Thousand Oaks shooting

Ana Flood, Staff Writer

On November 8, 2018, a Marine Corps veteran opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. With a Glock .45-caliber handgun, Ian Long shot and killed 12 people. The Thousands Oaks shooting is the 307th mass shooting in 2018 and people are calling for change. For instance, Susan Orfanos, a victim’s mother, states, “I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control.” Orfanos isn’t the only one speaking out as many others took to social media to express their feelings. TV host Ellen DeGeneres tweets, “Another senseless act. 12 dead in another mass shooting. Families devastated by violence. Again. My heart is with the people of Thousand Oaks, and with everyone fighting to make [a] change.” Additionally, California State Senator, Henry I. Stern states, “We never think a mass shooting will happen in our community…until it does. Today, we mourn with anger and unwanted grief the loss of those who were taken from the Thousand Oaks community far too early…Now we must think long and hard as policymakers on both sides of the aisle about how to heed these calls and pursue real change. Words are not enough anymore.” After the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, many hoped that there would be gun regulation; although, it seems we are far from it.