Clinton Slams NRA in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting: 'Imagine the Deaths' if Killer Had a Silencer

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October 2, 2017

Hillary Clinton attacked the National Rifle Association on Monday morning in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, tweeting "we must stand up" to the gun rights group and slamming its support for silencer reforms.

At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 were injured when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on country music festival concert-goers Sunday night from his 32nd floor room at Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Clinton, who made gun control a cornerstone of her 2016 presidential campaign, said she was grieving with the victims and those who lost loved ones, before turning to the NRA.

"The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots," she wrote. "Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get."

"Our grief isn't enough," she wrote. "We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again."

A bill that would reform silencer regulations and add other gun owner protections passed out of committee in the House of Representatives last month. Called the SHARE Act, the bill is being supported by the NRA and gun rights supporters who call it a win for hunters and sportsmen.