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At least 50 people have died and more than 400 hospitalised after a gunman opened fire on crowds at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The gunman has been identified by authorities as Stephen Paddock of Nevada, who reportedly died at the scene.

Police said they found numerous weapons in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

As you're no doubt aware, gun ownership in the United States is protected by the second Amendment, which reads:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

In the wake of multiple mass shootings and school shootings, the States United to Prevent Gun Violence created the following video, to illustrate that the weaponry that was available to the founding fathers who initially wrote the second amendment.

A similar sentiment was summarised in this video, it was tweeted with the caption:

Reload speed of a musket, the gun used when the 2nd Amendment was written.

1 shot every 15-20secs.

Think on it.

For comparison, experienced shooter Tom Kehoe explained in a Quora article just how fast a semi-automatic rifle can fire:

For an average shooter, you’re talking about a top speed of about two shots per second, which means you’re emptying a mag in 15 seconds. Reloading takes maybe four seconds, so it’s 19 seconds to empty a mag and recharge. So the effective rate is about 90 rounds per minute, not counting the time it takes to aim.

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