here. 

Trump is scheduled to make two stops during his trip to Las Vegas. The first stop will be at a hospital to meet with victims and medical professionals. The second stop will be to meet with first responders. In his brief message with reports on Wednesday morning, the president also indicated that the investigation into the shooting was progressing and that more information will be revealed today. 

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