tv The Last Word With Lawrence O Donnell MSNBC October 3, 2017 10:00pm-11:00pm PDT
to be machine gun-type gunfire. it's been a pretty heady night of listening to -- of learning what happened in that case and what we do not know. that now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." lawrence is live in las vegas. good evening, lawrence. >> good evening, joy. thank you. as joy said we are live again tonight in las vegas. we have new information about the victims and the massive amount of firepower that the shooter was able to get into that hotel suite. and in the last hour, police released video from police body cameras taken as they responded to that shooting. >> there is a significant amount of body-worn camera footage that we're going through. >> go, go, go, go! >> this guy was geared up for war. >> we are aware of a device called a bump stock. >> that allow conventional assault-style rifles to be fired like machine guns.
>> i don't know anybody who goes deer hunting that needs to retrofit a gun to fire hundreds of rounds a minute. it's to slaughter people. >> we'll be talking about gun laws as time goes by. >> the debate about whether to have a debate about a debate. >> i think it's premature. >> we can have that discussion at another time. >> i don't think now is the time for this. >> now uis not the time. well when is? >> every single day people are being killed by guns. >> the rights to bear arms does not usurp the right to life. >> there he is, tossing single rolls of paper towel into a crowd of people on an island where 95% of its citizens don't have power. >> i hate to tell you, puerto rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out out of whack. >> stop blaming puerto rico. roll up the slooefts and get the recovery on track. >> i think it's now acknowledged what a great job we've done. >> he was giving us the highest grades. >> we have done an incredible job. >> we've worn out the word narcissist, but it still fits.
>> las vegas authorities have just held a press conference updating their investigation into the deadly shooting here, the massacre here sunday night. they have also released police body camera footage of officers trying to locate the shooter, which we will show you in just a moment. police now say that 58 people were killed in the massacre before the shooter then killed himself, bringing the death toll to 59. they say three of the dead have not yet been identified. earlier today, las vegas police raised the number of injured to 530 people. tonight police said 12 of the weapons in the shooter's hotel suite were outfitted with bump fire stocks, making them capable of rapid-fire. the shooter had two cameras in the hallway and another camera in the peek hole of his hotel suite so he could see anyone approaching.
tonight we have our first look at the shooter's hotel suite. this is new video showing the bullet-riddled door that was breached by the s.w.a.t. team and an assault rifle on the floor inside the suite where the police found the gunman dead. police said today their investigation has found seven more guns at the shooter's second home in reno, nevada. tonight police said a total of 47 guns have been found so far in the investigation that were in the possession of the shooter in his homes and in that hotel suite. here is the body camera video which was just released at that police press conference tonight. >> that wall faces mandalay bay. and they're hunkered down behind that wall after an initial volley of shots. [ siren ] >> hey, you guys, get down!
>> out of a window. >> just a couple of officers hunkered down next to a patrol vehicle on las vegas vehicle. we hope none of our officers get shot. [ gunshots ] >> get back. get back! get back. >> this way, this way, this way, this way. go, go, go, go. that way. >> joining us now is mark lacy. he was sitting in the vip section when that shooting began. he helped carry many of the wounded to safety. mark, what's it's like for you
to see that video that the police just released? you had your experience of it. and now you've you see that experience of it. >> it's shocking to see the response and to see how well metro did respond to stabilize the situation so that the first responders could get in. >> how long did it take you to realize what was happening? we've had reports from people saying they didn't realize that it was shooting. >> yeah, we didn't realize at first, that the first volleys. we thought it was firecrackers or pyrotechnics from the stage. it wasn't until the second volley that people started backing off of the stage. and we could see people laying on the ground and people covering them up. and we realized something was wrong. and then the third volley of rounds came in. it was very many rounds and it lasted for a substantial amount of time. and at this point in time, it was just a mass exodus out of the floor area. and then into the suite area. >> what was the moment you knew this is shooting and i've got to do something? what agreed say? did you say anything to anyone with you?
