In the wake of the horrific Parkland high school shooting that left 17 dead, there has been a national discussion over gun control and whether the nation should re-implement a ban on assault-style rifles like the AR-15, which was used by the killer. According to one Colorado man, the previous ban — that expired in 2004 — prevented him from becoming a school shooter in the ’90s.
In a confession he made earlier this week, Aaron Stark stated that while he didn’t carry out anything or hurt anybody, he was “almost a school shooter” in 1996. He said that he was picked on and bullied at school and that he hid weapons around places he’d hang out so they’d be within “arms reach.” Stark also made this observation:
But there is one thing that would have made it all different. One thing, that if it was in the equation, would have ended up in terror.
I didn’t have access to an assault rifle.
I was almost a school shooter.
I am not a school shooter because I didn’t have access to guns.
Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
But people with guns kill lots of people.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Katy Tur this afternoon, Stark wanted to note that access to guns was just one factor to look at when it comes to mass shootings.
“I think we really need to have a hard look at the effect that guns have,” he said. “Do we really need to have assault weapons? Do we really need to be able to have people go buy an AR-15 when they’re not even able to buy a pistol because they won’t pass the background checks?”
He continued, “But the thing about my post was, it’s more than just guns. It’s a multi-faceted issue. And if you focus on just the guns, then you’ll ignore the rest. But if you focus on just the mental health, then you’ll have missed the gun part, also.”
Later on in the conversation, he reiterated that it was his inability to secure a gun that stopped him from carrying out a shooting at his high school.
“It was that I couldn’t find a gun,” Stark said, after telling Tur that receiving affection is what changed his outlook. “That is true. That’s what caused — that’s the — the difficulties back in the day with the assault weapons ban and the fact that I was an insane teenager who was chaotic, that’s another element to remember, is that people who are crazy and are going to go kill people aren’t necessarily the most logical people.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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