On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman, a former Marine sharpshooter, took bolt action rifles to the observation deck atop the Main Building tower at the University of Texas at Austin and opened fire on random students. During the next 96 minutes he killed 15 people and wounded 31 others. We've come a long way in the weapons that allow one to kill and injure massive amounts of victims.
Despite the carnage, conservatives continue to argue that more gun laws are not the answer. It is indisputable that appropriate gun laws could have prevented Steven Paddock from purchasing his assault type rifles and their modifiers from his local gun shop. Gun laws will not prevent future massacres, but they can certainly limit their impact.
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.