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The Diane Rehm Show: Gun Violence And The Debate Over Gun Control Legislation

On Monday morning, former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard before he was killed by police. The mass shooting at a secure military facility was the deadliest such attack since a gunman killed 26 at a Connecticut school last year. The suspect in the Navy Yard shooting was found with three weapons, including an assault rifle. In the wake of the tragedy, some lawmakers are calling for stricter gun control laws. Gun rights’ activists say the focus should be on strengthening mental health services.

Guest host Steve Roberts and a panel of experts discussed the problem of gun violence nationwide in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting. The panel reviewed the latest detals on the shooting and what is known about the gunman, including his arrest history, several known disciplinary issues while he was in the Navy and a record of mental health problems. Roberts and his guests also discussed what weapons Alexis had and how he got a hold of them.

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