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UCF barely escapes tragedy

If James Seevakumaran’s plans hadn’t been interrupted, Orlando would have been ground zero for the next national tragedy

Photo: Photos of James Oliver Seevakumaran Courtesy UCF, License: N/A

Photos of James Oliver Seevakumaran Courtesy UCF


The rifle is semiautomatic, which means it will fire as quickly as you pull the trigger. Seevakumaran could have emptied the two 110-round drum magazines he purchased in a matter of minutes. In the hallways and stairwells of that dormitory tower, its 500 students would have been sitting ducks. There was nothing the cops could have done to avert disaster. That’s not their fault; it’s just a fact. (If you think the answer is arming 18-year-olds, you clearly haven’t spent much time on a major college campus.)

The GSG 522 isn’t a weapon you use to hunt game or protect your house. It can, however, kill a lot of people quickly. Which is exactly why California Sen. Diane Feinstein’s office proposed assault-weapons legislation would have forbidden both Seevakumaran’s assault rifle and high-capacity magazines.

But the plan, like Seevakumaran, died last week.

And yet Congress has, in its infinite wisdom, decided that James Oliver Seevakumaran’s freedom to obtain this killing machine with relative ease trumps students’ freedom to live without fear of being slaughtered, or the freedom of parents in Newtown to watch their babies grow up, or the freedom of moviegoers in Aurora to enjoy a peaceful Friday night.

Every time one of these incidents occurs, we gnash our teeth and tell ourselves that we won’t wait until the next time to act. But when fate grants us a reprieve, we shrug.

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