Las Vegas commemorated Monday the first anniversary of the deadliest shooting in recent US history, which left 58 dead and nearly 500 wounded on October 1, 2017. That evening, Stephen Paddock, a US retiree The 64-year-old had entrenched himself on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel with a real arsenal.
Always mysterious motivations. Since then, he had opened fire on the 22,000 spectators of an open-air concert of country music below, before committing suicide at the arrival of the police. The tragedy had created a shock among the population and revived the debate on the regulation of firearms. But the country has since seen very little progress at the federal level. A year later, the shooter's motives remain a mystery. The Islamic State (IS) group quickly claimed responsibility for the shooting, a theory refuted by the local police.
Fifty-eight doves dropped in the air. Several dozen people attended Monday morning an official ceremony of remembrance, during which 58 doves were released in the air. "Our hearts overflow by seeing kindness acts in the name of our 58 angels, it helps us to know that they will not be forgotten and that their spirit will survive", testified, very touched, Mynda Smith, the sister of a the victims.
Position statement against "bump stocks". In Washington, President Donald Trump recalled "a horrible, horrible moment in the life of our country." After the massacre, he called for a ban on "bump stocks," a gunshot device that equipped twelve of Stephen Paddock's rifles. The Justice Department said Monday it submitted a text in late September to the Office of Management and Budget of the White House, body responsible for overseeing regulations developed by federal agencies.
The NRA (National Rifle Association), the first gun lobby in America, has not really mobilized to defend "bump stocks". The tragedy had pushed several states to adopt more restrictive laws. In Maryland, three anti-arms laws came into effect on Monday: the ban on "bump stocks", the possibility of seeking the confiscation of the weapons of individuals considered at risk and the confiscation of weapons held by a convicted individual for domestic violence.