NRA Issues Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

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Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The National Rifle Association released a statement about the shooting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday night that killed 59 people and wounded hundreds more.

The statement was issued by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and NRA’s chief lobbyist Chris Cox.

The two said that “banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world.”

They also called for the Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms to look into whether bump stocks, which allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire at a rapid rate, should be regulated in the United States.

“Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law,” the statement said. “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, shot at a crowd of concert-goers late Sunday night from his room on the 34th floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.

His motive is still unclear. The shooting was the deadliest in modern U.S. history. For days, the National Rifle Association has remained silent, until releasing its statement on Thursday night.

Read the full statement here:

In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented. Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control.

Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world. In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. espite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.

The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.

In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans’ Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities. To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.

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Anonymous

The Las Vegas shooting was such a tragedy and horrible event. I have never been someone that has been for or against guns or the second amendment, everyone should be able to express themselves or protect themselves. But this honestly has to be something people look at and take a second look at about guns. Why would anyone need to have the right to have a machine gun in America recreationally or at all. The whole “about people kill people and guns don’t kill people” needs to be re-thought because there are so many people that can act sane enough to get a gun or multiple guns and have no bad past but are so insane in their own minds but have no past history but have the thought in their mind that they are going to do the unthinkable of shooting not only one person but as many people as they can. Again, I do believe in the Second Amendment, everyone should have a right to defend themselves but no one should be able to have a mass supply of guns or machine guns. I don’t understand and something does needs to be done to stop this from happening again. Times have changed, gun rights need to be rethought. Why does the NRA have to be so stubborn? How many people have to loose their lives at others hands before something is rethought and or done about. RNA please think about what PEOPLE do wth guns that are considered sane and end up killing people.

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