Sen. John Thune (R-SD) on Tuesday argued against growing calls for common-sense gun legislation after Monday’s deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, telling reporters that shooting victims had a responsibility to protect themselves from gunfire because these tragedies are “hard to prevent.”
Speaking to MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson, Thune said: “It sounds like he used conversion kits and other things, you know, to make these weapons more lethal. Like I said, we’ll look at the facts when we get them all in here.”
“I think that all of us want to do everything we can to prevent tragedies like that from happening again. You know, it’s an open society. And when somebody does what he wants to do, it’s going to be hard to prevent anything,” he added.
The Republican senator then offered some potentially life-saving advice to potential victims.
“But I think people are going to have to take steps in their own lives to take precautions to protect themselves and in situations like that, you know, try to stay safe. As somebody said: get small,” he advised future shooting victims.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 3, 2017