April 18, 2021


On Thursday, a FedEx warehouse facility in Indianapolis was the scene of yet another mass shooting. Brandon Hole, a 19-year-old, opened fire at the property without any warning. He killed eight people before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life.

There is an ongoing investigation of the situation, but recently, authorities determined Hole attained his guns legally. The Indianapolis shooting is another incident that anti-gun legislators will use in Congress.

Details of the Indianapolis Shooting

Brandon Hole was a former employee of the Indianapolis FedEx warehouse, where he shot and killed nine people, including himself. Since he committed suicide, it has been difficult to understand why he undertook the harmful actions.

The police report indicates Hole drove to the plant, got out of his car, and opened fire at the workers. Hole’s mother called the police in March saying that she felt her son was planning a “suicide by cop.”

Authorities held Hole in a mental health facility and confiscated a shotgun from his house. The FBI interviewed him in April 2020 but did not deem him a threat. Hole killed four workers outside the plant and then murdered an additional four people once inside the facility.

The shooting lasted a few minutes, but it felt like an eternity for many workers at the plant. FedEx released a statement that said the company was “deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities.”

Illegally Obtained Guns

The tragedy of this shooting is still at the forefront of the media. The latest news is that Hole obtained his firearms legally. One of the central debates in the United States currently is the plan for guns moving forward.

Democrats want to limit access to guns, while Republicans view such action as an attack on the Second Amendment. Hole used two assault rifles in the attack, and he legally purchased both weapons.

The Indianapolis shooting follows a national trend. According to an FBI study, shooters used legally purchase firearms in nearly 75% of mass shootings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives determined that Hole bought the two assault rifles in July and September of last year.

After the shooting, Hole’s family told the Indianapolis Star, “We are devastated at the loss of life caused as a result of Brandon’s actions; through the love of his family, we tried to get him the help he needed. We are so sorry for the pain and hurt being felt by their families and the entire Indianapolis community.”

After the Indianapolis shooting, the community came together for a Saturday night vigil following the shooting. Multiple speakers called for gun reform at the gathering. Biden announced his condolences after the shooting and said the United States needs gun reform to move past these violent acts.

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