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Vegas shooting shakes country

Liam Saluski and Sydney Marquis

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On October 1 at the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of people attending the concert. He killed 58 people and injured 500 more. Many people are still seriously injured. Others are still in comas slowly recovering from bullet wounds. They may never recover. Stephen Paddock, the man behind this grisly terror attack, fired the bullets from multiple weapons, most of them modified to shoot like assault rifles. His reasoning for the terrorist attack is currently unknown and may remain unknown.

From his vantage point on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel, his reign of terror lasted a whole 10 minutes before Paddock turned the gun on himself and ended his own life. Paddock was a wealthy man, married with kids and was a only few weeks away from attending his own son’s wedding. Many close to him had stated that they never would have expected this of him.

This is the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history since the Pulse shooting last summer.  Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said, “Paddock carried more than ten suitcases into his hotel suite during his preparation for the shooting.” The guns used in this mass murder  were a number of undisclosed weapons modified with technology called the “bump stock”. It allows for rapid firing, and can be compared it to a machine gun.

The terror attack sparked controversy on the gun laws in America. Most of the attention was focused on bump fire stocks, the equipment used to alter a semi-automatic weapon and have it fire like an automatic weapon. Paddock used this to allow his semi-automatic rifles to shoot like fully automatic weapons.

Some say the country needs less gun laws so American citizens can protect themselves from situations like these and more. Others might say the lack of gun laws in America are the reason there are problems and tragedies like the Las Vegas mass shooting.

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Liam Saluski, Sectional Editor

Liam Saluski is a sectional editor with the Guardian.

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