From the moment the American public was forced to hear and watch Sarah Palin in 2008, it was clear that she was anxious to brand herself as a champion of gun rights.
She proudly advertised the location of her baby shower at a shooting range. Levi has said she doesn’t know how to shoot. Her hunting segment on Sarah Palin’s Alaska certainly reinforced that notion.
Sarah seems to be oblivious to the fact that the majority of Americans want smarter gun control. The majority of Americans don’t want to be killed at the movies, or at a concert, or during first-grade story hour. Even after the shooting in Washington, D.C., while members of Congress were playing baseball, Congress is moving forward on a measure that would make silencers more easily available, and make it more difficult for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to consider some types of ammunition armor-piercing. In Lansing is a bill that would eliminate training currently required to obtain a concealed-carry permit, and another that would allow gun owners to carry weapons in places like schools and churches that have declared themselves gun-free zones.
Sarah Palin has taken to Facebook to let her feelings about the Las Vegas massacre known. Her post reads:
Uh Oh: Look what we just discovered about the location of the Las Vegas Concert Massacre…Liberals Silent. Yikes
Almost 60 people were killed in the Las Vegas massacre. Over 500 were injured. Sarah Palin has used her platform to advertise the fact that the shooting occurred in a “gun free” zone.
For God’s sake!!!! Anyone who would shoot over 500 innocent people is obviously not a person that cares about the law and surely doesn’t have any religious orientation. The fact that he would intentionally shoot innocent people attending a concert is all the evidence anyone would need to realize that this shooter, and all mass shooters, ignore the law and are unafraid of the consequences of their violation of the law. To remark that this was a gun-free zone simply emphasizes the point that you can’t control crazy people so the best way to prevent a mass shooting is to eliminate the availability of a weapon that could kill so many people so quickly. People will still shoot people. People will still take guns into gun free zones, but they aren’t able to kill so many people so quickly!
Some people like Palin don’t realize just how outrageous the gun lobby has become. For example one commentator said:
“And believe me, as impractical as it may sound, if 5 or 10 or 20 armed and competent people had been steadily shooting towards the hotel windows (even in the general direction), the shooter would have gotten the message and taken cover. No doubt — he was a coward, don’t you get it? That’s why he chose a gun-free zone! There were plenty of brave people there who would have shot back.”
Las Vegas has some of the most permissive gun laws in America. Gun owners in Nevada don’t need a permit to buy or possess a rifle, shotgun or handgun, according to the National Rifle Association. They can carry a firearm openly in public. Nevadans can even purchase machine guns or silencers, banned in other states, as long as they’re legally registered and within federal compliance. The state does not prohibit possession of assault weapons, 50-caliber rifles or large-capacity ammunition magazines, according to the NRA.
Under federal law, machine guns — considered automatic weapons — are tightly regulated but legal to own as long as they were made before May 1986 and are registered with the federal government.
About 391,000 machine guns were listed in the national firearms registry as of November 2006, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which advocates stricter gun laws. That same year, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized 1,280 unregistered machine guns.
Police say the gunman in the Las Vegas Strip shooting had 23 firearms in his hotel room and an additional 19 at one of his two homes.
The official, who has been briefed on the matter but is not authorized to comment publicly, said police also found two tripods positioned at the hotel windows in what appeared to be a fully-equipped sniper’s nest to take better aim at the crowd below.
Hundreds of rounds of ammunition were among the suspect’s possessions, a cache that could have sustained him in a much longer assault, the official said.