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CBS Fires Lawyer Over Las Vegas Shooting Comments

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A senior lawyer at CBS has been fired after making comments about the mass shooting in Las Vegas that the company considered inappropriate.

Hayley Geftman-Gold, CBS' vice president and senior counsel, wrote in a Facebook post that she has no sympathy for the victims, according to Fox News.

At least 58 people died at the open-air country music festival and hundreds more were injured when Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man, opened fire from a hotel room.

"If they wouldn't do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing," Geftman-Gold wrote, in a reference to the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 20 children and triggered a debate on gun control, according to Fox. "I'm actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters."

CBS, which has employed Geftman-Gold since September 2016, released a statement to Fox.

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"This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS," a spokesperson said. "Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families."

President Donald Trump, who will travel to Las Vegas on Oct. 4, described the shooting as an "act of pure evil."

"Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence," Trump added in remarks from the White House, according to The New York Times.

Trump avoided discussing the issue of gun control in his remarks. The Times noted that he enjoyed the support of the National Rifle Association during the 2016 election campaign and is an advocate of gun rights.

"In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one," Trump added. "And it always has. We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity."

Police reportedly found Paddock dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his hotel room. He had approximately 10 weapons in the room with him.

Asked about gun regulation, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was "premature to discuss policy when we don't know all of the facts."

"There's a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country," added Huckabee Sanders, according to HuffPost.

Sources: Fox News, The New York Times, HuffPost / Featured Image: Hmaag/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Pete Souza/ via Wikimedia Commons, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

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