There is a tune that keeps repeating in my head when I read the news of shooting after shooting in America. "How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died." The Bob Dylan song, made famous by Peter Paul and Mary, is one of America's great folk tunes. Here it is:
How many deaths are enough to get the attention of our elected leaders? How many more times do people have to ask the question before something is done? We've heard this tune before. We've seen this shooting story over and over and over again. It keeps coming like nothing changes. And nothing does. Too many people have definitely died. Here are just a few from the last few days:
Another domestic mass shooting in Ohio takes the lives of 3 , including a 3 year old child and wounding 3 others.
A New Jersey man was shot in his car. The shooter has not been found.
A 15 year old Alabama boy was shot in the head by a friend in a prank.
A West Virginia military veteran and gun instructor accidentally shot himself in the head and died.
And in yet just one of many many shootings at or outside of Walmart stores, this employee was injured in a shooting at a Texas Walmart parking lot. Please read this blog from New Trajectory about Walmart shootings. It's not just a coincidence is it that Walmart is one of the largest sellers of guns in the country?
A Special Forces soldier stationed in Colorado accidentally shot himself in the knee with his gun as he was cleaning it. He died as the bullet hit a major artery.
And what's with domestic shootings at beauty salons? I have written about at least two domestic shootings in beauty shops on this blog. Here's yet another in Florida which appears to be also a domestic shooting. Is there an irony in a shooter coming to a beauty shop, knowing that is where women may be found, to carry out their domestic abuse? Three are dead and one injured in addition to the suicide of the gunman.
A Tennessee permit holder has been charged with murdering a man over a woman.
These are only a few examples of the carnage in America due to bullets. Are we embarrassed or ashamed? No. This is a national pubic health and safety problem the likes of which has been left to fester and go unaddressed like no other important issue of concern. As I have said before on this blog, when too many people die or get sick from infected injections, the nation reacts and it's all over the news. From the linked article above, we learn that there is now a criminal investigation of the Massachusetts drug company that produced the infected injections. Fifteen people have died so far nation wide from the fungal Meningitis caused by the injection. People shouldn't die from this injection. But I do remind my viewers that in one day, 32 Americans die from gun homicides and 80 a day from gun injuries. Is there a criminal investigation? No? Why not?
When too many people die from second hand cigarette smoke, we do something about it. When too many people die from ATV accidents, we want answers and we do something. Or auto accidents. Or sports injuries. When too many people die from the influenza virus, other viruses or from preventable diseases, the nation reacts and we do something. We roll up our sleeves and put our heads together to solve the problem. That is what we need to do concerning gun violence.
Nina Gonzalez, the brave woman who asked the question about gun control at Tuesday's Presidential debate has decided to get more active. She has joined with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to speak out to demand a plan for common sense gun legislation. She is among the majority who want to hear from our candidates. They are all as tired as I am of hearing the stories about shootings in the news every day. New York City Mayor Bloomberg had this to say about the answers given at the Presidential debate by President Obama and Mitt Romney:
The New York Times editorial staff agrees that the candidates have an obligation to talk about the issue of gun violence:"They had all this gibberish talking about education. That education is the solution to stop the killing,” the mayor said. “My recollection is that the Aurora theatre shooter — he was a PhD candidate.”Bloomberg added neither Obama nor Romney showed that they're committed enough to helping solve the problem."One candidate had four years to do something and the other candidate says he won’t even do what he once did,” Bloomberg said.The mayor’s announcement of his eight figure donation in support of bipartisan candidates appeared to be timed to his disappointment to the presidential candidate’s lack of specificity in regards to gun control.
Our gun laws are truly insane and make no sense unless you understand why they are the way they are. In one word- the National Rifle Association. And what does the NRA have to say or do about this? They endorsed Mitt Romney and have and will give millions of dollars to candidates who march to their tune of fear and paranoia. What do our elected leaders have to say or do about this? Nothing. We've heard this music before and it's out of tune with what the American people believe and want. We are better than this. Please read this statement from Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign about the candidates' answer to the question asked by Nina Gonzalez:Both candidates tried lamely to connect various family, school and social factors to the murders made easy by inadequate and nonexistent gun control laws. In truth, gun laws are being loosened, not strengthened, by state legislatures, often with bipartisan support. Among the worst measures are permits for carrying guns in colleges and other public places and the atrocious “stand your ground” laws that basically permit machismo fantasists to shoot to kill when they feel threatened.Neither Mr. Obama nor Mr. Romney shows any interest in discussing this threat to public safety. The scourge includes 4.5 million firearms sold annually in the nation and more than one million people killed by guns in the past four decades. Research shows that among 23 populous, high-income nations, 80 percent of firearm deaths occurred in the United States, where citizens suffer homicide rates 6.9 times higher than in the other nations.This nation needs sane and effective gun control policies, including the assault weapons ban, not political obfuscation. Whichever candidate wins, his term is certain to be marked by the shooting deaths of tens of thousands more Americans.
