Tuesday Commentary: Las Vegas

Respecting the Second Amendment does not mean abandoning common sense. The right to own guns in this country must remain, while we also must strengthen our laws to prevent mass shootings. – Claire McCaskill

I’m skipping my normal Tuesday column, “Terrific News Tuesday” to comment about the shooting Las Vegas.

We saw plenty of “thoughts and prayers” comments and posts after the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night.

The President even took time out to talk about it Monday morning. He’s even going to visit Las Vegas this week because that is what Presidents do.

He even posted a tweet about the shooting:

My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!

The President may be a wild card when it comes to guns. The NRA folks are probably a little nervous about what he will say in Vegas. Trump once supported a ban on assault weapons and longer waiting periods for gun purchases.

Here is a cold hard fact, though: If the leaders of our country did nothing back in December 2012 when 20 sweet, young, elementary school students and six staff members were gunned down in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, who in the hell thinks they will do anything after 59 people are murdered and over 500 injured while attending a country music concert in Las Vegas.

I am a gun owner and I believe in the Second Amendment, but when you can legally purchase machine guns in a state (like Nevada), there’s something wrong. Nobody needs a machine gun except our law enforcement. Freedom is not free.

USA Today reports:

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.

I’m sure someone will say if we only had armed housekeeping and room service personnel this tragedy could have been prevented…

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4 thoughts on “Tuesday Commentary: Las Vegas

  1. It’s a funny country that will defend the right to own firearms but declare it a “privilege” to receive medical treatment. We need to do whatever it takes to reverse that.
    If you (the reader) haven’t listened to what Colbert, Kimmel, Corden and the other late night hosts have said in their pre-monologue statements after the Vegas massacre, do yourself a favor and do so.

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