Former U.S. Presidents Speak Out About Las Vegas Shooting

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October 02, 2017Oct 02, 2017

In his official response to the shooting in Las Vegas, President Trump said what many consider to be "inspiring" words. He 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 reaction in the video below. 

Donald Trump has been joined by former presidents who have also used this as an opportunity to bring the nation together. 

AOL News reports that President Obama has commented on the tragedy. 

"Michelle and I are praying for the victims of Las Vegas," he wrote on Monday morning. "Our thoughts are with their families and everyone enduring another senseless tragedy." 

According to The Hill, former President Bill Clinton expressed his condolences for the victims, remarking that such a tragedy should be unimaginable in America. 

https://twitter.com/BillClinton/status/914841993997639680

The responses of both Obama and Clinton are in stark contrast to the one made by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. As the nation grieved the shooting, Clinton used the event as an opportunity to attack the NRA. 

"Our grief isn't enough," Clinton wrote in one of three tweets on the massacre. "We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again."

https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/914853465926639618

It has been reported that Clinton wasn't the only Democrat to use the tragedy in Las Vegas as an opportunity to push an anti-gun political agenda. 

Writing on Twitter early Monday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden wrote, "How long do we let gun violence tear families apart? Enough. Congress & the WH should act now to save lives. There's no excuse for inaction.”

https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/914867985558491136

Other Democrats have also used the tragedy as a political opportunity to exploit. In fact, The Hill has reported that many Democrats in Congress are using this as an opportunity to push through legislation restricting access to guns. 

"Democrats, joined by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), are amplifying their calls for tougher gun laws in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas," writes The Hill

Indeed, Democrats have intensified their campaign after a gunman targeted an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, leaving at least 58 dead and over 500 injured. 

As a result, Democrats have "scheduled a briefing to push for tougher gun laws such as enhanced background checks designed to keep firearms from the hands of potentially violent people." 

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