Another Mass Casualty Shooting Underscores Need for More Restrictive Federal Gun Laws

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Posted Sept. 25, 2013

Interview with Ladd Everitt, communications director with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, conducted by Scott Harris

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The latest in a long series of mass casualty shootings across America occurred on Sept. 16 when accused gunman Aaron Alexis, a technology contractor for the U.S. government with security clearance, killed 12 people in a bloody rampage at Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard, before being shot and killed himself.

Alexis, who had a history of violence and exhibited signs of mental illness, reportedly had test-fired an AR-15 military style assault rifle at a Virginia gun store the week before the massacre, but was prevented from buying one because didn’t live in-state. Alexis instead purchased an 870 Remington pump-action shotgun that was used to commit the mass murder.

According to columnist David Sirota, “Gun violence now claims 87 American lives each day, and has killed or wounded almost a million Americans between 2001 and 2010.” “In historical terms,” he states, “more people have died from gun violence in America since 1968 than have died in all U.S. wars combined.” Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Ladd Everitt, director of communications with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. He talks about his group's reaction to the mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. and continuing nationwide efforts since last year's Newtown, Conn. school massacre to mandate universal background checks for all gun buyers and pass laws banning military assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Learn more about the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence at csgv.org.

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