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Data on lawmakers’ Vegas statements: Messages of condolences down 30%, mentions of guns spike

 (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Guns have been mentioned more following the Las Vegas massacre than any other mass shooting in recent history.  Following the October 1 mass shooting where 58 people died and more than 500 were injured, lawmakers have now referred to the attack more than 2,100 times.

Quorum, a database that tracks legislation and lawmakers’ documents, found that within 72 hours of the Las Vegas attack, Congress mentioned the words gun, firearm, rifle, or automatic weapon more than 1,500 times. The database also found that legislators discussed guns via press releases, statement, or on their social media accounts more than other recent mass shooting.

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Quorum quantified words of condolences from Lawmakers like, thoughts, prayers, or families and found that messages of condolences from Congress were down 30 percent from the 2012 Aurora, Colorado movie shooting.

Democrats received criticism for immediately politicizing the shooting and calling for stricter gun laws while the scene in Las Vegas was still active. The most vocal of members has been Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), who has mentioned guns 46 times since the Las Vegas shooting.


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