After seven mass shootings in just seven days, Americans across the country are reviving calls for long-sought gun law reform in hopes of curbing the level of gun violence unique to the United States.
In response to the shooting, Vice President Kamala Harris echoed President Joe Biden's calls to ban assault weapons in the United States:
"This is not about getting rid of the Second Amendment. It's simply about saying we need reasonable gun safety laws. There is no reason why we have assault weapons on the streets of a civil society. They are weapons of war. They are designed to kill a lot of people quickly."
Republicans, who take on the unenviable task of justifying the need for mass shootings in order for Americans to be free, pounced on her choice of words, claiming that assault weapons aren't "weapons of war" at all.
White House correspondent for the conservative Fox News channel, John Roberts, echoed this claim on the network.
Roberts: These are not weapons of war... These are just semiautomatic weapons, they just look different https://t.co/LmVAaB6w5u— Acyn (@Acyn) 1616614317.0
"These are not weapons of war. These are not assault rifles, these are semiautomatic weapons. They just look different."
Former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa begged to differ, and soon pushed back against his claim.
That’s not true. The AR-556 is essentially a short-barrel rifle and its bullets travel at a higher velocity than a… https://t.co/VMDfF8P17h— Asha Rangappa (@Asha Rangappa) 1616618088.0
She attached information regarding the similarities of the AR-15, and the weapon used by the shooter—the Ruger AR-556.
People agreed with Rangappa's overall sentiment that assault weapons shouldn't be readily available in the United Staets.
@AshaRangappa_ This is called taking a guy to school.— Elie Honig (@Elie Honig) 1616642610.0
The barrel velocity of these guns is a really important point that makes them so much more deadly and/or damaging t… https://t.co/4VfujhU2jU— Alexander Dent (@Alexander Dent) 1616677151.0
Anyone who has shot an AR knows that they are different than your deer rifle. And I do not care what style it is. https://t.co/3iKWOw0See— William Braden (@William Braden) 1616637436.0
The AR-556 is as lethal other AR-15s. It uses the standard 5.56 x 45 mm NATO bullet. These rounds move at velocitie… https://t.co/u8ra5TkyqO— Brian Brandt (@Brian Brandt) 1616687368.0
Others called on Roberts and Fox News to stop dismissing the severity of the problem.
For reporters and anchors to not fact-check gun-related issues like this one isn't just irresponsible. It's dangero… https://t.co/X15BHBGlbe— Victor Shi (@Victor Shi) 1616620231.0
its what they do. argue over the minimal s and take focus away from the reality. ten dead. https://t.co/smDlHyc2c9— Cathy (@Cathy) 1616621756.0
@FoxNews stop downplaying what these are. #GunReformNow https://t.co/NxIda1twih— Amanda Kandel, J.D. (@Amanda Kandel, J.D.) 1616677726.0
Hey @FoxNews Shouldn’t you correct the lies being told by @JohnRobertsFox on your network? 👇🏻 https://t.co/Cq3OTkQrbQ— LeapingLisa (@LeapingLisa) 1616643202.0
FOX News spreading (still more) misinformation... trust Asha. https://t.co/mVRZ2pESrr— Tami Goulden (@Tami Goulden) 1616684719.0
The shooter appeared in court for the first time today.