Experts Meet to Discuss Aftermath of WDBJ ShootingPosted: Updated:
On Friday night lawmakers and mental health experts discussed what can be learned in the aftermath of the death of Allison Parker and Adam Ward.
Some politicians are now calling for closing loopholes for purchasing weapons.
"We've been going backwards in Virginia. We repealed one gun a month, the law that said you can only buy one handgun a month, a commonsense gun safety measure,” Said Virginia Delegate David Toscano.
Richard Bonnie a professor at UVA, who specializes in law and psychiatry, says there may be opportunities to learn from acts of violence like Wednesday morning, and he says other states policies might provide helpful solutions.
"The proposal was made for a gun violence restraining order that would be available to the police and the prosecution in circumstances of that nature, and so this might be an incident as we investigate it that might at least indicate the kinds of circumstances that might be the basis for issuing such an order."
Professor Bonnie says it will take a review of the life of Vester Lee Flanagan to see if any signs may have pointed to mental instability."What can we learn about this case that might tell us about missed opportunities that occurred for an intervention that might have been helpful."
In the aftermath of the violence on Wednesday morning, Toscano expects to see several new legislative proposals.
"I think you're going to see a number of bills just like we did last time. more background checks at the point of sales, making sure that those people who have some evidence of committing violent acts through protective orders can't possess a firearm," He said.
Professor Bonnie says it will take a review of the life of Vester Lee Flanagan to see if any signs may have pointed to mental instability "what can we learn about this case that might tell us about missed opportunities that occurred for an intervention that might have been helpful," he said.
A letter from Flanagan to ABC cited race as a cause for his actions, but many experts, including staff at WDBJ, have also questioned his mental health, and if there were signs that might have prevented this tragedy.