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During an Interview on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) Said He Had “Credible Evidence” That He Believes Links the Shooting to “Potential Terrorist Infiltration Through the Southern Border”
NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, and a gun violence survivor today released the following statement after Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) suggested a possible link between ISIS and the Las Vegas mass shooting, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
During an interview on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Rep. Perry falsely claimed, “Let’s face it, ISIS, twice before the attack, warned the U.S. they would attack Las Vegas… and then after the attack claimed responsibility four times. Meanwhile, the local law enforcement investigative services are telling us there is no terrorist connection.”
STATEMENT FROM ROBERT GAAFAR, A MEMBER OF THE EVERYTOWN SURVIVOR NETWORK WHO SURVIVED THE LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING:
“I woke up in disbelief as I heard the degrading comments made by an elected official about the Las Vegas mass shooting. As a survivor of this horrific shooting, I know firsthand the devastation this attack had on so many people at the concert. Even as we try to heal from this tragedy, Representative Perry used his platform to make false claims that fly in the face of local and federal investigators. It is wholly disrespectful and all gun violence survivors deserve an apology and a retraction of those hurtful comments.”
STATEMENT FROM JOHN FEINBLATT, PRESIDENT OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“Talk about fake news – it’s hard to believe a Representative serving on the Homeland Security Committee would go on national TV and make something up like this. Peddling conspiracy theories about such a horrific shooting is hurtful to survivors, to families, and to every American who mourns with them. Of all people, members of Congress should know better.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs