Minnesota politicians react to deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas

Some sent their condolences, others called for stiffer gun control laws.
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Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff this week to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 58 people dead

Dayton called the attack terrible, and urged "all Minnesotans and all Americans to call upon our own best natures, put aside our differences, and work for an end to this insane violence." 

He also asked for prayers for Phillip Aurich. The Minnesotan was among the 515 people injured in Sunday night's shooting. 

The governor isn't the only Minnesota politician commenting on the tragedy in Vegas. Some of Minnesota's elected officials extended their condolences, while others called for change. 

Here's a look at what they had to say:

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar – Democrat

Klobuchar said we're "stunned" by the shooting and we "mourn for the victims and their families," adding they "should be our focus" today. 

She added that in the days and weeks to come "we are right to ask questions" about who the suspect was, how he got the guns, and how we can prevent shootings like this in the future. 

"I have long supported sensible gun legislation and funding for mental illness. We must open our hearts and minds to new approaches. We must do more than express sympathy, no matter how heartfelt it is," she said. 

To read Klobuchar's full statement, click here

U.S. Sen. Al Franken – Democrat

U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis – Republican

U.S. Rep. Timothy Walz – Democrat

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen – Republican

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum – Democrat

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer – Republican

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan – Democrat

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith – Democrat

"We mourn the terrible loss of life and injury in Las Vegas, resulted from another tragic and senseless act of terror and violence. Peace be with the families of those who were lost or injured. I have faith that good people, with good hearts, doing good things, can help heal these wounds and move us forward to real change."

State Rep. Paul Thissen – Democrat

Thissen, who is running for governor, said he's "sad and angry" about the shooting, and called for people to stand up to the National Rifle Association.

"The NRA has stood as a roadblock to commonsense gun laws by fomenting unsubstantiated fear, has spent months suggesting armed resistance, and is the biggest impediment to campaign finance reform in this state. You can be for responsible gun ownership and stand up to the NRA – let's stop enabling them!"

Read his full statement here

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