23 guns were found in Stephen's hotel room when the SWAT team stormed his room.
That isn't all. He also managed to injure over 400 others at concert he opened fire on. Hundreds of people were attending a country music concert, when the crowded grounds, in one round of fire, became a killing field.
Stephen chose a good vantage point. Stephen clearly planned his rampage meticulously. It's probably why he chose a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel.
With the hotel overlooking the concert grounds, the dense crowd beneath were easy targets.
We don't know much about his motive, but one thing we do know is that he prepared for this, with serious firepower.
While Stephen managed to kill himself before police could get to him, it didn't stop them from stumbling on his weapon stash. He came prepared for a small war, with a total of 23 guns found in his hotel room alone. Many more were recovered from his home following a raid.
While some of the weapons are yet to be identified, these are the ones we know;-
This is one of the most popular and versatile rifles ever made. The AK-47 found in Stephen's hotel was equipped with a stand. That would have helped keep the rifle steady and made the shots more accurate.
The AR-15 rifle:
This is the most popular rifle used in Mass shootings in America. From the San Bernardino to Newtown shootings, this rifle has become the ultimate killing tool. This rifle is also owned by millions of Americans, no thanks to their controversial gun laws. It can spit out hundreds of rounds per minute.
Some other weapons have not been identified, but investigators are suspecting that an M-4, and perhaps hunting rifle is part of the stash.
The uncertainties on the types of weapons is mostly because it appears there were some modifications on the weapons. Modifications or not, the reality that many people will have to deal with is that many of their loved ones will never return home. Because some guy named Stephen, booked a hotel room, found a spot, and opened fire, killing at least 59 people.
As our computers and the tech in our daily life keeps getting lighter and cuter, the weapons aren't getting left behind too. An Ar-15 can weigh as low as 3.4kg. That's about the weight of the Acer Predator 15, a gaming laptop. Buying an Ar-15 can cost you anywhere between $600 and $2,500. That's about the price range of a digital camera today. In fact, the Ar-15 is so popular, some people call it the iPhone of rifles. There's even an online forum dedicated to this rifle.
In America, buying a rifle is as easy as walking into a Walmart with a gun licence. That's like walking into a Shoprite to buy hot bread here in Nigeria. It's probably even easier to buy a rifle if you're going to buy that bread in the evening when the bread queues are insane.
Mashable made a list of things that are harder to buy than a rifle. You know what made that list? A puppy. In fact, it's easier to get a rifle than to actually get a job in some cases.
Here's what the Nigerian Constitution has to say about owning a firearm;
"No person shall have in his possession or under his control any firearm of one of the categories specified in Part I of the Schedule hereto (hereinafter referred to as a prohibited firearm) except in accordance with a licence granted by the President acting in his discretion."
So unless you're a member of the Nigerian security forces on duty, don't you dare go around swinging a rifle. Unless you're an armed robber of course. And if you're an armed robber, I hope you run into policemen, and run out of bullets.
Don't shoot people, guys. If you must, get a good camera, not a rifle.