Trump's reaction on Las Vegas shooting

by Luca on October 3, 2017 - 9:33pm


In this article, Donald Trump talks about gun control, following the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas. Generally, he’s in opposition with gun control but he supports that banning assault rifles is good and that the time span of getting your gun should be lengthened. Trump has the opinion that the answer to mass shootings is that citizens should have more guns. Easy targets like schools and churches would be able to defend if the scholars and religious would have guns on them to defend themselves in case of a shooting (according to Trump). One has to remember that the NRA supported Trump during the presidential campaign by funding him 30 million dollars. Trump also believes that if Clinton was president, gun control would be imposed and taken more seriously. Taken directly from the article “This massacre is … a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theatre, or in a nightclub.”

The purpose of the article was to give the opinion of the president of the USA on America’s worst shooting in its history. The main point supported by the author is that Trump is opposed to gun control but considers that military-style assault rifle. He believes that people should be allowed to have guns but rifles should be regulated and the access to rifles should be harder. What makes the topic a social issue is that there have been so many shootings in recent years in the US so gun control is a hot topic right now as some think guns should be banned while others think not.

My opinion on this is that guns should be illegal period. I understand that the right to possess a firearm is an important part of the American culture but when guns are so easily accessible, it’s obvious that shootings happen so frequently. Take Canada for example where citizens aren’t allowed to have assault rifles, handguns (some are legal) and modified guns. In Canada, shootings and death casualties from it are way inferior to those in the US. This has to do with the simple fact that guns are legal in most states in the US and illegal in Canada. So when you ask me what my opinion is, I think guns should simply be banned in order to solve the shootings especially in the US and if gun control is refused because of the argument that “it’s in America’s culture to have the right to have a firearm”, then don’t expect to reduce shootings.


While the events associated with this subject are heartbreaking, I find this issue interesting because it feels so detached from my reality. I find it utterly confusing that it is legal to carry a weapon without a permit in most states. I would feel very unsafe walking around in Montreal at night knowing that some people carry dangerous weapons.

Some things make so little sense to me. According to various polls done from 2008 to 2011, most Americans believe in the right to carry a gun (DeGrazia, 2014, p. 2). Most of these people likely say that this gun is for defence purposes, but then one starts to wonder: who are they protecting themselves from? Other gun owners?

Even more puzzling is that since the “expiration of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 2004, guns that are legally available to the public include […] assault weapons” (DeGrazia, 2014, p. 3). Why is there so little gun regulation in the United States? It is likely in part due to the lobbying power that the NRA has. As you said in your summary, the NRA has given President Trump $30M during his presidential campaign. How is this not considered bribery? This baffles me.

I truly believe that there should be stricter gun control because of all the major shootings that happen every few months. I am happy to live in Canada where there is gun control.

Degrazia, D. (2014). The Case for Moderate Gun Control. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 24(1), 1-25. doi:10.1353/ken.2014.0003

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