Tragedy close to home: 27 injured and 9 dead in Dayton

September 23, 2019

It is scary to think people who have died from shootings were supposed to come home that night. Their family was waiting at home for them to walk in the door, or their friends were waiting for a text back. Unfortunately for some of the people who were at The Oregon District’s Dublin Pub in downtown Dayton on Aug. 9, they never had the opportunity to see their friends and family again. 

 

The mass shooting in Dayton lasted only 32 seconds and left nine dead and 27 injured, according to Time Magazine. Even though 32 seconds seems like nothing, those few moments will impact people's lives forever. 

 

According to Alejandro De La Garza and Michael Zennie from Time Magazine, people were wrapping up their night and standing outside of The Oregon District’s Pub waiting to leave. The shooter was wearing a black mask and ballistic armor while carrying a black rifle. The shooter came running towards them, but many people at the pub were unable to leave the scene in time. 

 

It didn’t just affect the people at the bar that night; it also affected the community and many others. News spread quickly to areas like Chicago, Illinois and the several other states surrounding Ohio.

 

“I heard about the shooting on the news and radio. I heard that it happened at a bar and that a man killed and injured many,” Chicago native and sophomore Santana Berhalter said.

 

People living in Dayton were obviously more affected than people living in other states. They heard about it sooner and it made such a big impact on so many peoples friends and family. 

“I heard about the shooting watching the news the next day. The shooting was about 25 minutes away from my house and it was a very scary and sad thing to hear about,“ Dayton native and freshman Caroline Hinshaw said. 

 

Situations like this happen all the time in different states and countries all over the world. It’s scary to think anyone is able to do what Connor Betts, the shooter in Dayton, did that night.

“Things like this happen in the South of Chicago mostly but also all over Chicago considering it is a huge city so there is always crime,” Berhalter said.

 

It's a normal thing nowadays for these situations to happen, according to Business Insider, after the Parkland shooting not too long ago, calls immediately erupted for Congress and Trump to do something to prevent the next deadly attack. There has been so many mass shootings it has gotten out of hand.

 

“There should be stricter laws on guns for sure. It affected their family and friends because they will live on the edge knowing someone they loved died because of a shooting. If gun laws were stricter, it would decrease the amount of deaths by a lot,” Berhalter said.

 

BBC News said in 2017 alone there were almost 11,000 deaths that were because of murder or manslaughter involving a firearm. Many people have opinions on how they think gun laws should be stricter because of all of the mass shootings in America.

 

“I think it’s possible for people to get away with things like this because there aren’t strict gun laws from the government, so it gives opportunities for people to do something terrible like this. There are so many deaths from guns because almost anyone can own a gun,” Hinshaw said. 

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