The Mandalay Bay shooting, where 50 people died and more than 400 injured, was though to be the event which would reignite America’s rambling gun control debate.
It took a school in Florida to do that.
For anyone living under a rock — on an island — in the South Pacific, the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas was the site of the massacre. The killer, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock used automatic and semi-automatic weapons in the attack and caused the crowd of 22,000 to run or take cover.
Paddock was found dead by a SWAT unit after a smoke alarm was triggered because of the fog of gunsmoke.
Just months before the shooting, Obama urged Congress take “immediate action” in dealing with gun control before another shooting.
Obama was speaking to parents of children slain during the Sandy Hook attack in 2012. Obama said, “In Dr. King’s words, we need to feel the urgency of now.”
“Our absolute right to life, freedom and the chase for comfort were removed from kids in Blacksburg and Santa Barbara and high schools such as Columbine and first-graders at Newtown,” Obama said.
Obama pointed out he wasn’t trying to remove the second amendment. Instead, he said better safety measures were needed. “If we can develop the technology where a person can’t unlock their phone unless they have a valid fingerprint, why can’t it be done for guns?”
Obama added: If a kid can’t remove the cover from a bottle of Aspirin, we need to make sure they can’t work a trigger.”
Following the Las Vegas shooting, Obama tweeted: “Michelle and I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas as our thoughts go to the families enduring another tragedy.”