ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Monday night, a candlelight vigil was held for the victims of the Las Vegas massacre that killed 59 and injured hundreds more, with a strong message to do whatever it takes to bring an end to gun violence.
“We have moved past a place of even horrendous mass shootings. We have moved to a place in this country where we are at war with ourselves.”, said Peter Reed, who lost his daughter in the Virginia Tech shooting, as he spoke to the crowd.
He was joined by Lori Haas whose daughter was also shot in the Virginia Tech shooting, but survived.
“Our heats and our prayers go out to those who were shot and injured and injured in other ways, we support them and their families. But I also want to share our concern that there is a lack of action on the part of those whose responsibility it is to keep our community safe, you know. Thoughts and prayers do us no good.”, said Haas.
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam also addressed the crowd, praising first responders and calling for the removal of assault weapons.
The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock went to the Mandalay Bay resort with several assault rifles and opened fire on thousands of concert goers during a country music festival from the 32nd floor of his hotel, before killing himself.
Efforts have been made to reach the National Rifle Association for comment about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, but there has not yet been any response.