DC Navy Yard shooting reignites gun control debate

September 18, 2013

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

WASHINGTON DC — The city and state may be different but the story is pretty much all the same. A gun-carrying troubled individual goes on a shooting spree killing and injuring many. Yet after the tears have gone dry and blood has been washed away, many Americans believe that nothing much has really changed, it’s just yet another day of mass shooting in America. National of Federation of Filipino American Association board Bing Branigin calls the situation sad. Since 2006, there has been more than 200 mass killings in the US or as FBI puts it; That’s 1 Mass Killings every two weeks.

Just a day after the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard — The debate on political gun control starts anew. To ban or not to ban guns that is the perpetual question that doesn’t seem to get any straight and concrete answers from our lawmakers.

Filipinos in Washington weigh in on this conversation.

“I Believe the current laws and systems that are in place needs to be looked at… there’s too much violence taking place, I don’t have the solution. Certainly after this incident, I think some measure really need to be looked at — before this incident , I think the Navy and the Government had the proper protocol and things in place to prevent something like this but, obviously after this, it need s to be looked at,” said Washington, DC resident Rafael Diokno.

For Eric Macalma, he says Americans are looking for answers in hte wrong direction.
“I think regardless of what they do with gun control, I think the biggest issue is more so of the security of our country and I understand there’s a lot of issues when it comes to local versus national, but security needs to be our number one focus,” said Macalma.

Washington DC native Johnnie Ford has lived in the Navy Yard area fro more than 7 years now. Back in the day, he said, armed Navy used to patrol around the are to keep the neighborhood safe.

“My father worked at the Navy Yard, it used to be called Naval Gun Factory, and they had Armed Patrols that would walk the perimeter of the Navy Yard all 24 hours a day,” said Johnny Ford.

When asked, “Do you think that they should bring back all those guards?” Ford said, “As a deterrent, yes, the visibility of the guards would probably deter, stop people from doing things like that.”

As the investigations continue to find the How’s and Why’s the gunman did what he did last Monday, authorities here say that they may or may not find all the answer’s they’re looking for.

The same way the solution to put a stop to all these senseless mass shootings is nothing but an elusive dream– at least for now.

“As a community, the Filipino Americans, we should start the Dialogue,” added Branigin

For more information, you may contact Don Tagala at don_taglala@abs-cbn.com

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  • jorge buesa
    19 September 2013 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Why Bing Branigin calls the situation sad ? Yes we have 1 mass killing every two weeks in America ! But look at philipiines, everyday a filipino is killed by a gun ? So I think America is in a better control of guns ? So I think we should move on with life in America ! Or maybe we should talk about gun control in the philipipines ?

  • paputian ng buhok
    19 September 2013 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Jorge – maybe you should go home to The Philippines and witness what you are talking about. Guns are not the only weapons used to killings in The Philippines. If you are referring to the MNLF and MILF then you are really just simply an IDIOT like your friends kikaypango.

    • jorge buesa
      20 September 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Hey paputian ng buhok, why should I go home to philippines, I was born here IDIOT ! You don’t know me so watch your Big filipino mouth, I’m American born I don’t come from a poor country like you ? Plus I don’t make a ass of myself by calling people Names like you that come from a poor country, so why you should just go back from way you came from under a rock ! !