26 thoughts on “Massacre in Las Vegas, USA, why?

  1. Australia suffered their worst ever gun massacre in 1996, 35 people
    murdered in Port Arthur. In response, with both liberal and
    conservative support, they finally passed strict gun control, to take
    high powered military weapons off the street.

    And it worked. Yes, there have been other gun multiple murders in
    Australia since, but not many, and nothing even remotely on the same
    scale as that 1996 massacre.

    Now, America has had its own, and latest, worst ever gun massacre.

    When Sandy Hook happened, and dozens of little children were
    slaughtered, Congress did nothing.

    It was barely a year ago that nearly 50 people were mowed down in a
    nightclub in Orlando, but Congress did nothing.

    It’s time for Congress to do something. Otherwise we are just marking
    time until the next worst ever gun massacre.

    Ban Assault Weapons Now, Finally: https://www.utalk.us/?a=no_assault

    And here is the same thing as one of our classic action pages:


    This is not the time for yet another moment, or day, or year after
    year, of silence. Now is exactly the time most critically to speak
    out. Enough with the inaction. This is the time for action.

    And after you speak out, please consider requesting one of our People
    With Guns Kill More People That People Without Guns bumper stickers.

    People With Guns bumper stickers: https://www.utalk.us/?g=1:SK

    What will the NRA say about this one, the usual knee jerk “if only a
    good guy with a gun had been there?”

    Here someone on the 32nd story of a high rise was shooting down on a
    crowd that was fenced in and were helpless to escape. Even if every
    one of those 22,000 people had been packing heat they still would
    have been sitting ducks. What would they have done, shot out all the
    windows of the Mandalay Bay hotel, assuming they could even shoot
    back that far, generating mass carnage there as well? Nobody was even
    sure where the bullets were coming from.

    It is being reported that the shooter had no “record” of mental

    He had 23 high powered guns, sniper rifles, etc., on him. Anyone who
    thinks they ever need to pack such firepower is by DEFINITION
    mentally ill. The sheer act of buying so many guns of any kind is
    itself pathologically sick.

    Who the hell needs 23 fire arms and thousands of rounds of
    ammunition, except to be a militia of one, the exact opposite of what
    the constitution was talking about, a local guard to protect the
    community, at a time when the national army could not?

    In particular, assault weapons have no justifiable self-defense
    purpose. None. Zero. Neither do they have any justifiable sporting
    purpose, unless you like your pheasant in bloody shreds.

    We defy anyone in the radical gun nut camp to point to a SINGLE
    instance where an assault weapon has ever been effectively used by a
    civilian for self defense. They keep nobody safe. They are nothing
    but a mortal danger to us all.

    Some said today there were no signs. The lunatic in this case bought
    dozens of assault rifles. Was that not a big enough sign??

    And after the latest murderous gun nut had killed as many people as
    he could, he killed himself before the police could even get to him.
    In the end he was not “taken out” by a “good guy with a gun,” itself
    just feeding another murder loving fantasy. The only thing that saved
    any of the people who survived, assuming it was not finally running
    out of most of his bullets, was the bad guy with a gun murdering
    himself as well. He was dead long before the police even blew his
    hotel door off its hinges.

    So please submit the action page.

    Dedicate your life to removing from office any member of Congress who
    will not defend your real safety, safety which is not founded in
    trying to out firepower the sickest, unrestricted, unregulated,
    unregistered gun hoarding fanatic out there.

    Every time this happens, they tell us don’t make it political. The
    only people making it political are the people saying don’t make it

    And if you can make a valiant contribution to help advocate and
    mobilize for real progressive policy change you can use this page,
    and you can even make it recurrent by checking the box for that.


  2. Wednesday 4th October 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    We can always count on capitalism to take the best advantage of everything, even mass murders, writes JOHN WOJCIK

    AS USUAL after a horrific mass shooting in the United States, shares of gun stocks rose yesterday after at least 59 people in Las Vegas joined the ever-growing list of casualties of mass shootings, this time the deadliest in US history.

    The value of Sturm, Ruger and Co stock, according to CNBC, briefly rose more than 4.5 per cent while American Outdoor Brands Corporation — formerly Smith & Wesson — rose more than 3 per cent.

    Stephen Paddock, age 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire late on Sunday night from the 32nd floor of his hotel room into a crowd at a concert on the Las Vegas strip, killing 59 and injuring 527 at the time of writing.

    Police report that Paddock is dead. According to the US television network NBC and other news outlets, he was not a “terrorist.” Apparently what constitutes terrorism these days is, at best, unclear.

    He had no “connection,” the television news networks say, to any known terrorist groups.

    However, thus far the networks have not explored what connections he had that he used to purchase his weapons.

    They likely come from US corporations doing a brisk business on Monday after Paddock made such effective use of their products.

    The business news channel CNBC said the value of the gun stocks apparently went up because Wall Street traders bet on a pickup in arms sales ahead of potentially tighter regulations as a result of this shooting.

    They may also be betting, CNBC said, that sales will increase as people fearing for their safety will run out and buy more guns.

    Whatever the reason though, the gun companies are happy now that they can enjoy another spike in their sales.

    After the Orlando and San Bernardino shootings, “you saw a two- to three-month surge in firearms sales,” Rommel Dionisio, managing director at Aegis Capital, told CNBC.

    The two Isis-linked attacks “certainly triggered something in the US consciousness about personal safety.”

    Sunday’s attack has not been linked to Isis at all but the gun companies have no problem, apparently, with enjoying the increased sales anyway.

    Gun stocks clearly go up in value after any mass shooting. There’s nothing like putting profits before human lives to make a certain buck.

    Leave it to the gun companies. Leave it to capitalism. We can always count on them to take best advantage of any given situation.

    The two gun stocks have fallen sharply since US President Donald Trump’s election win last November.

    Gun sales had climbed ahead of the election on expectations a Democratic win would increase restrictions on purchases. After Trump’s win, sales of the weapons dropped and so did the stocks.

    The stocks surged in mid-September after Reuters reported, citing senior US officials, that the Trump administration is working to make it easier for US gun makers to sell small arms to foreigners.

    As of Friday’s close, American Outdoor Brands was down nearly 28 per cent for the year. Sturm Ruger shares were nearly 2 percent lower for the year.



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