Gun con­trol, not 'thoughts and prayers'

The Freeman - - NATION19 -

The mother of a young man who sur­vived last year's gun mas­sacre in Las Ve­gas only to be killed by an­other gun­man in a Cal­i­for­nia bar this week has made an im­pas­sioned plea for gun con­trol.

In a video clip that has gone vi­ral on the in­ter­net, a dis­traught Su­san Sch­midt-Or­fanos rejected the ha­bit­ual calls by politi­cians for "thoughts and prayers" af­ter the shoot­ing in Thou­sand Oaks, Cal­i­for­nia, that left her son and 11 oth­ers dead.

"My son was in Las Ve­gas with one of his friends and he came home. He didn't come home last night," said Sch­midtOr­fanos, whose son Telemachus was a 27-year US Navy vet­eran.

"And I don't want prayers, I don't want thoughts, I want gun con­trol and I hope to God no­body else sends me more prayers. I want gun con­trol. No. More. Guns," she told ABC7 news.

The gun­man who at­tacked the Border­line Bar and Grill on Wed­nes­day night was iden­ti­fied as a 28-year-old US Ma­rine com­bat vet­eran who had served in Afghanistan. Po­lice said he ap­peared to have shot him­self af­ter open­ing fire on the bar's pa­trons. A door­man at the bar and a po­lice of­fi­cer were among the dead.

A lone gun­man killed 58 peo­ple and wounded more than 800 when he opened fire on a Las Ve­gas coun­try mu­sic con­cert in Oc­to­ber 2017.

US me­dia said a num­ber of the young peo­ple who were at the bar ram­page in Cal­i­for­nia on Wed­nes­day night had sur­vived that mas­sacre.

The me­dia also re­ported that in 2016, Cal­i­for­ni­ans voted to close a le­gal loop­hole that al­lows gun own­ers to pos­sess high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines such as the one used by the shooter on Wed­nes­day.

But im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ban was blocked by a law­suit filed by the Cal­i­for­nia Ri­fle and Pis­tol As­so­ci­a­tion, the state branch of the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion, or NRA, and five Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dents, me­dia re­ports said.

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