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Maloney: We Can Do More To Address Gun Violence Following Vegas Shooting

Sean Patrick Maloney
Sean Patrick Maloney Photo Credit: File

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) said thoughts and prayers were not enough following the death of 58 people in a shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night at a country music festival. More than 500 people were injured.

“We need all the facts, but common sense tells us we can do more as a community to address mental illness, hatred and gun violence, and we must," Maloney said. "I’m also thankful for the bravery and heroism of the first responders and medical workers."

County Executive Marc Molinaro said his prayers with the families of those killed and injured and to the first responders.

"The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight," Molinaro said. "And we reach for their light, hold on to their memories and seek hope in a moment of profound sadness."

Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) said he was horrified by the evil and senseless act of violence.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Las Vegas and all of the victims and their families in this trying time," Faso said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced flags will be flown at half-staff from Oct. 2 through Oct. 6 in honor of the victims.

"My heart aches for its victims and their loved ones on this darkest of days," Cuomo said. "How many more times must we see the effects of gun violence and feel the devastating effects of these shootings before we act as a country and as a people?"

Cuomo said security measures will be added at key points around the state as a precaution.

"The safety of New Yorkers and our visitors is our number one priority, and we are remaining vigilant and in close contact with local and federal officials and our partner law enforcement agencies," Cuomo said.

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