We'll Be Talking About Gun Laws as Time Goes By

Wednesday, 04 Oct, 2017

Authorities say Paddock opened fire from the windows of his 32nd floor hotel room late Sunday, killing 59 people and wounding hundreds more at a country music festival.

During a news conference held by Senate leadership, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said it wasn't appropriate to politicize the Las Vegas shooting. These numbers include the Las Vegas attack, for which the total number of dead and injured is still being assessed.

Speaking to reporters as he was about to board the presidential helicopter, Trump said Paddock was "a sick man, a demented man".

The White House's flag was at half-staff. An additional 19 guns were found in Paddock's home in Mesquite, Nevada.

Trump also announced a visit to the wounded city on Wednesday "to meet with law enforcement, first responders and the families of the victims", following his scheduled visit to the hurricane devastated island of Puerto Rico Tuesday.

David Chipman, a former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who advises the gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions, is confident an unmodified semi-automatic weapon could not have produced the rate of fire captured in audio recordings of the incident. He offered condolences to the families of those killed, saying: "We can not fathom their pain".

The massacres such as those of Orlando or Las Vegas drive sales of weapons and the actions of their manufacturers.

"I think that is something we can talk about in the coming days and see what that looks like moving forward", Sanders said.

The president has received periodic briefings on the shooting while also monitoring the coverage on cable news.

Earlier Monday morning, Mr. Trump offered his "warmest condolences" in a Twitter post.

Trump's visit to Las Vegas will come a day after he travels to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, where many have accused the federal government of an inadequate response.

Yet again we are forced to bear witness to our friends, neighbors and fellow citizens falling to a domestic terrorist attack.

Historically, gun stocks have experienced a bump after a mass shooting for reasons both political and emotional. "Had I had access to a suppressor, it may have protected me, as well as millions of other Americans, from this sort of hearing loss". But he added that "when someone has that kind of mentality, it doesn't matter what kind of laws you have". Guns are not allowed at schools, child care facilities and university campuses.

The website for one such product, Slide Fire, shows several videos in which shooters launch multiple rounds per second in bursts that sound nearly indistinguishable from automatic fire.