Kerry Washington On Vegas Shooting: We Should Politicize Death ‘As Soon As Possible’

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Kerry Washington told the ladies on “The View” Thursday that she thinks we should politicize death “as soon as possible” after the Las Vegas massacre.

The 40-year-old “Scandal” actress made the comments after co-host Joy Behar asked her thoughts about the “tragic situation” after Stephen Paddock opened fire on concert goers Sunday night leaving more than 50 people dead and hundreds injured. (RELATED: ‘The View’ Slams ‘Unstable’ Trump For Threat To ‘Totally Destroy North Korea’)

“You know we’ve been talking this whole week about the tragic situation…” Behar explained.

“We’ve been talking almost a whole year now about this tragic situation,” Washington replied, a suggestion Behar took as meaning President Donald Trump’s election.

“Referring specifically not to the presidency, but to the gun issue,” Behar responded. “A lot of people are saying — Republicans are saying mostly — ‘it’s not the time to talk about it.’ What do you think about that?”

“I think — it’s hard… because to be honest I was very emotionally impacted by Las Vegas,” the actress replied. “And unfortunately there’s not going to be a good time to talk about it because the situation with guns in this country is that every single day we are losing someone to gun violence. And so the only time to talk about it is as soon as possible.”

“And also, I know there are a lot of people who say we shouldn’t politicize death,” she added. “You know for me–god forbid if anything happens to me–I’m telling all you ladies I want you to politicize it forever. Go ahead and politicize it.”