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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Solemn in the face of tragedy, President Donald Trump visited hospital bedsides and a vital police base in stricken Las Vegas on Wednesday, offering prayers and condolences to the victims of Sunday night’s shooting massacre, along with the nation’s thanks to first responders and doctors who rushed to save lives.

“America is truly a nation in mourning,” the president declared, days after a gunman on the 32nd floor of a hotel and casino opened fire on the crowd at an outdoor country music festival below. The rampage killed at least 59 people and injured 527, many from gunfire, others from chaotic efforts to escape.

In Las Vegas, Trump spoke of the families who “tonight will go to bed in a world that is suddenly empty.”

“Our souls are stricken with grief for every American who lost a husband or a wife, a mother or a father, a son or a daughter,” he told them. “We know that your sorrow feels endless. We stand together to help you carry your pain. ”

It was a somber address from a provocateur president who prides himself on commanding strength but sometimes has struggled to project empathy at times of tragedy.

His solemn words in Las Vegas offered a sharp contrast to his trip a day earlier to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, where he spoke of the “expensive” recovery effort on the island and highlighted the relatively low death toll there compared with “a real catastrophe like Katrina” in 2005.

On Wednesday, Trump took a grim tour of Las Vegas, meeting face-to-face with victims and first responders.

In prepared remarks, he spoke of the courage displayed by those who risked or lost their lives saving loved ones and total strangers. He described an eyewitness account of police officers standing as bullets slammed around them and trying to direct concert-goers to safety.

He described a military veteran who had rushed to the scene in search of loved ones, but quickly turned to helping victims, using plastic barriers as gurneys for the injured and frantically searching for anything he could use to make splints.

“The example of those whose final act was to sacrifice themselves for those they love should inspire all of us to show more love every day for the people who grace our lives,” Trump said.

The president spent about four hours in a city still reeling from the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

His first stop was the University Medical Center, where he spent 90 minutes meeting privately with victims, their families and medical professionals. Trump said he’d met “some of the most amazing people,” including some who’d been “very, very badly wounded” because they’d refused to flee the shooting scene.

Trump said he’d invited some of those that he’d met to visit the White House if they’re ever in Washington.

Generous with superlatives, Trump also commended the doctors for doing an “indescribable” job.

Trump then headed to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police headquarters, where he met with officers, dispatchers and others who’d responded to the shooting Sunday night.

“You showed the world, and the world is watching,” he told them, “and you showed what professionalism is all about.”

Until his final remarks, Trump focused his comments during the trip on praising recovery efforts and offering congratulations to police officers, medical professionals and survivors, rather than on grieving the dead. At the last stop, however, he spoke slowly and somberly of the lives ended or forever altered.

Trump did not visit the site of the shooting, but on his trip from the airport, his motorcade drove past the Mandalay Bay hotel where the gunman fired down into the concert crowd. He also passed his own Trump hotel on his way toward the entertainment strip.

Trump has a long personal connection to Las Vegas — a city where his name is written in huge golden letters atop his hotel. He also campaigned extensively across Nevada during his presidential campaign, drawing large crowds to rallies along the strip.

As he has done all week, Trump batted away questions about whether the shooting warranted taking a fresh look at tougher gun controls.

“We’re not going to talk about that today,” he said. “We won’t talk about that.”

Republicans who control Congress have made clear they have no intention of taking up stricter gun control measures in the shooting’s aftermath. However, senior GOP lawmakers said late Wednesday they could consider legislation banning “bump stocks” like the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to effectively convert semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons.

Trump, elected with strong support from the National Rifle Association and with a pledge to protect the Second Amendment, had endorsed a prohibition on assault weapons in a 2000 book.

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Colvin reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Ken Thomas contributed from Washington.

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19 thoughts on “Donald Trump Visits Las Vegas, Won’t Talk Gun Control

  1. specialt757 on said:

    “Your too much of an imbecile to even know what you’re” #can’tgetright
    It’s “you’re” in both cases.

    NO ONE NEEDS 100 PLUS GUNS! No one needs AKs or other assault rifles for home protection. Good gun control laws would have prevented this massacre. Where were you and your comments Monday? You had nothing to say about this murdering bastard, to say nothing is to agree with him.

    • Guest1 on said:

      Special, like I said earlier in the week, you can’t reason with stupidity (jhump), when it comes to #45 and his supporters. #45 is a MORON which is three levels below STUPID. So, what does that say about his supporters? LOL They voted this gargoyle in office. Do you see how thick in the brain they are? Brain matter all gone. Jhump still hasn’t learned about criticizing someone’s intellect. Until he exits the idiot train, he shouldn’t be calling anyone an idiot. #worstpresidentever!

      • Speaking of intellect I’m still waiting on YOU to “bring yours to bear” and tell us where I’m wrong in comment

      • Guest1 on said:

        You’re so played. It’s obvious you don’t have an single thought in your pea brain that belongs to you. Stop stealing other people’s shit off the radio and repeating it here like it was your thought. Yeah, we know dumbo!

      • Guest1 on said:

        Special, so true. He probably already has untamed gremlins running around. Sad, that their “daddy” (term used very lightly) is such an illiterate butt hole who can’t think for himself. I have a classmate on FB, who’s also a #45moron supporter, and you know what? They spout the same nonsense, sometimes word for word. So, it’s obvious, they’re getting their info from listening to faux news (because they damn sure can’t read), and trying to run that BS on here wanting everyone to think it’s his original thought, when in actuality he stole it from someone else. He’s just a parrot.

      • It’s doubtful since I don’t live in Chicago but if do I would have live well past adolescence

      • Guest1 on said:

        Jhump, YAWN!!!!!!! Snooze alert!!!!! You’re so played out. Don’t worry about Chicago. Worry about your white mass murdering brothers, that go on a killing spree every year. You white people kill with malice and forethought, and still get caught with your dumb asses.
        .
        All these shows highlighting whites killing whites and you want to talk about Chicago. GTHOH!
        .
        Making of a Murderer
        American Crime Story
        Snapped
        FBI Files
        Disappeared
        Cold Case Files
        Dateline
        Homicide Hunter
        America’s Most Wanted
        American Justice
        Etc. I could go on, and on, and on

      • specialt757 on said:

        He shouts it in every way possible at every opportunity that he doesn’t want the job, but idiots like you and the rest of your trailer park trash groupies refused to recognize this. HE DOESN’T WANT THE JOB, HE’S INADEQUATE, MENTALLY UNSTABLE AND JUST PLAIN IGNORANT!!!! #worstpresidentever!

      • Ha!!! in 2008 that’s what Hilary said about Obama when she was vying for the presidency
        #Trumppotus45

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    • Your too much of an imbecile to even know what you’re talking about, what gun law on the books or even in proposal would have stopped this man? He purchased EVERY gun LEGALLY including background checks, the same idiot despicable so-called caring Democrat politicians that criticized Trump for his measured response in Charlotte run to a camera to scream “gun Control” before anyone has one iota of circumstances and you like the typical plantation neggro happily jump on the idiot train

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