Thursday, 15 Nov 2018
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Parents of Thousand Oaks: "I do not want prayers. I do not want thoughts. I want gun control.

Telemachus Orfanos, right, a 27-year-old naval veteran, is among the victims of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. Facebook and Marc Orfanos woke up Thursday at 2 am in Thousand Oaks, California. from a relative in New York. The wide-eyed couple fell into a familiar ritual for parents in Columbine, Blacksburg, Aurora, Newtown, Orlando, Parkland – and, starting this week, also in the peaceful outpost of Los Angeles. They waited to find out if their child, who had survived the deadliest gun kill in modern American history in Las Vegas last year, had perished during a new shooting incident. many victims. "You always keep hope," said Marc Orfanos, 63, in an interview. He and his wife had run to the Borderline Bar and Grill, where a student-only online dance party ended when only one armed man opened fire shortly before midnight. While they were waiting in a crisis center nearby, several survivors told the distressed couple that they thought they saw their son run away from the bar. It was not until Thursday afternoon that a police officer told them the news: their son, Telemaque Orfanos, 27 years old, was dead. This marked the end of a sinister ritual and the beginning of another, when Orfanos' parents channeled their private anguish into a public call for gun control – a cry that echoed Aurora's Newtown and beyond. But what distinguishes their appeal is the absolute disavowal of society's reaction to the violence that cost their son their life. "I do not want prayers. I do not want thoughts. I want gun control, "said Susan Orfanos on local television. And I hope that no one else will send me prayers, "she said, shaking her head vigorously, and she insisted on every word, saying," More arms. "If her husband listened well, the victim's parents know that this is not certain." If Sandy Hook's 5-year-old children have not made a strong impression, nothing will " said Orfanos, a semi-alternate substitute teacher. "The bottom line is that the NRA owns most of the Republican Party, and probably part of the Democratic Party." As long as this vice is not broke, it will not end. "(The NRA financially supported a handful of Democratic Congress members during this cycle, according to the Center for Responsible Politics, a non-partisan research group.) There was hardly a new wave of support Thursday for an action to restrict access to firearms. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Leader of the minority in the House of Commons, vowed to fight for "bipartisan and common sense solutions to prevent gun violence." Everytown for Gun Safety, founded and funded by former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, request "Sound strategic actions" to reduce armed violence. Gabrielle Giffords, a former Democratic congressman from Arizona who was shot and wounded in 2011, said she was "torn, angry and that she will never accept this as a normal thing. Classroom. Places of worship. Newsrooms. Movie theater. Restaurants. Yoga studios. Nightclubs. Playgrounds. No place in America feels safer. No other high-income country has this level of gun violence. I have a broken heart, I am angry and I will never accept it as a normal thing. – Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) November 8, 2018 The NRA, meanwhile, sharp California's tight controls – the state was the first to ban assault rifles nearly 30 years ago. The spokesperson for the organization, Dana Loesch, to discuss mental illness, a problem not unique to the United States, where the rate of firearm homicides is nevertheless much higher than in other high-income countries. Authorities said Ian David Long, 28, had legally purchased the .45 caliber handgun that he had brandished inside the bar. He also used an extensive magazine that, according to officials, required further analysis to determine how many towers he could hold and determine if he had been able to break the state's law. Democratic lawmakers have expressed hope that the new balance of power in Washington after Tuesday's midterm elections will change the debate. Lucy McBath, whose son was killed during a shootout in 2012, has won major victories. The Democrat has seized a siege under tight surveillance in the suburbs of Atlanta. "It is unfortunately not surprising that the same day that I formally became a member of Congress, other families in this country receive exactly the same appeal as the one I had received six years ago. years ago when I learned that my son had been murdered, "said McBath in a statement. Thursday declaration posted on Twitter. She said she would work to "make our communities safer". In the Colorado District, which includes Aurora, the Denver suburb where 12 people were killed in a movie theater in 2012, Democrat Jason Crow overthrew Republican Rep. Mike Coffman. Firearms were also a fault line in northern Virginia, where Republican Barbara Comstock fell into the hands of Democrat Jennifer Wexton. We are about to have new people in Washington ready to give priority to their constituents, who will fight to make our communities safer from armed violence and adopt new laws to save lives. – Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 7, 2018 At the same time, 60% of the mid-term voters, including 42% of gun owners, were in favor of tighter controls, according to a poll at the exit of NBC News, while 36% were opposed. But the NRA also had winnings to celebrate. The deep-seated organization-backed candidates won many more races than they lost, according to one tracker managed by The Trace, a gun-related media. The NRA helped to oust Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly in Indiana, and helped elevate the elected senator, Marsha Blackburn, a Republican congressman from Tennessee. Blackburn says Fox News On Thursday, the shooting clearly showed the need to "protect the second amendment and protect our citizens" before moving from discussion to mental health. Orfanos said that his son, who had gone through "Tel", was hardly a critic of the Second Amendment. In fact, the 27-year-old was a little passionate about guns. During his stay in the Navy, he often went to the shooting ranges and, when he returned home to live with his parents, several years ago, he asked her for He could keep a firearm at home. They would not allow it. "I have the feeling that if there is a gun in the house, there is always a possibility of accident or suicide," said his father. "It increases the chances." Orfanos hoped his son would change his mind after the Navy veteran survived the mass shooting of last year at a country music festival in Las Vegas. His son suffered post-traumatic stress disorder due to the episode, in which he helped pull the mutilated bodies from the firing line, said Orfanos. "He always thought that people could have their weapons," said his father. "But even he said that they did not need extended magazines, which is the person who murdered my son." He said the country's "gun culture" was the cause of his son's death – a culture maintained by what he condemned. "I blame the Wayne LaPierres of the world, the Dana Loesches, outright. because they've put fear of God in some of those people who think they need weapons of war, "Orfanos said, referring to NRA's executive vice president and spokesman for the group : the only way to change culture, he said, is to adopt "rational firearms legislation" that protects people's ability to defend themselves in the interests of the legitimate defense, but forbids weapons of this type. The father of the victim said that it was time "to concretize his efforts and put an end to this violence," said his wife, Orfanos, remained inconsolable until Thursday. "My son was a veteran of the Navy, and thankfully, he never faces Orfanos said:" Last year in Las Vegas, he survived.His friends were shot all around him, only to return home and get murdered in our hometown. 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