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Navy Yard Shooting Renews Call for Gun Control

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKRC) -- The Navy Yard shooting has reignited the gun-control debate as well as the issue of guns in the hands of people with mental health problems, which appears to be the case with Aaron Alexis.

Kristine Frazao looks at both sides of the debate.  The headline in the New York Daily News boiled down the navy yard shooting to "Same Gun Different Slay" which turns out to be incorrect.

An AR-15 was not used at the Navy Yard.  No mention of the shooters arrests, run-ins with police, discharge from the Navy or probing questions about Aaron Alexis' mental state for which he was being treated, according to his family.

Law enforcement veteran Stephen Tabeling says the singular connection between guns and mass shootings is to completely miss the fix.
 
He says, "I've seen a lot of cases, Monday morning quarterbacking, where things could have been prevented if the person would have been dealt with immediately when signs where there that he was a violent person."

And the signs were there, Alexis was arrested on gun related charges in Seattle but not charged, as well as in Texas and also in Georgia.  And during his career with the navy, Alexis was cited multiple times for misconduct.

According to Mother Jones there have been at least 67 mass shootings over the last 30 years.  After more recent rampages such as in Newtown, Connecticut last December and Aurora, Colorado in 2012, there have been immediate calls to pass more gun laws. 

Little is mentioned about mental health services or what more law enforcement could do.

Rare or not, District of Columbia delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says Congress must act.

A Gallup poll in May showed that 55 percent of Americans thought reducing gun violence should be a top priority but not terribly high on the list of importance.  It falls behind reforming the tax code and entitlements.
 

 

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