As hell rained down on innocent concertgoers in Las Vegas, trained law enforcement officers were nearly positive the gun blasts coming from the gunman’s perch at the hotel had to be automatic fire.
Bloom says a person like Paddock will do the planning and had the resources to get around any rule. While Missouri isn’t as unsafe as some other states in terms of the number of mass shootings conducted, our firearm death rate is well above the national average. For example, no guns are allowed in the Casino hotel, and somehow, Paddock got them all up to his room.
We can demand stricter gun laws which include stiffer background checks, outlawing after-market gun modifications like silencers and trigger cranks and restrictions on absurdly large-count magazines and ammunition clips, or should we work toward better identification of the mentally ill and those that demonstrate a propensity for doing harm? It’s a tool that’s supposed to turn a semi-automatic rifle into a fully automatic one, without actually modifying the gun. There is no limit on the number of firearms an individual may own.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., announced plans to introduce legislation to ban the sale of “bump stocks”, a device that allows semi-automatic firearms to function like an automatic weapon. Local gun laws are prohibited. If they pass, they can walk out with a gun in five to ten minutes.
And making it illegal for anyone on the terrorist watch list to purchase a gun in the United States because even though someone on the watch list cannot now board a plane, they can now purchase a gun.
It is true that many factors contribute to high rates of gun violence.
How easy is it to buy one?
Guns & Guitars general manager Christopher Sullivan said in a statement that the 64-year-old showed no signs of being unfit to buy guns. No new machine guns can be made or sold to civilians.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pointed to mental health legislation passed by Congress in December when asked how Congress could address the safety of Americans after the Las Vegas shooting. This leaves a lot of room for unsafe, unmonitored activity, such the “gun show loophole”, when private sellers do not have to get a license to sell, such as at a gun show or other events.
One of the key elements here is he purchased the guns legally.
If the background check presents an issue for you, no worries. Therefore, there is little preventing anyone from assembling their own mini-arsenal and committing another awful tragedy.
The above list is just the tip of the iceberg in terms mass shootings-and more importantly in the staggering loss of life-attributed to gun violence in the U.S.in recent history.
“Thoughts and prayers are not enough”. To see these communities come together in the wake of awful tragedy is nothing short of inspiring. They did not prevent Newtown.
“We can’t stop the shootings that have already happened in Las Vegas, Chicago, Roseburg, Oregon, and across the nation”. That poll found 57 percent of registered voters felt it was too easy to buy a gun in the United States today, 6 percent said it was too hard and 32 percent say it’s about right.
Kyle Land is a freelance reporter at the Daily Lobo. That is the only way.