Recent mass shootings have lit a new fire in the gun control war. The mass shooting done by Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas has especially sparked more debate.
Somehow Paddock was able to sneak a massive amount of ammo into his hotel room along with with many rifles. It is now said that he shot over, 1,100 rounds into the crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival and another 4,000 rounds remained in his room not used.
The rifles Paddock had were modified with a variety of attachments including the controversial "bump stock." This stock was made for the intention of helping people with disabilities shoot a firearm. The stock uses the recoil effect to bounce the rifle off the shooter's shoulder and bounce the trigger back into the trigger finger. This, in theory, makes the gun's fire rate increase.
Now, people are lobbying that the bump stock devices should be banned. People also want firearms of that style banned because they are viewed as too aggressive. However, the NRA is fighting back in the name of the second amendment.
In the middle of this debate are people like me. I personally think that guns don't kill people. It's people who kill people. That's what we have to solve. What drives a person to kill so many individuals? Are we doing enough as a nation to help people with mental health issues? Is America prepared to figure out why so many people in our country are driven to commit mass killings?
Paddock's motives are still unknown to the investigators. Did he have mental health issues that weren't assessed by doctors, or did he just have an urge to kill people? What led him down this path? We still don't know his motives, but we cannot use the rifles themselves as scapegoats. There is much more to this picture than the guns themselves.