t down.>> The deadliest gun massacre in recent American history occured in Las Vegas in October, leaving 58 dead. And then a month later another 26 were killed in a church in Texas. I'm Reuters' reporter Tim Reid and I was in Vegas and Texas after both shootings.
What struck me about the Vegas shooting was the sheer size of the gunman's arsenal. People found 23 weapons and over 10 cases of ammunition in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. And then just a few weeks after Vegas, a lone gunman walked into a church in the tiny hamlet of Sutherland Springs, in Texas, and killed another 26 people.
I think the most shocking thing about the Vegas shooting was the sheer scale of the carnage. 58 dead and over 500 wounded. And what affected me the most in Texas was the fact that nine members of a single family were killed, including a toddler. Yet the chances of meaningful gun control laws being passed are as distant as ever.
Indeed, after the shootings, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow people to use permits to carry concealed weapons across state lines.