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Psychos and gun control

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Dear Editor,

During the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock carried out the worst mass shooting in US history, where he fired in the street from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, killing at least 59 people and injuring some 527.

What was most disturbing, and difficult to fathom, is that the police reportedly found 42 firearms belonging to Paddock — 23 of which were in his hotel room, while a further search of his residence in Mesquite, Nevada, uncovered 19. But it gets worse. The authorities discovered ammonia nitrate in Paddock's vehicle and they found explosives along with several thousand rounds of ammunition.

America has, for far too long, embraced this sick culture of people freely accessing firearms and killing people at their will and caprice. How else could you explain this reckless and inconceivable act of America still having little or no gun control regulations, devoid of stringent background checks into firearms buyers, subsequent to the several mass shootings that have occurred in the past, resulting in the death of hundreds of innocent people?

By all interpretation, America cherishes the right of its citizens to bear arms, as is enshrined in the Second Amendment of their constitution, even if it means stark raving psychos, who apparently believe themselves to be God, and who wantonly and senselessly injure so many and take the lives of these innocent people.

In this most unfortunate tragedy, President Donald Trump has not outrightly condemned the sale to and use of firearms by reckless and unstable citizens, nor did he make a definitive position on the non-existent gun control laws that make it a free-for-all. Trump reportedly referred to the attack as “an act of pure evil”, and he held a moment of silence for the victims on Monday afternoon, but that is woefully inadequate.

Holding the moments of silence will not prevent psychos from accessing firearms to execute their dastardly acts. It will require effective leadership and a resolve to put the adequate measures in place to prevent, or to significantly reduce, these mass shootings in America, thereby protecting the citizens.

It is unfathomable that one man could be in possession of 42 firearms. It seems to me that he was going to war against his countrymen. America cannot continue to hold solemn such a right, which not only exposes innocent people to injury and death, but to facilitate these criminals.

This was a sick act, and my condolence goes out to the family of the deceased. And I hope for a speedy and full recovery of the injured.


Dujon Russell