The mother of a Thousand Oaks shooting victim spoke out: "I hope to God no one sends me any more prayers"
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.
“I want gun control,” she continued, voice shaking. “No more guns.”
Schmidt-Orfanos also spoke to The New York Times.
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.”