by emilycao on January 25, 2014 - 7:13pm
On January 25th, three people were found dead by police officers at the Mall in Columbia following a shooting. According to the article “Three Killed in Shooting in Maryland Mall; Police Call the Deaths Isolated” by Jada F. Smith and Emma G. Fitzsimmons, published on January 25th, 2014 on the site of the New York Times, the Maryland shopping mall opened its doors at around 10 a.m. and at around 11:15 a.m., the Howard County 911 center received reports about the shooting. It appears that the shooting occurred in one place only, in the skateboarding and snowboarding store Zumiez. Two of the victims were employees at the store and the third one is believed to be the attacker since a shotgun and ammunition was found near the man and ammunition was found on him. The attack also made five other people injured. According to a shopper and a worker at the mall, more than five shots were heard. People ran out or hid under tables and inside stores after hearing about a man being armed and at 4 p.m., the mall had finally been cleared out.
We are just at the start of 2014 and articles about a shooting already appear in our news feed. Mass shootings are not uncommon and we hear about it occasionally. It is a problem that people in the United States have such an easy access to guns. This sensitive topic has been discussed many times before and arguments for both sides can be heard. However, for those who are against the right to own arms, it is possible to pressure the U.S. government to reinforce gun laws by starting petitions, for example. If it can help lower the number of shootings, why not do something about it?