Response to the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Last night, tragedy struck Las Vegas where a lone gunman killed over 50 concert goers and injured over 400 others in a senseless act of violence. In this time of mourning, I join with my fellow Hoosiers in sending condolences to the families and loved ones effected.

It’s become all too familiar in recent years for this country to repeatedly send condolences after such violent attacks. After each shooting, we think maybe this time will be different. Maybe this one is the one that will change things. Maybe this time, our country will have a serious conversation on how to fix this with action.

I firmly believe it is the responsibility of our elected leaders to protect our basic human rights: the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That includes discussing and passing legislation to those ends. It is time we have a serious discussion about reining in our gun related violence. We must do so to honor the more than 450 people in Las Vegas affected by last night’s shooting. It’s time we honor the victims of the Pulse night club in Orlando, Sandy Hook Elementary, Virginia Tech, and the hundreds of thousands of otherwise nameless victims of gun violence.

Americans have always risen to the occasion. We pride ourselves in our ability to address a problem with creative, collective solutions. I know we can do better to address this issue while protecting long-held constitutional rights. I have hope that this time, we will.