The latest mass shooting in the U.S. didn’t just happen anywhere — it happened in Las Vegas – where gun culture and entertainment have been taken to a whole new level.
Advertisements for gun ranges aimed at tourists are plastered across billboards all over the city and there are several businesses offering the millions of visitors the chance to experience using live ammunition.
Genghis Cohen owns and operates Machine Gun Vegas (MGV), a firearm experience business. At MGV, clients can shoot automatic weapons, and even kids can join in.
“I think there’s a curiosity, people just have a curiosity with guns. If you look at the most popular video games, you know, you look at movies, you look at the TV shows, guns are like riddled through all of it. They wouldn’t be there if there wasn’t an interest or a curiosity,” said Cohen.
Most of the customers are from overseas countries where guns are either harder to get or banned for citizens.
After Sunday’s shooting, Cohen closed his business for two days and posted a statement on the website calling for stricter gun laws.
“There’s no reason for an average citizen, there’s absolutely no reason for an average citizen who wants to have a gun to have a 100-round magazine, OK. There’s no reason for them to be able to buy accessories for their gun which makes the gun almost fully automatic. There’s just no reason for it,” said the gun range owner.
The incident has brought machine gun tourism into the spotlight. While Cohen closed his doors as a show of respect to victims’ families, many other gun ranges offering automatic weapon experiences remained open.
Just days after the terrible shooting in Las Vegas, the gun control debate has started.
For a former US Navy, the supervision of guns in America is very lax and could be the main cause of this massacre.
“And if that concealed carry permit applied nationwide because these gun laws won’t work, if they’re state by state, they only work if they’re nationwide because we have open borders. and I think if we did that, and then limited the magazine capacity and banned bumper stocks, we would see a drastic decrease in the number of lives lost,” said Truman National Security Project San Diego Chapter Co-Director Shawn Vandiver. — Reuters