All of the events from Tuesday's Portland mall shooting have again brought the discussion of gun violence and gun control front and center yet again. Tonight we ask the question why are these assault rifles on the streets and how easy are they to get?
The weapon of choice for suspected Portland mall shooter, Jacob Tyler Roberts, was an AR-15, a highly accurate, semi-automatic weapon, a similar version of which is even being used by the military in Afghanistan. But what practical purpose does it serve in suburbia? NBC5's Laura Cavanaugh went to the experts to find out.
Laura Cavanaugh anchors NBC5 News at 6 and 11.
She brings incredible experience to the NBC5 news team. In addition to producing television news in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Laura worked with Dateline NBC and ABC’s Primetime Live, Nightline, World News Tonight and Good Morning America.
She earned a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in both Spanish and Business from the University of Michigan. Laura won USC's Annenberg Director's Award for Excellence.
While working in New Mexico, Laura was recognized by the Associated Press for outstanding work and won two awards from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association.
As a former Spanish teacher, Laura believes in community service. In her free time, she spends her weekends volunteering and fundraising for organizations that benefit children, animals and people in need. Those organizations include CASA, S.M.A.R.T., Women's Crisis Support Team, Southern Oregon Latina Scholarship Fund and Dogs for the Deaf.
Laura enjoys salsa dancing, reading, good music, working out and college sports. She also loves to spend time with her miniature dachshund.