Gun Cul­ture in Amer­ica

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Re­fer­ring to Gun cul­ture in Amer­ica and Las Ve­gas

mas­sacre (Novem­ber), It is both sad and dis­turb­ing that the con­cert at Las Ve­gas had to end abruptly after a gun­man went on a killing spree not only gunned down more than 60 peo­ple and crit­i­cally in­jured 500 around send­ing shock waves across U.S. But also cre­ated panic amongst the huge gath­er­ing who were hav­ing a gala time watch­ing the con­cert with keen in­ter­est and en­thu­si­asm. As the hor­rific shoot­ing in­ci­dent ended, it was no­ticed that the shooter killed him­self even be­fore police could nab him. One fails to un­der­stand as to why the shooter in­dulged in mass shoot­ing in the first place when there ap­pears to be no en­mity be­tween the shooter or any ter­ror­ist group and the or­gan­is­ers of the con­cert. Not­with­stand­ing the fact that Amer­ica wit­nessed sim­i­lar incidents since 1982 which rose steadily from 1991 prior to this lat­est hor­ren­dous in­ci­dent in Las Ve­gas, it only re­in­forces the fact that in­ves­tiga­tive agen­cies are still un­able to find out the real cause be­hind such shoot-outs which has been play­ing havoc with the lives of in­no­cent peo­ple ev­ery time.

Sur­pris­ingly, even lawen­forc­ing agen­cies are clue­less and un­able to curb such bar­baric and in­hu­man acts so far. As the US and rest of the world were unan­i­mous in con­demn­ing such ghastly acts when­ever it takes place, as a rou­tine, it is un­for­tu­nate that after the ini­tial prom­ise to wise such das­tardly acts, there is no con­crete ac­tion taken to get into the roots to find out the truth and men be­hind such wrong-do­ings. Though Is­lamic State had owned re­spon­si­bil­ity for the shoot-out even as in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way, it is high time in­deed; Amer­ica takes dras­tic mea­sures to com­bat such sense­less killings of in­no­cents by per­verse minds.

— R. Srinivasan

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