Live Nation Statement On Route 91 Harvest Festival Tragedy

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LAS VEGAS  — We are heartbroken over the tragedy that took place at the Route 91 Harvest festival. To think that anyone would want to inflict harm on a gathering of music lovers is beyond our comprehension.

And while we are stunned and grieving over this incomprehensible act of violence, we know that this is a moment when we must come together to prevent more tragedies like this from occurring.

Live Nation will do everything in our power to support the victims and their families through the aftermath of this horrendous event and extends our deepest gratitude to the heroic first responders who helped save as many lives as possible. To our Live Nation on-site employees, we cannot thank you enough for your bravery and perseverance over the past 24 hours and will ensure you have the resources and support necessary to heal from this.

Source: Live Nation Entertainment

 

Knights of Columbus and Religious Leaders Urge Embrace of Rev. Martin Luther King’s Principles of Non-Violence

WASHINGTON Just hours after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, a group of Christian leaders called on religious leaders of all denominations to sign a letter endorsing the non-violent approach advocated by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Leaders from the Knights of Columbus, the Seymour Institute, the Church of God in Christ and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced the initiative to promote the importance of Dr. King’s non-violent approach to difficult issues, famously outlined in his 1957 essay, “Nonviolence and Racial Justice.”

Religious leaders who wish to sign the letter should do so by email at statement@kofc.org.

Bishop Edwin Bass of the Church of God in Christ on behalf of that denomination’s leader, Bishop Charles Blake, and Rev. Eugene Rivers of the Seymour Institute also called for 2018 to be declared the year of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.

Citing the Las Vegas tragedy and other contemporary challenges, “including a renewed racism by groups like the Ku Klux Klan,” Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson warned against discouragement or despair in the face of violence.

While things looked bleak in the early stages of the civil rights movement, Rev. King held fast to the American principle that all are created equal and that there “can be no place for political violence,” said Anderson.

“Dr. King held that high ground and people rallied to him,” said Anderson, leader of the Knights, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization.

King, who toiled in a time of discord like our own, “is still the beacon for the way forward,” said Church of God in Christ’s  Bishop Bass on behalf of Bishop Blake, the church’s presiding bishop.

He said the call to observe the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death has been promoted by the Seymour Institute in Boston and will include a gathering sponsored by his church that will address a question posed by Dr. King: “Where do we go from here?”

Most Rev. George Murry, S.J., Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, and chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, said, “Nonviolence is the prerequisite to hearing each other’s stories and entering into an honest dialogue.”

He said such a dialogue can “open roads to justice and reconciliation that will lead to the true communion of civic friendship.”

Source: Knights of Columbus

 

ACEP Statement on Las Vegas Mass Shooting

WASHINGTON — The Nevada College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians today issued a joint statement about the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“On behalf of the emergency physicians in Nevada and across the nation, we extend our heart-felt sympathy to the victims and their friends and families in regard to the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The incredible emergency response in such a short timeframe — from the physicians, nurses and emergency medical services in Nevada, as well as law enforcement — has been nothing less than miraculous.

While the shock and grief from yet another heinous mass killing and wounding are still fresh, we remain devoted to preparing our nation to best manage the consequences of such violent active incidents.  Our prayers go out to the many injured who are still fighting for their lives.”

 ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.
Source: ACEP

Brady Campaign and Center Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

WASHINGTON Brady Campaign and Center Co-Presidents Kris Brown and Avery Gardiner issued the following joint statement on the shooting at a country music festival last night in Las Vegas.

“Last night in Las Vegas, America suffered the deadliest mass shooting in our nation’s history. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to all Americans who have had enough of gun violence in this country. Americans need to be safe in public places, whether at country music concerts, dance clubs, schools, churches, or baseball fields.

“We are done debating. We need comprehensive gun safety laws in order to protect our citizens from these random acts of violence that threaten our everyday lives. Congress needs to act now to ensure the safety of all Americans.”

The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.

About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history – The Million Mom March, Mother’s Day 2000.

Source: The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence

 

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