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 demonstrates how long it took a gunman to carry out a deadly rampage by counting to 30 while showing a clip from the scene. pic.twitter.com/mhQk4xl4cl
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 5, 2019
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.
— Tim Murphy (@Murp1953Tim) August 5, 2019
this is an eye opener.
— Tim s Anderson (@tsande001) August 5, 2019
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 legislation to protect Americans from gun violence. Enough. We need to end this carnage now.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 4, 2019
Sen. Kamala Harris: "This is actually, literally in the hands of one person in terms of this legislative action, and it's Mitch McConnell. And I would hope and pray that he understands that he actually has the power to do the right thing here." pic.twitter.com/NXsVaFWRWu
— The Hill (@thehill) August 6, 2019
Two background check bills have already passed the House. The Senate has an opportunity to pass them—but Mitch McConnell refuses to act. @SenateMajLdr, you must bring the Senate back into session to vote on this important legislation.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 5, 2019
Democrats, Republicans, Independents and even gun owners agree, ENOUGH is ENOUGH. It is time to stand up to the NRA and take action to make our communities safer from gun violence.
Mitch McConnell, call the Senate back from recess now and pass gun safety legislation.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 4, 2019
You can contact your senator here.