>> well, i had my wife and friend with me. when i saw metro running towards the direction of the sounds, i immediately jumped up out of my seat and i ran to the back of the vip area and looked out the back -- the back of the tent to see where the sounds were coming from. and at that point in time, another round of shots came out. so i ran back down, told my wife, get down. told people that were in the section a and b of the vip area to get down. and then the third volley happened. and then it was just get out. >> was there any kind of protection in this vip space? or was it all open air? was it all within the line of fire? >> there was a standing area that was covered about the seating area. so it was a tent, basically. so it didn't provide much cover. and we were in the line of trajectory from the position where the individual was firing from. >> and so did you stay there?
what were your next moves? >> so went back down and told my wife to leave. and where i was standing, the guy behind me to my right, they were initially standing. but by this time they were laying down. and the wife was screaming hysterically. and the individual identified himself as a fireman and said that we have a head injury. and the wife was screaming. and so i pulled her off of her husband. she said she didn't want to go. and i just said here, go with my wife. and i pulled her off of her husband and gave her to my wife. and then i pulled the friend off. and at that point in time we started dragging him off of the second row of the vip in section a and started carrying him up the stairs to at least somewhere where we could help him.
at that point in time two other individuals came by and helped carry him up to the upper level of the vip where they started life-saving measures for this individual. >> and what did you do next? >> at this point in time, i ran down to where they were at and started telling people to get out, to go up and to the right. because that's where the police were initially directing people to go. >> so your impulse next was to go help people and help direct them. you did not immediately try to get yourself out of that? >> absolutely not. my wife said come on, let's go. we got to get out of here. i said you go, we'll catch back up. but my instinct and my training kicked in. and we always run towards. >> what is the training you had? >> 20 years in the air force and almost 11 years with the department of defense as a contractor. in law enforcement and security.
>> and how long did you stay helping? >> we stayed until approximately 12:20 last night, right here on reno and where we were staging the injured and the deceased. and we left about 20:20 after they put the sheets over the last two bodies that we had in this area. >> that's about two hours after the shooting stopped. the danger was still going on because they hadn't apprehended the shooter yet. but when did you catch up with your wife? and how did you catch up? >> initially my wife, we were arguing. i said look, as long as i can help, i need to help. i can't leave. if you need to go, go. and she decided to stay. i said okay, this is what you need to do. we need to get people out of here. so she just started telling people to go. and people were hesitant. they refused to leave. so we were actually pulling them and saying go, you have to go. >> why refuse to leave? >> a lot of training people have been trained to cover in place. but at this point in time, they were in the line of fire from the gunman. and it was -- you needed to get out of the area where the bumper-to-bumpers were impacting all around us. from the left to right in section a, b, and c, people were getting shot and down on the grounds in front of us. so people need to get out. and as people were coming off the grounds, they smashed into
the barricades and then were smashing and trying to get over people, going underneath the bleachers. it was just a chaotic, chaotic scene. so finally people broke open the barricades, and we just told people to go up and go to the right, and then metro was on the other side and getting people out on tropicana. >> mark, that decision that you made to stay and to help, did you consider that this could mean the end for you? >> never crossed my mind. that's not what we're trained for. we're trained to keep going until we get the last person out. >> well, you did, mark. you kept going as long as you could. really appreciate where what you did and really appreciate you joining us tonight. thank you very much. appreciate it. >> thank you, sir. >> i want to bring in dr. christopher fisher. he is the medical director of trauma services at sun medical
center where over 200 of the victims were taken. dr. fisher, have you ever done training for the arrival of 200 emergencies? >> we do mass casualty disaster training several times a year. it's required of all trauma centers to be prepared for something like this. but it's never the same in real life versus the drill. >> and so this is the biggest event you'd ever been a participant in terms -- >> yes. i think this is the biggest event that any civilian hospital has seen. >> what percentage of the injuries gunshot injuries? >> at our hospital approximately two-thirds were gunshot wounds. >> and others could be from falling while rung. >> right, trampling injuries. >> and so how did you make the decisions about who to treat in what way? >> well we had our system set up so a lot of our e.r. physicians triage the patients, which ones were the least ill to the most critically ill, who needed surgery right away.
