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Gun control discussion sparks after Navy Yard shooting
Within hours of the navy yard shooting, there were renewed calls for gun-control measures but not until it surfaced that the suspect was under treatment for mental illness that the discussion started to take a turn.
The headline in the New York Daily News boiled down the Navy yard shooting to -- "same gun different slay" which turns out to be incorrect, an A-R 15 was not used at the navy yard.
No mention of the shooters arrests, run-ins with police, discharge from the navy or probing questions about Aaron Alexis' mental state for which he was being treated, according to his family
There are a lot of indicators before somebody murders."
Law Enforcement Veteran Stephen Tabeling said the singular connection between guns and mass shootings is to completely miss the fix.
Tabeling said, "I've seen a lot of cases -- Monday morning quarterbacking where things could have been prevented if the person would have been dealt with immediately when signs where there that he was a violent person."
And the signs were there, Alexis was arrested on gun related charges in Seattle but not charged as well as in Texas and also in Georgia and during his career with the navy, Alexis was cited multiple times for misconduct.
According to Mother Jones there have been at least 67 mass shootings over the last 30 years. After more recent rampages such as in Newtown Connecticut last December and Aurora, colorado in 2012 -- there have been immediate calls to pass more gun laws. Little is mentioned about mental health services or what more law enforcement could do."
David Keene President of NRA said, "these incidents are very rare, and they involve people who are invariably, mentally, potentially violent and haven't either been caught by the system or treated by the system and they are tragic."
"We confiscate guns --sometimes thousands of guns - every year."
Rare or not -- District of Columbia delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said Congress must act.
In every last one of those guns comes from outside of the District of Columbia, comes from the region or comes from places that have lax gun laws. That's why you see many of us in congress fighting for national gun reform legislation. Can't do it jurisdiction by jurisdiction, said Holmes.
A Gallup poll in May showed that 55 percent of Americans thought reducing gun violence should be a top priority but not terribly high on the list of importance --- falls behind reforming the tax code and entitlements.