Stephen Paddock Today, Who Tomorrow?
By: Chloe Sherman
Late in the evening of October 1st, 2017, gunshots rang across a stage near the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. 50 people were killed and over 400 are in critical condition due to Stephen Paddock's 15 minute mass killing spree. Americans across the country mourn for the loss of both dignity and many innocent Americans. However, our country needs to not only mourn but also consider the consequences of gun supply and demand and usage in our country. It’s time for our country to make a difference and end gun violence.
American’s are allowed the right to obtain a Concealed Carry permit, which has been in high demand lately as Americans are feeling more unsafe and in need of protection. Though yes, taking classes and obtaining a permit is a viable option that doesn’t solve the problem of gun usage in American, rather it raises that bar. Naturally as more adults obtain their permit supply and demand increases causing more gun purchases which means more guns on the streets. Also, with a Concealed Carry permit one could buy how many guns they’d like as long as only one’s on your person or car. “Investigators found 23 firearms in Paddock’s room at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and 19 more at his home” (NBC). Paddock did violate that rule, along with many, but with his ability to purchase multiple guns he caused a mass killing.
As seen above, within the first nine months of 2017, gunned down deaths and injuries and mass shootings is very high. It’s absolutely sickening seeing how many lives have been innocently taken and destroyed and with a total of 273 mass shootings alone this year. Australia has found a way to stop this madness and lower these statistics. “Between 1979 and 1996, Australia had 13 mass shootings. Since 1996, when the country introduced a law that banned the sale of semiautomatic weapons and launched a buyback program for weapons that have already been sold, there have been no mass shootings. None” (The New Yorker). The more of a toll americans put on their guns the safer americans will feel. This definitely will bring an opportunity cost into play, banning the usage and ownership of guns which leads to americans feeling more safe and end upending mass shootings all together, or let Americans keep their guns with the potential of danger around them.
When will it become enough, if gun supply and demand keeps increasing and shootings keep piling it, when will we finally stop it. How far is too far? Is 600 plus innocent victims not enough to bring the idea that something needs to change, that something has to be done? The scary reality is, nobody knows who the next Stephen Paddocks will be, and by paying more attention to gun tolls, and even possibly abolishing guns altogether, a difference can be made.
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