After the horrible shooting that claimed 12 lives in Thousand Oaks, California, Andrew Pollack is asking that the conversation stay focused on solvable problems rather than the Second Amendment itself.
On Wednesday night, a gunman opened fire in a bar, killing 12 — including Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus. The bar was a popular destination for area college students, meaning several of the victims were young adults.
Pollack lost his daughter, Meadow Pollack, in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, back in February. Since that shooting, he has been an outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment, calling for more resources to go toward mental health and security.
In response to the shooting, Pollack took to Twitter to reaffirm his call for people to focus on preventing these attacks without stripping the Second Amendment.
Let’s not make this a 2A issue in a state with some of the strictest gun laws in the country .Instead let’s look at the issues mental health ,security and soft targets ! Prayers to all the victims and families #Fixit https://t.co/O7LEZzztzj
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) November 8, 2018
While it isn’t yet clear exactly what the gunman’s motives were or what could have been done to prevent the shooting, there are reports that he suffered from mental health issues, as noted by Pollack.
The gunman in Thousand Oaks was a former Marine, and his associates had feared that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress, according to reports.
Further to Pollack’s point, restrictions on the Second Amendment in California are very strong, including red flag laws and regulations on magazine capacity. They have some of the strongest laws in the nation, but that doesn’t mean those laws can stop all crimes.
Many took to Twitter to echo this point.
CA has red flag laws/ gun violence restraining order policy and was one of the first states to pass such. They have registration, limited LTC allowances, and mag limitations (murderer was in violation).https://t.co/42V3und9hR https://t.co/sntCGj0y1Z
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 8, 2018
Pollack’s son, Hunter, has also been a strong advocate of protecting the Second Amendment. He posted his condolences to the families on Twitter.
At least 13 more families are going to experience the same pain that mine has since the shooting at Stoneman Douglas.
Parkland stands with Thousand Oaks and I pledge the families whatever support they need.
— Hunter Pollack (@PollackHunter) November 8, 2018
The Thousand Oaks shooting was the deadliest shooting since Parkland. While the Parkland shooting resulted in the March for Our Lives and a national conversation on guns, it is not yet clear how this shooting will impact the national dialogue.