Alison Parker and Adam Ward, Slain Virginia Reporter and Cameraman, ‘Did Great …

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Reporter, cameraman killed on air; police chasing suspect.

The on-air shooting of a reporter and photographer in Franklin County, Virginia, Wednesday morning was terrifying. MONETA, Va. (AP) — A television reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television Wednesday in Virginia by a gunman authorities described as a disgruntled station employee. But the televised tragedy also demonstrates that the country’s focus on mass shootings — which are often the only events that lead to substantial discussions about national gun policy — understates both the total amount of gun violence in the US and what gun violence typically looks like. There is a lot of scholarly debate about what constitutes a mass shooting — whether it’s when four or more people are killed, whether it’s when four or more people are shot but fewer than four die, whether gang violence counts, whether domestic violence counts, and so on. The US has extraordinary levels of gun violence: America has six times as many firearm homicides as Canada, and 15 times as many as Germany, according to UN data compiled by the Guardian’s Simon Rogers.

WDBJ quickly switched back to a shot of the anchor back at the station, her eyes large and jaw dropping as she said, “OK, not sure what happened there. We will of course let you know as soon as we find out what those sounds were from.” Law enforcement personnel were in hot pursuit, with multiple vehicles following him closely down Interstate 64 at one point, Virginia Gov.

Whether at the state or country level, reviews of the studies by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Center have consistently found that places with more guns have more deaths after controlling for variables like socioeconomic factors and other crime. “Within the United States, a wide array of empirical evidence indicates that more guns in a community leads to more homicide,” David Hemenway, the Injury Control Research Center’s director, wrote in Private Guns, Public Health. This is widely believed by some experts to be the consequence of America’s relaxed policy approach to and culture of guns: Making more guns more accessible means more guns, and more guns means more deaths.

Maybe some Americans can look at these statistics and studies and still decide that the right to bear arms should be protected and gun control is a bad policy. Hurst said they hadn’t shared their relationship publicly but “were very much in love.” He said they had just moved in together and wanted to get married. “I am numb,” he said. “Adam was our go-to guy. He pretty much was available to do anything that we asked,” Morgan said. “He did live shots during our morning show for several years.” The station is based in Roanoke, Virginia, and serves the southwest and central part of the state.

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