This past Sunday, a madman, murdered 58 people who were attending a Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Four hundreds and eighty nine people were injured, out of a crowd of over twenty two thousand that were attending the last night of the Festival.
‘Authorities say the 64-year-old gunman, Stephen Paddock, fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino at a crowd attending a music festival below. When police entered his hotel room, they discovered Paddock had killed himself.’ CBS This Morning
This massacre has become the new…deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
So, what is the answer?
Many of our political leaders have said…that we must pray for the families of the fallen…
Gun enthusiasts extol the virtue of the second amendment and our right to bear arms.
Many tell us that our right to bear arms…protects us from the evil and criminal…that will purchase guns regardless of what the law is.
‘According to the Congressional Research Service, there are roughly twice as many guns per capita in the United States as there were in 1968: more than 300 million guns in all. Gun sales have increased in recent years.’ Guns in America, By the Numbers: NPR
I believe in the second amendment.
I own a few guns.
I have a FOID Card.
Imagine…you and your family…attending the Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. Many of us love Country Music.
I can visualize; Mary Jane and Aaron and Jonathon and I…first hearing what sounds like firecrackers…and thinking that it must be part of the performance.
I can viscerally feel…what it must have been like…to witness…persons at your left and your right and in front of you and behind you…being shot…with a hail or rain of bullets from the sky…and the blood and the fear and the confusion.
I can see the fear in my wife’s eyes and my boys…and feel the terror…in my heart.
We must do something as a nation.
If guns make us safe…we should be the safest nation…on the Globe.
Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, says that there will, likely, be a vote on ‘bump stock’ after Las Vegas Shooting.
The ‘bump stock’ is used to convert a semi-automatic gun into an automatic gun…which are outlawed in the United States.
Australia has outlawed automatic and semi-automatic weapons since, ‘Martin Bryant went on a shooting spree in Tasmania and killed 35 people with a semi-automatic rifle.’ CNN
There have been no mass shootings in Australia…since this law was passed.
‘The lead guitarist of a country music band playing Route 91 Harvest festival, where a gunman murdered 58 people on Sunday night, has said the horrific experience of the attack has changed his views on gun laws in America.’
‘I’ve been a proponent of the [second] amendment my entire life, ‘Caleb Keeter posted on Twitter. ‘Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong, I was.’ The Guardian