We pray for the victims of the U.S. Las Vegas shooting. We pray for their loved ones and families. But if these cyclical problems do not teach America to modernize its gun laws, nothing will. Yes, the U.S. is a beacon on innovation and excellence, but on gun control, it is terribly backward. For all the brilliance in U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, nothing there can equate for a man to stock ammunition as though he is going to setup a military battalion.
I mean, when they sold these guns and ammunition to the shooter, did they think he was going to use them on squirrels, elephants or bears? It is puzzling for a nation that is known for its brilliance getting trapped in this seasonal mayhem. From Fortune newsletter:
The worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history is dominating news coverage this morning. A single gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino unleashed a hail of bullets on a crowd at a country music festival, killing at least 58 people. Horrific beyond words. […]
Gun control advocates were quick to point out the absurdity of allowing civilians to buy weapons of mass assault. But, as is usual after such events, gun stocks went up in anticipation of a surge in sales sparked by fears of new gun restrictions. The White House tried to downplay such fears.
Africa fights wars and we have armed robbers. But those are wars and armed robberies. Apart from those, we do not have a history of a man waking up one morning and going to a hotel to kill people like this. Sure, there are terrorists but those are retarded humans. And their guns are always stolen or illegally acquired. So they have broken the laws to have access to the guns. The laws are against them for holding the guns to start with.
But in U.S., that one man can kill 59 people shows that many things are broken. For all the Silicon Valley technology bravado and financial excellence in Wall Street, America is making a mockery of itself by allowing this 18th century way of thinking to exist today. In the 18th century, no one had a gun that could kill at this scale. To maintain that regulation on gun control is not needed despite the advancement in the sophistication of these weapons diminishes America.
In the near future, artificial intelligence (AI) can be connected to weapons to go on wars. I know some will ask for the rights to use AI-guns to hunt for squirrels. But we hardly see the need of hunting squirrels with multi-rounds ammunition some nations cannot afford for their military barracks. Yes, U.S. will sell those guns to one man for his “entertainment and sports”.
President Trump, bring America to the 21st century. Citizens should not acquire weapons as though they are soldiers being deployed for wars. If they want to be soldiers, enlist them, but it is morally unfair to allow someone pile up these weapons in their homes. Enough is enough.
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