they refer those patients then to my group of trauma surgeons that got those patients back to the operating room. we had a huge response from orthopedic, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgeons. the pediatric surgeons came and helped us even though we didn't have peds patients to get the surgeries going and get patients right back to the operating room. >> and what about the personnel? these things happened. they don't happen in the schedule that works for everyone's work shifts. people could have been leaving at the end of their shift at this time of night. how did you assemble enough people? >> yeah, remarkably we have command chain that sends out the emergency. but we had fortunately so many people in town, all six of my trauma surgeons were here. and everyone just responded. we probably had somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 surgeons ready to take patients as the patients started flowing in. >> how long did you all work? when was the first time you personally had a break? >> probably about 24 hours later at the end. >> so no break at all for you for 24 hours. >> yeah.
i probably had a break in there to get something to eat about halfway through. and we started to break some of the guys that we knew were going to be on the next day to help clean up with the surgery and start the staff. but everyone saw the first 16 hours and then we started to give people some relief. >> we don't have real numbers now about exactly how many people are still in the hospital, still being treated, are still in critical condition. we have it from some facilities, but not for the entire area. do you have an estimate of that? >> in our facility we currently have 59 patients, gunshot wounds still in the hospital. >> gunshot wounds, 59. >> correct. 59. and we have 31 still in critical condition. >> doctor, thank you very much for the work you've done and for the work that everyone in this medical community has done. the world is watching, and you people rose to this it was an amazing challenge that you faced. we're all here talking about the numbers that we know could have been much, much worse if you hadn't all sprung into action. lives were saved where you were working.
>> thank you, sir. >> thank you. >> coming up, the las vegas shooter was able to kill and wound so many people because of the weapons that he was able to obtain. and later, the president's comments today in puerto rico. when you have a cold... stuff happens. shut down cold symptoms fast with maximum strength alka seltzer plus liquid gels. only have a sore throat? get long-lasting relief for up to 6 hours with new alka seltzer plus sore throat relief. it's easy-drinking... it's refreshing... ♪ if you've got the time ♪ it's what american lager was born to be. ♪ we've got the beer. ♪ welcome to the high life. ♪ miller beer.
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stocks had been identified on the firearms found in the gunman's hotel suite. the attachments allow a semiautomatic rifle to mimic a fully automatic one. today congressional democrats called on president trump and republican leaders to create a special committee to investigate gun violence in america. here is senate minority leader chuck schumer on the floor of the senate earlier. >> i'm also calling on president trump to bring together the leaders of congress and let both sides know he is ready and willing to address this issue of gun safety head-on. >> senator schumer and democrats are also asking republicans to withdraw a bill that would deregulate the sale of gun silencers. the house was expected to act soon on that legislation, which is backed by the national rifle association. president trump, when asked
about the legislation this morning, we plied, quote, we'll talk about that later. the last gun control push of bipartisan bill on background checks by west virginia is joe manchin and pennsylvania's pat toomey failed in the senate four years ago. that was in the aftermath of the shooting of 20 children and 6 adults at the sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. dean heller, the republican senator from nevada said this today about the kind of accessories that would allow gunowners to turn semiautomatic weapons into automatic weapons. >> you can go on the internet right now, and there are videos on the internet right now that will show you how to manipulate a semiautomatic and turn into it an automatic weapon. we need to talk to some of the gunmakers and figure out. there has to be a way to be able to stop it. i think at this point, i think we need to have, again, that discussion with the gunmakers and figure out if there is a way we can keep this manipulation from happening in the future. >> joining us now, david frum,
and democratic congresswoman jacky rosen who represents nevada's third district. congresswoman rosen, thank you very much. tell us about the impact of this event on the community and what you think it will mean to the gun debate in washington. >> well, this is the worst tragedy in american history. what does it mean to our community? our community is mourning. and it means everything to us. mothers and fathers sent their children look what a beautiful night it is. they sent their children to a concert, a beautiful country western concert, and they never get a call that their child is safe. they hear the gunshots on tv, waiting and waiting for that call. so we're a community in mourning.
