Before departing for Puerto Rico on Tuesday, President Donald Trump reacted to the mass shooting in Las Vegas by saying, “We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.” He also praised the work of police and first responders as miraculous. Saying that they did an “incredible job,” the president said, “How quickly the police department was able to get in was really very much of a miracle. They’ve done an amazing job.”
After praising the police, Trump made clear that there is a coming discussion on gun laws.
On Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during a press conference that there will be time in the future to review gun policies. Describing Monday as a “day of mourning” for the 58 lives lost after a gunman fired a rifle into a crowd of thousands of concert-goers in Las Vegas on Sunday, Sanders said, “There will certainly be a time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in at this moment.”
Breitbart News’ executive chairman, former White House aide Steve Bannon observed that Trump voters would be even less receptive to gun control than to an amnesty bill. Bannon said that Trump’s support for gun control would “be the end of everything.”
Speaking to reporters before he and First Lady Melania Trump boarded the Marine One helicopter at the White House, Trump was asked about a gun bill currently making its way through the House of Representatives that would loosen restrictions on purchasing gun silencers. In response, Trump said that he would talk about it later. When asked whether the deadly shootings in Las Vegas could have been prevented, he said that the shooter was "a sick man, a demented man," adding that "we're looking into him very, very seriously." He did not respond when reporters asked whether the incident was an instance of "domestic terrorism."
On Monday, Trump addressed the nation from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, calling the shooting an act of "pure evil." During a White House press conference that day, Sanders was visibly moved when she quoted the New Testament in tribute to those who had laid down their lives to save the lives of others in Las Vegas. "There's a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country," Sanders said. "There's currently an open and ongoing law enforcement investigation, a motive is yet to be determined and it would be premature for us to discuss policy when we don't fully know all the facts or what took place last night."