The 2nd Amendment is no longer the right to bear arms. The 2nd Amendment has become the right to take lives. The 2nd Amendment is no longer aiding citizens. The 2nd Amendment is now abetting murderers.
I am from the UK and I was going to say that I am lucky enough to live in a country that has strict gun laws, but that would be a lie.
It is not down to luck.
Almost 22 years ago on the 13th March 1996 a man killed 16 children, a teacher and injuring 15 others before committing suicide in Dunblane Primary School.
It was, and still is, the deadliest mass shooting in British history.
People were obviously outraged by the atrocity and by the next year it was illegal to own handguns (basically any gun not barrell loaded) unless they were of ‘historical importance’ i.e. made before 1919.
Owning a gun legally in the UK is hard. You must get a 5 year licence i.e. a background/capability check (yup it runs out), you must give a valid reason for needing a gun (i.e. the humane slaughter of animals/vermin); self defence is not a valid reason for owning a gun. You must be subjected to an inspection of your home where you have to show police where you are keeping the guns and ammunition, these must be kept in separate locked containers, and if you are needing to move the guns you must show that these containers can be moved whilst the guns are locked away.
Through all of this we have one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the word and last year only 26 people died in a gun related incidents (this includes air rifles and imitation guns), and most of these are from illegally obtained guns. It’s got to the point that if someone does die of a gunshot wound it is on the national news.
This being said we have a healthy National Rifle Association in the UK, but instead of demanding people be allowed to own weapons they teach marksmanship (traditional and modern) and promote shooting sports like clay pigeon shooting, which is very fun and we often have it at village fêtes.
The fact that gun control is still a debate in the US is astounding to me.
The fact that Sandy Hook was 5 years ago and there is still a debate on whether gun owners should be subjected to background checks is astounding to me.
The fact that someone can get an automatic or semi-automatic weapon and shoot hundreds of innocent people from the 32nd floor of a hotel is astounding to me.
The fact that each year we hear on the news that there has been the ‘deadliest mass shooting in American history’ is astounding to me.
How is this even a conversation?
Call your senators, your representatives at all layers of government, tell them you want stricter gun laws, tell them that this can’t keep happening.
The best thing you can do to honour the victims in Las Vegas is to make sure something like this can never happen again.
dont pray for las vegas. get angry. be sad. do something. invest in proper mental health facilities. try to destroy the stigma of mental illness. talk to a congressman about gun control. do more than pray this time.
Many injured people are in need of blood after the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting. Here are some services that are currently taking in blood donations. 200+ people are injured so they’re gonna need a lot. Spread this around so Nevada citizens can know where to go if they wanna donate blood!
WARNING: VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. FOOTAGE SHOWS SHOOTING ATTACK ON LAS VEGAS CONCERT.
LAS VEGAS METRO POLICE PRESS CONFERENCE ON SHOOTING ATTACK:
According to Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 20+ people are dead and 100+ people are injured following a shooting attack on the Vegas Strip last night. The first gunshots rang out at 2208 local time from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino and resort, above the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The gunman was killed by SWAT members. Among the dead are several police officers who were attending the concert. Among the injured are at least two police officers who responded to the shooting, one is critical. An exact number of injuries and fatalities cannot be accurately reported at this time, according to the Sheriff. Police are searching for the gunman’s female roommate, Marilou Danley - Asian female, 4'11", 111lbs as a person of interest in this attack. No other persons are believed to have been involved in this shooting, only the unidentified male gunman, with his female roommate as a person of interest. No explosives were discovered at the scene and no other attacks were carried out at other hotels, despite social media reports. The entire area remains locked down, the scene is active but no further threat to the public is believed to exist. All area hospitals are treating patients from this incident. The Red Cross is in need of immediate blood donations for live saving efforts, so locals are asked to donate as soon as possible. [Information accurate as of 0500 EDT 02 October 2017]
You know what really makes me mad about this shooting? The fact that it’s not going to change anything. These people died senselessly and nothing is truely going to be done to prevent it from happening again. We are going to keep having mass shootings with no substantial policy changes to stop them from happening. I’m sick of the violence and death that could be prevented.