In response to mass shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas, Beto O’Rourke, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate halted his campaign to return to his hometown El Paso, Texas to stand by his community. O’Rourke said with grieve
“I’m incredibly saddened and it is very hard to think about this.”
“El Paso is the strongest place in the world. This community is going to come together. I’m going back there right now to be with my family and to be with my hometown.”
The presidential candidate delivered his words while at the Pubic Services Forum in Las Vegas.
The death of 20 people in addition to the injury of 26 more has been confirmed in mass shootings at El Paso’s Walmart located at its shopping centre last Saturday. The massacre is currently being investigated by the FBI as a domestic terrorism case. Walmart issued a statement saying “we’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso. … We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders.” According to eyewitnesses children and adults were trying to hide “like sardines,| some were crying while others were running trying to take shelter.
The democratic presidential candidate emphasised shortly after the massacre that change will not occur on its own accord. Adding that it is the responsibility of every individual to take a stand on important issues such as gun violence, economic inclusion, and the right to organise. O’Rourke believes that in a democracy we are collectively responsible for finding and maintaining the well being of society.
O’Rourke along with other Democratic presidential candidates are expressing their outrage at the mass shootings, horrified by the how common massacres are becoming.
“It’s not just today, it has happened several times this week. It’s happened here in Las Vegas where some lunatic killed 50 people.’’
Vermont Sen. Furthermore, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said,
‘‘This has got to be a movement, politics or not, we’ve got to make ending this nightmare a movement before it happens to yet another community or another person dies.’’
Gun Laws in Nevada
Nevada Gun Laws regulate and allow the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition within the state. A person must be 21 years of age, completed a course in firearm safety and demonstrate competence with handling a handgun to be able to apply for a Concealed Firearm Permit. A single permit is usually valid for all handguns the person might own or may thereafter own. Moreover, the Nevada state law does not necessarily require the registration of firearms, including handguns and long-arms.
Politicians and lawmakers will be coming together in the next few days to discuss gun control issue affecting multiple states around the US, hoping to save more lives in the process.