Demands for gun-control getting louder at White House
The fatal shooting around Roanoke, Virginia which killed Alison Parker and Alan Ward, 2 local journalists has got the White House renewing its call for stricter gun controls. Josh Earnest, Barack Obama's press secretary and other prominent politicians called in for strict action against such violence that was becoming too common. Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's governor said he would put his weight behind this issue.
A disgruntled former colleague at the WDBJ7 news station in Virginia shot dead 2 local TV reporters in the middle of a live broadcast. Cameraman Adam Ward (26) and reporter Alison Parker (24) were in a live interview with Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, when the shooting took place. The shooter was recognized as Vester Lee Flanagan II.
Vester Lee Flanagan II known as Bryce Williams on TV shot himself, shortly after carrying out the fatal attack on 2 other reporters. Before inflicting the mortal wound, he sent out a fax to the ABC network. Authorities were unclear behind the motive of the attack and are looking at his past employment records; they are also scrutinizing the fax that he had sent.
Bryce Williams cryptic message to the ABC network said, "I've been a human powder keg for a while....just waiting to go BOOM."
Flanagan's 23 page fax revealed that the shooter carried out the attack upset by the shooting in South Carolina where 9 church members were killed on 17 June 2015. It was also revealed that the network where he worked had asked him seek medical help for his 'threatening behaviour'. Flanagan had interpreted this advice to be racially inspired.
While there was much talk about stricter gun control, the former governor of Virginia said that the guns weren't the real problem. He said that people should be made aware of "the need for easier involuntary commitment of the dangerous mentally ill... and surer appropriate punishment of criminals." He further said that stricter gun control would only end up curbing the Second Amendment Rights.
According to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
"I want to reiterate how important it is we not let yet another terrible instance go by without trying to do something more to prevent this terrible killing that is stalking our country."