Americans Are Acting Crazy About The Las Vegas Shooting And Gun Violence

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Oct. 6, 2017, at 6:00 a.m.

In the last three days, since the horrific shooting massacre that took place in Las Vegas, I’ve heard and seen some pretty crazy stuff. Some of it from otherwise very smart people.

The New Republic tweeted an article from 2015 called “It’s Time to Ban Guns. Yes, All of Them.”

 A brief mention of the Second Amendment to the Constitution being a potential road block suggests that a “liberal interpretation” of this amendment by the Supreme Court is the problem. I don’t know, “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” seems pretty clear to me. But I’m no constitutional scholar.

Hillary Clinton tweeted: “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”

I am not an avid defender of silencers or the NRA, but this comment demonstrates a high degree of ignorance about how silencers work. Everyone I have talked to who knows about guns (and there are a lot more of them in Colorado than in Washington, D.C.) tells me that a “silencer” on the type of gun the Las Vegas shooter used would have only lowered the sound from “pop an eardrum” to “unbelievably loud.” An AR-15 fitted with a silencer is still at least as loud as a jackhammer.

I saw countless celebrities tweeting about the $5,900,000 that the National Rifle Association contributed to Republican campaigns in 2016 (according to Politico) as a sign that Republicans are “owned by the NRA.” They would never consider the other possibility: that these candidates have ideological reasons for supporting the Second Amendment, which the NRA supports. According to numbers from Open Secrets, Planned Parenthood gave $5,500,000 to Democrats in 2016 and spent another $10,400,000 against Republicans in 2016, but I’m sure this just reflects the well-intentioned, ideological thinking of those Democrats and not that they are “in the pocket of Planned Parenthood.”