Another Tragic Shooting 😔
13 dead including a heroic cop
13 people were killed Wednesday night (including the shooter) at a crowded country and western dance hall near Los Angeles. It was college night and most victims were in their teens and 20’s. A police officer, Sgt. Ron Helus, was also killed when he entered the building to confront the shooter.
Shooter had a troubled past
The gunman, Ian David Long, was a 28-year-old veteran who served in Afghanistan and reportedly suffered from PTSD. Long took his own life during the shooting. The gun he used in the shooting was purchased legally. After seeing multiple shootings in the last year, you can probably guess the predictable narrative on both sides of the aisle...
Washington Post (opinion): The Thousand Oaks massacre is more evidence the U.S. needs effective gun control now
The left sees this tragedy as further proof that the U.S. needs stronger legal restrictions on gun ownership. Articles connect this shooting with other recent shootings - at the synagogue in Pittsburgh (<2 weeks ago), at the yoga studio in Tallahassee (1 week ago), and others - and argue that it’s the availability of guns that makes these shootings happen so frequently.
The right sees this tragedy as further proof that law enforcement professionals are heroes who risk their lives everyday to protect the rest of us - and who ought to be respected by all. Articles from the right focus on Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed by the shooter after bravely entering the bar and confronting Long. The right does not engage in a discussion about gun control.
Do we need better gun laws?
We’ve seen that tragedies like this do not sway the politics much on this issue. However, it’s worth knowing the facts on guns in the US. There are 1.2 guns per person in the US (highest in the world, 2x the next highest). 30 Americans per million are murdered with guns each year (6x higher than Canada). Considering there are loopholes that allow some guns to be purchased without a background check in the US, it seems reasonable to suggest that changing some laws could help prevent these tragedies - without taking away the 2nd amendment.
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