The Sportsman’s Box family is deeply saddened by America’s deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, the Las Vegas Massacre. The evil acts of one person claimed 59 lives on Sunday, Oct. 1, on the Las Vegas Strip, and an astonishing 527 people are still recovering from injuries.
As we watch the updates unfolding on the news, the hearts of all Americans break to see the people behind the number. We’ve learned of a nurse who protected his wife and ultimately lost his life. Another victim was a secretary at a school in New Mexico that was described by students as “the most kind person.” The number is shocking but learning of the victims and hearing their stories is truly devastating. Once a name and a face are attached to a number, it simply hits home.
Nearly immediately after the shooting and as events began to unfold through television and social media, a division soon emerged. The elephant in the room can not be ignored in this tragedy. As Americans, we must realize that the tragedy will spark issues regarding our right to bear arms.
Hillary Clinton tweeted the day after the horrific event, “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”
Clinton was ripped over her ignorant tweet about guns after the tragedy, and many Americans began to take sides.
According to the New York Post, White House Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders shared Monday, Oct. 2, that “It’s very easy for Mrs. Clinton to criticize, but I think we need to remember the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter.”
Sanders continued, “This isn’t a time for us to go after individuals or organizations. I think that we can have those policy conversations, but today is not that day.”
Clinton continued to spark controversy by specifically asking Americans to “stand up to the NRA.”
President Trump is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and he’s made that very clear. Trump recently brought attention to the fact that tough gun laws had not stopped the thousands of shootings in Chicago.
The city of Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country; however, in this year alone, 4,000 people were slain in relation to gun-related crimes.
In the upcoming weeks, division of the country will continue regarding our Second Amendment rights. One thing is for certain, the looming question on Americans’ minds is “Will their right to bear arms be infringed upon?”