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Nearly 1,000 good reasons

Editorials

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.

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.