Published reports say mass shooting suspect Robert Aaron Long, charged with eight counts of murder in connection with fatal shootings at three massage spas, apparently believes he suffers from a “sex addiction” and targeted the businesses to eliminate “a temptation.”
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, when Long was arrested Tuesday night hours after the shootings and about 150 miles south of Atlanta, he allegedly was headed to Florida, possibly to continue a killing spree.
Sure to raise a red flag among gun control proponents, the AJC also reported police recovered a 9mm “firearm” from his vehicle, purchased at Big Woods Goods in Holly Springs, a suburban community north of Atlanta.
As reported by Ammoland News, former President Barack Obama inserted himself into the unfolding story by using the tragedy as an excuse to demand more gun control laws. Obama’s one-time chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel, who also served as Chicago mayor, famously remarked that one should never let a crisis go to waste.
Congressional anti-gunners are already beginning to follow Obama’s lead. According to the AJC, Minnesota Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she was glad Georgia voters elected Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock—both anti-gun Democrats—because they will support more restrictions.
“I think we’re very lucky to have these two senators in place that are focused on sensible gun violence rules and background checks and doing something when it comes to the scourge of gun violence,” Klobuchar said.
The New York Times is covering the drama in real time with updated reports. That newspaper reported about a former roommate of the suspect said Long apparently tried to overcome his “sexual desires” as recently as last year, but still went to massage parlors for sex.
The suspect faces not only eight counts of murder but one count of aggravated assault.
Because six of his victims were Asian women, Long might also face hate crime charges, even though he denied a racist motive.
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