The United States is plagued by a deeply ingrained culture of gun violence, a problem that has polarized the entire nation and become a highly politicized issue.
Despite the tireless efforts of gun control advocates to push for reform and amend the nation’s gun laws, the powerful gun rights advocacy groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA) continue to pour in millions of dollars to sway public opinion and lobby against any legislation that would restrict access to guns.
Another mass shooting took place on Wednesday morning in Orange County, Florida in which a man fatally shot a 20-year-old woman. The shooter then went back to the crime scene later in the day and went on a shooting spree killing a TV news reporter who had been covering the original homicide and a 9-year-old at a nearby home.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the gunman, Keith Melvin Moses, 19, also shot two other persons in Pine Hills, Fla.: the mother of the 9-year-old and a photojournalist who works with the TV news reporter at Spectrum News 13 in Orlando. On Wednesday night, they were both in serious condition.
Mr. Moses was arrested and charged with one count of murder in connection with the death of the 20-year-old on Wednesday evening; additional charges are expected for the other shootings near Pine Hills, about five miles east of Orlando, according to Orange County Sheriff John Mina.
The sheriff said Moses has a long criminal history that includes firearms charges, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and assault with a deadly weapon.