‘I Want Gun Control’: Mother Speaks Out After Son Who Survived Vegas Shooting Killed in Thousand Oaks

REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

A gunman killed 12 people in a bar in Thousand Oaks, California Wednesday night including a young man who survived the deadliest shooting in modern American history just over a year ago.

Telemachus Orfanos, 27, survived the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that claimed the lives of 59 people.

His devastated parents are speaking out.

“My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn’t come home last night,” his mother Susan Schmidt-Orfanos told ABC News. “And 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!”

Watch the video below:

Schmidt-Orfanos continued her message in an interview with Buzzfeed News. “Gun control now, now, now, now,” she said. “No more NRA, no more money, gun control now, thank you.”

The victim’s father spoke out as well.

“It’s particularly ironic that after surviving the worst mass shooting in modern history, he went on to be killed in his hometown,” he told the Ventura County Star.

Multiple survivors Thousand Oaks shooting at a country bar were also survivors of the Las Vegas shooting at a country concert.

More family members are facing the news that their loved ones are lost. The father of 22-year-old victim Cody Coffman faced reporters right after he heard the news his son was lost.

“Cody was the big brother that my kids need,” he said Thursday. “I have a daughter coming on the 29th of this month. He was so excited to have his first sister — now she’ll never know.”

Watch the video below:

The gunman was identified as a 29-year-old marine veteran. Authorities are saying he died from a self-inflicted gun wound.

All of the victims have now been identified:

  • Sean Adler, 48
  • Cody Coffman, 22
  • Blake Dingman, 21
  • Jake Dunham, 21
  • Ron Helus, 54
  • Alaina Housley, 18
  • Daniel Manrique, 33
  • Justin Meek, 23
  • Mark Meza, 20
  • Kristina Morisette, 20
  • Telemachus Orfanos, 27
  • Noel Sparks, 21

What do you think?

12 pledges
Upvote Downvote
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
David James

I can’t say I blame the kid’s mom for reacting so emotionally, but that is all it is, a grieving mother’s expression of what she thinks could save her child. Fact is, if there had been one single armed citizen present, this could have been prevented. I say could have, because there was obviously no-one there to offer any sort of defense. If you take all the guns away it won’t make a difference because you CAN’T take all the guns. It is physically and mathematically impossible.


This latest attack involved multiple survivors of previous mass shootings. Some people have the worst luck. Now we need armed guards in schools, churches, nightclubs, workplaces, medical clinics, probably some more I’ve missed.

At some point, when everybody knows someone who has been shot at in one of these occurances, maybe we’ll think about some kind of reasonable gun control. We don’t have any problem taking gun or voting rights from felons, maybe we should widen that net.

I. Chin

You know what else Vegas had in common with Thousand Oaks? Country music. I demand Country Music-control!

There were people at both places as well. I demand People Control! (yes, we know the Left is already working on that)

Trump Signs Order Limiting Migrant Asylum at US-Mexico Border

Trump Admin Delivers Religious Liberty Win by Rolling Back Controversial Obama-Era Birth Control Rule