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Offbeat Year after shooting, strengthened Las Vegas community

09:05  29 september  2018
09:05  29 september  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Jim, an attorney in Las Vegas , told O'Keefe there's been a "silver lining." "It brought a lot more community , I think. "As a community , I think it absolutely did bring the community together in many ways," said Lisa, a political and business consultant who has called Las Vegas home for 30

CBS News Political Correspondent Ed O'Keefe sat down with a focus group of southern Nevada voters for "Face the Nation." They discussed last year 's October 1 massacre, the deadliest in modern American history.

Perched in a suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, 64-year-old retiree Stephen Paddock had a bird's-eye of the country music festival below, watching as thousands shuffled between stages below.

Then, around 10:05 pm on October 1, 2017, Paddock unleashed a firestorm of bullets into the crowd – killing 58 and injuring more than 800 – in the worst mass shooting of modern American history.

Now, in a "Face the Nation" focus group led by CBS News Political Correspondent Ed O'Keefe, some in the city have found a strengthened sense of community a year after "One October."

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CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe sat down with a focus group of southern Nevada voters for "Face the Nation." They discussed last year 's Oct.

On the night of October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire upon the crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada.

Jim, an attorney in Las Vegas, told O'Keefe there's been a "silver lining."

"It brought a lot more community, I think. Which is something that you don't really get a lot in Las Vegas because everybody's from somewhere else and nobody's lived here that long usually," he said.

"As a community, I think it absolutely did bring the community together in many ways," said Lisa, a political and business consultant who has called Las Vegas home for 30 years. "You know people getting out there and helping one another, which is good."

And there are visible signs.

"It's hard to drive five minutes without seeing a Vegas strong sticker on somebody's car," said James, a financial analyst.

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The focus group - comprised of two Democrats and two Republicans - agreed gun violence shouldn't be commonplace, but appeared split on addressing the issue.

"I was here for One October, so I've seen the mass shooting up close and personal," said James, a Democrat. "I've seen, you know, the weekends in Oakland...Chicago...where 50 to 60 people are getting shot. At some point, you got to say you know this is way out of control and has gone way too far."

a group of people sitting at a table: CBS News Political Correspondent Ed O'Keefe sat down with a focus group of Las Vegas voters for © CBS News CBS News Political Correspondent Ed O'Keefe sat down with a focus group of Las Vegas voters for "Face the Nation." James told O'Keefe that the law should treat assault rifles differently.

"You know, when the Second Amendment was written we were working with muskets where you get one shot and you reload."

Connie, a Republican, agreed with James.

"Our forefathers never envisioned an assault rifle above stock," she said.

Jim, a Democrat, suggested a menu of "system level solutions," as the answer. He called for a flat ban on high capacity weaponry, high caliber ammunition and bump stocks. He also thinks additional licensing and training should be required to buy a firearm.

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Gunfire rang out just after 10pm, sending the audience and performers at a country music festival fleeing, with at least 59 dead and more than 500 injured.

"You can just buy a gun and you don't need to prove that you can aim accurately," Jim said.

He also thinks a gun buyback program - like the one Australia has implemented - could curb the occurrence of mass shootings.

"Those are all easy steps. None of them violate the Second Amendment. People would still get to have guns," Jim said. "And I think it would make a really big dent in the problem."

Lisa, a Republican, said parents need to take more responsibility and closely monitor their kids.

She told O'Keefe, "I do believe something needs to be done. I'm not going to sit here and say there's not a problem."

Some of CBS News Political Correspondent Ed O'Keefe's conversation with Las Vegas voters aired Sunday on "Face the Nation."

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Somber tributes, dimmed lights on Vegas shooting anniversary .
The marquees on the glimmering Las Vegas Strip dimmed their lights for three minutes Monday night as officials slowly read the 58 names of the people killed one year earlier in the country's deadliest mass shooting in modern history. The names of the 58 slain were recited before a silent crowd punctuated by sobs shortly after 10:05 p.m., nearly the exact time 12 months earlier that a gunman in a tower suite at the Mandalay Bay casino-resort opened fire on the crowd of 22,000.The ceremony ended a somber day of events reuniting survivors and the family members of those killed at last year's country music festival.

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