After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, we offered prayers, blood donations, moments of silence, health outreach — all of which lead to a stunned nation that is mourning yet again after a preventable event. This country doesn’t need a “deadliest mass shooting” year after year. It doesn’t need more Stephen Paddocks killing countless and injuring hundreds of people. It doesn’t need a growing collection of high-powered rifles inflicting traumatic memories on the living and leaving tragic endings for the dead. Today, this country needs political leaders with enough common sense and empathy to begin the process of removing semi-automatic and automatic weapons from the hands of civilians. The average citizen doesn’t need an AK-47 or an M16; if it were up to me, guns would be restricted to the absolute. Realistically, I know that’s beyond possible; however, there can be and needs to be regulations on the types of weapons that are allowed to be purchased — specifically, semi-automatics. Neither the arguments of self-defense nor hunting allow validity in owning weapons used by terrorists. Yet, we’re told by Republicans this isn’t the time or place. A mass shooting isn’t an appropriate time to discuss the effects of gun violence.