Calgarians think its time for the U.S. to act on gun control

The Las Vegas massacre on Oct. 2 has not only Americans, but also Canadians demanding something be done about gun control in the United States.

Abrupt sounds of fireworks at the Route 91 country music festival turned out to be gunshots, which led to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

When 65 year-old Stephen Paddock, who later died the same night, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, people started running for their lives.

“Like anything else, you’re devastated,” said Constable Graeme Chisholm of the Calgary Police Service.

“You feel for the people at the concert. They’re going out there for a night out, and the next thing you know there are 50 odd families and friends lives that are affected,” he said.

Chisholm opened up about his views on gun control in America and said he does think something needs to happen in order to take control of these situations but is uncertain with what can really be done.

“It makes you wonder, with everything that’s gone on before, can something be done?” asked Chisholm.

“The National Rifle Association is not willing to give up the right to bear arms which is as per The Second Amendment of the Constitution,” he said.

Chisholm isn’t the only one who thinks something needs to be done.

“I think it is just disgusting what this man did,” said Calgarian Barb Reid.

“The amount of weapons and ammunition he had is unacceptable and something needs to be done in order to somewhat mediate the issues around gun use,” said Reid.

Katherine McLay of Calgary agrees that action is needed as soon as possible.

“I think America should implement similar laws as Canada when it comes to gun control,” said McLay.

“This has happened far to much for nothing to come of this,” she said.

There has also been talk about these issues only being discussed extensively after a significant tragedy like the most recent one in Las Vegas and that it is not too soon talk about solutions.

“I don’t think it is ever too soon,” said Chisholm.

“I hope that given the magnitude of this one that it won’t dwindle into just an after thought.”

“I hope this one does bring it to the forefront, I hope they do address it,” he said.

Chisholm came to Canada with the Royal Air Force from Scotland and then later joined the police service and was issued a gun.

“I used a gun and carried a gun for 20 years of my service,” he said.

“In the execution of my duties, I felt safe having that gun, I felt it was a necessary part of the police equipment.

“I’ll reiterate, I don’t see the need for people to have guns in their homes, other than farmers, law enforcement and military,” said Chisholm.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Natalie Galarnyk worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2017-18 academic year.