LAS VEGAS is an amazing city. Strippers, recreational drug users and happy gamblers – all breathing the stale smell of seafood over their companions. Yes, how they all enjoy this vibrant city of pure and ecstatic joy.
Sadly that wasn’t the case for a crowd of Las Vegas concert goers last Sunday night. While enjoying an evening out with friends and family, thousands were forced to flee when a gun-toting lunatic targeted them with automatic gun-fire.
It took Stephen Paddock just eleven minutes to unleash a horror of unimaginable proportion which killed 59 and seriously injured more than 500.
It’s got to the point where we no longer wake up to the annoying sound of our iPhone alarms. We wake up to CNN telling us that yet another horrific act, which should never have happened, has happened.
“This has got to stop!”
Remember in 2012 when mentally disturbed Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. All across America the voice of the people cried out, “This has got to stop!”
It hasn’t stopped.
Remember last summer when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida? Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce killed 49 people and injured dozens more.
Once again, everyone shouted, “This has got to stop!”
It hasn’t stopped.
No, it hasn’t stopped and now the massacre in Las Vegas has become the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
What the Politicos are saying
The inevitable “I told you so” gun control arguments are now being voiced by American politicians. Ever since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting senators from Connecticut have been especially outspoken about gun control. On Monday they were the first to issue statements.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn said in a statement;
“Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity. This has to stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic.
The thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”
Connecticut’s other Democratic senator, Richard Blumenthal, issued a similar statement.
“This has to stop! It has been barely a year since what was previously the largest mass shooting in American history – the deadly attack at Pulse nightclub. Still, Congress refuses to act. I am more than frustrated, I am furious!”
Who needs a machine gun?
It has been estimated that American civilians own 310 million firearms.
Since the 1990s, debates regarding gun violence in the U.S. have been characterized by concerns over the right to bear arms. These concerns have caused conflict between those supporting the rights afforded to them by the second amendment of the U.S. constitution and those responsible for preventing crime and death being caused to US citizens.
In this post Las Vegas shooting world, are we to expect the American public to accept that any 9mm toting lunatic should be allowed to meet his maker in a blaze of glory? It’s certainly an area of conflict between those loyal to the Star Spangled Banner and the National Rifle Association who are nothing but an argumentative bunch of red necks.
Now, besides Rambo, who the hell else needs a machine gun to remove joy from our world?
There are lessons to be learned here. After all we should remember that Rambo took most of his enemies down with awesome drop kicks and the prodding of orifices with his very cold hands.