Las Vegas Shooting: an American Tragedy

By Breanna Racher

On the night of October 1, 2017, the deadliest mass shooting by one individual in all of American history took place at the Las Vegas strip. This individual was Stephen Paddock from Mesquite, Nevada. Around 10:00pm, he fired thousands of rounds from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel down to where the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival was being held. During singer Jason Aldean’s performance, Paddock broke two of the hotel room’s windows and fired into the audience. The gunfire continued for a span of ten minutes. 59 people were killed, including the gunman, who shot himself in the head, and 498 people were injured. For many, the first thing they saw the next morning was notifications about the tragedy on their phones, leaving the entire country in disbelief.  Many celebrities and everyday people offered their condolences through prayers, donations, and social media posts.

 When police invaded Paddock’s hotel room, they found 23 firearms, a large amount of ammunition, and high-capacity magazines that were capable of holding 100 rounds of ammunition a piece. He also had a bump fire gun stock, which allowed him to shoot 90 bullets in 10 seconds. This event has brought up the concern of gun laws and regulations in the United States, with many people claiming that Paddock could not have done as much damage as he did if he did not have access to these semi-automatic weapons. While there is not a solution to this debate yet, the one thing all Americans can agree on is that these acts of terror need to end.

photo by David Becker/Getty Images

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