World Leaders React to Las Vegas Shooting : “Words Fail This Morning”
Today, bloodshed plagued the thoughts of many in Las Vegas and across the globe.
A shooting broke out at 10 p.m. local time in Las Vegas on Oct 1, leaving at least 59 dead and 527 injured, according to The New York Times. President Donald Trump labelled the shooting the “terrible Las Vegas shooting” and sent out “sympathies and condolences” to victims on Twitter.
Other world leaders also joined Trump, expressing an array of emotions ranging from anger to condolences, based on The Washington Post.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered words of comfort and emotional support, saying,“words fail this morning. The friendship & support of Canadians is with the victims in Las Vegas and the people of the US.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was vexed by the nature behind the shooting, “condemn[ing] in the strongest terms possible [Sunday’s] terror attack in Las Vegas, NV”.
But, foreign media outlets took a harsher stance towards the shooting, bringing to light the U.S.’s controversial relationship with gun control.
Le Monde, the leading French newspaper, reached a conclusion in its main Las Vegas piece that the U.S. “with 85 arms per 100 inhabitants, is also the Western country where the proportion of deaths by gunshots is the highest.”
According to The Washington Post, Adalbi Skhagoshev, a member of the Russian State Duma’s committee on foreign affairs, spoke on Vesti television station, a 24-hour Russian state-run news channel, advising “there should be legislation in response to these kinds of incidents in the United States.”
The British online newspaper, The Independent immediately attempted to unveil a connection between ISIS and the attack, with an article “ISIS claiming responsibility for deadliest gun massacre in modern US history” being posted several hours after the incident. The article’s connections would soon be discredited after U.S. authorities confirm that ISIS has no relation to Sunday’s shooting.