In the wake of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, statements of condolence, condemnation, and calls to action began pouring in from members of Congress. As of yesterday, lawmakers have mentioned the shooting over 2,100 times in press releases, floor statements, or on social media. With over 70% of those mentions coming in the immediate days after the shooting, we analyzed how members of Congress responded in the first 72 hours of this shooting compared to other recent mass shootings.
Within 72 hours of the shooting, members of Congress mentioned the terms gun, firearm, rifle, or automatic weapon over 1,500 times. Rep. Cicilline (D-RI-1) has been the most vocal member of Congress on guns since the Las Vegas shooting with 46 mentions.
In the days following the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, 82% of statements made by members of Congress regarding the shooting included words of condolence like thoughts, prayer, or families. Over time, the percent of condolence statements in the first 72 hours has slowly decreased with exception of a slight increase during Charleston as well as recent trend upward following Orlando.