‘The biggest problem for me and for many was that we didn’t hear anybody returning fire,’ says one survivor of Sunday’s mass shooting
Two survivors of the Las Vegas shooting that left 59 dead have said they continue to support the Second Amendment.
Rusty Dees and Caren Mansholt were in the Harvest Festival crowd watching country-music stars perform, looking on from the right of the stage, when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire late Sunday night. They were featured Tuesday on BBC Radio 4’s Today program.
“It’s a tragic cost of freedom, that people can do bad things.” Rusty Dees, survivor of the mass shooting in Las Vegas
Dees went on to say: “If you can find a gun law that would prevent this from happening, I could sign up today, but I am proud of our country’s Second Amendment rights, and I’m glad we are allowed to defend ourselves.”
“The biggest problem for me and for many was that we didn’t hear anybody returning fire. I’m very concerned that we had no one outside to protect us,” Dees added.
Meanwhile, Mansholt said: “I do believe there is a time and a place for gun ownership. I believe that we have the right to protect ourselves as needed.”
Others have said the exact opposite in the wake of the mass shooting, considered the deadliest in modern U.S. history after leaving at least 59 people dead and more than 500 injured.
For example, country-music guitarist Caleb Keeter, who had performed at the Harvest Festival, said he had been a lifelong supporter of the Second Amendment, but he now backs gun control. Some members of his band’s crew had guns, but the firearms couldn’t be used “for fear police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us,” Keeter said Monday.
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Gun-maker stocks such as Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands Corp. (AOBC) rallied Monday. They often gain when traders think stricter regulations are coming, as sales can get a lift ahead of any change.