SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s never easy hearing the sheer anguish from survivors of a deadly mass shooting. Unfortunately, we’ve heard it before.
Three people, including Colorado Springs Police Officer Garrett Swasey, were killed and nine others were wounded Friday night in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After a five hour standoff, the gunman, Robert Lewis Dear, surrendered. Melrose, Massachusetts Police confirmed on their website that Officer Swasey was a Melrose native.
22News heard from Western Massachusetts residents who feared these types of mass shootings are becoming far too common.
“I definitely think that we’ve gone numb. The first time there was a shooting like at Columbine, everyone was aware and everyone was at the school and there was a bunch of help and now there’s shootings every day and everyone’s kind of just like oh, just another shooting,” Kira Swimm of Westfield told 22News.
Planned Parenthood is just the latest location for a shooting. Gunmen have also recently opened fire inside movie theaters, on college campuses, at military recruiting centers, and even a mall. Some people told 22News they are very cautious when going out in public now.
“It’s not fair to people that’s working hard for their money to come out here to get robbed or get murdered for something they had nothing to do with,” said Steven Beckwith of West Springfield.
In a statement released Saturday, President Barack Obama referred to the Planned Parenthood shooting when he called for stricter gun control in the United States. He said there was an urgent need “to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war” for “people who have no business wielding them.”
“I don’t know how to solve it. People who want to get guns will get them illegally. You’re not going to stop them from getting the guns. That’s not the answer. I don’t know what the answer is,” said Norman Halpern of Holyoke.
Lawmakers have admitted there’s no easy solution to these shootings in the United States, but Americans hope there will be an end soon.