President Trump: Las Vegas Shooting ‘An Act of Pure Evil’
Monday, US President Donald Trump condemned the largest mass shooting in modern US history as an “act of pure evil” and said the nation was “joined together in sadness, shock and grief” after 59 people were gunned down in Las Vegas by a lone shooter.
He said he would be going to Las Vegas Wednesday “on a very, very sad moment for me … for everybody no matter where you are, no matter what your thought process.”
Speaking slowly and somberly from the White House, President Trump declared that the nation would rally together in the face of the latest act of senseless violence.
“Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence,” the president said. “We call upon the bonds that unite us: our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity.”
In the measured statement, the President did not describe the gunman or suggest any possible motivation or affiliation.
He praised the 1st responders who he said prevented further loss of life and said he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday. He offered condolences to the families of those killed, saying “We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss.”
“We are praying for you,” he said. “We are here for you.”
He also ordered that the American flag at the White House and at all public buildings across the nation be flown at half-staff.
President Trump, who quoted from Scripture and invoked God several times, said he prays for the day when the “innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.”
“At times such as these I know we are searching for some type of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers will not come easy,” the President said.
Unlike his predecessor, Barack Hussein Obama, who used mass shootings to call for stricter gun control measures, President Trump made no mention of firearms restrictions Monday.