“Since the massacre at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the Brady Campaign has been leading a national conversation asking the presidential candidates to offer solutions to gun violence.We applaud Ms. Gonzalez tonight for joining this national conversation by using her question at tonight’s town hall to press President Obama and Gov. Romney for solutions to gun violence with assault weapons.We applaud President Obama asserting again his commitment to ban the assault weapons that he rightly pointed out “kill folks in amazing numbers,” and for affirming the need for background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.The overwhelming majority of Americans, including gun owners, understand that these kinds of military-style weapons don’t belong on our streets and in our communities, and that stronger background checks don’t have anything to do with the Second Amendment.Americans understand that we, as a nation, are better than this.Regretfully, when offered the same opportunity to address America's gun violence problem Gov. Romney was not willing to offer the leadership or solutions required to make our communities and children safer.With the recent tragedies in Aurora, Colorado, the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, and 32 gun related murders occurring in our country every day, we at Brady stand ready to work with leaders from both political parties to solve the problem of gun violence in this country, and to represent the voice of the American people.”
Here is another article about the salon shooting in Florida which I mentioned above. From the article:
Sound familiar? And there's more about the victims:Local 6 has learned Baumet was served with a temporary injunction for domestic violence on Oct 9 in Orange County and was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. The owner of the salon also filed an injunction earlier in the month."He's been having problems he's mentally unstable," said one of Baumet's cousins. "We've been telling her 'keep away from him. Keep away from him.'"
Local 6 is also learning more about the victims killed in the shooting. One woman was four months pregnant and was also a mother of a young child, according to the victim's brother.Raise your hand if you think people like Baumet should have access to guns. Raise your hand if you feel sick about the young pregnant woman who left a small child motherless when she was shot in cold blood because someone was angry and had mental illness problems.
I just hate it when this happens. Another shooting has come to my attention. Once again, road rage or just fender bender in this case, has caused another shooting death in Pittsburgh, PA. From the article:
And five more kids are fatherless over a fender bender. Without the gun, the dead man would have been alive after an altercation. Senseless.Police have identified and charged the man who allegedly shot and killed another man in the parking lot of a Shop N’ Save Thursday.Brandon Thomas, 30, is charged with criminal homicide.He was arraigned at 4 a.m. Friday morning and is being held in the Washington County Correctional Facility without bond.Around 4 p.m. Thursday, Thomas, who was driving a Hummer, got into a fender bender with 55-year-old Vaughn Simonelli, who was driving a small Pontiac Grand Prix.It took place at the Washington Shop N’ Save grocery store in the 100-block of West Beau Street.The two men engaged in a heated argument, which led to Simonelli punching Thomas in the face. After that, Thomas pulled out a gun and shot Simonelli twice, then called 9-1-1, according to a witness.“I knew something was going to happen the way the arguing was going down,” witness Tim Grimes said Friday. “My wife was with me; I pushed her to the ground because the man was firing, he was firing this way.”Simonelli was pronounced dead at 4:30 p.m. Friday. He was a truck driver and father of five.
Can someone please tell me what the problem is when law abiding gun owners keep discharging their weapons while cleaning them? This Connecticut man tried to hide the fact that his gun discharged and went through the floor into the apartment below. I'm pretty sure I just wrote about a similar case in a recent post. Guns are dangerous weapons. Why are gun owners too often so stupid and dangerous with their guns?
UPDATE #4- October 21
In what is literally deja vu, there has been another shooting at a spa/hair salon today in Wisconsin. Three are dead and four injured. Again, it was an man with a restraining order shooting his estranged wife and others in a domestic dispute. "When will they ever learn?"From the article:
The spa shooting was the second mass shooting in Wisconsin this year. Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist, killed six people and injured three others before fatally shooting himself Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee.The shooting at the mall took place less than a mile from where seven people were killed and four wounded on March 12, 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel.