On Sunday night, tragedy struck in Las Vegas. During the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, a shooter, later identified as Stephen Paddock, shot into the music festival crowd from his 32nd-floor hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Paddock shot and killed at least 50 people. Another 400 people were injured.
President Trump gave a statement on Monday morning. In the statement, he expressed his sorrow for the people injured. His message was one of sorrow, prayer, and unity.
“We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today. And always will. Forever,” declared the President.
He added, “Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded or lost the ones they loved so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace, and we pray for the day when evil is banished and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.”
He concluded, “It is our love that defines us today and always will, forever.”
His heartfelt statement contrasts sharply with the statement tweeted by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In her first tweet, Clinton seemed to be genuinely mourning the tragedy. However, she quickly followed that tweet up with two more that politicized the shooting less than twenty-four hours after it occurred.
“Las Vegas, we are grieving with you—the victims, those who lost loved ones, the responders, & all affected by this cold-blooded massacre,” wrote Clinton initially.
She followed that tweet up with another that targeted the National Rifle Association.
“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.
Finally, Clinton used the tragedy as an opportunity to call for new legislation.
“Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”
Clinton wasn’t the only Democrat who immediately politicized the shooting. Former Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, also used the shooting as an opportunity to attack the current administration.
He wrote on his twitter, “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.”
Elizabeth Warren had an even stronger reaction. She wrote that “Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough.” Instead, she says we need to stop gun violence with legislation.
These Democrats are receiving backlash on Twitter for their handling of the situation. Some are pointing out how heartless their comments are given that all the victim’s bodies haven’t even been recovered.
Others pointed out the factual issue with Hillary’s comment about silencers. She said the casualties would have been increased if Paddock had had a silencer. However, as experts soon pointed out, the silencer wouldn’t have had much of an impact on a gun that powerful.
“Suppressors only reduce by a few decibels, still same decibel level as a jackhammer,” wrote Dana Loesch, NRA spokesperson.
Other’s also replied to her statement.
What do you think about Hillary’s response to the shooting? Let us know in the comments. In other breaking news, Jason Aldean, who was performing during the shooting, just released a statement.