B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International is shocked by the horrific shooting that occurred Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. More than 50 people were killed and more than 500 were injured at the country music festival.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stated the person responsible for the shooting was 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who was later found dead in his hotel room. The police believe that he killed himself. According to Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, Paddock was found with more than 10 rifles.
It is well past time for meaningful, bipartisan gun violence legislation in this country. In 2013, B’nai B’rith International leaders adopted a formal resolution that called for a ban on assault weapons, as well as a limit on ammunition magazine capacity. Though information about the shooter and his arsenal is still being uncovered, we have long held there is no acceptable, reasonable need for civilians to have access to large rounds of ammunition.
B’nai B’rith stands in solidarity with the Las Vegas community and with all those impacted by gun violence around the nation.
We mourn the lives lost to this act of depravity and offer condolences to their families. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the hundreds of wounded victims whose healing and rehabilitation has just begun.