Las Vegas attacks, deadliest in US after 9/11

Las Vegas attacks, deadliest in US after 9/11

The attacks in Las Vegas Strip, during a country musical festival on 1st October have left 59 dead and 525 wounded.

The 64-year old shooter, Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 people attending the country music show before killing himself as the police closed in. (

Paddock shot from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, located across the street from the outdoor concert. (

Clark County, Nevada Sheriff Joe Lombardo disclosed that along with the 19 weapons found in the hotel room, 18 more guns, explosives, and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found in Paddock's home in Mesquite. (

Though the Islamic State is claiming responsibility, saying the gunman was one of its "soldiers" and converted to Islam months ago, the FBI says that there is no evidence of the same. (

Paddock's brother, Eric, said that his brother was a wealthy man with no known political or religious affiliations, and with no history of mental illness.

Following the horrific attack, President Donald Trump led a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House, facing the Washington Monument, to remember the victims.The president has called the shooting an "act of pure evil." (

In respect of the victims of the attack, the Eiffel Tower went dark on the night of 2nd October.

The Empire State Building in New York also went dark in tribute to those who died in the Mandalay Bay hotel massacre.

Time for the lawmakers to think?

With the death toll surpassing last year's massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by a gunman who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic state, the Las Vegas attacks have become the second deadliest attacks on the American soil after the 9/11 attacks.

The shooting has raised questions and sparked a renewed outcry from some lawmakers about the pervasiveness of guns in the United States.(

Efforts to pass tougher federal gun laws failed following a number of mass shootings, including the 2012 massacre of 26 young children and educators in Newtown, Connecticut, and the June attack on Republican lawmakers practising for a charity baseball game. Nevada has some of the nation's most permissive gun laws. It does not require firearm owners to obtain licenses or register their guns.(

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right to bear arms, and gun-rights advocates staunchly defend it. U.S. President Trump, a Republican, has been outspoken in his support for the Second Amendment.(

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