Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky (R) tweeted in response to the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas and scolded political opportunists for seeking to make political points with the tragedy. He tweeted “To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regulations: You can’t regulate evil.” A 64-year-old man identified as Stephen Paddock is reportedly the shooter who took the lives of at least 58 people during a night-time country-music concert in Las Vegas on Sunday. More than 500 people were wounded by the gunfire. President Donald Trump decried the shootings as “pure evil” while praising the quick response time by police.
To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs...You can't regulate evil...— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) October 2, 2017
Gun rights critics were quick to associate the mass murder with their position on the Second Amendment. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) directed himself at Bevin, tweeting ironically that he was expecting the governor to “rescind Kentucky’s law banning assault, murder and arson.”
I await your proposal to rescind Kentucky's laws banning assault, murder and arson.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 2, 2017
One of government's core functions is to regulate evil. https://t.co/5cTwYts2bq
Other critics included Hillary Clinton, who tweeted: “The Crow fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”
The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.
Journalist Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post schooled the former secretary of state about noise suppressors on firearms, noting that even with a silencer an AR-15 would sound like “a jackhammer” when fired. Video and audio of the incident in Las Vegas recorded apparent automatic fire by the perpetrator of which AR-15-style rifles are sometimes capable.
Today is the day we must talk about America’s gun violence crisis. Today because last night in Las Vegas more than 50 people were murdered.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 2, 2017
Shannon Watts, who is affiliated with the progressive Rise to Run organization and founder of the anti-gun Moms Demand tweeted that citizens “must talk about America’s gun violence crisis.”
CBS Legal Exec: No Sympathy For Vegas ‘Because Country Music Fans Often Are Republican’ pic.twitter.com/5MDsvZbwYC— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 2, 2017
A woman who identified as a teacher tweeted that she hoped only "Trumptards" were among the victims of the mass shooting.
Richard Dawkins, a renowned scientist who is an outspoken atheist tweeted: "Every country has its psychopaths. In the United States, they have guns."
Durn tootin’, great shootin’. Cool dude sertin’ he’s 2nd Mendment rahts. Hell yeah!— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) October 2, 2017
Every country has its psychopaths. In US they have guns
Tariq Nasheed, who gives advice about dating and sexuality, sought to connect the shooting to white supremacy.
Terrorist Stephen Paddock being from Mesquite NV, the same place where armed white supremacists pointed guns are LE, is not a coincidence— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) October 2, 2017
I just woke up and this is one of the first thing I saw on Twitter pic.twitter.com/isB6NauCNx— 🇺🇸 (@SilverTrucking) October 2, 2017
its been confirmed that the Vegas shooter is Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, which is the SAME AREA OF THE ARMED BUNDY STANDOFF— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) October 2, 2017