At least 18 people were killed the evening of October 25th, 2023 and 13 injured in Lewiston, Maine. The shooting unfolded in a bowling alley where a children's league was taking place and a local bar.
The shooter, whose name I'll leave out, is a reservist to the 3rd. Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment in Saco, Maine. After the shooting incident concluded, the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle, and after an extensive search by law enforcement, his car was recovered. The suspect continues to remain at large, and the search is ongoing.
Following the tragic event, U. S. Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) announced he was changing his policy against an assault rifle ban during a news conference. Golden was one of five Democratic House members who voted against a ban in 2022.
My question is, "Why does it take 18 people dying to finally wake politicians to ban all assault rifles and high-volume magazines?
Although Maine had "Yellow Flag" laws at the time of this shooting, the suspect suffered a history of mental illness and met the elements for allowing law enforcement to remove his firearms; he fell between the cracks, and no action was taken.
This country can never expect these tragic events to stop unless we make significant changes in gun laws and support more funding for mental health facilities. Prohibition of assault weapons can prevent mass shooting fatalities and active shooter events. Researchers estimate the federal law prohibiting assault weapons and high-capacity magazines was in effect from 2005 through 2019; it would have prevented 30 mass shootings that resulted in 1,478 people shot and killed or wounded.
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Author Bob Cooke
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