we're a community that is coming together with heart and soul. our first responders, our police department, the doctors, the hospitals, proud of our community. but we'll never be the same. >> it sounds like senator heller is prepared to take some action on of some of the accessories, including the accessories that were used to essentially turn those weapons into automatics. >> well, i tell you this, if he didn't have the bump stocks we think he may have used to modify these guns, maybe we wouldn't have this amount of carnage. so for $100, you can go ahead and you can modify a semiautomatic weapon into an automatic weapon that can produce over 400 shots a minute. that's unacceptable. again, i want every congress person and senator to look parents who have lost their children in the eye and tell them that this kind of tool to sell on the internet is acceptable. >> and david frum, part of the ritual of these aftermaths is
the chorus of politicians, usually on the republican side saying now is not the time to talk about the things that the congresswoman has just talked about. >> one of the things that we tell ourselves is that after these events, these terrible atrocities, nothing changes. but in fact after newtown, we have had five years of the most dramatic changes in american gun laws in a long time. all of them aimed at makes guns more available in more places. that we have seen, and i detail this in "the atlantic" today. state after state say not only can you carry a weapon in a concealed way, you can carry it in an open way. you can carry into it a bar. you can carry it into a church. you can carry it into a day-care center, of all places. in georgia, you can carry it everywhere, all the way to the tsa outpost at the airport. and in nevada, in 2015, they very seriously considered expanding their version of the stand your ground law to allow people to kill they found trying to steal their car, motor bike or bicycle that didn't ultimately go to the governor's signature. but it passed through the house of representatives in the state. so the question we ask is what
small technical improvement should you make to make guns a little bit more restrictive flies in the face of what is actually happening. which is after a massacre, gun laws are loosened, not tightened. >> i want to go to a video of former chief justice warrenberger. this is justice berger speaking after he retired in 1991. and he was appointed to the court by president richard nixon. this shows you how far republican thinking has gone on individual gun rights. and this is justice berger saying that what is now the current republican interpretation of gun rights is just a fraud on the public. let's listen to this. >> this has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, i repeat the word "fraud" on the american public by special interest groups that i have ever seen in my lifetime. now just look at those words. there are only three lines to that amendment. a well regulated militia. if the militia, which was going to be the state army was going to be well regulated, why shouldn't 16 and 17 and 18 or any other age persons be regulated in the use of arms, the way an automobile is
regulated? >> it's very hard for you to find republican members of congress, if any who share warren burger's view of this. >> i tell you this. like i said, i challenge each and every one of them to come to my hometown where tomorrow i'm going to meet the parents who are burying their 20 and 21-year-old children, lives cut off needlessly. and we need to honor those memories. and we need to do that, carry those forward and come to the table and have reasonable conversations. i want to tell you that i can't imagine that the majority of americans don't believe we should honor the dead and the victims' families whose lives are irreparably changed by at least coming to the table, having a conversation, acting like they care. this is too important. the time is now. we must come and have these discussions. i can't think of any better time than the present. >> and david, from the polling shows most americans agree with the congresswoman on this. >> well, i wish that were true. but i think when you face the reality of this problem, it just
isn't. that one of the things we have seen over the past decade is a rising support among americans for ever broader definitions of gun rights. in exactly the way justice burger warned us against. but that is where the country is. so it makes this -- and that is a really painful thing to say. these technical fixes that people look for, maybe if we bend this implement or regulated that implement, there is something very wrong with the american gun culture. 3% of the people own 50% of the weapons. in this country. it's a tiny number of people and vast numbers of weapons. until you persuade people that it is just dangerous to themselves, their children, you're not a good parent if you have a gun in your house. you're not protecting your family. you're a bad parent if you have a gun in the house. until you drill that idea into people's heads and persuade them to change, the way we change cigarettes and seat belts, these technical fixes aren't going to accomplish a lot. in public opinion, you can make
