On November 7, 2018 a gunman opened fire during a country music dance filled with young people attending “college night” at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. This massacre at the Borderline Bar and Grill became the 307th mass shooting in the United States.
Police reported to the scene on Wednesday around 11:20pm, only to be welcomed by gunshots. As Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helps responded to the scene, he was struck immensely by bullets.
….Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times. That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018
The gunman was identified as Ian David Long, who was a 28-year old veteran of the US Marine Corps. As an active Marine, law enforcement had a few run-ins with him over the years. An incident in April led the deputies to Long’s home. According to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, Long was acting “irrationally”, but when a mental health specialist met with him, she concluded that he did not need to be detained due to laws pertaining to mental health. Long utilized a 45-caliber Glock handgun in the massacre, which was purchased legally but had an illegal extended magazine on it.
As more and more incidents occur, new conversations are being brought up to push for regulation of guns and create more Mental Health awareness. Mental Heath is a big stigma in our society today, but more and more nonprofit organizations and individuals are working towards diminishing this stereotype. For more information about Mental Health awareness, visit this site.