Ohio public officials offered prayers, condolences and calls for a renewed focus on weapons after a gunman killed at least 58 people and injured over 500 in Las Vegas.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called such shootings “one of the saddest aspects of our culture now.”
“This random gun violence begs the question, how does somebody like that get a gun that can discharge that many rounds in that few seconds?” Brown, a Democrat, said in an interview on WVIZ/PBS’s Ideas. “And how do you talk to your children about this when it’s so random? Everyone always says this, but our hearts go out to those who were killed, the family members, and those who were injured.”
Brown also said the NRA “owns the president” in response to question about gun control. On Twitter, however, he took a more measured tone.
Thank you to all law enforcement, first responders & medical personnel responding to this horrific tragedy.— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) October 2, 2017
Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, also responded to the news in a series of tweets this morning.
We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack.— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) October 2, 2017
Gov. John Kasich declared that flags would fly at half-staff on Monday, after an order by President Trump.
Mayor Andrew Ginther responded in a tweet on Monday afternoon.
And Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs released a statement saying the department is prepared for scenarios like this one, should they occur.
COLUMBUS POLICE RESPONSE TO #LasVegasShooting Chief Kim Jacobs wants to reassure Columbus that CPD is prepared to respond to any threat. pic.twitter.com/tj07juqxFx— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) October 2, 2017
Here are responses from other Ohio members of Congress:
(3/3) To the families who are experiencing unthinkable loss this morning, we stand with you and will be praying for you.— Steve Stivers (@RepSteveStivers) October 2, 2017
Absolutely horrified by the news coming out of Las Vegas. My thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims, injured, their families and friends.— Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty) October 2, 2017