Raising Awareness for Thousand Oaks

At The Little Market, a core part of our mission is to raise awareness for social justice issues and share avenues in which our readers can use their voices and actions to help others.

On late Wednesday night, a gunman opened fire inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles to the west of Los Angeles. The suspect, David Long, killed at least 12 people and injured several others.

One of Long’s victims was Telemachus Orfanos, who survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada just over a year ago.

The Thousand Oaks community ranked as the third safest city in the United States this year, according to Niche.

The Gun Violence Archive reports that there has been almost one mass shooting per day over the past few years. In 2018 alone, there have been 307 mass shootings out of 313 days, causing over 310 deaths and more than 1,270 injuries.

Every day, 96 people in the United States are killed through gun violence and hundreds are shot and injured, according to Everytown. In addition to the victims, millions of people are affected whether they witness a tragedy, their communities and families are affected, or they are scared that their communities could be next.

We are devastated by the reality of these statistics and are heartbroken for those affected. In addition to thoughts and prayers, please help us in taking action. Mass shootings should not be normalized. Please join us in raising awareness about gun control and putting an end to gun violence.

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