By Paul Schmitt
The tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday that left 17 people dead has lawmakers looking at possible solutions in reducing mass murders in the United States. The nineteen-year-old gunman also wounded fourteen other victims in the attack. He reportedly used an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle to cause the carnage. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, who chairs the committee on homeland security, says the horrendous attacks are becoming all too prevalent.
Johnson says an assault weapons ban in the 1990’s did not make a difference.
Johnson says the challenge is addressing mental health as well as meaningful legislation that will have a solution impact. The AR-15 rifle used in the shooting was obtained legally, according to federal law enforcement officials. Three of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern United States history have come in the last five months, according to the New York Times.