Nine people were killed in a shooting at a bar in Dayton, Ohio in the early hours of Sunday morning. The shooter attached a 100-round drum magazine to his weapon, allowing him to fatally shoot nine people and injure 37 in 30 seconds before being killed by police.
The second mass shooting in the United States in 13 hours, the incident sparked an all too familiar debate for Americans. Many expressed horror that a firearm capable of such carnage in such a short period of time was readily available. Others insist that any intervention on the availability of firearms is an infringement on Americans' second amendment rights.
In a chilling segment on CNN, host Brooke Baldwin counted to 30 as surveillance footage of people evacuating the bar played.
“In just 30 seconds a gunman murdered nine people and left 37 injured, right here, in Dayton, Ohio.” @BrookeBCNN de… https://t.co/CvBHNyULgy— CNN Newsroom (@CNN Newsroom)1565032046.0
After counting, Baldwin continued:
"In just 30 seconds, a gunman murdered nine people and left 37 injured right here in Dayton, Ohio. In just 30 seconds, police took down that gunman, saving hundreds of lives. And in just 30 seconds, you can call your elected representative and demand they do something about this."
People commended Baldwin for the haunting call to action.
Brooke Baldwin on CNN just now looked into the camera and counted to 30. Powerful. Real.— Tim Murphy (@Tim Murphy)1565025976.0
@CNNnewsroom @BrookeBCNN this is an eye opener.— Tim s Anderson (@Tim s Anderson)1565040930.0
@CNNnewsroom @BrookeBCNN Thanks @BrookeBCNN .— Karen loves Jack!⚾️ (@Karen loves Jack!⚾️)1565033551.0
Baldwin is far from the only one demanding Congress act to pass common sense gun reform. Democratic lawmakers and candidates are calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to suspend the August recess for an emergency session to vote on a gun reform bill passed months ago by the House of Representative.
This is a national crisis. Mitch McConnell needs to bring the Senate back from recess right now and hold votes on l… https://t.co/FyB3hNwUhk— Cory Booker (@Cory Booker)1564945534.0
Sen. Kamala Harris: "This is actually, literally in the hands of one person in terms of this legislative action, an… https://t.co/X6hZ8t2CKu— The Hill (@The Hill)1565103660.0
Two background check bills have already passed the House. The Senate has an opportunity to pass them—but Mitch McCo… https://t.co/VA8LUngetK— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1565027757.0
Democrats, Republicans, Independents and even gun owners agree, ENOUGH is ENOUGH. It is time to stand up to the NRA… https://t.co/EDfSKuIQf6— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders)1564960008.0
You can contact your senator here.