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A Tragedy in Maine

Matt Rourke
Maine Residents Holding a Vigil for Those Lost

Wednesday, October 25th, the United States saw its deadliest shooting of 2023, killing 18 people and injuring 13. At approximately 6:56 p.m., shooter Robert Card opened fire at Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine, killing seven. Card then travelled to a nearby restaurant where he took the lives of eight more victims. Three more later succumbed to their injuries. Card fled the scene, resulting in a two-day long manhunt.

Maine residents were subject to a shelter in place order during the search for Card, who was found dead on Friday, October 27th. The cause of death was determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, with Maine Governor Janet Mills expressing that she was “breathing a sigh of relief that Robert Card is no longer a threat to anyone.”

While citizens of Lewiston are grateful for the end of this traumatic ordeal, real justice frequently alludes perpetrators of gun violence. Card, a trained firearms instructor and Army sergeant, was allowed access to firearms, even after a stay in a psychiatric treatment facility just months prior to the shooting.

Calls for gun-policy reform have long been ignored, but with the massive response in favor of change, new legislation may be afoot. “What’s happened is obviously heartbreaking,” said David Hogg, a gun control activist and survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting: “far too often we see politicians…only come around to actually caring…after members of their own community have been killed.”

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Phoenix Apedaile is a senior.  She is angry about many things and enjoys writing about said things that anger her.  She is currently attempting to read the novel Infinite Jest, though the attempt has proven rather fruitless.  After quoting Kenny Powers a couple of times she often spends time worrying (just because) or staring blankly at a wall.

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