Dem senator: 'How many lives must be lost before we act?'

Dem senator: 'How many lives must be lost before we act?'
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Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDems to challenge Kavanaugh for White House records Overnight Defense: Officials make show of force on election security | Dems want probe into Air Force One tours | Pentagon believes Korean War remains 'consistent' with Americans Dems call for investigation of Trump Air Force One tours MORE (D-R.I.) on Monday questioned how many more lives needed to be lost before action is taken.

In a statement, Whitehouse expressed his condolences to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

"The horror on the streets of Las Vegas is unimaginable," Whitehouse said.


"My heart goes out to the victims of this senseless violence, to their loved ones, and to all those affected."

Whitehouse also thanked the first responders for their brave work.

"While we have much to learn about this terrible incident, we know mass shootings are all too familiar in America," he said.

"And we know we can protect our communities better. How many lives must be lost before we act?"

At least 50 people were killed and hundreds more injured when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night.

Other lawmakers have since called for Congress to act on gun violence in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, the deadliest U.S. history.

President Trump extended his sympathies to the victims of the attack earlier Monday and has been briefed on the shooting.