Megan Newman, ‘Doah Editor-In-Chief
November 6, 2013
In the two weeks since the last issue of The ‘Doah, there have been three major shootings. The first, a school shooting in Nevada which killed one teacher and injured two students. The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) shooting that killed one TSA officer and wounded two others, and most recently, the New Jersey mall shooting where luckily no one was harmed after a shooter opened fire in the mall before shooting himself.
The only surviving suspect of the three shootings is Paul Ciancia, who has been charged with the murder of a federal officer and commission of violence in an international airport. Ciancia is accused of going on a rampage through LAX specifically targeting TSA agents to the point where witnesses report him asking “Are you TSA?” as he moved through the airport.
“I just shook my head, and he kept going.” reported witness,
Leon Saryan to CNN.
TSA agent Gerardo I. Hernandez was not only shot point blank, but witnesses report that when Ciancia saw Hernandez move he returned to the area to shoot him again. FBI Special Agent David Bowdich reported to CNN that a note found on Ciancia indicates that he wanted to kill TSA agents to “instill fear in the agent’s traitorous minds” Hernandez is the first TSA agent to die in the line of duty since the agency was formed in the aftermath of Sept. 11.
With more and more shootings, the issue of gun control is more talked about than ever before. Though the Nevada school and New Jersey mall shooters stole their weapons from family members, Ciancia legally obtained his 5.56-millimeter and .223 caliber Smith and Wesson M&P 15 — the same gun used in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. M&P means military and police, therefore not designed for the general public. The sale of the gun would have been forbidden with the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, however the bill is currently stalled.
The Assault Weapons Ban, which failed to pass the Senate vote in April, would ban the use and possession of all semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine with the capabilities to accept more than ten rounds.