Shooting in Las Vegas Ignites Gun Debate

Donald Trump, the president of the United States will engage in a very sad ritual of the modern presidency on Wednesday in Las Vegas where he will be consoling the survivors of the rampage done by a gunman. At the same time, he will also be confronting the recurring questions about whether there would be any restrictions on firearms for the prevention of other similar situations in the coming future. The president had already said on Tuesday that he was looking forward to paying respect and condolences to the ones who lost their lives in the shooting incident. The president along with most other Republicans of Washington gave no sign of being ready for addressing the topic of gun control.

As Trump was leaving the White House on Tuesday for viewing the efforts of hurricane relief in Puerto Rico; he said that the discussion about the gun laws will be done as time passes by. This was made clear to the reporters by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Trump is currently heading to Las Vegas in the aftermath of the shooting massacre which killed 59 people and injured more than 500. The gunman used an arsenal of rifles in a shooting attack during the course of a county music festival along the entertainment strip of the city. Police identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock who was a 64 year old retiree that had apparently killed himself in the suite at 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino when he realized that he is going to be caught by SWAT.

The size and the deadliness of the arsenal of Stephen Paddock that included 42 rifles and handguns some of which can be modified to a fully automatic weapon has given rise to a debate over the fact whether the United States needs to impose a restriction on gun ownership. According to a survey that was conducted last spring by the Pew research centre, it revealed that a majority of Americans are in favor of some restrictions on the sales of guns which included detailed check of the background of the individual. They are also of the viewpoint that some assault style weapons and high capacity magazines should be banned from sale and create a federal database for tracking the purchases of guns. On the other hand, the Republicans in Congress are of the viewpoint of relaxing the gun laws in the recent years rather than tightening them.

January 16, 2022 - 18:35
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