Mother of Thousand Oaks victim makes a heartbreaking plea: 'I want gun control!'
Susan Orfanos, a mother from Thousand Oaks, whose son died in the recent mass shooting, has made an emotional appeal regarding gun control.
Telemachus Orfanos lost his life at the Borderline Bar & Grill, in California, when he was shot down by a man named Ian David Long.
In a video that is currently going viral on social media, the grieving mother says that she doesn't want any more prayers, what she wants is gun control.
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When a gunman opened fire at a Last Vegas country music concert, Telemachus Orfanos made it through alive.— julieturkewitz (@julieturkewitz) November 9, 2018
Today I spoke with his mom.
“He was killed last night at Borderline,” she said. "The two words I want you to write are: Gun control. Right now."https://t.co/cqokUAgfbH
UNDER FIRE FOR THE SECOND TIME
Telemachus had previously been at a Las Vegas country music festival in 2017 when he managed to survive one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.
Unfortunately, this time around he was one of the victims, along with 11 other people, including a sheriff's deputy and the suspected shooter, who is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The 28-year-old gunman, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, used a legally purchased .45-caliber handgun customized with an extended magazine and threw a smoke device inside the bar during the attack.
Extended magazines cannot be legally purchased in California due to the 2000 law, but, somehow, Long managed to get his hands on one, costing several people their lives.
"He first shot a security guard standing outside, then went in and opened fire inside the nightclub", This is evident that arming schools and public place won't stop a mass shooting. https://t.co/FTQ4nnetf6— Frank Yeh (@FangChengYeh) November 8, 2018
VICTIM WAS DESCRIBED AS 'A SWEET GUY'
Telemachus used to work at Borderline as a security guard, but he had the day off and was making the most out of it by hanging out his friends during the Country music event.
His mother was devastated when she learned that her son was dead and could barely contain her anger and pain when she claimed that she wanted gun control instead of prayers.
“I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!” - mother of shooting victim Telemachus Orfanos. She says he survived the #LasVegasShooting but did not survive the #ThousandOaksMassacre. @ABC7 @ABCNewsLive pic.twitter.com/UMqTY1RATK— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) November 8, 2018
ANOTHER TRAGIC EPISODE IN AMERICAN HISTORY
The Thousand Oaks tragedy comes just a few weeks after a man named Robert Bowers opened fire inside the Tree of Life synagogue, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A total of 11 people lost their lives that day and the shooter could now face the death penalty after being indicted on 44 counts related to hate crimes.