The Continued Saga of Massacres and Condemnation – Las Vegas, Nevada
With Stephen Paddock unleashing his wrath and bullets on the crowd attending a concert in Las Vegas, the worst mass shooting in America seemed to have materialized. Around 58 people were killed and over 500 people lay injured in the massacre that was established as the worst mass shooting in America. Though the ISIS has taken the responsibility of the attack, the investigations have not yet established any link between the shooter and the former. The Orlando gay club shooting last year seems to have done little for the security of the American citizens as the security conditions seem to have further exacerbated.
The continuous outpour of sympathetic messages and condolences do nothing to mitigate the sufferings of the victimized. Instead, it raises concerns over the laws concerning access and possession of guns in America. The debate over these laws being too liberal for a democracy as progressive as theirs has raged on for far too long to not reach a consensual decision. For a country with a grave history of mass shootings, this heated debate is one that needs to be resolved at the earliest and paid utmost heed to.
According to a survey, the phenomenon of mass shootings is not limited to the United States. It has been a debilitating cause of concern for the citizens of over 30 major developed countries. Between the period of 1983 to 2013, over 78 mass shootings have been reported in the United States. The shocking aspect of these reports is that the next country to have the highest number of shootings in Germany with only 7 such crimes reported.
The harrowing difference between the numbers leaves us wondering about the untold loopholes that buoy the gun violence laws in America. Shockingly, in America, even on weapon control measures, the consensus is elusive. Regardless of shootings in America getting increasingly deadlier, Republicans in the US Congress are working on bills that would grow access to weapons.
The Hearing Protection Act tries to extend the accessibility and use of silencers on firearms, while a partner bill would allow one’s state laws governing concealed weapons to apply anyplace else in America. Both these bills, if established, would additionally expand the likelihood of Vegas-like assaults.
If the American authorities aim to cut this increasingly terrorizing activity anytime soon, they should learn from Australia that adopted severe gun laws after a tragic shooting in 1996. Responsible gun owners must allow for sensible weapon control measures to be taken up to secure safety for a larger number of people while protecting their rights too. These shootings are far from acceptable and should not be treated with laxity. This incident put forth a number of worrying concerns that needs pertinent attention.
– Shrishti Vatsa
Content Writer @ Legal Bites