“I don’t want to be alone in the darkness”

58 people dead. More than 100 injured. This was the result of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

September 25, 2017. Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock stood from his hotel window across a music festival. Armed with more than 23 assault rifles and sidearms. Shortly after 10 pm, he began firing at the concert-goers who stood there thinking the sound came from fireworks instead of bullets. After 15 minutes of fully automatic fire, and more than 1000 rounds fired, the police got to his room, where he had committed suicide just seconds before. His motive is still unknown to this day.

Gun laws in the US are becoming an increasingly complicated problem as the number of mass shootings raises every year. The answer, unsurprisingly, is not clear to us yet. Should the country surrender one of his original constitutional rights? Or is gun control a more appropriate response given the context?

Paddock was a completely “stable” individual, at least according to the law. No mental illness, no prior faults, nor red flags that could’ve been raised while buying his guns.

He had what most of us would consider a good life, people that supported him, like his family and wife, tons of money, and opportunities that provided him with adventures and traveling. He showed us that everyone can surrender to our darkness at any point.

Let me ask you then, is it really smart for us to be armed with weapons of mass destruction capabilities? The answer to that question has been shown to us time after time in recent history. No more guns, or at least, no more assault weapons should be allowed in the hands of the people.

People should not be trusted. We are fragile, unstable, and more often than not, can not even trust ourselves completely.

The fact is that while the state players deliberate, the people, most of them kids, keep dying with every year that passes.


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