On Friday, a New Jersey shooting was another event in the rash of recent gun violence in our country. According to the New York Times, an employee of a Pathmark supermarket in Old Bridge, N.J. opened fire against his co-workers, killing two before fatally shooting himself. The shooter is reported to be 23-year-old Terence Tyler, who was discharged from the Marines in 2010. He was wearing military clothing and carried a handgun and a AK-47 assault rifle.
No details were reported as to why Mr. Tyler launched this fatal ambush on his co-workers. He had clocked out from his shift at 3:30 a.m. that same morning, only to return half an hour later when he opened fire in the store. Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan did not believe anyone in the store was specifically targeted.
This New Jersey shooting follows the recent horrific tragedy in Colorado on July 20, when James Holmes gunned down dozens in a movie theater showing The Dark Knight Rises, killing twelve and injuring about fifty-nine people. In the past week alone, there have been at least 82 casualties (either wounded or killed) in Chicago gun violence. In Baltimore, Md., a fifteen-year-old boy shot a fellow student on the first day of school and is now being charged with first-degree attempted murder. And the list of recent gun horrors continues.
Even in the face of these tragic shootings, there is tremendous public resistance to gun regulations. Many people feel that more laws and regulations will not matter to criminals, who will get guns and break the law anyway. Obviously, many Americans feel threatened for their own safety in the midst of these horrific events and do not want to be restricted in possessing a gun in the name of protecting themselves. But one thing is clearÂ—the current system is not working and something has to be done. There are many optionsÂ—communities policing themselves more, outlawing assault weapons, having more stringent background checks, making sure the mentally ill get the proper help, being less hostile towards each other, but no one thing will work on its own.