Another Day in America; Another Mass Shooting!

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Nevada has some of the most-relaxed gun laws in the country.  Nevada law does not require firearms owners to have licenses, register their weapons, or limits the number of firearms an individual posses. Automatic assault weapons and machine guns are also legal in the state as long as they are registered and are possessed in adherence to federal law, according to the National Rifle Association.  Nevada does not prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines. Open carry is legal without a permit.

Thus it isn’t surprising that a mass shooting might occur in Las Vegas.  President Trump was taped as he read remarks about the shooting in Las Vegas from a teleprompter this am. More than 50 people were killed.  More than 400 people we injured.  Trump was serious.  He was calm.  But he was neither emotional or grief stricken.

Here’s what we know about the shooting:

1.   Police have identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man white male from Mesquite, Nevada.
2.  Police officers “breached the hotel room” where the shooter was located and “found the suspect dead.”
Here's what we know about Stephen Paddock

3.  This is the deadliest shooting in modern US history. The 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, previously was the deadliest, with 49 killed.
4. At this point, the shooting has no known nexus to any kind of overseas terrorism or affiliation, according to a US official with knowledge of the matter.
5.  The gunshots lasted for 10 to 15 minutes. It didn’t stop.
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The horrifying events in Las Vegas on Sunday night mark the 273rd mass shootingin the U.S. in the 275 days that have passed so far in 2017, according to Gun Violence Archive. That means that virtually EVERY DAY there is a mass shooting in America.  A “mass shooting” is defined as any incident that results in four or more people shot during a single event.

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There have been more than 11,600 deaths linked to gun violence so far in 2017. Comparatively, more than 15,000 were killed by gun violence in 2016, and there were 383 mass shootings.

US mass shootings included:

Las Vegas, 2017: 50+ killed

Orlando, 2016: 50 killed

Virginia Tech, 2007: 32 killed

Sandy Hook, 2012: 27 killed

San Ysirdo, 1984: 21 killed

San Bernadino, 2015: 14 killed

Edmond, 1986: 14 killed

Fort Hood, 2009: 13 killed

Columbine, 1999: 13 killed

The U.S. ranks No. 1 in the world in terms of firearms per capita—with 88.8 guns per 100 people—and it has the highest homicide-by-firearm rate in the developed world. The problem is so endemic that gun violence is now the third leading cause of death for children in the U.S. An average of 1,297 children die annually from gun-related injuries, according to a June 2017 study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Guns are linked to roughly 33,000 deaths in the U.S. per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; about two-thirds of them are suicides.

According to Pew Research Center, a majority of Americans (across partisan lines) support gun policy proposals such as barring people with mental illnesses from buying guns; prohibiting gun purchases by people on federal no-fly or watch lists; and background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun shows. But given that both the White House and Congress are controlled by Republicans with close ties to the powerful gun lobby, it seems unlikely that any new gun control legislation will be passed in the near future.

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Mother Jones crunched data from 2012 and found that the annual cost of gun violence in America exceeds $229 billion. Direct costs account for $8.6 billion—including long-term prison costs for people who commit assault and homicide using guns, which at $5.2 billion a year is the largest direct expense. Even before accounting for the more intangible costs of the violence, in other words, the average cost to taxpayers for a single gun homicide in America is nearly $400,000. And we pay for 32 of them every single day.

Automatic and semiautomatic weapons are designed specifically for military uses in combat — to kill many, quickly.  They aren’t designed for average citizens to use in their homes to protect their property from home invasion.  Proponents of “2nd Amendment Rights” don’t suggest we should allow people to possess rocket launchers, grenades, or bombs, although each could arguable be categorized a weapon that could be used to protect a US citizen.  As long as we continue to allow assault weapons to be owned by ordinary citizens, we are going to see ordinary citizens committing mass shootings, killing ordinary citizens and their children.

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  1. Malia, “There’s Something About Mary: Unmasking a Gun Lobby Mole” by James Ridgeway of Mother Jones should be required reading for all those shocked by this tragedy. This expose’ details how gun-control groups have been infiltrated by criminal enterprise Beckett Brown International (BBI) and BBI successor companies working for the NRA! The cover-up of this, and other horrendous crimes, has been orchestrated by Baltimore law firm Semmes, Bowen & Semmes and can be found in “The Price of Shining Light on the Dark World of Corporate Espionage” a/k/a “Baltimore Lawyer Threw Own Client’s Case To Protect Bank-Robbing Banker From Scrutiny” by Christian Stork…


  2. Malia – Just heartsick about this! It was described by one of the witnesses as a “killing box” Trump in his sing-songy voice tried to sound “presidential” in his speech today, but he looked like he would have rather been anywhere but there making a speech. Even the moment of silence looked phony with Trump. It took Trump less than 24 hours to make a statement about the Las Vegas shooting, but it took him several days to make a statement about Puerto Rico where people are still suffering and have been for weeks! Tomorrow he is supposed to be in Puerto Rico, 2 weeks after the Hurricane, but on Wednesday he is supposed to be in Las Vegas, just 3 days after the shooting. The WH is saying “it’s premature to discuss gun control”. Really? How many people have to die before gun control is discussed? This is a sad day in America.


  3. Years ago when the thrill of wearing military gear to dinner and carrying your ak47 was in fad, it was said “we don’t want to bring the war home” well they did. The military machine loves war. War for profits. fight fight fight. Solutions? We can start with NO GUN SHOWS. Outlaw and remove all military style weapons and assessory’s to public. All collectors registered. All gun sales documented with background check and mental health exam. All gun owners required safety course and safe storage of gun. This must be mandatory in all states and territories. A responsible gun owner, hunter or collector does not belong to a domestic terrorist militia, gang, or organization. It is time to take the guns away. The fearful words to domestic terrorist “Were coming for your guns”


  4. Malia, not sure, but this is starting to look like a false flag event. YouTube is full of stories and private videos contradicting the official version. I began to question the official narrative when I saw, heard would be more accurate, the video posted by the lady cab driver. she was directly under the windows. Witnesses reported people being hit from other directions, opposite the Mandalay Bay. And one person posted a photo of the alleged shooter playing cards in Atlantic City on October 6. But it’s the internet, not the FBI, so wait for the X Files version.

    That said, Las Vegas is a very private, secretive city due to the nature of the business that supports it. It probably has the highest levels of commercial activity security in the world. It is also very protective about its image was it works at being a family oriented city. As a result, the truth will get bent as they try to protect the hotels and city in general.


  5. My heart hurts for this country the same way Bristol’s heart hurts over how her son could potentially HATE his father due to her abusive lies. But it’s good that she’s raised a son that understands at age 8 that God sent them Gino to show them what a bad man is and he sent them Dakota because they deserve a good, honest, selfless man who puts everyone first and isn’t arrogant.


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