Guns, guns, guns
I do understand that it isn't the gun that kills but the person shooting the gun. I do understand that guns are part of our culture and that many parts of this country grow up hunting. I do understand that statistics prove that when there are guns in someones home that the chances of something bad happening are much higher.
I don't understand why people believe they need to carry guns to protect themselves when we have a police force. I don't understand why it is important to walk through town packing a gun. I don't understand why some people are not interested in changing the escalating violence of guns in our homes and cities.
Since the unspeakable violence that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Slate has partnered with @Gundeaths that has tallied that 1501 people have died from guns since that fateful day.
Joe Nocera, an op-ed writer for the NYTimes published this the last few days. Reading these short gun reports across the country just speaks volumes on why we need to change the gun laws in this country...and quickly.
What a sorry day on the gun violence front! Even as the Senate was holding hearings to explore ways to reduce gun violence—which included some moving remarks by former congresswoman Gabriele Giffords—a gunman opened fire in a Phoenix office building, wounding three people, one of them critically, authorities said. Police were searching for the shooter.
Then news broke that a 15-year-old majorette who performed at some of President Barack Obama’s recent inauguration festivities has been shot to death in Chicago. Hadiya Pendleton and her volleyball teammates were seeking shelter under a canopy in the rain at Harsh Park after taking exams Tuesday afternoon when a man with a gun jumped a fence and opened fire.
Meanwhile: Police, SWAT teams and negotiators had surrounded a rural Alabama property where a man was said to be holed up in a homemade bunker after fatally shooting the driver of a school bus and fleeing with a 6-year-old passenger. The man boarded the school bus in the town of Midland City and shot the driver when he refused to let the child off the bus. The driver later died of his wounds.
And: Ronald Franklin Gilbert, 52, a urologist in Huntington Beach, Calif., was shot multiple times by a patient in his exam room. Stanwood Fred Elkus, 75, had brought the gun to his medical appointment, prosecutors said.
A 14-year-old student was shot in the head at Price Middle School in Atlanta on Thursday. The student was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and was said to be alert and conscious. A suspect taken into custody has tentatively been identified as a student, according to police.
Kaufman County, Texas, assistant district attorney Mark Hasse was shot dead outside the courthouse Thursday after two suspects ambushed the prosecutor on his way into court and shot him multiple times. The shooting spurred a complete lockdown of the courthouse and a manhunt for the two shooters.
Three teenagers were shot at a gas station in Little Rock, Arkansas, Wednesday night. Jasmine Young, 17, was sitting with three other people in a Chevy Tahoe when someone sprayed the SUV with bullets. Young died at an area hospital. Little Rock Police do not have a motive.
The Vermilion Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 67-year-old Abbeville, La., man in the shooting death of his son. Charles Larry Harrington is suspected of shooting 40-year-old Macade Jude Harrington Wednesday night after the two fought, leading to the fatal shooting.
Authorities in central Illinois have charged a 17-year-old boy from Normal in the fatal shooting of a Bloomington teenager earlier this month. Sixteen-year-old Trae Massey was shot at his home on January 21 and died a short time later.
The second victim in Wednesday’s shooting in an office complex in north-central Phoenix has died. Mark Hummels, a partner at Phoenix law firm Osborn Maledon, was shot in the neck and back when Arthur Douglas Harmon, 70, opened fire on Hummels and Steven D. Singer after an arbitration meeting. Singer died Wednesday.
A man was walking along the side of the road in southwest Houston Friday morning when he was gunned down. The shooting happened about 5:50 a.m., according to the Houston Police Department. Police said the man, whose name has not been released, was rushed to Southwest Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Sylvia Cho, 56, of Pasadena, Calif., was shot dead in the Lynwood liquor store she owned with her husband during a robbery Thursday night. Family members visited the scene, visibly shaken by the death.
Michael Wayne Kearins, 17, and Christopher Thomas Cousins, 18, both of Harewood Road in Edgewood, Md., shot each other during a confrontation Thursday night. Kearins was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Cousins was flown by Medevac to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore; he is expected to survive.