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More than 50 concertgoers were killed Sunday night in Las Vegas and more than 400 were injured in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. By Monday morning, when we still knew nothing about the motives of alleged shooter 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, the politics had already begun.
Many Democrats immediately called for more gun control, noting that Nevada has some of the laxest gun laws in the U.S. However, it appears that the shooter used a fully automatic weapon already banned by federal law. And even the few exceptions to that law still leave it extremely difficult for individuals to get their hands on weapons so lethal. Such weapons are so “highly regulated” in the U.S. that it “was unclear how Paddock would have acquired an automatic weapon, if he did use one,” the Washington Post reported Monday.
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In other words, it is highly likely that the shooter had an illegal firearm. If that’s the case, more gun laws would have done nothing to stop this tragedy.
Nor would “good guys with guns” stopped the shooting, something pro-gun advocates often say. Paddock carried out his carnage from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, out of reach of any legal firearms carriers below.
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Those eager to make this tragedy about gun control are going to run into a lot of factual difficulties, not just political ones.
On the right, some were anxious to pin the killing on the left, radical Islam and even the government.
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One of the more popular posts among conservatives was an apparent hoax that the far-left anti-fascist group Antifa was claiming the shooter as one of their own. Later, ISIS claimed responsibility for the shooting, with some conservatives all too eager to share that story, as if ISIS didn’t already claim to carry out every mass killing capturing America’s attention. Officials...
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