Country Singer Who Played the Las Vegas Festival Where 58 People Were Killed Just Came Out Swinging Against the NRA
In September 2017, at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, a gunman opened fire from a hotel window onto crowds of fans there to see their favorite country music artists. 58 people were killed and an estimated more than 800 injured.
Two nights before the shooting, country music artist Eric Church headlined the festival. According to an article in Rolling Stone, Church was back at his home in Tennessee when the shooting happened. He got a text with the news and turned on his TV.
Victims of the Las Vegas shooting, the deadliest in modern U.S. history, filed a lawsuit against the makers of bump stocks over the weekend. The shooter in the massacre that claimed at least 58 lives and injured 489 people used this legal weapon modification to achieve a near-automatic rate of fire.
Filed in state court in Clark County, Nevada, the proposed class action lawsuit accuses Slide Fire Solutions and other unnamed manufacturers of negligence. It further cites infliction of emotional distress on thousands of witnesses and injured at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
The attack on the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the Las Vegas massacre killing at least 58 people and injuring over 450 more, opened up debate on the availability of guns. The same questions raised after Columbine, Newtown, and Orlando.
Yet very few changes were made after these mass shooting tragedies. And some laws became more relaxed. In 2004 the federal ban on assault weapons expired. The ban, enacted in 1994, fails repeatedly to be reinstated in Congress.
Host Jimmy Kimmel opened last night's episode of his late night show with an emotional plea for gun control, after 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in the mass shooting Sunday night in Las Vegas. Holding back tears, Kimmel shared the pain and despair he was feeling for what he described as "a terrible, inexplicably shocking and painful tragedy" in his hometown.
“Fathers without sons, mothers without daughters,” he said. “It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up or give up. It’s too much to even process. All these devastated families who live with this pain forever, because one person managed to collect a stockpile of rifles and use them to shoot people.”
After Sunday's attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Caleb Keeter of the Josh Abbott Band had a change of heart regarding gun control and the 2nd Amendment.
Keeter is a guitarist in the band. They played at the country music festival attacked by a gunman from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort.
Stephen Paddock committed the worst mass shooting in American history over the weekend, killing 59 people and injuring more than 520 others, after opening fire on country music festival attendees from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. It seems almost routine––there have been at least 1,518 mass shootings since 2012’s Sandy Hook massacre, according to the Gun Violence Archive––and as the calls for gun reform mount yet again, the public is left leafing through the names of the dead and parsing through whatever details investigators can glean from Paddock's life to better understand why he decided to murder in the first place.
The Washington Post sparked controversy yesterday after its editors published an article which appeared to normalize Paddock's actions, describing him as a "high-stakes gambler who 'kept to himself'" before the killings, and while the article is symptomatic of a much larger problem (white American men––who are later memorialized by the media––with no connection to Islam pose a greater domestic threat than Muslim terrorists or foreigners), the general sentiment, that of shock from the murderer's relatives and loved ones.
President Trump addressed the nation from the White House Monday morning to deliver remarks regarding the now deadliest mass shooting in US history, perpetuated by a white, male American terrorist. Trump called the violence an “act of pure evil.”
Earlier that same morning he tweeted his initial response: "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!"