A man opened fire on the crowd in the Las Vegas strip from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort just after 10 pm Sunday night. At the time of this writing, the death toll has reached 58 with hundreds more injured. The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound by authorities in his room at Mandalay Bay not long after the shooting spree ended. At least 10 firearms were confiscated on the scene. The majority of the crowd was attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival during country singer Jason Aldean’s performance.
Footage of the massacre sounds like it was taken from a clip of fighting in Afghanistan. A fully automatic machine gun can be heard rattling off hundreds of rounds as concert-goers hit the ground for cover or run for safety. The tragedy is being reported as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. The shooter, an accountant that liked to gamble in Vegas, was apparently the son of a bank robber that made the FBI’s most wanted list in the 1960s-70s, according to CNN
The terrible act is similar to a previous tragedy at an Ariana Grande in Manchester this past June. That attack was claimed by the Islamic State, as was the Las Vegas incident, although authorities are saying Paddock was a “lone wolf”. The failure to call the shooting what it is, an act of domestic terrorism, adds insult to injury for man. Ariana Grande herself has pleaded for gun control after this most recent unthinkable attack
There is no way to quantify the pain and suffering the families of victims are going through in this troubling time. Sadly, a sincere conversation about gun control has yet to emerge in the wake of this heartbreaking tragedy. There is no reason for someone to be able to get their hands on a fully automatic gun when the damage they’re capable of producing is so clear. In the coming days, hopefully, some healing can take place for everybody involved in this historic tragedy.