At least 59 people were killed and hundreds injured at a Las Vegas music festival in the deadliest mass shooting in US history, and Waleed Aly says it will happen again.
In his regular segment on Network Ten’s The Project , Aly gave a scathing assessment of the political climate in the United States after the gun control debate reached fever pitch in the wake of the attack.
The October 1st attack was carried out by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who opened fire on crowds at the Route 91 harvest festival from his 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay hotel. The death toll is likely to rise beyond 59.
“What shocked me the most is how familiar this all feels,” Aly said.
“Tomorrow, or the next day, (the National Rifle Association) will be back doing what they always do, lobbying politicians to make sure that absolutely nothing changes.”
— The Project (@theprojecttv) October 3, 2017
Paddock was armed with 23 weapons and has since been described as a lone wolf with no criminal record, no ties to religious or terror groups, and to the knowledge of his family, no mental health issues and no military or weapons training.
Even the shooter’s brother told Reuters he is baffled as to how this could have happened.
“It just makes less sense the more we use any kind of reason to figure it out,” he wrote in a text message.
“I will bet any amount of money that they will not find any link to anything … he did this completely by himself.”
There have been countless attempts to pass gun reform in the US since 20 children and six adults were shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, but all have failed.
— Far Right Watch (@Far_Right_Watch) October 3, 2017
These weren’t even attempts to ban guns entirely – no, Congress blocked proposals as sensible as requiring mental health and police background checks for people who buy weapons at gun shows or online.