Late Sunday night on October 1st, a great tragedy occurred on the Las Vegas strip in Nevada—a 64-year-old gunman opened fire from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. After firing several shots below, he reportedly killed himself before police arrived at his location.
The attack, which killed more than 58 people and injured over 515 victims, was aimed at attendees of a country music festival. This has been declared as the deadliest mass shooting in history, which ISIS later claimed responsibility for on Monday. However, this claim has not been confirmed by U.S. authorities.
Following the attack, many have already jumped into the political debate over gun control. Hillary Clinton, former Democratic presidential candidate for the 2016 election, was the first to politicize this horrible tragedy, using it as an opportunity to share her opinion on the upcoming vote to deregulate gun silencers.
According to ABC News, if the bill is passed by Congress, gun silencers will be easier to purchase, which Clinton is strongly against. During a press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “This is an unspeakable tragedy. Today is a day for consoling the survivors and mourning those we lost...There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country...it would be premature for us to discuss policy when we don’t fully know all the facts.”
However, talk show host of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah, disagreed. During his weeknight show, he fired back at the White House over Sanders’ comments regarding the Las Vegas massacre.
He opposingly questioned after playing a clip of the White House press briefing, “When is the time? If you say after a mass shooting is never the time, then you will never have the conversation in America, because there’s a mass shooting almost every single day. So when is the time?”
“They say that this was the worst in American history, but every shooting is the worst for someone,” he stated. “We’re shocked, we’re sad, thoughts and prayers, and then almost on cue, people are going to come out saying, whatever you do, when speaking about the shooting, don’t talk about guns.”
Noah also brought up the bill on silencers and insinuated that America is “afraid” to talk about the gun issue. Additionally, he refused to offer his thoughts and prayers to the victims. Instead, he apologized, “I’m sorry that we live in a world where there are people who will put a gun before your lives.”
Watch a segment from "The Daily Show" below.
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