On Sunday, a man named Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel room window onto the crowd below, who were watching a Jason Aldean concert at a music festival. 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, though it's been only two years since the same was said about the mass shooting at Florida night club Pulse. Investigators recovered 47 guns belonging to Paddock, 12 of which had been outfitted to function as automatic weapons. He killed all those people in less than 11 minutes.
Many are confused about why a civilian would be able to accrue such a deadly arsenal and murder so many of their fellow Americans. The answer is that the National Rifle Association has an enormous amount of money, and getting legislation through congress regarding gun control is almost impossible. The culture around guns and the Second Amendment in the U.S. is strong, butthe Founding fathers had no concept of what an automatic rifle could be capable of when they planned for a standing militia. But pushing automatic rifles and making it easier for people to buy them at gun shows is the NRA's business.
Think Progress reporter Judd Legum shared the last tweet from the official NRA magazine before the shooting in Las Vegas. In it, they share a photo of an automatic rifle with the hashtag #hunting.
People want to know exactly what kind of hunting someone would do with a weapon like that:
That is just what I was going to say! 😳 I guess they like their "Deer Steaks" full of shrapnel & chew around fragments?????— Nell76 (@Nell7619) October 2, 2017
I come from a family of hunters and outdoors persons. A gun of that nature has NOTHING to do with hunting. 😠— Ayce of Hearts (@ayce325) October 2, 2017
1/2 Yeah, that will kill a deer or a bear. It will also enable nutjobs to murder numerous people in a short amount of time.— HFDMAMA (@hfdmama) October 2, 2017
Hunting is an important part of many cultures in the U.S., but if you need to fire off hundreds of rounds to do it, you're probably not a hunter. In my opinion, you're just a gun nut.