Thousand Oaks: A Victim's Mother Pleads For Gun Control

"I don’t want prayers, I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control."

The 8th of November, Thousand Oaks. © David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

Wednesday the 7th of November, a gunman killed a dozen people in a music bar packed with college students in Thousand Oaks, near Los Angeles, California. The attacker, a former soldier named Ian David Long, shot around thirty times before he died.

Among the victims was Telemachus Orfanos, who had survived Las Vegas’ shooting last year. Interviewed by American channel ABC, his mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, pleaded for gun control in a video posted yesterday on Twitter which has been watched 2 million times.

"My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home," she said referring to the Las Vagas shooting where more than 50 people died and hundreds got injured in 2017.

"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 else sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns.h

Every time a shooting takes place in the United States, American parody newspaper The Onion publishes the same article with the headline:"No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens"

Since the beginning of 2018, 307 mass shooting took place in the United States.

By Astrid Van Laer, published on 09/11/2018