Las Vegas shooting gives gun control advocates a ‘winning hand’

Posted on November 2, 2017

Last Sunday night’s events in Las Vegas have again raised questions and concerns about the effectiveness of current gun control policies after Stephen Paddock, a 64-years old man, opened fire on many unaware concertgoers on the south side of the Las Vegas Strip.


The death toll has raised since then to more than 50 people, along with more than 500 injured, and many are already calling the situation a ‘massacre’ due to the gruesome nature of shots flying around and clueless concertgoers being hit during what should have been a perfectly cheerful evening.


President Trump quickly addressed the nation and sent his condolences to the families of those affected by the shooting, but Democrats are also quickly raising their voices, given that the President is a strong supporter of the NRA and has a lighter approach on gun’s regulations.


During his campaign, he promised to prevent any serious restrictions on gun laws, but as current events unfold, pressure can start turning his way, as gun-control advocates are being very loud in their criticism towards Washington’s attitude on the matter.


Hillary Clinton commented on the subject that “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again”.


And indeed, mass shootings in the U.S. have been occurring too often for a while now. According to a study published by the University of Alabama, the U.S. has suffered from 90 mass shootings (defined as events when four or more people have died) since 1966, and this accounts for a third of the global aggregate for such events. Something that should not be taken lightly, as the U.S population is just 5% of the world’s total, therefore the percentage appears to be way too high, at least statistically speaking.


Sen. Chris Murphy, another major advocate for gun control, has also voiced his concerns, leaving diplomatic protocol aside, since he strongly challenged Congress to “get off his ass and do something”.


Not the kind of language that you’d expect from a first-world politician, but being that this is a pressing and controversial matter, perhaps the phrase is not as inconvenient or reckless as it sounds.


Nevertheless, gun-maker’s shares soared this Monday, as investors are anticipating a heavy increase in gun purchases coming from those who feel that it’s time to ‘put their arms to work’ instead of waiting for the government to do something about it.


Will this calamity be the milestone of a potential gun control policy shift? The White House, the Republican Party, and members of Congress will surely keep us all well informed. Who knows, this might be the ‘winning hand’ gun-control advocates have been waiting for!


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