Photo Credits: NBC News/ Androscoggin Country Sheriff’s Office
On 25th October 2023, 40 year old Robert Card went on a rampage in Lewiston, Maine. He killed 18 people during the shooting and was later found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot.
The shooting was the 560th mass shooting in the United States this year and the deadliest, in terms of casualties. Democratic Congressmen Jared Golden, who previously opposed the ban on semi-automatic weapons, has called his stance a “failure.”
President Biden will visit Maine tomorrow to visit the survivors of the shooting and rally another cry for gun control. Earlier this week he called for Republican congressmen to “fulfil their duty to the American people” and pass gun restriction legislation.
Biden’s official press release called for a ban on “assault weapons and high capacity magazines” as well as an increase in “universal background checks.” It has been identified that Robert Card did suffer from a “declining” mental health and as an army reservist, he was judged unfit to possess firearms.
The Maine Shooting is all to familiar to many American communities as the US has been subject to 39,000 gun related deaths since 2014. The number of shootings and mental nature of those who perpetrate them seems a larger problem than a few new laws will be able to solve.
President Biden’s visit to Maine tomorrow will be telling as to whether this shooting will be met with action or inaction on gun violence in America.
Card, discovered through a series of text messages, has been deemed to be paranoid and was of great concern to his fellow army reservists. In July of this year, he claimed that other soldiers had accused him of being a “pedophile.”
His paranoia has also been linked to the locations he targeted, a bowling alley and a bar. Card thought the Just in Time Recreational Bowling Alley, Schemengees Bar and Grille and other local businesses had also been accusing him of paedophilia.
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