With no less than 59 killed & greater than 525 hurt, the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival has started another debate over access to guns in america.
President Trump, on his approach to visit hurricane victims in Puerto Rico before a planned visit to Las Vegas on Wed., told reporters in Washington on Tues. in that â€œwe’ll be speaking about gun laws as time goes by,â€� not stating whether or not he can be for or against sure laws now under debate.
The attack Sun. night was carried out by Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., a retiree & a gambling aficionado who killed himself before cops officers reached his vantage point on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
Authorities discovered Paddock had at the very least 23 weapons in his hotel room, mostly rifles in that have been initially designed for military use still which have grow to be very popular amongst civilians. Paddock had been capable of squeeze off a speedy stream of what seemed like fully automatic fire at the defenseless concert-goers at the outside Route 91 Harvest festival across the road.
Automatic weapons â€” which unleash multiple bullets with a single pull of the trigger â€” are more heavily regulated under U.S. law than semi-automatic guns, which fire one bullet per trigger pull. However they don’t seem to be banned outright.
A minimum of one of Paddockâ€™s rifles had been modified with a legal â€œbump stockâ€�-style device in that permits the shooter to rapidly fire off rounds with out really changing the rifle to a totally automatic weapon, one federal law enforcement source stated.
Different weapons could have been converted to completely automatic fire & have been nonetheless being examined, the source stated.
The shooting generated feedback by one of many survivors of the attack, country musician Caleb Keeter, a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band.
“I have been a proponent of the 2nd Modification my complete life. Until the events of last night,â€� Keeter wrote in a message he published to Twitter.
“Writing my parents & the love of my life a goodbye last night & a living will 'cause I felt like I was not going to live by way of the night was sufficient for me to understand in that this is totally & completely out of hand,â€� Keeter wrote. â€œThese rounds have been powerful sufficient in that my crew guys just standing in close proximity of victim shot by this . . . coward received shrapnel wounds. We’d like gun control RIGHT. NOW.”
The attack additionally brought a tearful rebuke by late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel, whose comedy shows have turn in to more and more political over the last month as his newborn sonâ€™s heart condition prompted him to take a stand on healthcare legislation, just as an attack on his hometown of Las Vegas prompted him to call for gun control Mon. night.
He showed pictures of the handfuls of Republican senators who’ve voted against tighter gun-control laws.
Republican leaders â€œsent their ideas & their prayers today, which is sweet,â€� Kimmel stated. â€œThey ought to be praying. They need to be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country.â€�
Richard Winton in L.A. & Joseph Tanfani in Washington contributed to this report.
Matt Pearce is a national reporter for The- Times. Follow him on Twitter at @mattdpearce.
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