The Truth Behind The Las Vegas Shooting and Why Gun Control Is Still An Issue

The Truth Behind The Las Vegas Shooting and Why Gun Control Is Still An Issue

In Trump's America fear, hatred and violence are still eminent.

In Trump's America fear, hatred and violence are still eminent.

Text: Sadie Bell

On Sunday, Oct. 1 America endured yet another tragedy of mass violence when Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on an innocent crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, killing 59 and injuring at least 527 people.

Currently, authorities are investigating Paddock’s motive, which at this time is not being deemed domestic terrorism, despite the slaughter incited and undeniable fear induced. At this time, the authorities believe Paddock, who killed himself following the attack, to have acted alone and may have been planning for something even more malicious, having found 23 weapons in his hotel room, materials for explosives in his car, and 19 additional weapons and even more explosives in his home.

This senseless act of violence is now the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history – and as shocking as it may seem, this is just one of the 273 mass shootings in America in 2017 alone, according to the New York Times. While American citizens and President Trump can send “condolences and sympathies” to those affected by the Las Vegas shooting, we cannot stand for this perpetuation of terror and gun violence to be the norm. Rather than thoughts and prayers, we must call on gun control legislation in order to achieve something better.

Though some have claimed that immediately after a mass shooting is too soon to speak out for gun control, we have seen time and time again that remaining silent falls ill to yet another tragedy. In fact, according to the Times, it has been 477 days since the last deadliest shooting in recent history, which was just in June 2016 at the Orlando nightclub – a total of 521 mass shootings have ensued since then – and the public has yet to see any action from Congress. While the NRA may be one of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington and some could argue that guns will fall into the wrong hands no matter what, we must demand gun control for improved preliminary screenings and additional measures to prevent the next misfortune; we must demand better.

President Trump orchestrated a campaign led by fear, built on hatred – a fervor that had been masked and insidiously tucked away – which has seeped into public spaces, and this hatred will only continue to grow unless we thwart its efforts in all capacities, including demanding change before the next tragedy unfolds. We cannot site idly by as we wait for the death of the next victim like special education teacher Sandy Casey or police officer Charleston Hartfield and many others to only send prayers yet again.

Text ACT to 64433 to tell your senators you demand an end to gun violence.

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