Just about anyone, anywhere in America, can pull out an assault weapon at any time, and murder the people around them. Some believe it’s too easy to get guns in America, and even easier to use them as an expression of emotion rather than a tool for self-defense.
On what should have been a quiet Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard, the air was instead filled with the sound of gunshots. When it was over, 12 people were dead.
The gunman, Aaron Alexis, 34, was a civilian contractor who began his shooting spree at approximately 8:20 AM.
NBC news reports, the incident began at the Sea Systems Command headquarters. “Alexis was carrying an AR-15 military-style semiautomatic rifle, a double-barreled shotgun and a handgun, law enforcement officials said.”
Law enforcement officers killed Alexis, shortly after he had committing the deadliest mass shooting since 20 children and 6 adults were gunned down last December at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
The bloody scene has become an all-too-familiar one, and not necessarily unexpected in today’s political and cultural environment. It is a sad but undeniable reality that no one in America is truly safe from gun violence. This is the culture Americans have created.
For generations, Americans have voted for and supported candidates who encourage unfettered gun ownership. Some gun manufacturers even sell weapons designed for small children.
If Americans continue to believe that everyone should be able to have a gun without regard for their mental or criminal history, there will be more mass shootings and it will be evermore difficult for too many Americans to feel safe in schools, shopping malls, and when they go to work. No one can predict with certainty where or when the next gunman will open fire.
Author’s note: The opinions and commentary included in this report are based on the author’s independent analysis of official documents and public information.