It was the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history. Nearly 60 people lost their lives and hundreds more were injured after Stephen Paddock opened fire from a room at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, gun violence is nothing new in the United States. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, everyone can agree reducing gun crimes needs to become a priority. Unfortunately, coming up with effective solutions has been extremely difficult–especially when the country is deeply divided along party lines.
NRA Under Fire
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, many politicians took to social media to voice their condolences for the victims and their families. President Donald Trump described it as “An act of pure evil”. But his former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton has taken a different approach. She wasted no time blasting the National Rifle Association for advocating a proposed bill that would make it easier to purchase gun silencers. However, Clinton has also come under fire from conservatives for exploiting the situation.
The Enormous Cost of Gun Violence
The statistics on gun violence in the United States are shocking. According to a Johns Hopkins University study published in the journal Health Affairs, more than 100,000 Americans are shot each year, resulting in $2.8 billion in hospitalization. When you combined the cost of medical care along with lost wages, the grand total comes to $45 billion. What makes the study even more unique is it focuses on both deaths and those who are injured. Previous studies only concentrated on mortality rates. When you consider there are more than 100,000 people affected by gun crimes, it is surprising that very little has been done to combat the problem.
Powerful Gun Lobbies
While most people agree guns should never get into the hands of the wrong people, there are some major differences of opinions on regulation. One of the biggest obstacles of gun control legislation is the presence of powerful gun lobby groups, including the NRA. As staunch defenders of the Second Amendment, the NRA is the most powerful national organization when it comes to the issue of firearms. In many cases, an endorsement from the NRA can often help conservative political candidates win an election. But in the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy, the organization has been very quiet. Many the shooting may be the tipping point for Congress to finally pass new legislation.
Defending the Rights of Those Accused of Gun Crimes in Salt Lake City
The right to bear arms is one of the most fundamental rights of the U.S. Constitution. However, there are strict rules when it comes to the use of firearms. Just one accusation of a gun crime can be extremely damaging to your reputation and can even result in significant time behind bars. Over the years, the Salt Lake City gun crimes attorneys at White & Matern, PLLC have utilized a comprehensive and aggressive approach to help protect the rights of each client. It is part of their commitment to place clients in the best position to succeed. If you have been charged with a gun crime, it is vital to fighting these charges as quickly and aggressively as possible. To learn more, contact the Salt Lake City law offices of White & Matern, PLLC and schedule a free initial case evaluation.