Louisiana experienced both the most overall gun deaths per capita and the most gun homicides per capita of any state between 2004 and 2013, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, mass shootings are on the rise all over the country.

Between us, my wife and I spent four decades on active duty, serving all over the world and engaging in vital force protection missions. “That could’ve been our children in that theater”. However, she went ahead with a prepared tax policy speech.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, pushed back at calls to immediately address gun control in the wake of the shooting in his state.

“Our goal in Maryland, as it should be for the nation, was to reduce mass shootings and keep guns out of the hands of criminals”, he writes.

This pricked the ears of the ever-watchful gun lobby.

In our case, Virginia Tech had routine police presence in and around campus, which the gunman even accounted for in his planning.

“Under his governance, Louisiana has approved numerous pro-gun laws including allowing off-duty cops to carry guns in schools and civilians to carry concealed weapons into churches; and it has introduced a law levying fines and jail sentences on people, including journalists, who identify concealed-carry permit holders”. But such a debate misses the main point: Mary, and everyone else, would have been far safer if the shooter had been unable to obtain a gun in the first place. In their case, effective training and quick thinking, not the presence of a gun, made the difference. “We want our representatives to act”. If you look at the number of americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it’s less than if you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it’s in the tens of thousands.

A group of women bow theirs heads in prayer during an interfaith memorial service, July 17, in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the victims of the Tennessee shootings. Many of these mass shootings never grab national headlines.

It’s at least the third mass shooting in the past two months in America.

Mandated gun-free zones nullify that right. According to its report, “Houser should not have been able to legally own a gun, because of his history with mental illness, Sheriff Heath Taylor said during a 2 p.m. press conference”. So let’s work on the real problem, together.

The CDC had been conducting research into gun violence as a “public health phenomenon” and began publishing studies that indicated a strong correlation between the presence of guns and firearm-related deaths. His daughter, Mary, was one of 32 students and faculty killed in the Virginia Tech shooting on April 16, 2007.