Aurora Shooting Demonstrates Gun Control Dysfunction

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Meghan McCabe, Staff Reporter

Gun violence strikes the United States again, but now it has hit us even closer to home. On February 15th, in Aurora, Illinois, an angry employee shot and killed six people, himself included.

All shootings raise the question of gun control, but this incident in particular raises the question because this shooter had offenses that should have barred him from owning a gun in the first place.

The shooter, Gary Martin, was convicted of extreme domestic abuse of hitting and stabbing his girlfriend in Mississippi in 1994.

However, he was able to successfully purchase a gun in spite of his record. This lack of regulation costed five innocent people their lives, and left five officers wounded.

This incident highlights the crisis our country is facing in terms of access to firearms.

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