Saturday, April 18, 2009

Guns Don't Kill People???

A Drop of Ink Can Make a Million Think

Where Have All the Weapons Gone: Much has been written lately about guns. The National Rifle Association continues to scare people to be in fear of their lives from bad guys and from their own government and they’ve continued to do it successfully. We simply cannot understand their logic. A person who was in a restaurant when a shooter came in said had she had her gun the shootings would have stopped. Ever thought of the chances you will be confronted by a gunman and have the opportunity to defend yourself without getting injured, maimed, or killed? Astronomical. Here are a few thoughts on guns:

Since out troops have been in Iraq, about eight years, there have been more than 4,000 soldiers killed. Back home gun violence has taken about 240,000 lives during the same eight year period. In the past month the following headlines have been banners:

3/10/09: A CRAZED gunman killed 11 people then himself as he went on a shooting spree in two towns at night. Cops in Alabama found the body of the killer’s girlfriend in his burnt out home.
Two of the dead found earlier were a cop’s wife and child

3/20/09: Spartanburg, South Carolina - Police are still looking for suspects in a shooting that killed a teen-ager and wounded three women late Friday night in Spartanburg’s Collins Parks Community, a police spokesman said.

3/21/09: Oakland, California - At least three police officers in Oakland, California, were shot and killed Saturday afternoon after a man pulled over for a routine traffic stop opened fire and then battled SWAT officers at a nearby building, police said. A fourth died later.

3/28/09: Carthage, North Carolina - North Carolina police are investigating whether the man accused of killing eight people in a nursing home shooting spree may have targeted the home because his estranged wife worked there, according to The Associated Press.

3/29/09: Dorchester, MA - The gunman who opened fire on a car on a Dorchester street early Sunday, killing three of four passengers inside, may have been smarting after getting spurned by one of his victims who had just left a late-night party, a police source said.

3/30/09: COMPTON, California — Homicide detectives Monday were investigating the fatal shootings of two men and a woman in an apartment. Neighbors contacted authorities after hearing gunshots in the apartment about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao.

4/3/09: Binghamton, New York - A gunman killed 13 people at an immigrant counseling centre where many of his victims were studying to become US citizens. The carnage at the American Civic Association, a language and help centre for immigrants settled in New York state, had all the hallmarks of being premeditated.

4/4/09: PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and “lying in wait” opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, killing three of them and turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said.

4/7/09: TEMECULA, California — A gunman opened fire at a Korean Christian retreat center on Tuesday night, killing one and wounding three others, authorities said.

4/16/09: LONG BEACH, Calif. – A hospital worker shot and killed two employees and then killed himself at a medical center Thursday, sending panicked people fleeing, police and witnesses said. The gunman was identified as Mario Ramirez, 50, of Alhambra, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

TOTAL MASS MURDERS FOR MONTH: Nearly 50 dead including 8 police officers and dozens injured. But every victim leaves family, loved ones, friends, children, parents, etc. so the total number of victims is in the hundreds. Pretty sad, huh? But wait, there’s more - oftentimes those who kill with guns, especially if they kill loved ones, are cowardly enough to take their own life. In the past month, in addition to the above...

3/28/09: Firestone, Colorado - A suspected murder-suicide left three people dead early Saturday morning in a Firestone subdivision.

3/29/08: Santa Clara, California - Police found was one of the worst shooting scenes in Santa Clara history: six bodies were scattered around the three-story townhome, four were dead, including a42-year-old man whom police suspect was the shooter. Two handguns were found nearby. Paramedics performed CPR on a 4-year-old girl, but she too died at the scene.

4/4/09: Miami Lakes, Florida - The Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce is mourning the violent and disturbing death of its president, David Waud. According to media reports, police said Waud shot his wife, Carol Waud, and himself on Saturday in their Hialeah home.

4/5/09: GRAHAM, Wash. – A father apparently shot to death five of his children, ages 7 to 16, at their mobile home and then killed himself near a casino miles away, police said Saturday. Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff, called it a domestic violence situation and a murder-suicide.

4/5/09: West Kendall, FL - Jose and Nolvia Salazar lived quiet lives in their shady West Kendall neighborhood. The silence was shattered early Sunday when the couple and Nolvia Salazar’s daughter, Karla Valle, 27, were found shot dead in a scene that Miami-Dade police called “domestic in nature.”

4/5/09: Casselberry, Florida - Marie Moore, a 44-year-old woman from Florida, has fatally shot and killed her 20-year-old son before killing herself at a shooting range. Marie Moore and her son Mitchell Moore were at central Florida gun range ‘Shoot Straight’ Sunday sharing a firing when Marie killed her and then herself.

4/7/09: Green Hill, Alabama - A man facing a divorce trial shot and killed his estranged wife, their teenage daughter and two other relatives in rural north Alabama before returning to his home in a nearby town and killing himself, authorities said Tuesday.

4/9/09: Roanoke, Indiana - The couple found dead in their Roanoke mobile home Thursday died in a homicide-suicide, presumably from a domestic dispute that turned violent, according to the Huntington County coroner. Investigators concluded that 26-year-old Jeremy Stroh shot his girlfriend, 25-year-old Nicole Scheiber, multiple times inside their home at Castle Hill Mobile Home Park then turned the gun on himself.

4/9/09: Tucson, Arizona - A divorced couple who still lived together ended up dying together Thursday night in an apparent homicide-suicide, a Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said. Ana Delia Rios, 44, and her ex-husband, Martin Rios Gonzales, 44, were found shot to death in their Southwest Side home about 10:30 p.m., Deputy Dawn Barkman said.

4/10/10: DEARBORN, Mich. - Two people were killed at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn Friday afternoon in what police are calling a murder-suicide. Deputy Police Chief Gregg Brighton said Henry Ford Community College was locked down in the early afternoon, but the campus has since been secured and the lockdown was lifted.

4/11/09: Dallas, Texas - A man and a woman were found fatally shot inside a Frisco home late Saturday, hours after a police tactical team responded to a report that a man with a gun was inside the home. Their names were not released, pending notification of relatives.

4/12/09: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Police say the weekend shooting deaths of a man and woman in a central Colorado Springs home were the result of an apparent attempted murder-suicide. Colorado Springs police Sgt. Steve Noblitt on Monday said the two had been identified as 38-year-old Fidencio Ordaz Gonzalez and 36-year-old Paula Ordaz, both of Colorado Springs.

The above headlines represent just a smattering of the total carnage. We are killing each other in America with our guns at a rate of about 2,500 Americans per month, or about 85 each day. Perhaps it is time to rethink the NRA’s position.

A little blogging music Maestro… an oldie from the Brenda Lee, “Tragedy”

Dr. Forgot

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