…reality check last night before, of course, bringing in Mark Kelly.
…JUDY WOODRUFF: And yet we saw — and in fact what we saw in the last week, killings that didn’t get the kind of publicity that the shootings in Chattanooga, this one in Louisiana, there were family — families involved.
MEGHAN HOYER: Exactly. Yes.
There were five mass killings this week. That doesn’t include the shooting in the theater last night. Again, the majority of those were family killings, a family found dead in Modesto, a woman and her children, a family in Oklahoma where two teenagers have been arrested and the rest of their family has — was stabbed.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And, again, these are the kinds of things that often don’t get the kind of attention.
MEGHAN HOYER: Right, they might get the regional attention, but they don’t get the national buzz.
JUDY WOODRUFF: What about the guns that are used? What did you learn about whether they are gotten legally or not?
MEGHAN HOYER: Well, in terms of mass killings, about three-quarters of them are committed with guns. That means the other quarter of them are not gun-related at all.
Of the gun killings, what we have seen are that most guns are handguns. They are not these high-capacity assault rifles or high-capacity assault weapons that we hear so much about. We looked a little bit at legal vs. non-legal acquisition. In a majority of cases, they’re acquired legally.
And even in cases where they’re not, what experts say is that these are people who tend to be very determined. And where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Even if they have been banned from getting guns, if they have a prior record, generally, they find a way to find a weapon.