Dr. Richard Pan Makes Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

October 2, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento area made the following statement after the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017:

“In sadness and grief, I offer my prayers and condolences for the victims of the terrible mass shooting in Las Vegas, and for their families and friends. But sadly, there is not shock, with the lack of national action on gun violence despite numerous recent mass shootings including Pulse Nightclub, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Aurora Theater, and Virginia Tech. I am grateful for the courageous and dedicated law enforcement officers, first responders, and trauma physicians and nurses who did everything they could to save lives.

After the mass shooting in San Bernardino County, the State of California took action by establishing and funding a gun violence research center and violent death database so we can understand the causes of gun violence and how to prevent future incidents.  To further this research, this year I authored SB536, which is on the Governor’s desk, to give scientists access to data on gun violence restraining orders.

The names of the 59 dead and 527 wounded in Las Vegas are now added to the over 30,000 people annually who die of gun violence and over 70,000 people annually injured by guns in our country.  It is not acceptable for Congress and the President to take another moment of silence without committing to serious action to understand and prevent further gun deaths and injuries.”