I arose today to reports of yet one more mass shooting. Even bigger than the one in Orlando, there are 50 people dead and hundreds more in the hospital. This time, it was Las Vegas. The shooter had (at last report) at least ten automatic weapons. Maybe they will find more. Whatever. It won’t make any difference to anyone and nothing will change.


It wouldn’t have mattered what city it was in. It’s not that I have become numb to loss of life. It’s that I know no matter how horrendous the shooting has been … regardless of the piles of dead resulting from the shooting … no matter whether the shooter was demented or from some weird cult or just some “fed up” American or a potential terrorist … it will not make a bit of difference. America will continue to encourage everyone to have more and more guns because it’s big business.

The NRA will point out (again) that “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and millions of brain-dead supporters will enthusiastically agree with them. Of course, it’s not true. Guns on their own don’t kill anyone, but a powerful, automatic weapon in the hands of someone intent on using it can kill a lot more people than the same individual who doesn’t have that powerful, automatic weapon. I don’t think it takes a prolonged education to work this one out, either. It’s pretty obvious. I’m sure every gun owner is well-aware of this basic truth. As are all those member of the NRA.

Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas – Ethan Miller, Reuters

Guns are very big business. The manufacture and distribution of guns is huge money, much of which goes to support candidates all over the country. The support is not confined to “red” states, either. It is spread around and many people get at least a piece of the action. As long as gun manufacturers keep spreading the money around, there will never be sane laws to control the kinds of weapons that anyone — crazy, sane, or felonious — can own and use.

People are beginning to argue about whether or not Steven Paddock, the shooter, was in some way related to ISIS.

That’s not the point. He didn’t get his guns from ISIS. He bought them here, in the U.S. Legally. Good old American guns from good old American manufacturers. He didn’t have to import them or sneak them over the border. All he had to do was buy and use them. Which he did and now, at least fifty people who went to watch a concert are dead — with hundreds more in the hospital, so the final butcher bill isn’t in yet. Regardless of his affiliation or lack thereof, whether he turns out to be”just another nutcase” or a “Nazi or Klan killer,” or an “ISIS sympathizer,” it was our own laws that made it possible. Don’t get distracted by the rest of the nonsense.

We did it again. We’ve done it before and we’ll keep doing it because America is driven — these days — entirely by greed. Those gun makers like to keep the wheels and their congress people well-greased.

It isn’t that gun owners are against sensible laws to reduce the number of automatic weapons in the wrong hands. Every survey has shown quite the opposite. It’s their lawmakers who are against it because gun-makers pay the bills to keep these so-called legislators elected. If you want NRA money, you are against controlling guns. It’s that simple.

Guns don’t kill people, but people with guns definitely do kill people. Often, quite a lot of people — and the numbers keep rising. I wonder how many will need to die before someone says “You know, maybe we ought to really DO something about this?” And enough other people agree and we actually change the laws — nationally — to create a long-term solution which works. Because local laws will never get the job done as long as all you need to get your weapons is drive a few states over and buy them there.

Killers who have powerful automatic weapons kill more people. They will keep killing until our lawmakers do something to rein it in, as they have done everywhere else in reasonably modern countries.

But then again, those other countries also have health care. So go figure, right?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


      1. I’m not numbed by this latest mass shooting. Neither am I shocked. I can’t quite identify my emotions. Sad, angry and frustrated are among my immediate feelings. I am GLAD I’m retired and no longer required to report on such events in an objective manner. I really hope I don’t hear some mic holder asking “How do you feel?” to a survivor or a victim’s family member. Please — DON’T ask that inane, insensitive question!

        I dread the response we’ll get from the White House occupant.

        Meanwhile, our thoughts are with the survivors, families and friends of loved ones whose lives were taken today.

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          1. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a 30 year old (I believe he is from Somalia) came to Canada in 2012 as a refugee. On Sunday he took a rental van and drove into a police officer. He stopped the van and got out a commenced to attack the officer with a knife. He then got back into the van and drove into several other pedestrians. He had an ISIS flag in the van. I’ll email you the details.


            1. The officer he attacked with a knife survived, and even pursued him. Thankfully the character did NOT have any automatic weapons. I’m very happy for our gun control laws. 🙂

              We talked about this the other day over dinner, about how US police are so ready to open fire on relatively minor incidents. But here in Canada, policemen who stop the average citizen for traffic violations and such don’t have nearly as much worry about the offender puling a gun on them. Consequently they aren’t already pulling out their pistol, prepared to shoot first. Gun control has many advantages.

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  1. someone has to pull the trigger. those things don’t go off by themselves. And of course, everytime there’s another shooting, or massacre, folks rush out to buy a gun to protect themselves.


    1. Yes, but wouldn’t it be nice if there were fewer triggers? And people with known criminal backgrounds couldn’t buy them so easily?

      No matter. The killings will just go on and on and people will keep pointing out that guns don’t shoot themselves and Americans will ignore the obvious truth that in countries with controls on guns, there are MANY fewer shooting deaths.

      Because it’s a big business and gun makers pay off legislators — and greed is good.


  2. Horrifying, shameful, tragic – and as you say killing is big business, and not only in the US, but across the globe. E.g. Britain sells arms to Saudi Arabia which bombs the Yemeni people to bits. It is beyond insanity.

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  3. It’s never been my favorite city, but I know now that I’lll NEVER again go to Las Vegas! I was caught there on 9/11 for several days, and there was concern that something like this could happen then — and now it has, totally separately!


    1. Las Vegas is one of the cities I have been to only as a pass-through on an airline. At one point, all I wanted was to do was ride the coasters, then fly back. Now, not even that. There’s something about that city that screams “There will be murder here” and I’m not even sure exactly what it is. Maybe it’s that it’s a city that lives on gambling? You won’t find ME there, either.

