In a cruel twist of fate, it’s been discovered that many of those present at the recent mass-shooting at a crowded country music bar in Thousands Oaks, California, were also survivors of the horrific 2017 Las Vegas massacre. Telemachus Orfanos, 27, who was one of the 12 people killed at the Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday night, was one such survivor. And for Telemachus’ grieving mother, Susan Orfanos, empty words about how people are praying for her and the families of other victims aren’t doing her any good. Rather than prayers, she said, she wants people to actually do something to stop these tragedies from occuring again and again and again.
“My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn’t come home last night, and I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control, and I hope to God nobody sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns,” said the distraught mother, fighting back tears.
The United States, despite making up less than 5 percent of the world’s population, nonetheless is in possession of 35 to 50 percent of the world’s civilian-owned guns. Unsurprisingly, it also has the highest homicide-by-firearm rate among developed nations. Despite repeated calls for increased gun control in the wake of countless mass-shootings, assault weapons and machine guns remain easily available across most of the country.
Watch video of Susan Orfanos talking to ABC7 in Los Angeles below.
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