They were watching a movie in Aurora. They were learning to read in Newtown. They were celebrating in San Bernardino. They were dancing in Orlando. They were playing baseball in Alexandria. And they were listening to music in Las Vegas.Then they were gunned down.
On the night of October 1st, a man unleashed a hailstorm of bullets on thousands of concert-goers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. At least 50 people were killed and over 400 injured. It is the worst mass shooting in American history.
When police were finally able to enter the shooter's Mandalay Bay hotel room, they discovered a stockpile of 10 rifles - many of which were reported to be automatic military-style assault weapons.
In the United States, it is perfectly legal to own a fully automatic weapon
, including machine guns used by the military. While there are federal restrictions that limit the purchase of new military-style assault weapons, people who bought machine guns prior to 1986 just have to pay a fee and register their weapon. According to a 2006 report
, there are over 390,000 automatic military-style assault weapons registered to private owners in the United States.
That means on our streets right now there is one machine gun for every thousand people living in the US... that we know of.
The attacker's automatic weapons allowed him to shoot without stopping for 10 minutes at a time before reloading. Machine guns are designed to kill a lot of people really quickly. That is their sole purpose.
Which is why they do not belong on our streets.
How many more people have to get hurt? And how many more have to die
before our country recognizes the need for gun control? Sign this petition to demand that Congress pass legislation to keep military-style assault weapons out of the hands of private owners.