it look like it's on your side if you ask the poll question the right way, but operationally, it's not. >> are nevada gun laws part of the problem of what happened here? >> i think gun laws across the country can be part of the problem. but what is a bigger part of the problem is we're living in this culture of fear where people feel insecure. they feel the hatred. they feel divided by what's going on. so we need to have empathy. we need to show people that they shouldn't be living in fear. they should become better members of our community. well regulate our cars. we regulate so many other things, that we can have common sense, common sense solutions to these problems that are affecting so many families, and now something i never thought i'd do in my own community, having to deal with this. and we have to come and change the culture of living in fear of the other. >> congresswoman jacky rosen, thank you very much for joining
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we have breaking news tonight. the governor of puerto rico says the official death toll from hurricane maria has been increased to 34. 34 from 16. more than doubled. governor ricardo rossello also says he believes the hurricane caused $90 billion in damage across the island. president trump visited puerto rico today nearly two weeks after the island was devastated by hurricane maria. here is what the president said before he left the white house. >> i think it's now acknowledged
what a great job we've done, and people are looking at that. and in texas and in florida, we get an a plus. and i'll tell you what. i think we've done just as good in puerto rico. and it's actually a much tougher situation. >> during his four-hour visit to the island, president trump toured a neighborhood outside of san juan and visited a relief center where he met storm victims and helped distribute items such as rolls of paper towels. if you can call that distributing paper towels. he also met with federal and local officials. here is what he said during that meeting. >> i hate to tell you, puerto rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on puerto rico, and that's fine. we've saved a lot of lives. if you look at the -- every death is a horror. but if you look at a real catastrophe like katrina and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overbearing, nobody has ever seen anything like this.
>> in the last hour on the rachel maddow show, the mayor of san juan had this reaction to president trump's visit today. >> he was insulting to the people of puerto rico. he kind of minimized our suffering here by saying that katrina was a real disaster, sort of implying that this was not a real disaster, because not many people have died here. well, you know what? they're dying. >> nbc's tani lightner was in san juan since before the storm hit and has been reporting on the ground since the storm hit. the president had an itinerary around swan. what are some of the things you think would have been more helpful for the president to see if he had more time? >> lawrence, can tell you that president trump did not get an accurate portrayal of what is going on.
for the last two weeks, we've traveled basically across the island. and we've visited towns that have been completely cut off where the roads are washed away, where people still have no food, no power, no water. and they're having to drive 90 minutes, two hours to come into san juan to go to a grocery store because their grocery stores still are not open. and once they do get here, the shelves are very limited. there are no frozen items in the grocery store. very little refrigerated items. this means no milk, no ice. and what canned goods they do have, they're being rationed out. i can tell you, there are still lines for gas. and people are desperate for cash. right now this island is operating as a cash only island. and we've seen long lines at western union. people telling us that they don't know what to do. they have no more cash on them.
they're trying to get family members who live elsewhere to send them cash. so what president trump saw today was not an accurate portrayal of what is actually going on here in puerto rico and the desperation and the day to day struggle that people are still going through. lawrence? >> and tammy, the death toll official count has more than doubled today, going up to 34. that's obviously not necessarily related to any new deaths, but more a catching up with what has actually been happening there. there must be a lot of other areas where the official statistical reporting lags behind the reality. >> absolutely. and they are expecting that death toll, unfortunately, to climb even higher as the days continue. lawrence, i can tell you, we've been to some towns.
utuaro about 90 minutes outside of san juan. and the main bridge was washed away there. people are using a rope to cross the river there, to walk across and to send food across to some of the people that can't cross over. so rescuers are still getting to some of these more remote parts of the island. and so it's still unclear if there are people out there that need medical help that want to be rescued. and that will come in the coming days and weeks. unfortunately, that's why they're saying that they expect the death toll to increase. lawrence? >> tammy leitner, thank you for your invaluable reporting from puerto rico from before this storm even hit the island. thank you very much, tammy. we're joined now by melissa mark verito, the new york city speaker. she was born and raised in puerto rico. her mother and other family members still live there. she returned from puerto rico last week after a three-day visit.
