On Sunday evening, 22,000 fans gathered for a country music festival in Las Vegas. Before the night was over, 59 victims were dead and 527 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The gunman was identified as a 64-year-old retired accountant from Nevada. He fired down shots from his hotel room, just near to the music festival. While details are still emerging, it’s believed that the gunman killed himself before the SWAT team entered his hotel room.
While authorities are still investigating, the FBI said it found nothing so far that would connect this attack with international terrorism. Police found 23 guns in the assassin’s hotel room, as well as 19 more guns, explosives, and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his home. In the face of so much death and tragedy, the issue of gun control needs to be discussed. There is no reason for an ordinary civilian to have access to this kind of military-esque gun power.
2013, Michelle Obama on gun control: "We can't stop all the violence in the world but if there is even one thing we can do, even one step we can take to save another child.. then don't we have an obligation to try?"#VegasStrong pic.twitter.com/oOmIsVHcya
— Kanisha Jackson (@Kanisha1Jackson) October 3, 2017
Whenever human tragedy strikes, you’ll always see signs of humanity and compassion even in the most terrible situations. Concertgoers helped each other through the chaos, carrying out the injured, loading bleeding victims into their personal cars and driving them to the hospital. People piled into cars and trucks, hitching rides with strangers who extended kindness and help in a time of great need.
Support has poured in from both the local and global community. Last night, thousands gathered for a candlelight vigil in Las Vegas to honor the 59 victims of Sunday’s attack.
— Manny Vieites (@manny_vieites) October 3, 2017