Sheriff Clarke: We Must Find Balance Between Defending Public & Protecting Constitutional Rights
Multiple Democratic lawmakers and pundits have pushed for stricter legislation in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history, which left at least 59 people dead and more than 500 injured.
Assistant Clark County Sheriff Todd Fasulo said officers found 23 firearms inside the Mandalay Bay hotel room occupied by gunman Stephen Paddock and an additional 19 firearms at his home in Mesquite, Nevada.
Clarke said it's important to find the balance between protecting the public and preserving American citizens' constitutional rights.
"And that's the tricky thing in this sort of situation, because, look, there are 300 million guns in the United States. We're not going to know where all of them are," Clarke said.
He pointed out that the vast majority of legal gun owners would never dream of committing this type of carnage, and he cautioned politicians against overreacting and immediately calling for gun control.
"We need to do something, but we need to do something reasonable, we need to do something that's achievable," Clarke said. "And with 300 million guns in circulation, thinking you're going to collect all those guns is not the answer. And again, I want to point out the average gun owner would never use that firearm in this sort of fashion."
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