In a recent interview on National Public Radio Gene Kopf talked about his 14-year-old daughter Abigail who was nearly killed in a recent mass shooting in Kalamazoo, Mich. In the March 12 interview he also discussed the question he posed to the two Democratic candidates for U.S. President. He said he did not want the standard answer of more criminal background checks.
The interviewer pressed Mr. Kopf further about what should be the answer to the increasing amount of random mass violence. The Kalamazoo shooter was legally able to purchase the firearms he used; so tighter laws would not have prevented his purchase.
The father of this 14-year-old victim, who is still being treated for the gunshot wounds to her head, said we have to do something about fear in this country. It’s the culture of fear that is driving up the violence.