Calls For Tougher Gun Control Laws After Vegas Shooting

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As thousands of concertgoers in Las Vegas fled a barrage of bullets fired from hundreds of feet away, and 32 floors up, Sunday night, the hundreds who were hurt or killed became the victims of the 273rd mass shooting in the US this year. We've seen this sort of violence many times before, but for once, we knew the faces in the photos on the news.

The US, which has less than five per cent of the world's population, has between 35 to 50 per cent of the world's civilian-owned guns.

The portion of Americans who have guns in their homes is at a high of 48 percent, according to an August 2017 survey by NBC News/Wall Street Journal. Some people have called for a ban not on all firearms, but rather on the type of weapons, ammunition and clips that are used on battlefields. A bipartisan bill on background checks failed in the Senate four years ago, and since then Republicans have usually pointed to mental health legislation when questioned about the appropriate congressional response to gun violence.

"The Amnesty allows anyone with unwanted or unregistered firearms or firearm-related items to legally dispose of them at approved drop-off points in each state and territory".

Why does this insane gun violence keep happening?

It's an all-too-familiar pattern after an all-too-familiar situation: Following a mass shooting, traders buy up shares in gun companies in anticipation of fearful citizens stocking up on firearms to defend themselves.

What happened in Las Vegas?

More than 59 people are dead and more than 500 are injured after a gunman opened fire from the window of a Las Vegas casino on Monday, spraying bullets into the crowd of a country music festival below.

The Las Vegas strip was put on lockdown as cops raced to the scene.

How did Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who shot and killed 58 people from his 32nd story hotel window, amass an arsenal of firearms?

These measures also suggest Americans are more likely to die from gun violence than the risks of drowning, fire and smoke, stabbing, choking on food, airplane crashes, animal attacks, and forces of nature - combined.

Many in Las Vegas had no idea where to run, but the sound of gunshots at least alerted them to the shooting. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., he hoped the scale of the tragedy, with many dozens dead and hundreds wounded, would make a difference.

Bills toughening gun laws, a subject on which the nation has always been bitterly divided, have repeatedly stalled in Congress.

Nevada has some of the least stringent gun laws in the United States.

Another NRA priority is a bill that would allow gun owners who live in states that allow people to carry concealed weapons to carry them in other states, overriding state laws to the contrary. Some were automatic weapons or semi-automatic rifles illegally modified into fully-automatic weapons.

"Trump, who ran as a champion of gun rights throughout his campaign, is unlikely to directly tackle the issue of gun control and, in fact, rolled back a restriction that made it more hard for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun", a report in Newsweek said. "Where did he get that kind of a gun?" Taming homegrown terror and tightening gun control will be dismissed as inappropriate or unnecessary politicizing of a tragedy and quickly become secondary to more pressing issues on the administration's agenda.

What are gun laws in the UK?

"If this is the new normal, police and first responders must continue to prepare how to respond to these active shooter incidents", Mahaffee said.

Opponents of the bill argue that making silencers more prevalent could worsen the impact of mass shootings.

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