Monday, October 2, 2017, 8:00am

5TtRT: Las Vegas, gun control & gun violence

Gun Control

Some Asshole shot up a crowd of people in Las Vegas late last night.

The shooter leaned out of his Mandalay Bay Hotel room window and fired an automatic weapon into the crowd below, which was there for a country music festival. He killed 58 people and injured 515. Some Asshole is an old white dude with no known affiliations with any extremists groups or ideologies. He killed himself in his hotel room before the police burst in. He apparently had 10 (or more) guns with him.

5 Things to Read Today (10/2/17)

  1. NPR: Las Vegas Shooting Update: At Least 58 People Are Dead After Gunman Attacks Concert – “A gunman who fired upon thousands of people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip has killed at least 58 people, police say.”
  2. Bloomberg: Las Vegas Horror Drives All-Too-Predictable Gun Stock Rally – “The grim predictability of stock-market reactions to U.S. mass shootings—where before a final tally of casualties can be reached, shares of gun makers rise—continued Monday in the wake of a Las Vegas attack that killed at least 50 and wounded hundreds more.”
  3. Vox: America’s gun problem, explained – “After every mass shooting, the debate over guns and gun violence sparks up once again. Maybe some bills get introduced. Critics respond with concerns that the government is trying to take away their guns. The debate stalls.”
  4. New York Times: How to Prevent Gun Deaths? Where Experts and the Public Agree – “The two policies ranked most effective were those requiring all sellers to run background checks on anyone who buys a gun, and barring gun sales to people convicted of violent misdemeanors, including domestic assaults.”
  5. Scientific American: More Guns Do Not Stop More Crimes, Evidence Shows – “Guns took more than 36,000 U.S. lives in 2015, and this and other alarming statistics have led many to ask whether our nation would be better off with firearms in fewer hands. Yet gun advocates argue exactly the opposite: that murders, crimes and mass shootings happen because there aren’t enough guns in enough places.”

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