‘You’re obviously a target’: Rappers rethink security protocols in wake of PnB Rock killing In a country with few gun laws, gun safety is a matter of personal choice, despite the recent mass shooting in Florida.
Anaheim, California, is a popular destination for music tours. Over the four-year span of the tour that ended Friday, nearly 10,000 people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries enjoyed themselves.
One of the most popular stops was “The Forum,” an entertainment complex packed with restaurants and bars.
On June 13, while a large crowd attended a concert there, a shooting broke out. A gunman killed two people, including the 20-year-old man who was performing with the venue’s band. Then, like a scene out of a Hollywood film, authorities said it appeared a disgruntled concert-goer turned the gun on himself.
The suspect has been identified, and the person’s motive is still unclear. But his killing has sparked debate about what level of security should be installed at music venues around the country.
Two key gun-safety laws in the wake of the PnB Rock shooting were the result of the National Rifle Association’s support of stronger gun-control measures.
Both were passed by Congress in 2007 after the massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech.
The NRA supported the Gun Control Act of 1968, which expanded the federal background check system from an estimated 25,000 to more than 2 million checks a year.
The NRA-backed law also required all firearms dealers to be licensed.
But the NRA and its allies in Congress and state legislatures have taken their own approach to gun control: In the wake of the shooting in Florida, they have sought to expand access to firearms to law-abiding citizens.
That means stricter regulations on concealed-carry licenses, limiting the number of weapons a person can legally buy to one per month, and limiting gun sales to those with a bona fide reason to own a weapon.
After the Orlando shooting, two congressmen offered bills that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases, as well as requiring universal background checks of all gun sales and creating a national database for guns bought online. Those bills did not advance.
The NRA did not respond to requests for comment.
But in a statement, the organization said “it’s clear that the only thing our