Why the shooting in Virginia Beach sets an ominous precedent

Why the shooting in Virginia Beach sets an ominous precedent

Gun Rights

HIGHLIGHTS Gun violence in America is unique not simply because of the culture but also because there are lawful weaponry that can kill many people very quickly. The Virginia Beach killer seemed to want the anonymity of silence, a tool of the coward, not one seeking fame or a blaze of glory. Bystanders can run from the gunfire only if they know where it is coming from. Vigorously regulation is required to eventually ban these silencers or suppressors as essential steps in adopting common-sense gun-control measures. What ends lives? Gunfire. What saves lives? The sound of gunfire. The Virginia Beach shooting on Friday, when an employee of the city government killed 12 people — 11 of whom were his co-workers — is notable only for its familiarity. Another mass shooting in the United States. In fact, it was the worst mass-casualty event anyone can remember since … November 2018, at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. But details of the rampage include one fact unique to the growing list of active-shooter cases: the assailant used a .45-calibre handgun with extended magazines and a barrel suppressor. This small detail — that the loaded gun was fitted with simple, and lawful, “silencing” equipment — threatens to upend how we understand and train for active-shooter cases in the future. Gun violence in America is unique not simply because of our culture but also because we have lawful weaponry that can kill many people very quickly. In terms of death-to-time […]

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