The mother of one of the victims of a mass shooter is Thousand Oaks, California does not want your thoughts and prayers, she wants gun control.
Earlier this week Ian Long, 28, went on a killing spree at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks as patrons of the country western bar line-danced. Long killed 12 at the popular country music nightspot. One of his victims was Telemachus Orfanos, a Navy veteran with a loving family.
A day after the tragic mass shooting, the mother of Telemachus Orfanos, an emotional and angry Susan Orfanos, told CNN affiliate KABC that she had no interest in “thoughts and prayers.” Instead, the distraught mother made a poignant plea for gun control.
I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control, and I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!
Speaking with The Washington Post, Marc Orfanos, the father of 27-year-old Telemachus Orfanos, blamed the NRA for his son’s death, noting:
If mowing down 5-year-olds at Sandy Hook didn’t make an impression, nothing will. The bottom line is the NRA owns most of the Republican Party, and probably some of the Democratic Party as well. Until that vise is broken, this is not going to end.
The victim’s father made it clear he blamed the NRA and their staff, in particular Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA, and Dana Loesch, the group’s prominent spokeswoman:
I blame flat out the Wayne LaPierres of the world, the Dana Loesches, because they put the fear of God in some of these people who think they need to have guns up the wazoo.
The Orfanos are right to blame the NRA. Indeed, the NRA is a deadly and powerful terrorist organization with blood on its hands.
Death and Taxes reports on the carnage:
1.4 million Americans have died from gunfire since 1968, more than in all of the country’s wars through history combined. No other group — not ISIS, not Al Qaeda, not foreign governments — has been more successful at killing Americans than the NRA.
It is impossible to determine the exact number of deaths that can be directly attributed to the NRA’s efforts, because for 20 years, it has successfully fought to prevent any public health studies at the federal level into gun violence.
Market Watch reports that contrary to public opinion, the NRA does not speak for all gun owners; in fact, only a small, deranged minority of gun owners are actually NRA members:
Only a tiny percentage of Americans are members of the NRA. The association’s annual membership fee is $40. Last year its membership dues came to $160 million. So that’s 4 million members. Out of an estimated 55 million gun owners.
Yet despite the relatively small numbers, the NRA has terrorized politicians and civilians alike for decades.
As a nation we live with and tolerate a culture of gun violence. All the while any proposal to enact sensible reform to curb gun violence is squashed by the the NRA. Indeed, the NRA intimidates and bullies politicians and others, while spreading deception and misinformation to the general public. They are the equivalent of the 20th century tobacco lobby, merchants of death, terrorists claiming their product is safe while countless Americans die.
Bottom line: The Orfanos are correct: Thoughts and prayers are meaningless, and they will do nothing to stop the senseless gun violence that took their son’s life and continues to terrorize the nation.
In short, the NRA is America’s premier terrorist organization, and they need to be stopped.