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Mayor makes shootings a local issue

MyrtleBeachSC news largely covers only local and state issues.

Last night, however, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune appeared on local TV 15 news. Her comments concerning passing new local gun control laws made the recent mass shootings a Myrtle Beach issue, with powerful reactions across social media from locals of all stripes.

THE DAD DEFICIT: THESE MASS KILLERS’ COMMON CONNECTION

President Trump, S.C. Senator Linsey Graham, and Bethune all support new gun restriction laws. Among the laws President Trump touted in his public address Monday are “Red Flag Laws”. Lindsey Graham supports Red Flag Laws.

Today, 17 states — California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington — have [Red Flag] protection orders, as does the District of Columbia.

NEIGHBORS SNITCHING ON NEIGHBORS

In Maryland, “Under the law, family, police, mental health professionals can all ask for the protective orders to remove weapons,” said Sgt. Jacklyn David, with Anne Arundel County Police. The Maryland law passed October 2018.

Last November 5th, According to Maryland police, two officers serving a new Extreme Risk Protective Order (Red Flag Law), a Maryland protective order to remove guns from a household, shot and killed the 60 year old man listed on that order inside his Maryland home. One of Willis’ nieces said another family member requested the protective order to temporarily remove his guns after an incident at the house on the previous Sunday.

MyrtleBeachSC news could find no prior arrests for Willis, however. Michelle Willis said her uncle “likes to speak his mind,” but she described him as harmless. “I’m just dumbfounded right now,” she said. “My uncle wouldn’t hurt anybody.

FACTS ON AMERICAN DEATHS

According to statistics published by the S.C. Policy Council, In truth, only 1.2 percent of all deaths in the United States are the result of firearms.* And of those, around two-thirds were suicides. More to the point, gun homicides account for 0.43 percent – less than half a percent of total deaths.

Red Flag Laws

Statistics published by the S.C. Policy Council

RESPONSES FROM LOCALS ON SOCIAL

Posted and clipped from Social Media

Local Horry County resident Chad Caton’s Live-stream response.

Local Cartoonist Ed Wilson’s take

How do we make up for the Dad Deficit? Discipleship programs do exist.

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Born in 1961, David is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

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