One of the dozen people killed last week at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks was a Navy veteran who escaped from the Route 91 shootings in Las Vegas last year.
College students, other young people and Sgt. Ron Helus, the 54-year-old Ventura County sheriff’s deputy who responded to the report of shots fired, were also killed in the latest mass shooting to occur in America. The shooter, Ian David Long, was a former Marine who may have suffered from mental disorders. Authorities said he fired a handgun; in addition to the 12 victims, Long was found dead in the bar.
As of Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2018, there had been 262 mass shootings in the nation, as chronicled by the Gun Violence Archive.
America has more fatal shootings than other developed countries. The Thousand Oaks incident has led to renewed calls for gun control. Yet the Borderline incident occurred in California, which has the nation’s toughest gun laws — rules that the National Rifle Association has long criticized for being overly restrictive.
The central San Joaquin Valley is home to many law-abiding gun owners who use weapons for hunting and recreational shooting. Today The Bee asks for their ideas to this question: What can be done to end gun violence in America?
Gun owners who want to take part can send their ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses should be no longer than 300 words. Please include your name, hometown, phone and address, which The Bee uses to verify a submission.
Responses will be published so Bee readers can gain the insights of gun owners to an agonizing issue that hurts them as much as anyone. The goal is to seek a solution, or at the least, inform readers and elected officials with the insights that are shared.