Balance of Power: Vegas Shooting May Shift Focus to Familiar Gun Debate

Las Vegas Shooting Leaves at Least 50 People Dead

The mass shooting in Las Vegas will refocus attention on the political stalemate over gun control laws, thrusting U.S. President Donald Trump into a fresh test of his leadership.

At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the attack by a solo gunman at an outdoor country-music concert on the Vegas strip, police said.

That toll makes it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, according to the Associated Press. It follows the June 2016 attack at an Orlando night club that left 50 dead, including the shooter. The Orlando assailant claimed allegiance to Islamic State, though authorities found no evidence he was directly linked to the group.

There was no immediate indication the attack Sunday night was related to foreign terrorism. And it’s unlikely to break the impasse that stymied efforts for stricter gun controls after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

But Trump’s allies and adversaries alike will be watching to see how he handles the situation. As a candidate he drew widespread criticism for his response to the Orlando shooting when he tweeted, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism.”

People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival yesterday after gunfire was heard.
Photographer: David Becker/Getty Images North America

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