Update: It has been reported that the shooter stabbed 3 people to death at his apartment before he went on a shooting spree. Anyone think there will be calls for knives to be banned in light of this information?
There has already been strong rhetoric on both sides of the gun control argument regarding the shooting in California last night in which several people died and several others were injured.
It is currently being reported that Elliot Rodger, the son of Hunger Games Assistant Director Peter Rodger, committed the atrocious act. The Rodger family released a statement saying they believe Elliot was the responsible party.
The family’s attorney has stated that there was no history of guns in the family and it’s unclear where the gun came from in the first place. In fact, the family is reportedly “staunchly against guns” and will be devoting much of their time to advocating for more gun control after this event.
(Update: It has now been discovered that that shooter owned 3 guns which were all legally owned and registered)
According to ksl.com,
Alan Shifman — a lawyer who represents Peter Rodger, one of the assistant directors on “The Hunger Games” — issued a statement saying his client believes his son, Elliot Rodger, was the shooter. It was unclear how the son would have obtained a gun. The family is staunchly against guns, he added.
The family has already started blaming gun rights supporters for what has happened.
Richard Martinez said his son Christopher Martinez, 20, was killed in the shooting. He blamed politicians and gun-rights proponents. “When will this insanity stop? … Too many have died. We should say to ourselves ‘not one more,'” he said.
The Rodger family is not ready to speak publicly yet, but wants to cooperate fully with police, Shifman said.
“My client’s mission in life will be to try to prevent any such tragedies from ever happening again,” he said. “This country, this world, needs to address mental illness and the ramifications from not recognizing these illnesses.”
We still don’t know how the shooter obtained the gun, but we do know that California already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, most which only really affect law abiding citizens and not the criminals who commit all of these crimes.
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