Gun laws in the United States
—Amendment II, U.S. Constitution
I was recently in Las Vegas for the Fall National Conference for Nurse Practitioners. There were signs everywhere that read, “Vegas Strong,” a reference to the mass shooting that occurred on October 1—1 week before I arrived. There were many tourists on the Las Vegas Strip, and everything looked like business as usual. No one seemed afraid or extra cautious. People who lived there did not spontaneously bring up the event in conversation, and neither a taxi driver nor my uncle offered a comment until prompted.
However, newscasters on the local TV stations repeatedly mentioned the massacre and reminded everyone about the gun shows that are held in Las Vegas almost every weekend where there were few, if any, restrictions on purchasing a gun on the spot. The debate regarding an individual's right to own a gun was again a national discourse with no foreseeable resolution or action in the near future.