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To a lesser degree than in Europe or the Middle East, America too has had to become more accustomed to terror.
The Constitution of the United States, as has been demonstrated dozens of times, can be amended, and so can its Second Amendment be changed, though the process is necessarily laborious and slow. Many Americans are already persuaded of the need for tougher gun controls, and more could be persuaded, both by force of argument and the emotional response to events such as those in Las Vegas.Hence the grim air of routine that hangs around an atrocity even of this unusual scale.For there is no necessary reason why another mass murderer, terrorist or not, with an even more extensive armoury, a more populous target and some more time would not be able to easily exceed the current gruesome record.A 1993 survey by the American Bar Association's Center on Children and Family Law determined that 26 percent of prosecutors nationwide have handled cases involving "ritualistic or sexual abuse." (Ross, 1994).The ritualistic aspects of the crimes often are not presented in court but are clearly indicated in the victims' accounts.* West Memphis Three teenagers were convicted in the cult killings of three 8-year-old boys.It is strange that in an age when America is rightly concerned about the threat of terror – including the plots of ‘home-grown’ fanatics of all manner of religious and political allegiances, it would be so careless of the lethal dangers caused by such easy access to the weaponry of war After the worst shooting atrocity in American history, the question, macabre but inevitable, arises once again: is there any number of casualties that will cause America to think again about gun control?
And, if these murders do turn out to be inspired or even directed by Isis, will the modern age of terror persuade America to think again about how dangerously easy it is for a fanatic to arm themselves in the name of some ideology?
The simple conclusion to the question “How many lives?
” is that there is no practical limit to the loss of life enacted either by reason of insanity or political terror or other motives that will force America to do more to protect its own people.
At Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, a gunman went on the rampage earlier in the day and murdered at least 10 people -- before being shot dead by police.
President Barack Obama faced the press and the nation yet again, and voiced what could so easily be said again now: “Somehow this has become routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it. To his credit, the last President did his best to try, against all odds, and for the sake of the victims past and future, to deliver some measure of gun control to the statute book.
It is strange, in fact, that in an age when America is rightly concerned about the threat of terror – including the plots of “home-grown” fanatics of all manner of religious and political allegiances, it would be so careless of the lethal dangers caused by such easy access to the weaponry of war.