The kind of people who use guns to commit mass murder in the US are often inspired by the great American fascination with guns so much that they don’t realize guns are a poor tool if mass murder is your goal. Simply put, guns are relatively slow, inefficient and expensive compared to the alternatives. In many countries where guns are easily obtained terrorist organizations rarely use them because they have studied the numbers and realize they can kill far more people with far less resources, in much less time with bombs.
Stephen Paddock succeeded in killing more people with guns than any shooter on American soil. Timothy McVeigh killed over three times that many with a bomb that cost less and was easier to procure than the Stephen’s guns and did its damage in seconds.
It’s rare for a single shooter to kill 50 people but bombers, and even arsonists frequently kill 2 or three times that many, using tools that are easy to obtain and assemble thanks to websites that gladly furnish all the necessary details. Those tools are much harder to control than guns and if we succeeded in separating Americans from their guns, I have no doubt people wanting to commit mass murder will resort to those much more deadly tools and cause much more carnage as a result.
I am not pleased with the carnage cause by people who use guns but I’m not stupid, I know that taking away their guns will not end their quest for violence and know the unintended consequence will be that we will become responsible for having pushed them towards those alternatives