7 Facts From The Las Vegas Shooting That Prove We Need More Gun Regulation

7 Facts From The Las Vegas Shooting That Prove We Need More Gun Regulation

Should these weapons be allowed with civilians? How safe are they, and how easy is it to get them?
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The Las Vegas shooting was a terrible tragedy that killed more than 50 people and injured over 500. It brought out the best in people, and around the nation, many are mourning. But this devastating event raises many questions about gun control and regulations in America — should these weapons be allowed with civilians? How safe or dangerous are they? How easily can you get legally or illegally get them? Let's start off with these simple fact.


1. The Las Vegas shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

With at least 59 people killed and more than 500 people injured, the Harvest Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas is the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. This means that this shooting had the highest death toll out of all shootings dating from 1949. The Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida had 49 deaths and more than 50 injured, and the shooting at Virginia Tech killed 32 people and wounded an "undetermined number of others."

2. More than 10,000 people in 2017 around the world have died from gun-related causes.

Not to mention 23,347 injuries, 271 mass shootings or 543 children killed or wounded. Keep in mind that this is only in the year 2017. As a young adult and a member of society, I don't really feel safe, especially as more guns are being allowed on campuses. Get more statistics here.

3. One out of three homes with kids also own guns.

In other words, about 1.7 million children live at a home with at least one unlocked and loaded gun. Additionally, children and adults may feel more obliged to commit suicide with the presence of a gun at home. Of course, you can argue that guns won't be dangerous if placed in responsible hands, but what about the hands of children? Surely you can't blame children.

4. There are about 350 million guns in the United States in circulation.


There are about 113 guns for every 100 Americans. Whether these guns are obtained legally or illegally, who knows what damage they can cause? Even if I do agree with citizens arming and defending themselves, maybe 1.13 guns for every American is too intense.

5. Dying from a gun assault is more likely than choking or drowning to death.

Surprisingly, you are more likely to die from an assault by a gun than a foreign-born terrorist. In fact, dying from a gun assault is not as rare as you might think.

6. America has almost five times as much deaths from guns as other similarly developed and high-GDP countries.

America is a very developed country, yet for all that we brag about, there's still the question of gun homicide. In this chart, America is a definite outlier, as the United States' rate of deaths from gun violence is about five times more than the country with the second highest death toll of gun homicides.

7. In the state with the highest deaths by gun, 23.4 people are killed for every 100,000 people.

States with stricter gun control laws like California have a significantly lower number of deaths than states with looser gun control laws like Alabama. Every day, innocent people are in unknown danger of being killed by firearms. Perhaps this wouldn't happen so often if governments tightened gun regulations.

If you would like to learn more about firearms and numbers on them, visit the following pages: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the National Institute of Justice.

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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Being A Republican In Current Times

Apparently that makes me a MAGA hat wearing chauvinist

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I am very proud conservative in the very liberal state of Washington.

I am also not a fan of Donald Trump. To many, those things are mutually inclusive. However, it is in my opinion that Donald Trump does not represent the character nor the platform of the Republican Party, and for that reason, I remain proud to be conservative.

There are several stark differences between the Republican Party and Trump's Republican party. The actions of a select few individuals, however powerful they may be, do not represent the intentions of a whole. Donald Trump's party preys on the most primitive of emotions, fear.

Fear that the country has forgotten the working class. Fear that the country is being overrun by illegal immigrants committing wanton acts of violence.

A leader who leads with fear is no leader at all - rather those who lack the necessary fortitude and charisma chose this approach. A quick glance at the Republican party platform shows a disconnect between the current Administration and the Party. Trump's 2018 budget has a deficit of one trillion dollars; aren't Republicans the party of fiscal responsibility? The fact that so many Congressional Republicans backed this flawed budget is disheartening and should make any true conservative apoplectic. Furthermore, the type of administration Trump runs is best shown in the cover picture. While I have my own thoughts about abortions, the way Trump handled the situation was not in the spirit of the Republican Party. It is as puzzling as it is alarming to see the lack of women represented in this photo, considering this is legislation primarily affecting female reproductive rights. As the party of Abraham Lincoln, as the champions of inclusiveness, this is not the Republican way.

To be fair, I am pretty moderate in my conservative ideals. And there are even things in the Republican platform that I personally don't agree with it, such as the abstinence-until-marriage sex education because - let's be real - is that happening? No, and all that is doing is creating young teenagers who don't fully understand their own sexual organs. But beyond minor things like that, I am conservative because I feel that government spending is out of control, that marriage is the back that built America, that taxing the rich is no way to create wealth in this nation, and that a strong American military is necessary to have peaceful resolutions to conflicts, among other things. I highly recommend every citizen at least glance at the Federalist Papers, written by 3 of our founding fathers, and I will leave you with the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson: "The Government that governs best...governs least".

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