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      1. It’s a city of depravity — I go into instant sensory overload the minute my plane lands, or as I turn the corner on the freeway and can see the glitter of the strip! I’ve never much liked it, but NEVER again, now! Somehow the gambling is worse in Vegas, and without redemption — Reno, or Tahoe at least have some redeeming features with their outdoor scenery!


      2. AS i recall, wasn’t Las Vegas largely founded by, and grew because of the Mafia?

        Hardly a glowing reference for safety and civil values.

        Not that the millions of tourists or those who love to take a gamble care. Even if the risk is your life?



          1. Most things are – but i recall Bugsy Seigel had a big part to play post WW11 along with help from Teamster bosses in establishing a very profitable money making business in hotels and casinos that seems to have done rather ‘well’ 😦



              1. True – but you can’t deny the negative effects of them and the crooks that make billions from them and the gamblers they attract with ‘legitimate’ entertainment.

                Moreso than MOST other US cities.



                1. I am entirely against casinos. They keep trying to put them in this state and we keep rejecting them, but sooner or later, they will arrive. They always bring bad shit with them. Always.


                  1. Well done Mass.! We got one (only one) around 30 years ago. Every state here has at least one. Ours relies on asian big rollers for it’s survival and our government relies on tax revenue from it for it’s!:-(



                    1. They always promise lots of employment for locals. They never deliver. They bring in their own people from outside and the only jobs are for janitors and groundskeepers. Crime rates climb everywhere a casino exists. Not just mob crime, but crime over all. They destroy neighborhoods. They have been trying to get casinos into Massachusetts for decades and we always say no, but I’m sure they will find a way of slipping them in. Garry has a LOT of stories about this stuff. Most of it never broadcast.


  4. I don’t know what it will take for gun laws to be changed in the USA. The shootings happen so regularly that those of us outside don’t even feel surprised any more and the numbers of dead seem to get bigger. I cannot for the life of me understand why ordinary citizens are able to buy automatic weapons that anywhere else would be for the police or military but as you say it’s big business. We all know that the current POTUS would not want to stop a lucrative industry so it could be three or more years before you can even hope to do anything about it.

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    1. We’ve been watching this grow over the years and there seems to be no end in sight. That we have no reasonable constraint for guns in stupid beyond words. It’s not like we actually ever get to vote for this, either. It’s just something that IS and about which we can’t do anything. At least not now. Maybe someday.

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  5. One of the things that I don’t understand is “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is an NRA argument. To me it is 1) the truth, 2) an argument for keeping guns away from people. I’m finding this country exhausting. I’m glad I moved to the back of beyond… 😦


    1. The ‘argument’ is (deliberately by the NRA) missing a vital piece of information…


      The other vital fact people need to learn is: sane people with guns don’t kill people (other than by accident) but any one of us can go bat-shit crazy for ten minutes in anger and if we have a gun ‘handy’????? Best not to take that risk.

      But of course people are fundamentally stupid and forget bad things way too quickly, so nothing is going to change in the US anytime soon – if ever.

      Back of beyond is the best place to be – doubly so if you have internet. 😉


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  6. This morning a local NRA guy was already on the radio defending the right of any nut job to have any weapon he can buy. His reasoning and his attitude were disgusting in light of these events. I wonder if we would have anything like the second amendment, and its current interpretation, if the founding fathers were to write these laws now. There is no reason that anyone should be able to buy military grade automatic weapons. As you have mentioned, nothing will get done. The NRA has bought enough Republican lawmakers to be sure of that.

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    1. Make no mistake — they’ve bought more than a few Democrats, too. They like to spread the money around. No, we aren’t going to get anything done on this. The whole stupid second amendment should be amended — as in REMOVED. It has no valid meaning in today’s world. None. But you know? Garry and I have been fighting this one our entire lives — and nothing has been accomplished, at least not nationally. Massachusetts has decent laws, as has New York. I don’t know about the rest of the country. I don’t see anything happening during this administration. I mean, the guys from congress who got shot didn’t change their votes, either.

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        1. As does Boston. But it’s so easy to get them elsewhere, there’s a limit to how much good it can do. Not only that, but there are SO MANY GUNS already available in this country — legally and illegally — it would be YEARS before we could collect enough of them to make a difference.

          But you’ve got to start somewhere. Now would be a good time.

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        2. Actually, you are on the next to the lowest rank, but you’d have to move here to get even lower. I think it’s our winter. Nobody is crazy enough to go out in hip-deep snow to shoot people. Anyway, in that kind of whether, there’s no one around to shoot. Warm weather and crowds are the targets … and locally, anyway, we lack crowds — EVEN in warm weather. When the mass murderers struck, it was in Boston during the Marathon — one of the rare times when Bostonians are out in force.


  7. I hope America can wake up to a country where their leaders finally act to protect their children from this increasing cycle of mass shootings. No matter how someone might like guns, it is criminally selfish to defend that right at such a continuously high price of lives loss.


  8. An appalling tragedy – top item on news programmes over here in the UK. The number of guns this madman held was close to forty at the last count. How crazy is that. One of our News prorammes interviewed some guy from the NRA spinning the same old line that you mention – do these people not realize how utterly ridiculous they sound when they justify the ownership of machine guns.


    1. Apparently, they don’t care because they people they are selling to think that’s just fine. Wherein lies the problem. Too many people WANT to hear that it’s okay to stockpile an arsenal because the world is dangerous and you may need to shoot it out with your government. As I cross the line from 70 to 71, never have I really imagined me and Garry blasting our way out against the state’s SWAT team.


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