America is becoming all too familiar with mass shootings. The wide availability of guns has caused many to question the legality of their existence in light of such tragedies, especially outside of the US, but President Trump is entirely in favor of their existence.
In April of this year, the president even signed a bill revoking a law Obama had introduced about making it harder for those with mental illnesses to purchase firearms. However, this is a decision which is more than likely to get questioned in the coming days.
Last night, a devastating mass shooting took place on the Las Vegas strip at a music festival. A gunman opened fire on the crowd of revellers from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel, killing over 50 people and injuring more than 500.
The suspect was shot dead by a SWAT team who infiltrated his hotel room. The Las Vegas resident who caused the devastation is believed to have been a lone attacker, however, reports are now emerging that he had a female accomplice named Marilou Danley.
The gunman was recently named as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock from Mesquite, Nevada. He was known to law enforcement. Paddock’s female accomplice is believed to have been his roommate.
As the shock news of the mass shooting broke around the world, people were quick to express their condolences for all involved. However, it led to extremely bizarre scenes on the British talkshow Good Morning Britain where Mariah Carey had been scheduled to be interviewed.
Instead of talking about Mariah’s upcoming shows in Europe as planned, the show’s controversial host Piers Morgan asked the star about her opinion on the breaking news, which resulted in a strange interview that had Twitter furious…
Mariah Carey, a celebrated diva, appeared on the TV show via a live feed from her Beverly Hills home. She was stretched across a lounge chair wearing a red dress as Piers Morgan asked her what she thought about the attack, despite her knowing very little about what had happened.
“You’ve played in Vegas many times,” Morgan said, “You know that at this time of night that it would be a massively busy. What is your reaction just on a human level to concert goers being targeted in this way?”
Mariah looked shellshocked at what she was being asked, but answered Morgan’s question regardless:
“I mean it is what everyone’s gut reaction is… I pray for the victims, have they caught the shooter?
“Wow, that’s awful. Again I pray for the victims and hope all these can stop as soon as possible. You know I have spent a lot of time in Vegas and this type of thing anywhere happening anywhere is a huge tragedy.
“I continue to pray for the victims. I hope we have an end to this as soon as possible.”
Whilst there’s no denying that Mariah’s reaction to the tragedy was sincere, viewers of Good Morning Britain took to Twitter to express their outrage that she had even been asked about the incident. It appeared that she was hearing about the shooting for the first time from Piers Morgan.
Mariah’s appearance in such a relaxed position with a Christmas tree in the background was deemed wildly inappropriate.
Whilst police have confirmed that only one gunman was involved in the incident, witnesses are convinced that the volume of bullets being fired upon the crowd was too great for it to have only been one shooter. One witness explained:
“We were at the furthest stages away from Mandalay Bay, and they [the bullets] were ricocheting everywhere where we were so … they were firing from somewhere high, and they were unloading clip after clip after clip after clip.”
“Multiple shooters,” he said, “It has to be. There were obviously people hit.”
As details of this shocking incident continue to emerge, we wish all the best to those affected.