Nearly 1,000 good reasons
8/9/2019, 6 a.m.
Some people claim there is no reason to enact tougher gun laws in the United States.
We wholeheartedly disagree.
Here are 838 reasons — the dead and wounded from mass shootings in the last 23 months — for our nation’s elected of- ficials to “do something,” as the people of Ohio have chanted:
• Dayton, Ohio: 9 killed, 14 wounded. Sunday, Aug. 4
A gunman opened fire in the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 4, outside a club in the Oregon District. The gunman, Connor Betts, 24, was armed with an AR 15-style assault rifle fitted with a 100-round magazine. Among the dead is the gunman’s sister. Police, who killed the gunman, are still trying to determine the motive.
• El Paso, Texas: 22 killed, 25 wounded. Saturday, Aug. 3
Gunman Patrick Crusius, 21, opened fire with an AK 47- style rifle at an El Paso Walmart, killing 22 and wounding dozens of others before being taken into custody by police. Police, who found a hate-filled manifesto talking about stopping the “invasion” of immigrants into the U.S., are calling the massacre domestic terrorism.
• Gilroy, Calif.: 3 dead, 15 wounded. July 28
Gunman Santino William Legan, 19, cut a fence to enter the Gilroy Garlic Festival and unloaded his AK 47-style assault rifle on festivalgoers before shooting and killing himself. The shooter had posted neo-Nazi views on social media. Police are investigating it as possible domestic terrorism. He was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and carrying multiple magazines of ammunition.
• Abbeville, S.C.: 3 killed, 1 wounded. June 23
Elijah Tyrez Head, 19, charged with three counts of murder after fatally shooting three people with a hand-gun and wounding a fourth person inside an apartment. Police said the violent encounter began in the apartment complex parking lot. Police later took him in custody.
• Virginia Beach: 12 killed, 4 wounded. May 31
DeWayne Craddock, 40, a civil engineer with the Virginia Beach Public Utilities Department, emailed his resignation earlier in the day and then went to the city municipal building and opened fire with two .45-caliber pistols, extended ammunition magazines and a silencer, killing and wounding many of his colleagues. He was shot and killed by police.
• Aurora, Ill.: 5 killed, 6 wounded. Feb. 15
Gary Martin, 45, had been fired from his job as a factory worker at the Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing plant in suburban Chicago. He pulled out a .40-caliber handgun and killed five other employees.
• State College, Penn.: 3 killed, 1 wounded. Jan. 24
Gunman Jordan Witmer, 21, opened fire in a hotel restaurant then left and broke into a home and killed another person before fatally shooting himself.
• Sebring, Fla.: 5 killed. Jan. 23
Gunman Zephen Xaver, 21, shot and killed five people at a SunTrust Bank before barricading himself inside with a 9mm handgun. The former prison guard trainee later surrendered to a SWAT team.
• Thousand Oaks, Calif.: 12 killed, 18 wounded. Nov. 7, 2018
Gunman Ian David Long, 28, a former Marine, burst into the Borderline Bar and Grill packed with dancing college students, tossed a smoke bomb and began firing a .45-caliber handgun before fatally shooting himself.