Machine gun tourism in spotlight after Vegas shooting

Marsha Scott
October 7, 2017

President Donald Trump arrived in Las Vegas to meet with officials, victims and first responders in Las Vegas, the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern us history.

Fifty-nine people were killed and more than 500 people were wounded when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort on concert goers attending the Route 91 Harvest festival on Sunday night.

The president and first lady visited Las Vegas on Wednesday to show support for the victims as well as the people who cared for them.

The Sunday night rampage killed at least 59 people and injured 527, some from gunfire and some from a chaotic escape.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Trump said he'd be in Las Vegas to "pay our personal respects and condolences to everybody".

"So wonderful to be in Las Vegas yesterday and meet with people, from police to doctors to the victims themselves, who I will never forget!" the president tweeted.

"We'll be looking into that in the next short period of time", Trump said, when asked about the proposed ban ahead of a dinner with military officers at the White House. "They're not illegal, but we have a personal preference and decided not to sell them".

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Trump said "a lot more" was being learned about Paddock. However, he declined to comment about the motivation of the shooter and just said that the suspect was "a sick and demented person".

In a speech shortly after the shooting, Mr Trump called it an "act of pure evil". "America is truly a nation in mourning", the president said.

'We love you Las Vegas, ' he wrote in the caption of the video with the song God Bless the U.S. by Lee Greenwood playing in the background.

The shooter, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was a divorced retiree who lived in nearby Mesquite, Nevada.

Once in Puerto Rico, Trump said during a briefing with local and federal officials that Hurricane Maria, which had ravaged the island, had thrown the administration's budget "out of whack".

The killer in Las Vegas apparently used the legal bump stock devices on legal rifles, essentially converting them into automatic weapons, which are banned.

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