Terror erupted on the Las Vegas strip last night when a lone gunman opened fire at a country music festival from an adjacent hotel. More than 50 are dead and over 400 are injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Within hours of the shooting, left-wing pundits and politicians attempted to twist the tragedy to suit their own political agenda. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) offered one of the most egregious displays of partisan hackery, taking to Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the massacre to push for gun control. “Tragedies like Las Vegas have happened too many times. We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence. We need it NOW,” she wrote.
“I’m heartsick for people in Nevada & across the country who woke up to this news & are worried that their family & friends are ok.” Sen. Warren said in a series of tweets politicizing the tragedy, adding, “Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough. Not when more moms & dads will bury kids this week, & more sons & daughters will grow up without parents,” she said, suggesting that more gun control is needed as she stands on the still-warm bodies of more than 50 dead Americans.
Fox News reports that police have identified the shooter as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock from Mesquite, Nevada.
The gunman was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after police broke through the door to his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. At least 10 rifles were found in the hotel room.
Paddock had been staying in the hotel room since September 28, and it appears that he deliberately targeted the Route 91 Harvest Festival, an outdoor country music festival taking place across the street from the gunman’s hotel room.
Within hours of the shooting, Sen. Warren took to Twitter to call for additional gun control. However, it appears in her haste to politize a tragedy, she forgot that these weapons have been banned by federal law since 1934.
“The type of weapon that he used,” offered Fox News contributor Judge Napolitano “is unlawful anywhere in the United States. Unless [the shooter] was a dealer licensed by the Federal government – and these licenses are extremely difficult to acquire.”
There are exceptions to this law. Fully automatic weapons purchased before 1986 are legal, and can be traded amongst collectors, “but it still would require the federal licensure. Meaning the feds would have known – the feds not the locals in Las Vegas – that this human being had a weapon that even the police don’t have because Congress outlawed these weapons in 1934,” Judge Napolitano explained.
The tragic event in Las Vegas should have us on our knees in prayer, not talking gun control. Do you believe gun control should be more strict?
Despite Sen. Warren’s calls for gun legislation, the weapons used by Stephen Paddock were already heavily controlled by the Federal government. The shooter was still able to acquire and transport multiple illegal firearms, in spite of strict gun control laws.
Access to guns did not enable Stephen Paddock to commit his massacre. These guns were banned, but he was still able to inflict mass carnage.
Despite these facts, it is unlikely that Sen. Warren, or any of her colleagues, will cease their push for increased gun control.