U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C. Courtesy of the office of Congressman G.K. Butterfield.
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C. Courtesy of the office of Congressman G.K. Butterfield.

Durham County

NC congressmen mourn the loss of life in Las Vegas. But, “we are well past the point where grieving is enough.”

By Colin Warren-Hicks

cwarrenhicks@heraldsun.com

October 02, 2017 01:28 PM

WASHINGTON, DC

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said he was mourning the victims of the mass shooting which left at least 58 people dead and also wounded over 500 individuals in Las Vegas, Nevada during a Jason Aldean concert Sunday night.

Butterfield is the congressman for North Carolina's First District, which includes Durham.

He wrote, “The news from Las Vegas is devastating. I am horrified that another mass shooting has claimed the lives of dozens of innocent individuals and wounded hundreds more. We should not become desensitized to gun violence. We should not accept this as the norm.

“I am grateful to the emergency personnel who responded quickly to the incident to prevent further loss of life.

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“My prayers are with the families of the victims whose lives are impacted by this tragedy,” Butterfield wrote.

The FBI said Monday afternoon that the gunman, Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, who opened fire on a crowd of concert goers had no connection to an international terrorist group.

U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C.
Courtesy of the office of Congressman David Price.

Orange County congressman wants action

U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., wants to see concrete preventative measures taken to combat any future gun violence in America.

“Last night, our country witnessed yet another senseless and despicable act of gun violence, this time at a concert in Las Vegas,” Price wrote in a statement. “Lisa and I join the American people in grieving with the families and loved ones of the more than 50 people who lost their lives and more than 400 wounded survivors of what we now know is the largest mass shooting in our nation’s modern history.”

Price is the congressman for North Carolina's Fourth District, which includes Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

He wrote, “And yet we are well past the point where grieving is enough—we must summon the will and courage to take concrete action to prevent future tragedies.

“Anything short of that is a betrayal of the thousands of Americans who lose their lives each year to gun violence, and a betrayal of our values as a great nation,” Price wrote.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo doesn’t know what motived the shooter’s attack. “I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath at this point,” he said.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks