Compiled by Billie Jordan and Myesha Johnson in the Mid-Wilshire District.
“Lack of gun control and no empathy and compassion for our fellow man.”
“I think the crime rate is up tremendously because lots of people are unemployed. If we keep people more productive, there will be less crime.”
“Most people can buy guns easily. I think [gun buyers] should have a big long qualifying list to fill out.”
“There is a lot of instability today, not just because of mental illness but because of hate groups. And I think Trump has stirred up something that he can’t control.”
“I think there is a really serious lack of trust and comradery among citizens of the United States — and there is a good reason for it. Plus, if you look at Japan, they have almost no gun violence because of strict gun control.”
“I don’t know – people are angry. I think it’s something like they are not satisfied with their lives, and they take it out on other people, and [mass shootings] are the new thing to do.”
“Probably video games have something to do with [mass shootings] – because with the whole 360 video camera [players] are literally inside the video game. And it’s an adrenaline rush people like.”