tell what's you saw in puerto rico and your assessment of what you saw of the president's trip today. >> i mean, the president's visit was an utter disgrace. and unfortunately, the govern of puerto rico, rossello, and the resident commissioner jennifer gonzalez are becoming apologists for this administration's lack of seriousness to this crisis. the bending over backwards, the selfies, the smiling photos, you know, this president needs to be called out for his lack of seriousness to this humanitarian crisis. and this visit today was an utter disgrace and an insult to the puerto rican people to be throwing and lobbying paper towels at us as if we were animals, you know, is really making light of a situation that is very severe. and continues to paint with a brush as if trying to paint a different reality, that is this is not really what everybody is talking about. this is really all going very well. this that is not true.
what your report attorney ground indicated is very true. i've had to find ways to get money to my mother. it is a cash only society. people in the hospitals are not getting the proper attention. 95% of the island still has no electricity. the lack of consistency in getting supplies and food and water to the outside areas of san juan is real. this is not getting better. it's only getting worse. there is no serious attention. i continue to say that we probably have no more than 50,000 -- 15,000 personnel on the ground in puerto rico when we had 40,000 in florida after irma. when we had 30,000 in texas. we are being treated in a different way, and there is a double standard when it comes to the people of puerto rico and when it comes to the people of the u.s. virgin islands. and that is unacceptable. so i'm going to continue to raise my voice. and the only voice of indignation and the only voice of resistance to what is
happening is coming from the mayor of san juan. and that is the reality. and so i really am here to condemn that we still have not seen an appropriate response to puerto rico, even when the general on the ground is indicating that he does not have the sufficient resources or personnel to handle it. so we need to continue to pay attention. i want to thank all the media that is giving this attention. we need to get the proper response. and we still do not have an appropriate response on the ground in puerto rico. >> if you had had a chance to consult with the white house about this trip, what would you have told them about what the president should see as opposed to what he actually did see today? >> he needed to go out into the mountainous areas. he needed to go into the towns of utuaro as your reporter indicated or where i was last week which was in the heart of the island, and which is almost impenetrable to get to. that is what he needs to see. people that are not getting any sort of assistance, that have not seen fema response, that are hungry, that are not getting water.
again, the hospitals continue to run on generators that is not a reality that can continue moving forward. and so as we discuss this, you know, it continues to defy reason. when the president is talking about the debt or the president is talking about the fact that this is costing us so much money. this is -- this has to be set aside. we have a humanitarian crisis, and it needs to be paid attention to right now. >> melissa mark viverito, thank you very much for joining us tonight. i really appreciate it. >> thank you. coming up, we have the latest on the victims of this massacre here in las vegas.
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colleagues and friends killed in sunday's massacre. tonight police are still trying to identify three of the 58 victims killed in the massacre here in las vegas. the coroner says he hopes to have all identified by tomorrow morning. as the nation continues to grapple with the horrific event that happened here sunday night, we are starting to learn more about the people who lost their lives here on sunday night. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer has some of their stories. >> reporter: across the country, bells for each of the victims. prayers and songs of mourning. all to remember the unforgettable, the lifetimes lost in an instant. angie gomez, just 20, celebrating her new job as a nursing assistant. bill wolfe jr. from
pennsylvania, celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary. heather melton also had a storybook marriage. she was a surgeon. he was nurse. it ended too soon. >> and we couldn't tell where the bullets were coming from. and he grabbed me from behind and started running with me. and then i felt him -- i felt him get hit in the back. >> reporter: her husband sonny shielded her, sacrificing his life to save hers. >> he took care of other people, again, at even his own expense. >> reporter: the shooting left so many children without loved ones. 54-year-old tom day jr., the best dad say his four children, who were with him at the concert. at 28, christopher roybal had seen a battlefield before. he served in afghanistan and is missed by his mother.
>> he is a vet. he has a shirt with a gunshot through it. he sat on a lot of bombs and never blew them up. >> 32-year-old michelle vo had a bright smile. kurt was that next-door neighbor guy who loved golf. >> i guarantee he is fully covered in red, white and blue. >> reporter: tonight sonny melton's mother shares the pain, her heartbreak felt by a nation. >> i'll miss his smile. and i'll -- i'll miss him saying "i love you, mama." >> nearly 60 families are now planning funerals, lives cut tragically short, lives being remembered by so many. lawrence? >> nbc's miguel almaguer, thank you. coming up, how some people are reaching out to help the victims.
