Las Vegas Becomes the Latest American Gun Tragedy

Las Vegas Becomes the Latest American Gun Tragedy


Until the Next Time. Mass shooting in the U.S. is defined by a shooting with more than three people shot. Today is the 275th day of 2017 and the U.S. has had 273 mass shootings so far.

Last night in Las Vegas, Nevada the worst mass shootings in U.S. history took place at the hands of 64 year old Steven Paddock. Paddock shot concertgoers from the window of his room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. 

In yet another money driven policy gift to the NRA, the U.S. House is scheduled to vote this week to ease curbs on silencers. Why? The argument is that loud gunfire damages the hearing of hunters making silencers necessary. The question is why would a hunter require a military-style assault weapon? 

“The main policy response to mass shootings is to lower the flag to half-staff,” tweeted journalist Ryan Lizza today. After the massacre and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, many though that the breaking point would be reached on gun policy and tried for a ban on military assault weapons.  It didn’t happen.

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly held a press conference on Capitol Hill to remind everyone that “thoughts and prayers” won’t be enough to prevent gun violence. The chances that the Republican controlled NRA controlled Congress will take action is unlikely. 


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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.