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15th of November 2018

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Mom of bar shooting victim says she wants gun control not prayers

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A mother whose son survived the Las Vegas massacre only to be shot dead in a California bar has demanded gun control instead of prayers.

Susan Orfanos told ABC: ‘My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn’t come home last night

‘I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers.

‘I want gun control. No more guns!’

She spoke after learning that her 27 year-old Navy veteran son Telemachus was one of 12 people killed by ex-Marine Ian Long, 28, at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday night.

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The retired substitute teacher also took aim at the pro-gun National Rifle Association while recalling the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that killed 20 kids, saying: ‘If mowing down 5-year-olds at Sandy Hook didn’t make an impression, nothing will.

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‘The bottom line is the NRA owns most of the Republican Party, and probably some of the Democratic Party as well.

‘Until that vise is broken, this is not going to end.’

Telemachus Orfanos, 27, who died in the Borderline bar massacre, just over a year after he attended the Las Vegas country music festival where gunman Stephen Paddock shot 58 people dead (Picture: Facebook)

Telemachus was at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Vegas last October when gunman Stephen Paddock began shooting revelers from the window of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where he was saying.

Paddock killed 58 people, before turning the gun on himself in the worst mass-shooting in US history.

Long, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, also killed himself after massacring his victims.

They include Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus, who was first on the scene, Cody Coffman, 22, Alaina Housley, 18, Justin Meeks, 23, Noel Sparks and Dan Manrique.

President Trump today branded Long a ‘sick puppy’ and insisted he had increased funding to mental health causes to try and treat those living with PTSD.

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