Three People Dead, One Injured In Mall Shooting

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Kathryn DeHoyos currently resides on the outskirts of Austin, TX. She is the News Editor for the Good Feed Blog and absolutely loves what she does. She is the happy mommy to a wild 2 year old girl-child, and is blissfully happy being un-married to her life partner DJ.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    Please specify how the access to automatic weapons has become easier.

    Please tell us what the weapon used in the mall was, particularly if it was an automatic weapon.

  2. Relative ease of getting automatic weapons? Something tells me you have never tried to apply for an FFL or Class 3 license.

  3. Kathryn DeHoyos says:

    OK, let me clarify two points. First, there have been several reports that the shooter was carrying either a semi-automatic or fully-automatic weapon and wearing body armor but the authorities have not confirmed this yet. Second, I am not saying that I personally believe that it is “easy” to get an automatic weapon I am simply stating that this tragedy will give those who DO argue that that is the case will use it as another example as to why we need more stringent gun control. I come from a family of gun owners and am personally aware of what it takes to get licensed in at least 5 different states in the US.

  4. Richard Aubrey says:

    This case will give strength to the argument that labeling a public area a “gun-free zone” is murderously irresponsible.
    IOW, it can go both ways.
    The Trolley Square Mall shooting was stopped by an off-duty cop who had his weapon with him which was not allowed by Mall policy, not even for cops.

  5. It doesn’t matter what licensing laws you have- since there’s so many weapons in circulation, illegal ones are easy to get. Here in Australia if you’re a licensed firearm owner your weapon must be stored in a gun safe, ammo stored in a separate locked location- to ensure a thief can’t grab it and use it, regardless of your/their legal license status.

  6. Jim Boothe says:

    I live in Portland. I’ve been to that mall enough to know the layout better than I probably should. I have a healthy respect for guns, because I was taught from an early age that the sole purpose of a gun is to kill, and you never point a gun at a target unless you intend to destroy that target. Like a lot of people, I have questions such as, “Why was he wearing body armor when he planned to punch his own ticket after punching the tickets of a few other people?”…but that question is based on possibly erroneous information; I’m not sure I could pick out actual body armor from something mocked up in a costume store.

    I don’t know what the One True Answer is regarding gun control, but I do believe, perhaps irrationally, that personal safety starts with getting it stamped in the brain, “To other people, YOU are ‘other people’”. Living in a constant state of Emergency Preparedness impressive to Doc Savage is beyond my ability. Living with the fact that I was not born with a “Get Out of Drama, Free” card (let alone how it’s not MY fault Reality keeps such poor records of these things), is not.

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