Anna Sheffer
November 09, 2018 12:49 pm

Less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue, America is reeling from yet another mass shooting. On November 7th, 12 people were killed during a college night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. And in the aftermath of this tragedy, the mother of one of the victims has spoken out, demanding gun control rather than thoughts and prayers.

The Los Angeles Times reports that 27-year-old Navy veteran Telemachus Orfanos was among those killed in the shooting. He survived the Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting in Las Vegas on October 1st, 2017, which left 58 concertgoers dead. In an interview with local ABC affiliate KABC, Orfanos’s mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, made a heartbreaking plea for gun control.

"My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends, and he came home," she said. "He didn't come home last night, and I don't want prayers. I don't want thoughts. I want gun control, and I hope to God nobody sends me any more prayers."

“I want gun control,” she continued, voice shaking. “No more guns.”

Schmidt-Orfanos also spoke to The New York Times.

In a phone interview, she told the paper, "The two words I want you to write are: Gun control. Right now—so that no one else goes through this. Can you do that? Can you do that for me? Gun control."

Orfanos’s father, Mark Orfanos, also blamed his son’s death on “gun culture,” according to NBC Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times notes the gun used in the shooting was legally purchased, but an extended magazine for ammunition used in the shooting could be illegal, depending on when it was bought.

HuffPost notes that “dozens” of other survivors of the Route 91 shooting were at Borderline the night of the Thousand Oaks massacre. One Route 91 survivor, Katie Ray, told HuffPost that the bar was “a place of healing” for many Vegas survivors living in the Thousand Oaks area.

In the wake of yet another devastating mass shooting, it’s clear we need concrete action on gun control—there’s no more time for “sending prayers.”

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