During a College Night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Southern California, 28-year-old Ian David Long opened fire on the patrons of the bar, killing 13 people.
While tragic attacks like this should be a rarity in America—as they are in other countries—that sadly isn’t the case. With this being the 307th shooting to kill four or more people this year, mass shootings have become as synonymous with the United States as apple pie and baseball.
This is why it’s not statistically out of the question that Americans would find themselves having to face more than one mass shooting in their lifetimes. In fact, multiple survivors of the Route 91 Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas last year were also at Borderline Bar & Grill the night of this most recent atrocity. At least one of these people, Telemachus Orfanos, did not survive.
Now, his grieving mother is demanding that something finally be done.
"I don't want prayers. I don't want thoughts. I want gun control."
Susan Orfanos says her son, Telemachus Orfanos, survived last year's Las Vegas mass shooting but did not survive the massacre at a Thousand Oaks bar. pic.twitter.com/fM1JtTMcPn
— ABC News (@ABC) November 9, 2018
In the heartbreaking video, Susan Orfanos eviscerates the platitude of “thoughts and prayers,” saying:
“My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn’t come home last night, and I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control, and I hope to God nobody sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!”
Americans on Twitter rallied to support Orfanos, concurring with what she never should have had to say.
One of these days, America will FINALLY have enough of these shootings. One day. Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen though. #NoMoreMassShootings
— Ernie (@ecl326) November 9, 2018
My heart breaks for her! No one should have to bury their child!
— Susan kane (@Susanka09769115) November 9, 2018
— Angel by day 😂 (@missangeleyes) November 9, 2018
The crisis of mass shootings in the United States has long been existent, announcing its presence even more starkly in the last two weeks.