In 2014, Bob Weiss lost his 19-year-old daughter in a mass shooting. Now the Thousand Oaks resident is being forced to relive the pain after 12 people were shot and killed at the town’s popular Borderline Bar.
“My son who goes to school at UC Santa Barbara, coincidentally the same place where Veronika was shot to death, called me in tears at about four in the morning, and asked me if I’d seen the news,” he stated. “It kind of shakes you to the core especially when you’ve been right where these parents are right now.”
Weiss has lived in Thousand Oaks for nearly 20 years and Veronika want to high school there. In 2014, she was one of the six people killed in the Isla Vista shooting. Since his daughter’s death, Weiss has become an advocate for gun violence prevention.
“Obviously we have way too many guns in this country. We have more guns than any civilized country,” he stated. “We have 30,000 people getting shot to death every year because our gun laws are so permissive and basically it’s as easy to buy a tool to kill people with as it is to buy a milkshake at McDonald’s.”
Weiss is also an advocate for victims and their families after a tragedy, and works with others who have lost loved ones to gun violence.