The tally is astonishing: 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured, as country music fans gathered to take in Jason Aldean perform on Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas. All of that carnage was the result of one man, a lone wolf situated on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, firing off continuously from above. As The New York Times reported, Police found 19 rifles, two of which were situated on tripods in front of his window, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his hotel room.
While Nevada has some of the least restrictive gun control laws in the country, it is not yet known whether the alleged shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64—who killed himself before police gained entry to his hotel room—obtained these guns, some of which were semiautomatic machine guns, lawfully. Nevertheless, in light of what is now the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the debate over gun control is back in the spotlight.