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November 9, 2018

11-9-2018 A gunman opened fire at a Thousand Oaks, California, bar, killing at least 12; (Vox)

  • A suspect shot and killed at least 12 people, including bargoers and a sheriff’s deputy, at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday night. [Vox / Jennifer Williams and Jen Kirby]
  • The gunman, a former US Marine who may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, tossed a smoke bomb into the crowd and opened fire, also leaving 18 injured, authorities said. Many of the bar’s patrons that night were college students as young as 18. [LA Times]
  • The man, who was found dead inside the bar, was identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long. According to US officials, he was “not a stellar Marine” and was known to local law enforcement for minor offenses. His motive or any possible connection to terrorism remain unknown. [NPR / Laurel Wamsley]
  • President Donald Trump tweeted early Thursday morning saying that he had been “fully briefed” on the situation and offering his condolences. [Twitter / Donald J. Trump]
  • Since the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, there have been 1,897 mass killings in the US. In 2018 alone, 311 mass shootings have left 314 killed and 1,270 wounded. [Vox / German Lopez and Kavya Sukumar]
  • The Thousand Oaks shooting comes less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11. According to Vox’s German Lopez, easy gun access has enabled these killings: not only does America have uniquely weak gun laws, but it also has more firearms than any other country in the world — 120.5 guns per 100 residents. [Vox / German Lopez]
  • Democrats have long advocated for stricter gun regulation. In the 2018 midterm elections, though, only one state — Washington — had a gun-related ballot measure up for a vote. The initiative, which passed, will implement restrictions on the purchase and ownership of firearms, including raising the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21. [Ballotpedia]

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