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Warren calls for action on gun violence: ‘Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough’

The Hill: Warren calls for action on gun violence: 'Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough'

By Mallory Shelbourne

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday called for a dialogue on gun violence following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, that has left at least 58 people dead and hundreds of others injured. 

“Tragedies like Las Vegas have happened too many times. We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence. We need it NOW,” Warren wrote in a tweet storm.

Her remarks come after gunfire broke out at a country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday evening, killing at least 50 and wounding about 400 others. 

“I’m heartsick for the victims of last night’s massacre in Las Vegas & their loved ones,” Warren wrote.

“I’m heartsick for people in Nevada & across the country who woke up to this news & are worried that their family & friends are ok.”

Lawmakers Monday morning issued statements mourning the victims and praying for those affected. Warren, however, said thoughts and prayers “are not enough.”

“Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough. Not when more moms & dads will bury kids this week, & more sons & daughters will grow up without parents,” she said.

Other Democratic lawmakers expressed frustration Monday in the wake of the shooting, including Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), who said he will not participate in the moment of silence on the House floor because it “becomes an excuse for inaction.”