Just a year and a few months after the previous deadliest mass killing in America, 59 more people are dead and at least 527 are recovering from gunshot wounds at the latest deadliest mass killing in our nation. 49 were killed and 58 others wounded in the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016. The latest happened the night of October 1, 2017, when Stephen Paddock, armed with 23 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition, opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas.
As investigators search for clues as to why Paddock would open fire on innocent people, many Americans are searching for answers as to why this keeps happening. Republican lawmakers claim “it’s too soon” after the mass killing to begin debate on strengthening the nation’s gun laws. Others say, “if not now, when?” Prayers and public vigils will not prevent this from happening again. How high does the body count have to get before Congress stands up to the National Rifle Association and says “enough!”
“Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough,” Tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough. Not when more moms & dads will bury kids this week, & more sons & daughters will grow up without parents.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 2, 2017
The numbers of those killed by madmen will keep climbing until we, as a nation, finally get so angry and frustrated that we demand action from our elected officials. When will that time come? Isn’t it time? Are we resigned to the notion that the all-powerful NRA will continue to prevent passage of reasonable gun control laws that could keep semi-automatic weapons out of the hands of people like Stephen Paddock?
If you’ve been saddened, angered and moved by this senseless massacre, please do whatever you can to convince Congress to have the courage to stand up to the gun lobbies and enact gun control that can save lives. Call or write your representative or senator and demand action. It will take relentless pressure to make this happen. It has worked for Australia and other civilized nations around the world. It can work in America, but only if we insist upon it. One more person killed by the likes of a mentally-deranged assailant is too many.