Six people were killed and four others were injured in a mass shooting at a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday evening.
It is reported that the shooting took place workers were starting their evening shifts. According to law enforcement agencies, the armed person was a 31-year-old worker armed with a pistol. It is reported that he died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The shooting is the deadliest mass shooting at a retail mall in the United States since then a white racist shot and killed 10 blacks At a grocery store in Buffalo, New York in May.
According to the news WAVYone NBC At a branch station in Virginia, a witness to the shooting said that the perpetrator was not only a Walmart employee, but also a store manager. According to the witness, the shooting started when the workers were in a meeting room to learn their shift assignments and the attack appeared to be pre-planned.
Several lawmakers reacted to news of the shooting by stepping up calls for federal gun reform.
“It’s long overdue for Congress to pass the common-sense gun safety reform that Americans demand.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) said on Twitter. “If we can’t get 60 votes in the Senate, then we have to end sedition to protect our people.”
“America’s gun violence epidemic is a GUN problem, and we need meaningful, federal gun safety reforms to keep our communities safe” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) tweeted.
President Joe Biden offered his condolences In an official statement from the White House and called on Congress to “take more action” on gun reform so he can sign it into law. The president made a similar statement three days ago in response to a mass shooting killed five people and injured at least 19 people weekend at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
While gun legislation is sorely needed, many gun reform proposals are likely to criminalize already marginalized communities, noted Ramsyn Canon, a Chicago-based civil rights attorney. in the article for Honest in March last year.
“Gun control advocates typically argue that we should focus our policy responses on gun consumers to make it harder to buy and own guns, including criminal penalties for gun ownership in a variety of scenarios. … [But] this approach suffers from numerous risks and weaknesses,” Canon wrote, noting that such gun control laws would require law enforcement to enforce laws that “simply face disproportionately disproportionate incarceration and punishment. more likely to target working-class people of color.”
Instead of focusing on consumers, lawmakers should focus on ending protections for gun manufacturers, Canon said. explains it:
The simplest way to impose costs on the gun industry is to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) and subject the industry to public nuisance and public health theories. These strategies would begin to force the industry to bear the real, permanent, and proportionate costs of recklessly producing and selling too many weapons.
By holding gun manufacturers partially responsible for shootings and murders, communities and policymakers would be given “the breathing space to test deeply needed public health approaches to combating gun violence, rather than creating policing strategies that will inevitably become more intrusive.” working-class communities of color,” Canon concluded.