California politicians quickly turned the Las Vegas massacre into a political sideshow calling for more gun control.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom: “We are heartbroken that we can’t pass commonsense gun laws in our nation. If the Republican leadership of Congress and this President continue with their moral and intellectual abandon, California has and must continue to chart the path of rationality. I urge statehouses across the nation to look closely at the work we’ve accomplished here, through the legislature and the ballot box, and act.”
State Senate President Kevin de León: “We are a nation of laws that makes it far too easy for any individual to acquire weapons designed for hostile battlefields. Those weapons of mass death have turned our great nation into a shooting gallery and Congress must act to stop it.”
State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon: “The police say the shooter appeared to have acted alone. That’s not true. Every gun lobbyist and the politicians who do their bidding were all in that room with him. We have to make this stop, and we can with courage and political will.”
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “Congress must respond to these tragedies with courage, unity and decisive action.” Pelosi also urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to “create a Select Committee on Gun Violence.”
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris: “Another moment of silence won’t suffice. We must honestly acknowledge the epidemic of gun violence and work together, now, to curb it.”