Mass shooting: 6 people shot dead in Mississippi, the US state with weakest gun laws
A shooting spree in rural Mississippi has resulted in the deaths of six individuals, according to local media reports. The suspect, Richard Dale Crum, is currently in custody, facing first-degree murder charges, with authorities warning that additional charges may follow. The incident has reignited debates about the state’s gun laws, which are ranked as the weakest in the United States.
The shootings began when the suspect shot someone at a store in the village of Arkabutla before killing a woman in a nearby house. Crum then proceeded to drive to another home where he killed two more people before being tracked down and captured at a second residence, where two more bodies were discovered.
Schools in nearby Coldwater were placed on “active shooter” lockdown while law enforcement officials pursued the suspect. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves tweeted that he had been briefed on the situation and that the suspect was in police custody. He also stated that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation had been asked to assist in the investigation.
The tragic incident has once again put the spotlight on Mississippi’s gun laws, which rank at the bottom of the list among all US states. With a gun violence rate of 33.9 per 100,000 residents, the state has only three gun-related regulations in effect, and it recently eliminated the requirement for a permit before carrying a concealed weapon in public. The state also has no fundamental gun laws in force and allows guns on K-12 schools and college campuses.
Mississippi ranks among the top 10 states in terms of households with firearms, but it has no laws requiring secure storage of guns. The state has the highest and worst rates of gun homicides in the country.
The tragedy has sparked debate and renewed calls for stricter gun control measures in the state. While gun laws remain a controversial issue, the focus remains on supporting the victims’ families and assisting law enforcement officials in investigating the situation.