Guns, guns, guns

Ll2HIj3vBI2y2JjkkSf8rcF-Qnt_MFZhCQpOCmQ37oeS2Nro4fO22lQh3ZJWmrPwZrHz=s125Guns kill. 

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 violencewhich included some moving remarks by former congresswoman Gabriele Giffordsa
gunman opened fire in a Phoenix office building, wounding three people,
one of them critically, authorities said. Police were searching for the
shooter.

Associated Press

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.

Associated Press, Chicago Tribune

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.

Associated Press

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.


The Washington Post

 

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.

Fox 5 Atlanta

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.

WFAA-TV

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.

KATV

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.

Thibodaux Daily Comet

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.

USA Today

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.

The Houston Chronicle

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.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram, South Gate-Lynwood Patch

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.

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