In the car, police found a loaded .45-caliber Sig Sauer P220 semiautomatic pistol.
Spotts had an empty holster on his waistband. Police found three loaded .45-caliber pistol magazines in his pocket, along with "a makeshift first-aid kit, a folding combat knife, a pocket knife, an LED flashlight, a silver multitool, and two containers of Quik Clot, a combat first-aid agent commonly used for field treatment of gunshot wounds," the affidavit says. "
So the Tulsa man told police he had these items in his car "just in case." Just in case of what? I just don't get why law abiding gun owners think they need their guns everywhere "just in case." Somehow I have managed to live my life without needing a gun for whatever might or might not happen on a given day in a public place or even in my home. But that's just me. Oh, and it's just me and about 80% of Americans who have chosen not to own guns "just in case". Apparently this guy was a law abiding permit holder- until he wasn't. Did this story make a case for the need for carrying a gun into a school or the reason why those of us who practice common sense think it's a bad idea for people to have loaded guns in schools and school zones? I'm just asking. I know what many of the people who choose to comment on this blog will say because they have already told me about their perceived need to carry guns into schools. We have had back and forth arguments about it. I say guns should not be allowed anywhere near small children or teens in or near schools.
And speaking of children with guns, here a couple of scary stories that appeared in the news recently. First of all, this one: A 12 year old boy is allegedly ready to go to Washington and shoot up the government? Where does a 12 year old get 2 guns and have the idea to threaten a school bus full of kids and the driver? Further, where does a 12 year old get the idea, as this boy allegedly had, that he wanted to go to Washington D.C to shoot government officials? More will come out about this allegation as the case is examined. This incident in North Carolina is enough to make us wonder what is going on not only in the mind of the student, but perhaps his own parents.
And the case of a 10 year old shooting his own father, involved in a Neo Nazi hate group is another scary example of what the ideas a child learns at home can lead to the child acting on them. Children are vulnerable and very sensitive to what they hear at home. (Sorry for the way this displays- in copying, I couldn't change the spacing) " What he could never have expected was that his death might come at the hand of his son, whom he was steeping in his beliefs of white supremacy and its obsessions with weapons, racist speech and Nazi regalia. "
And last, but not least, for today, anyway, is a new report about guns, cities and youth. We have a lot of gun deaths in the U.S. Metropolitan areas have more than rural areas and youth homicides are higher in large metropolitan areas. Suicides in large metropolitan areas are not higher than other areas of the country and not higher among youth than other age groups. We should not be surprised by this finding of the Centers for Disease Control. There is a highlighted box in the report with a summary:
Reading more of this story is the stuff of a reality show gone wrong. What should be more frightening to the public and elected leaders is that these people have run for elections and are using rhetoric that may fool the public into voting for them. And they are inculcating their own children with dangerous ideas. In many cases there is evidence of strife during the formative years or other family life problems. From the article linked above, "The boy is expected to appear in court later this month; he has been charged as a juvenile with murder, and his public defender said he might plead insanity. The boy and a younger sister had been the subject of a bitter custody battle with Mr. Hall’s first wife, with a series of allegations of abuse on each side. But Mr. Hall had eventually been granted legal custody."
"What is already known on this topic?( bold is mine and not from the report)
Firearm-related suicides and homicides were the fourth and fifth leading causes of injury death in the United States during 2006–2007, together accounting for approximately 30,000 fatalities each year. Nationally, the firearm homicide rate among youths aged 10–19 years slightly exceeded the rate for persons of all ages.
What is added by this report?
Compared with the national rate of 4.2 per 100,000 persons per year, firearm homicide rates generally were higher for large metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), with a rate of 5.2 overall; the highest rates were in central cities. Youth firearm homicide rates exceeded all-ages rates in many MSAs and cities. In contrast, firearm suicide rates were not higher in MSAs and cities than for the nation as a whole, and rates among youth were lower than for all ages combined.
What are the implications for public health practice?
National and state prevention programs directed at reducing firearm violence should focus on youths, particularly in central cities, to reduce the burden of firearm-related mortality in the United States. Initiatives designed to reduce violent deaths in urban areas can draw upon a growing evidence base for effectively addressing behaviors that underlie violence involving youths."
There has been a spirited exchange on the comment section of this blog about the Florida law to prevent Physicians from asking if there is a gun in the home. Perhaps we need to take some of the information from the report, above, and decide whether it's a good idea to address this problem. That, too, will be the subject of another post so I don't intend to have that discussion on the comment section of this post. The conclusion I reach from looking at the CDC study, linked above, and the stories I have provided here is that gun deaths and injuries are preventable. There is no reason for the incidents in the stories above to even happen in the first place. Ten and 12 year old boys ( or girls but it seems too often to be boys) just should not have a gun in the first place. In the second place they shouldn't even be thinking of taking a bus full of kids to Washington D.C. to allegedly do some shootings.
Thirdly, for a child to kill his own parent with a gun, no matter what the circumstances, is wrong on so many levels. But this one is scarier because of the circumstances. One wonders what this boy's father had in mind with his Neo Nazi activities and guns around the house. Next is the idea that a man who is not the custodial parent of his child shows up at the child's school and appears to have some very sinister things in mind with a car full of guns, and things that look like a kidnapping or worse. And last, there is enough evidence from the latest CDC report about firearm murders and suicides in large cities and amongst our youth that we ought to be acting on this report by having a national discussion about it and agree that there are measures we can take by way of prevention of and reduction of gun injuries deaths. Also to be included is the role parents play about guns in the lives of their children. This is a community problem and it's just plain common gunsense.