Flowers and signs are seen in Las Vegas on Mondayn at a vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

After the terrible news of the Las Vegas shooting and reports with details of the deaths and injuries, we were subjected to experts telling us how to protect ourselves from such incidents, to be aware, to report suspicious people, etc. Yet no one can tell me how to protect myself or others from a shooter with automatic weapons high above a crowd below. I hope that more of those in law enforcement, as well as lawmakers and experts on violence, call for a ban on automatic and semiautomatic firearms. I do not understand why any citizen has the need or the right to own such destructive weapons.

I grieve for the families of all who lost loved ones in this horrible event.

Sheila Kryston, Lovettsville

I was shocked and devastated by the mass shooting in Las Vegas by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. The shooting left more than 50 people dead and more than 500 injured [“59 die in Las Vegas attack,” front page, Oct. 3].

It is extremely upsetting to imagine that in the 21st century we have such extremists roaming the streets of a developed Western country so freely. Regardless of whether this is terrorism, the issue here is about the gun laws in the United States.

In 2017, there have been more than 270 mass shootings, which the Gun Violence Archive defines as four or more people shot in the same general time and place, and more than 11,000 deaths because of gun violence in the United States. This has led to the continuous grief and worry of many families. What else will it take to reconsider the gun laws in the United States?

My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the injured and families left bereaved.

Jariullah Adnan, Severn