A gunman on a high floor of a Las Vegas hotel rained a rapid-fire barrage on a huge outdoor concert festival on Sunday night, killing more than 50 people, injuring hundreds of others, and sending thousands of terrified survivors fleeing for cover, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history. Online video of the attack near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino showed the singer Jason Aldean performing outside at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music event, interrupted by the sound of automatic gunfire. The music stopped, and as victims fell, bleeding, concertgoers screamed, ducked for cover, or ran.
Donald Trump, who extended his "warmest condolences" to "victims and families" on Twitter, will be making things even worse—excuse me, Donald Trump will be "speaking to the nation"—in a few minutes.
UPDATE: Trump offers thoughts, prayers, pablum, flags flying at half mast: "In times such as these I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos... The answers do not come easy." The political will to enact sane gun control comes not at all. But, hey, if only those thousands of concertgoers had had their own automatic weapons then they all could've fired blindly at the upper floors of the hotel where the shots were coming from and
saved the day upped the body count.
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.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
Most of the NRA's funding comes from companies that make guns.
The NRA does not care if people die.
The NRA only cares about PROFITS.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) October 2, 2017
We did nothing after Sandy Hook, it will never stop. How can anyone stand thru our anthem. We are sick in the head.
— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) October 2, 2017
Please note that the only gun legislation this Congress cares about would have given the shooter silencers.
NOBODY NEEDS AUTOMATIC WEAPONS.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 2, 2017
Australia confiscated 650,000 guns. Murders and suicides plummeted. https://t.co/HWTxlsdwMN
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) October 2, 2017
This is a Kinder Egg. It is a chocolate egg with a toy that's illegal in the U.S. High-powered automatic rifles are not. pic.twitter.com/9gyZhkrvny
— Keith Phipps (@kphipps3000) October 2, 2017
Sandy Hook mom @Nelba_MG: 'We value guns, flags & fake acts of patriotism over people, pain'. https://t.co/wVRle4BA1m
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) October 2, 2017
Mass Shooter Doesn't Seem Like Mass Shooter, Even Though He Did A Mass Shooting https://t.co/fMoloqQZQp
— Kashana (@kashanacauley) October 2, 2017
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) October 2, 2017