Eighty percent of the guns used in mass shootings over the last 30 years were legally obtained.
At what point do we say enough is enough?
When a gunman opens fire in a movie theatre?
Aurora, Colorado, July 2012. Death toll: 12.
How about at a shopping mall?
Salt Lake City, Utah, 2007. Death toll: 5.
Omaha, Nebraska, 2007. Death toll: 10.
Or, at a political rally?
Tucson, Arizona, 2011. Death toll: 6.
On a military base?
Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC, 2013. Death toll: 13.
Fort Hood, Texas, 2009. Death toll: 13.
Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, 1994. Death toll: 5.
When a disgruntled employee takes revenge on co-workers?
Lockheed Martin, Meridian, Mississippi, 2003. Death toll: 8.
Edgewater Technology 2000. Death toll: 7.
Xerox, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1999. Death toll: 7.
U.S. Post Office, Edmond, Oklahoma, 1986. Death toll: 15.
Navistar, Melrose Park, Illinois, 2001. Death toll: 5.
When a gunman shoots up a church in session?
Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 2012. Death toll: 6.
Living Church of God, Brookfield, Wisconsin, 2005. Death toll: 10.
Wedgwood Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, 1999. Death toll: 8.
When a shooter targets random restaurant patrons?
IHOP, Carson City, Nevada, 2011. Death toll: 5.
Luby’s, Killeen, Texas, 1991. Death toll: 24.
McDonalds, San Ysidro, California, 1984. Death toll: 22.
When college students are targeted?
Oikos University, 2012. Death toll: 7.
Northern Illinois University, 2008. Death toll: 6.
Virginia Tech, 2007, Death toll: 32.
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1991. Death toll: 6.
When children are targeted?
Sandy Hook Elementary, 2012. Death toll: 28.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 2006. Death toll: 6.
When children are the shooters?
Columbine High School, Littleton, Colorado, 1999. Death toll: 15.
Red Lake High School, Red Lake, Minnesota, 2005. Death toll: 12.
Thurston High School, Springfield, Oregon, 1998. Death toll: 4.
Westside Middle School, Jonesboro, Arkansas, 1998. Death toll: 5.
And on, and on, and on, the list of mass shootings continues. There have been at least 66 mass shootings in the United States alone since 1982, averaging more than two each year. This violence has to end.
Gun Control Advocates don’t want to take guns away. We just want guns to be more difficult for felons, spouse abusers, and the mentally ill to obtain. And, we want those of you who have guns to responsibly store said guns — children and others should not have easy access to them. Too many children have killed others with their parent's guns. Too many mentally ill people have have easy access to guns, and used those guns to kill.
There is no plot to take your lawfully obtained and registered guns away. But, there is a plot to make our country safer from gun violence.
Source: Mother Jones U.S. Mass Shootings, 1982 - 2012.