Carlos Santana on Las Vegas Shooting: 'Why Allow Weapons of Mass Destruction to Be Sold to Civilians?'

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Santana performs at Stravinski auditorium on July 14, 2016 in Montreux, Switzerland. 

"The laws need to be changed to prevent this from ever happening again," said the iconic rock guitarist, who is playing his fifth annual residency at the House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay.

Iconic rock guitarist Carlos Santana has issued a statement in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“To everyone that lost loved ones, we stand with you,” said Santana, who is playing his fifth annual residency at the House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay -- the same hotel from which a gunman fired into the audience at the nearby Route 91 Harvest country music festival, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500.

“Why allow weapons of mass destruction to be sold to civilians? The laws need to be changed to prevent this from ever happening again,” he continued.

Read Santana’s full statement below:

To everyone that lost loved ones, we stand with you. To those of you who are wounded and hurt, we stand by you. Our heart is in shock. Our minds are filled with questions. Why? Why allow weapons of mass destruction to be sold to civilians? The laws need to be changed to prevent this from ever happening again. Brutality is pure ignorance. Compassion is the highest quality of pristine divinity. My heart goes out to all of those affected by this senseless tragedy. We all need to come together at this time and be "one". We send our collective prayers, light and love to the families and the wounded.

Love, respect & admiration,

Carlos Santana


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