US investigators are looking into whether the Las Vegas gunman planned to attack other music festivals. Police say he’d booked hotel rooms overlooking at least two big events in August and September. Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others.
Former White House Correspondent Gina London says it appears Paddock may have been planning an earlier attack:
“He’d gone to other venues where there were going to be festivals – or he had booked anyway. Investigators wonder if he was planning to go to them, was he planning to shoot at others or was he just getting into that mind frame?”
Meanwhile, America’s powerful pro-gun lobby group has called for a review of laws around semi-automatic weapons. The National Rifle Association has called for “additional regulations” on bump-stocks, a rapid fire device used by the Las Vegas massacre gunman – that basically turns semi-automatic weapons into machine guns:
“Devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”
But the NRA remains fiercely opposed to new gun laws:
“Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks”.