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Gun Tourism And Las Vegas' Image
Gun Tourism And Las Vegas' Image

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AIR DATE: January 24, 2013

Gun ranges in Las Vegas offer a slew of packages where you can shoot zombies, Nazis and even get married right on the range with gun in hand. Gun tourism blew up in Las Vegas in 2012 with the opening of a number of gun ranges offering a myriad of services for tourists and locals. Gun sales have also skyrocketed as congress debates gun control laws. But is the marketing of guns as entertainment good or bad for Las Vegas' reputation? We'll discuss Las Vegas' gun culture and what that means for the city's image.
 
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Eli Segall, reporter, Vegas Inc. and Las Vegas Sun
Mike Heck, GM, The Range 702 shooting facility

 

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    Obviously, this discussion was skewed against guns. Had it been fair, we would have discussed other "risky" behaviors (besides gun tourism) like gambling and alcohol and smoking and giant meals all offered as a package. Now I don't fly down into the Grand Canyon, nor bungee jump nor rent a race car, but you can do all that in Vegas in one day. The visitor shooting packages are just another form of entertainment. Let's not trivialize the deaths of innocents. It's not the guns, it's the killers that need control.
    scottJan 17, 2013 01:08:37 AM
    I've gone to one of these shooting parlors for a friend's birthday, ironically the day after the Aurora shooting. Iwas nervous but we had fun. It was very controlled and I felt safe. TRYING one of these guns was fun but it reinforced that I never want to ever OWN one of these guns. An argument in my home could be a tragedy; I can have fun on the range and leave it there.
    JackieJan 16, 2013 21:23:18 PM
    Did the host constantly phrase the question as "hurt Las Vegas"? Wouldn't it have been more objective to phrase it as "affect Las Vegas"? And sorry to say this but the number of deaths by the crazy shooters in Colorado and Conn. are vanishingly small statistically. You figure if there are 350 million people in the US, then ~5-7 million people die here every year.
    Aunty PalinJan 16, 2013 09:38:22 AM
    So this guy will give up first amendment rights--but not the second amendment?
    ed uehlingJan 16, 2013 09:24:05 AM
    Ed, I think you were talking about my observation about the two constitutional amendments. My point was that man people see the Second Amendment as the see the First - a fundamental right. The Second Amendment has loomed much larger when so much of our politics is discussed in terms of rights and gun owners now talk about "gun rights." But I would never give up our First Amendment rights.
    Ian MylchreestJan 16, 2013 09:48:41 AM
    Weird angle for your show. I understand wanting to localize the focus, but talking about Vegas' image vis a vis this life and death issue feels really shallow and beside the point. If it helps lead us to greater ability for civil discourse on the problem of gun rights and gun violence, that could be worthwhile.
    Jim HaberJan 16, 2013 09:19:53 AM
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