Social Issues

The gun control debate in the wake of Vegas

Posted on: Wed 4 Oct 2017

Las Vegas is more known as the glitzy entertainment hub of the world, but it all came to a horrific stand still earlier this week.

At least 59 people have been killed and over 500 left injured after 64 year old Stephen Paddock shot at crowds attending an open air music festival from the 32nd floor of the adjacent Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.  

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said now is not the time to talk about gun control, but is there ever a right time?

Dr Samara McPhederan from Griffith University says America has a unique problem which has to do with guns but the problem is a lot broader than this, “in many of these events, the perpetrator is seeking celebrity status. They want everyone to know who they are…some researchers have tied this to America’s unique culture with celebrities.”

Dr McPhederan joins Breakfast’s Tom and Morgan to discuss. 

Produced by Kvitka Becker

Image source: Wikimedia Commons


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