>> i sat down with steve cloobeck. he said what does this town mean more than money? enough is enough in terms of guns. that's what we talked about. >> enough is enough. it's about time we had some bipartisan leadership and fixed he's gun laws. i talked to my ultra republican friend and i'm on the other side and i have a gun. i'm okay with guns. it's just not 42 mechanized weapons with thousands of rounds many ammunition. >> let's say that the gun laws don't change. how do you run a hotel safely in a place like this knowing you've got gun laws as lax as they are. >> let me tell you how you do it. i can tell mr. wynn at his resorts and the others, they have the best security professionals in the world working at their hotels. what you need to do is start to
pass gun laws. and we did actually. the voters passed a gun law last cycle. and unfortunately our attorney general killed it. so shame on him. shame on adam waxalt. if he wants to see something, tell him to come down to this site and see lipsticks and empty shoes and dead bodies and shame on him and shame on the others in washington that don't get it. if they want a first understanding of what it's like to be in a war zone, come down here. >> president trump has said he's bound to no one, he's pragmatic. could this not be his moment to say let's go, gun control. imagine all the people in the middle he would win over. now, steve bannon has said if the president touches gun control, it's over, he loses his base. what do you think happens? so shame on him. shame on adam waxalt. if he wants to see something, tell him to come down to this site and see lipsticks and empty shoes and dead bodies and shame on him and shame on the others
in washington that don't get it. if they want a first understanding of what it's like to be in a war zone, come down here. >> president trump has said he's bound to no one, he's pragmatic. could this not be his moment to say let's go, gun control. imagine all the people in the middle he would win over. now, steve bannon has said if the president touches gun control, it's over, he loses his base. what do you think happens? >> i'm a hotel man like him, we both made money, him more than me, but if he wants to stand his line and be a pure entrepreneur, enough is enough, mr. president. stand up and say it, enough is enough. >> steve cloobeck is thinking about running as governor of nevada. these are big republicans in this town but they need to run
massive hotels at a time when are you going to get 45 million tourists feeling safe in las vegas? this is a moment for president trump. we said is he ever going to pivot? he says he's pragmatic, he's bound to no one. well, great, do something. do something now. 22,000 people ran right by where we are running for their lives two nights ago. think about all the people who want some sort of change, lawrence. >> and the president so far is in that republican chorus of now is not the time to talk about it. >> when is the time to talk about it? after a massive storm, are you not supposed to talk about climate? after the financial crisis, didn't you talk about banking? after something like this, it's the top of mind, i assure you, parents, family members of those who lost their lives, they want to talk about gun control.
>> and when we have industrial accidents, people talk about the safety measures you have to take for that particular plant. that is whether you talk about it. >> it's exactly when you talk about it. and we're not talking about taking way all guns. how lax is t is in the state of nevada, the fact you could walk into a hotel, request a room on the 32nd floor and bring in dozens weapons, there's got to be something you can do. >> we'll be right back with ton's "last word." dchb . hi, i'm the internet!
some people say it's too soon to talk about gun and ammunition control. but for the people who were killed right here behind me on sunday night, it's too late. >> some people say it's too soon to debate gun control. las vegas last night tells us it's too late to debate gun control. maybe this is it, where the american people just get so outraged that we're able to begin to pass laws. >> massachusetts senator ed markey gets tonight's last word. "the 11th hour" with brian williams is next.
"the 11th hour" with brian williams is next. tonight the president in the disaster zone. president trump visiting puerto rico, displaying a unique style. tonight the president in the disaster zone. donald trump visiting puerto rico displaying a unique style of distributing relief supplies and leaves behind a day of puzzling comments. while saying they faired better than the real catastrophe like katrina. and just hours from now trump makes his way to las vegas. tonight the latest reporting on the investigation and the gunman and the technology and firepower he used. "the 11th hour" on a tuesday night begins now. well, good evening once again from our nbc headquarters here in new york. day 257 of the trump administration. and in a matter of hours shortly