Idaho officials react to Las Vegas shooting

By Cameron Rasmusson
Reader Staff

Idaho politicians were quick to offer condolences on Monday following the Las Vegas mass shooting, offering their support for the neighboring state of Nevada.

Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, shared his thoughts in a press release on the Sunday evening shooting that left 59 dead and more than 500 wounded.

“Today is a sad day for all Americans,” he said. “Vicki and I are praying for the victims of this horrible event and for their families. As usual, our first responders reacted in their typical heroic fashion.”

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, shared similar thoughts through social media.

“As our nation mourns and remembers the lives lost in Las Vegas, we gather in solidarity to uplift those left to heal and those left to grieve,” he said. “I commend the selfless actions of first responders and everyday citizens who rushed to save, protect and care for their fellow man. Instances like this heinous crime seek to destroy our sense of security and aim to divide. May we unite in the fight against evil with an ever-vigilant drive toward peace.

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-1st District, reached out on Twitter to share his condolences.

“Becca & I are praying for the victims in #LasVegas & their families. Vegas is a strong, resilient community that will overcome any tragedy,” he wrote.

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter also shared his thoughts via social media.

“Idahoans join with our Nevada neighbors and all Americans in praying for the victims of last night’s terrible shooting in Las Vegas,” he said.

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