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ENC Residents Discuss Family, Mental Health After Navy Yard Shooting

By: Alize Proisy
By: Alize Proisy

People are questioning why mass killings keep happening in our country. We spoke to people in the military community of Jacksonville.

Sonya Camp says we have to get back to the basics.

"If we all take it back to the family, and start making our family units the most important then maybe people would start seeing these problems and start having people get the help that they need. Teaching children in school the right ways to deal with anger, the right ways to be able to talk to people'" said Camp.

Rick Murray owns The Gun Shop in Jacksonville and says we need to find a way to prevent another mass shooting like this without punishing people who should have the right to a firearm.

"I'm hoping they will find a way to look at individuals they think have mental issues and be able to identify those and make a clear path for understanding of who can and who can't own a firearm based on their mental condition. I think we would all agree that there is some mental defect if you feel the need to commit a violent act like that, " said Murray.

Officials say the alleged shooter at the Washington Navy Yard Monday morning, Aaron Alexis, was being treated for mental illness in the weeks before the shooting rampage, but wasn't stripped of his security clearance. An official says he had been treated since August by Veterans Affairs.

The store where Alexis reportedly purchased a shotgun used in the shootings says he passed a federal background check.


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