Virginia Beach Gunman Apparently Bought Guns Legally

Virginia Beach Gunman Apparently Bought Guns Legally

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American flags, part of a makeshift memorial, stand at the edge of a police cordon in front of the municipal buildings. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — In the years leading up to the massacre at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, DeWayne Craddock bought two .45-caliber pistols on separate occasions. Craddock had no felony record, making him eligible to buy the weapons, and early evidence indicates he bought them legally. On Friday, the two handguns — one of which was reportedly outfitted with a silencer — were used to wreak havoc on the gunman’s co-workers. Twelve people died in the attack and several others were hurt. Mass shootings have become commonplace in America, with the vast majority never making national headlines. Indeed, the mass slaughter was one of 156 mass shootings in 2019 alone — Monday marked the 154th day of the year — and five mass shootings have occurred in the days since the deadly Virginia Beach attack, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Shootings can only be eligible for the database if at least four people are shot or killed, excluding the gunman. While mass shootings do happen in other countries, the staggeringly high number is a uniquely American phenomena. Americans make up just 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but they own 42 percent of the world’s guns, according to a 2016 study by Adam Lankford, an associate criminology and criminal justice professor at the University of Alabama. That alarmingly high gun ownership rate leaves […]

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