Car­ba­jal calls for re­forms af­ter lat­est mass shoot­ing

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY GABBY FER­REIRA

In the af­ter­math of a mass shoot­ing in Thou­sand Oaks that left 13 dead, Con­gress­man Salud Car­ba­jal called on Congress to “act now to pass mean­ing­ful re­forms to save lives and pre­vent fu­ture tragedies.”

The shoot­ing hap­pened Wed­nes­day night at the Border­line Bar & Grill, which is pop­u­lar with Cal­i­for­nia Lutheran Uni­ver­sity stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press. The bar is also close to other uni­ver­si­ties in­clud­ing Pep­per­dine, Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity Chan­nel Is­lands and Moor­park Col­lege.

Car­ba­jal, who said he once taught at a Cal­i­for­nia Lutheran pro­gram, said in a state­ment re­leased by his of­fice that it was “dev­as­tat­ing to hear Cal Lutheran stu­dents were in­volved.”

Eleven peo­ple were killed in­side the bar, as well as Ven­tura County Sher­iff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who was the first of­fi­cer to en­ter the bar, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported. The gun­man, iden­ti­fied as Ian David Long, ap­par­ently took his life af­ter the at­tack, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

“My thoughts are with the vic­tims, their loved ones, and the en­tire com­mu­nity in this time of unimag­in­able pain,” Car­ba­jal said in the state­ment. “I am in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to Sher­iff’s Deputy Ron Helus, who ex­hib­ited in­stinc­tual brav­ery and sac­ri­fice dur­ing this dan­ger­ous shoot­ing and ul­ti­mately lost his life.”

The mass shoot­ing came just short of two weeks af­ter 11 peo­ple were killed at a sy­n­a­gogue in Pitts­burgh.

“It is clear that we have a gun vi­o­lence cri­sis,” Car­ba­jal said.

Salud Car­ba­jal

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