After Las Vegas, America’s love affair with guns goes on

There are mutterings that ‘something needs to be done’ about US gun laws, but at ‘Nevada’s premier gun store’, business remains brisk

The Guns and Guitars gun store in Mesquite, Nevada, where mass murderer Stephen Paddock allegedly purchased some of the weapons used to kill 59 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas on October 1st. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

The Guns and Guitars gun store in Mesquite, Nevada, where mass murderer Stephen Paddock allegedly purchased some of the weapons used to kill 59 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas on October 1st. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

It was approaching 10pm on a warm Sunday night, and Paola Bastista was doing what she likes best: enjoying country music at one of the final outdoor music festivals of the summer.

Country star Jason Aldean had just taken to the stage, and her sister Daisy had gone to get drinks. A few minutes later she heard what she thought were fireworks and texted Daisy: “Let’s take off – I don’t want to stay for the fireworks.” Her sister replied: “I’m on my way.”

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