Navy veteran Telemachus Orfanos survived last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 59 people, but on Wednesday night he was gunned down in another shooting, this time in Thousand Oaks, California.
How did one man commit the largest mass shooting in modern American history, killing 58 people hundreds of yards away and injuring more than half a thousand in 11 minutes? All it took was the $50,000 or more that he spent to amass more small-arms firepower than a line infantry squad.
The victims of America’s worst mass shooting in modern history came from all walks of life — and so did the heroes who were praised for preventing further loss of life. They were nurses, special-ed teachers, lawyers, and small-business owners. And some were veterans of the military services.
Navy veteran Christopher Roybal survived Afghanistan, but he carried his deployment with him, in Facebook posts like the one he’d authored on July 18 — a passionate, introspective reply to a question many veterans hear upon their return home: What’s it like being shot at?