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
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke