Hoosier lawmakers offer condolences after Las Vegas shooting

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS — Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of the lives lost in the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has directed the flags to be lowered until sunset on Friday. More than 50 people were killed and more than 500 were injured during Jason Aldean’s show at a country music festival Sunday night.

“Janet and I are praying for the victims and families of the senseless attack in #LasVegas. Our thoughts are with the city as it tries to heal,” Holcomb posted on Twitter.

This is now considered the deadliest mass shooting in contemporary U.S. history, followed closely by the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando where 49 people lost their lives.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is enhancing security measures in the wake of the tragedy. Some of the security standards will be seen by the public while others will not, Pacers Sports & Entertainment President Rick Fuson said in a statement. They also are asking guests to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

“Bankers Life Fieldhouse has no higher priority than the safety of its guests before, during and after events,” Fuson said after extending the organization’s sympathies to the victims and their families.

Government officials are also offering their condolences and words of encouragement.

“In the midst of the senseless act of malice in Las Vegas, Hoosiers across the 9th District are praying that those affected find comfort during this difficult time,” U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth said in a statement. He is a Republican who represents central and southern Indiana.

Some lawmakers, while still offering their support, are criticizing the lack of gun control laws. U.S. Rep. Andre Carson said in a statement that while he is praying for the victims’ families, he argued they deserve more.

“Protecting our constitutional right to bear arms does not mean giving free rein to dangerous people to purchase the deadliest weapons on the market,” the Democrat who represents much of Marion County said. “We need to stop hiding behind the false narrative that enacting common sense gun policies somehow limits the rights of law abiding Americans.”

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