“Our hearts are with these young victims and their families, the broader East Lansing and Lansing communities, and all Americans across the country grieving as the result of gun violence,” said President Biden in response to the mass shooting at Michigan State University on Monday evening.
“Congress must do something and enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, closing loopholes in our background check system, requiring safe storage of guns, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets. Action is what we owe to those grieving today in Michigan and across America,” the President urged the legislators to act.
Three students were killed, and five are critically wounded following the mass shooting at Michigan State University. Four of the injured required surgery, and one was taken to critical care, according to Dr. Denny Martin, the Chief Medical Officer of Sparrow Hospital, where the victims were taken for treatment.
Two of the victims have been identified, sophomore Brian Fraser and junior Alexandria Verner. The identity of the third student has not been revealed per the family’s request.
The gunman, who was identified by the police as 43-year-old Anthony Dwayne McRae, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The reason behind the attack remains unknown. “We have no idea why he came to campus to do this tonight,” noted MSU Interim Deputy Police Chief Chris Rozman.
McRae opened fire in two campus locations. At around 8:30 pm local time, the gunman attacked Berkey Hall, a building located north of the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing. Police reports show that the gunman then walked two the second location around the Michigan State University Union Building, where he continued the attack and shot several more.
Then the shooter ran and was found nearly four hours later at 11:45 local time in the City of Lansing, around three miles (4.82 km) northwest of campus.
One student was watching Star Wars with his friends in a dorm room in a building around a mile from Berkey Hall, where McRae first attacked.
“I couldn’t believe this was happening on my college campus,” he told MSNBC on Monday night.
Mass shooting upon mass shooting
The Michigan State University shooting leaves yet another community grieving the lives of fallen victims of gun violence. This is the 67th shooting of 2023, and it happened only a few hours from the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“Five years ago, a gunman committed an act of horror at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Today, we mourn the 17 loved ones lost. And pray for the countless loved ones left behind. For the lives lost and the lives we can save, we must ban assault weapons,” President Biden tweeted.
The nation is still mourning the 11 lives lost to the Lunar New Year shooting in a dance studio in Monterey Park, California.
The US is witnessing mass shooting upon mass shooting as an increasing number of communities get overwhelmed with grief and loss.
According to research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, firearms are the leading cause of death for teens and children in the US.
25-year-old congressman Maxwell Frost is a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas high school shooting and is now fighting for stricter gun control laws from within the government.
Today, Frost posted a tweet honoring the lives lost five years ago at Stoneman Douglas while sharing his condolences with the MSU community.
President Biden spoke to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday night following a briefing on the deadly mass shooting at Michigan State University. The President offered Whitmer federal assistance and any help he may need.
Biden’s administration has passed historic legislation to tackle America’s gun violence epidemic. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is the most significant gun violence reduction legislation to pass Congress in 30 years. The package includes $750 million to help states implement and run crisis intervention programs and requires more gun sellers to register as Federally Licensed Firearm Dealers.
“It will not save every life from the epidemic of gun violence, but if this law had been in place years ago, even this last year, lives would have been saved. It matters. It matters. But it’s not enough and we all know that,” the President said.
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