Some people who survived the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting that left 13 dead, including the gunman, also escaped the mass shooting at the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas last year, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Most of them survived the second carnage, but the former marine who went on a rampage in the Borderline Bar and Grill took the life of a fellow serviceman, Navy veteran Telemachus Orfanos, among the dozen other people he killed.
Authorities are still investigating whether the shooter, who is said to have suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving in Afghanistan for five years, knew that some of the Las Vegas carnage survivors gathered at the California bar some 300 miles away for commiseration, healing, and to ''celebrate life.''
Instead, they will be mourning more death as the United States continues its macabre affair with guns Indeed, one thing the shooter knew: America’s witless approach to endemic gun violence that, if it had occurred in any other country, would have occasioned dire alerts and travel warnings.
''Yeah… I'm insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is 'hopes and prayers'… or 'keep you in my thoughts'... every time... and wonder why these keep happening...'' the killer, later identified as Ian David Long, 28, wrote in a final post on social media before he went on a shooting spree five miles from his home festooned with the American flag.
Expectedly, robotic ''thoughts and prayers'' began cascading again in a country that has now seen 307 mass shootings in 311 days this year as it closes in on one-a-day dance of death.
The pro forma expressions of sympathy enraged victim Orfanos’ mother.
''My son was in Las Vegas with one of his friends and he came home.
He didn't come home last night. And I don't want prayers, I don't want thoughts, I want gun control and I hope to God nobody else sends me more prayers.
I want gun control. No. More. Guns,'' wept Susan Schmidt-Orfanos.
But there are no indications that the Republican Party, in the vice-like grip of the National Rifle Association (NRA) that some critics liken to a terrorist organization, is about to have a change of heart.
Asked what she would do to address the endemic gun violence in the country, Marsha Blackburn, a newly-elected and first female Senator from Tennessee told Fox News: ''What we do is say, how do we make certain that we protect the Second Amendment and protect our citizens? We’ve always done that in this country. Mental health issues need to be addressed.''
From the liberal perspective, the mental health issue that needs to be addressed centers on the reckless pro-gun stance of conservatives.
The NRA contributed heavily to Blackburn’s election campaign, as it did to many conservative candidates who support the Second Amendment that grants Americans the right to bear arms.
Critics see the Second Amendment as an archaic 18th century constitutional guarantee that is outdated in a modern United States.