As grim reports roll out of Las Vegas, Nevada, government officials, past and present, are stepping up and speaking out against the action of the gunman who killed over 50 people and injured hundreds more during a country music concert.
Joe Biden was one of those officials who tweeted their thoughts on the tragedy. In the tweets, he, of course, conveyed the usual sentiments saying the victims were in their thoughts.
‘Appalled by the senseless loss of life in Las Vegas. Jill and I hold all those affected and grieving in our hearts.’
However, he took it a step further by calling out Republicans on their inaction on gun violence and lax gun restriction laws.
‘How long do we let gun violence tear families apart? Enough. Congress & the WH should act now to save lives. There’s no excuse for inaction.’
He’s right. Although many Second Amendment supporters will say it was the gunman that killed and injured hundreds of people, let’s look at the facts. New York Daily News reported over 10 rifles were found in the shooter’s hotel room. Additionally, the New York Times reported audio recorded of the shots fired could indicate he was shooting a fully-automatic weapon. However, that has not been confirmed, and the guns could have been modified.
‘This suggests another possibility: that a weapon could have been modified to fire faster, a change to a semiautomatic firearms known as bump or slide fire. Such modifications harness the recoil to allow for rapid fire.’
It should be noted the state of Nevada, according to the NYT, has not enacted any laws that restrict ammunition magazine capacities.
How unreasonable is it to ask for laws limiting the ability of madmen to kill scores of people? It’s not unreasonable to request our government to enact laws that guarantee our safety. Yes, there will always be black markets. Yes, the Second Amendment gives the right to bear arms. However, there’s no need for anyone to have automatic weapons, and it’s hard to justify someone owning over 10 guns.
You can check out the responses to Biden’s tweets below.
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