Every now and then an American citizen goes crazy. He does what comes naturally to him. Kill fellow Americans. With a gun in hand he starts shooting left and right and soon shoots himself to death.Post death he gets his couple of days fame on media throughout the world. Cries for gun control are raised by a few citizens and concerned groups but these get drowned by strong gun lobbies and champions of individual liberty to defend oneself.
Americans constitute a meager 4.4% of the world population but are reported to possess more than 50% of civilian owned guns worldwide. The totalfirearms with the civilian population of US is around 270 millions and there are 83 firearms per 100 residents.The latest Las Vegas shooter used a semi automatic gun along with an attachment called 'bump stock' which enabled him fire bullets rapidly as if from an automatic gun. However in US automatic guns are not allowed to be sold to civilians
Nearly 200 persons have been killed in top five worst mass shootings in US since 1991. Fifty nine persons were killed and a staggering 559 injured when Stephen Paddock, a retired and a wealthy person, for no rhyme or reason, started shooting fromthe 32nd floor of a luxury hotel in Las Vegas on a crowd attending a musical program. Last year in Orlando, Florida 49 persons were killed by a shooter in nightclub. Random shootings are common in US. The motives of the shooters are seldom known as either they kill themselves or are killed by the police.
But will a nation which used to kill Red Indians as a sport during the taking over of their lands control the possession of the very weapon which was instrumental in acquiring the vast lands that form the US today? Possession of firearms is a fundamental right reportedly enshrined in the US constitution.The gun lobby finances nearly half of the people's representatives elections. US citizens are afraid in their prosperity and thus must have a gun by their side for self protection.So it is not going to be easy to control civilian guns in US.
One can only hope that the US government listens to proper advice and starts to legislate gun control measures. Innocent lives of their own citizens will be spared.