New England Politicians React To Las Vegas Shooting

Oct 2, 2017

In the hours after the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed at least 58, politicians responded on conference calls, in press releases and on social media. 

Here's a round-up from New Englanders.

Congressional Democrats Call For Stricter Gun Laws

It is difficult or impossible to say whether any single shooting is preventable, but we also know that we can take commonsense steps to address our problem with gun violence in this country. We must do more to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, like by instituting stronger background checks and strong steps to prevent gun trafficking and straw purchases. 

— Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

While we have much to learn about this terrible incident, we know mass shootings are all too familiar in America. And we know we can protect our communities better. How many lives must be lost before we act? 

— Rhode Island U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Other Democrats issued more general statements that avoided direct mention of gun control laws.

No Mention Of Gun Control From Region's Two Republicans In Congress

Shaheen's comments were similar to those issued by the only Senate Republican from New England, Maine's Susan Collins.

And the only New England Republican in the U.S. House, Bruce Poliquin of Maine, likewise did not address gun control in his reaction on Twitter.

Poliquin has received strong ratings from the National Rifle Association in the past, while Collins has a relatively mixed record on the issue.