Church bell ran 59 times for Las Vegas victims who lost their lives during mass shooting

Posted at 6:43 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 18:43:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS – The bell at Christ Church Cathedral rang 59 times Tuesday afternoon to remember those who lost their lives during a mass shooting in Las Vegas over the weekend.

During the incident on Sunday, 59 people were killed and more than 500 people were left injured after a man, police found with several weapons, opened fire during a concert.

The violence caused 70 Episcopal bishops to issue a statement stating: “We must act. Congress is likely to pass a bill making it easier to buy silencers, a piece of equipment that make it more difficult for law enforcement officials to detect gunfire as shootings are unfolding.”

"We don't say vote this way or that way, but as people of Jesus who follow someone who was the Prince of Peace that folks vote accordingly,” said Bishop Jennifer Baskerville Burrows.

Rabbi Dennis Sasso also participated in the ceremony and agrees that action must be taken.

"In responsible and reasonable ways put limits on guns, not only who may own guns, what type of weapons may be owned,” said Sasso. “We might not eliminate events like this, but we can diminish their magnitude."

Several people, part of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said they are thankful the situation wasn’t worse.

"How much more horrific would the tragedy in Las Vegas have been if the people on the ground and the first responders had not been able to hear that there were gunshots and know where they were coming from,” said Stephanie Grabow. “The only people who want to de-regulate silencers are the NRA leadership and the gun lobby."

Organizers with Moms Demand Action said they do not fear the gun lobby and believe reasonable gun laws can be enacted. 

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