State officials express sadness over Las Vegas shooting, call for tougher gun control measures

BOSTON (WHDH) — Massachusetts officials expressed sadness over the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed at least 59 people and injured more than 5oo on Sunday night, while some called on top lawmakers to bring about tougher control measures.

Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters that he spoke with fellow Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada and offered help after Stephen Paddock, 64, showered a country music concert with rifle fire.

“I told him that I have three kids. They go to concerts like that all the time, Baker said. “I basically said anything we can do to help, let us know.”

At 2:45 p.m., Baker led a moment of silence at the state house in honor of the victims of the deadliest shooting in modern American history. In Alston, Mayor Walsh also honored the moment of silence.

Walsh says he too reached out to the mayor of Las Vegas to express condolences and offer help. He also says Congress needs toughen gun laws.

“He had enough (magazine clips) to shoot nearly 600 people,” Walsh said.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted such tragedies have happened too often, and the country needs a conversation about how to stop gun violence.

Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton had harsh words for President Trump and Congressional Republicans over gun control measures.

“Do you job. Do your job Mr. Speaker. Debate this issue. Have a vote on it,” Moulton said.

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey echoed Moulton’s comments, saying the NRA has too much power over Republicans.

“We have a gun epidemic in our country that allows them to go into the hands of people who should not have them,” Markey said.

Mayor Walsh says Boston will take steps to prevent such acts at outdoor events in the city. Massachusetts has an assault weapons ban.

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