Deadliest mass shooting in modern US history – Wounded Knee, not Las Vegas | Brief letters

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I was shocked to see you assert that the Las Vegas attack is the “deadliest mass shooting in modern US history” (‘We’ll be talking about gun laws’ – Trump, 4 October). That was in 1890, when up to 300 people, many of them women and children, were massacred at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. Do the deaths of indigenous Americans not count?
Kate Evans
Street, Somerset

• Something always seems to be missing in your analyses of the effects of alcohol (Dr Dillner’s dilemma, G2, 2 October). Alcohol is a social drug. When I go to the pub, I mix with friends. We chat and converse. We joke and laugh. Surely, as a single man, this is better for me than sitting alone, goggling at the TV every night.
David Rainbird
Wallasey, Wirral

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Republicans open to ban on bump-stock devices used in Las Vegas shooting

  • House speaker Paul Ryan signals Republicans willing to consider restrictions
  • Democrats push for full ban on devices that turn guns into rapid-fire weapons

Republican leaders have said they will consider restrictions on “bump-stock” devices that can turn guns into rapid-fire weapons, raising the prospect of the first US gun control legislation for years.

“Fully automatic weapons have been banned for a long time,” House speaker Paul Ryan told MSNBC on Thursday. “Apparently, this [the bump stock] allows you to take a semi-automatic and turn it into a fully automatic. So clearly that’s something we need to look into.”

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Bump stocks sell out across US as ban looms after Las Vegas shooting

The devices are sold out or temporarily unavailable from all the largest gun and ammunition retailers as Congress considers banning the rifle modification

Bump stocks are selling out across America as momentum gathers in Congress to ban the rifle modification used by the Las Vegas shooter to obtain catastrophically high rates of fire.

The devices are sold out or temporarily unavailable from all the largest gun and ammunition retailers in the US, as fear of an impending ban has sent many gun enthusiasts hoarding.

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How bad is US gun violence? These charts show the scale of the problem

The Las Vegas shooting has revived the firearms debate – and data shows more Americans have died from guns since 1968 than in all the wars in US history

Gun violence in the US isn’t just bad, it’s uniquely bad in terms of the number of lives that are affected by it and how rare such violence is in a wealthy country. The charts below illustrate the scale of the problem.

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‘Gunsplaining’ and conspiracy theories: how rightwing pundits saw the Las Vegas shooting

Conservative writers have established a set of standard responses to each new mass shooting. Jason Wilson looks at those much in evidence this week

Some differences of opinion are permissible in conservative media. Not everyone agrees about wars, foreign powers, terror, or drugs. Some are not fans of the current president. Some even risk unconventional “pro-choice” opinions.

But the second amendment – virtually unrestricted access to guns – is sacrosanct. Across the spectrum of rightwing opinion, from libertarians to the Christian right, pretty much everyone agrees that Americans’ unique access to firearms should continue. We can put this down to any number of things, from the country’s history of frontier settler violence to the influence of the NRA. But there it is.

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