There's been another shooting in the Minneapolis area. A woman was killed at a sandwich shop, apparently by her husband, who chased her with his gun.
Two more young children are now without their parents. I'm sure we will be learning more about this incident soon. This one appears to be yet another domestic shooting. Haven't we had enough of those lately? As of yet, we don't know if the shooter was a law abiding gun owner."A gunman chased a woman through a Cottage Grove strip mall Thursday, eventually killing her in a sandwich shop before shooting himself. He died late Thursday.
Bystanders watched in horror as the woman ran through the parking lot as the man repeatedly fired at her, shattering the glass door of the Anytime Fitness gym, where the woman apparently had been exercising.
Cottage Grove police were called about 3:35 p.m. to the mall in the 7700 block of Harkness Avenue S. after receiving reports of shots being fired, said Craig Woolery, the city's director of public safety. When they arrived, they found the woman dead inside a Jimmy John's shop. The shooter was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he died within hours. No one else was hurt.
The dead man is Chevel Richard, 22, according to his father, Dale Richard.
"My boy is dead," Dale Richard said after talking to Cottage Grove police late Thursday.
Also dead, Dale Richard said, is Tensia Richard, Chevel's wife.
"They're both gone. She's deceased, and so is he," Dale Richard said, adding the couple had two young sons, a 3-year-old and a 5-month-old."
And why do we keep reading about incidents of law abiding gun owners leaving their guns around for young children to find. This 3 year old Seattle boy is in serious condition after finding his Dad's gun in a truck. Senseless. From an article:
Enough said. Just check out the Kid Shootings blog for many more of these type of incidents involving law abiding gun owners. And, of course, there was a horrific shooting of a family in California:It appears he found his father's hand gun inside the truck and accidentally shot himself, police said.They said the boy’s father then rushed him to Sunnyside Community Hospital.Police said the father has a valid concealed weapons permit and is cooperating with investigators.
We will also learn more about this shooting in the coming days. Since the shooter is still at large, we have yet to learn whether he was a law abiding gun owner.Police detained four people for questioning Thursday in the search for a gunman who killed three people and critically wounded two others at a family-owned fire extinguisher business and a relative's nearby home in suburban Los Angeles.The development came a little more than 24 hours after the shootings that left friends and neighbors grappling for answers as authorities remained mum about a motive.The four people – three men and a woman _were detained Thursday afternoon, though no arrests were made, said Downey police Lt. Leslie Murray.The gunman doesn't appear to be a former employee, friend or family member, Lt. Dean Milligan said. Police, however, say they don't believe the killings were a random act of violence.Authorities were still looking for a stolen black Camaro, which they say the suspect used to get away after the shootings.Police have not identified the five victims, but a portrait began to emerge of a tight-knit family who threw large parties and ran a successful company.
Meanwhile, the domestic shooting at a salon in Wisconsin is continuing to resonate because it was preventable. Domestic shootings are fairly common but shouldn't be. Women are at great risk when there is a gun in the home and when there is domestic trouble. I know that from personal experience. Here is a blog post from Brady Campaign President Dan Gross about why this shooting was preventable:
Forty seconds. That's all it would have taken to potentially save the lives of three women at the Azana Spa and Salon in Brookfield, Wisconsin this past weekend. Forty seconds is all it would have taken to keep a community and our nation from suffering yet another mass shooting in a place that we should all rightly expect to be safe.You see, 40 seconds is the amount of time it takes the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) call center to approve the majority of "Brady criminal background checks" on anybody who wants to buy a gun. But in America, millions of people every year, including those with criminal and dangerous intentions, can buy a gun without ever having to go through such a records check.That is because of the 40 percent. Sometimes you will hear this problem referred to as the "gun show loophole." But that is a dramatic understatement. The reality is a full 40 percent of all legal gun sales in our nation require no background check at all. That includes every gun sale that takes place outside a federally licensed firearm dealer -- an estimated millions of guns sold every year, thousands of guns sold every day, not only at gun shows, but also through private sales arranged over the Internet or through classifieds (basically a permanent, massive national gun show).
Dan Gross is right. Why are so many people who shouldn't have guns getting them anyway? Because we let them. We are doing nothing to stop them. In fact, we encourage people to buy guns in America. We make it as easy as possible. It's easier to buy a gun that it is to vote in America. What a sad sate of affairs. The Wisconsin shooter was technically not a law abiding gun owner because if he had tried to buy a gun from a federally licensed firearms dealer, he would have been turned down. But our laws allow people to buy guns without background checks from unlicensed private sellers. It is not illegal for these kinds of sales to take place. The NRA has made sure of that. This man should have been arrested but wasn't. We need better laws regarding threats by abusers. That is why the Duluth model, started by Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, is so important.And what that 40 percent means is thousands of guns every day could be, and too often are, falling into the hands of criminals, the dangerously mentally ill and domestic abusers, like the man responsible for this weekend's tragedy in Wisconsin. A judge had handed him a restraining order and then he went out and bought a gun over the Internet without any background check. And, unfortunately, stories like this are not unusual, and they are all just as preventable.
As long as this is the status of our gun culture, we will continue to have incidents like the next one on my list. A racist Oregon man who had too much to drink brought his AK 47 to a construction site where Hispanic men were working. I'm sure we will eventually learn whether this guy was a law abiding citizen being stupid and dangerous. This is the problem with our gun culture. Too many people have guns they shouldn't have and think they should be able to use them whenever they want. When a gun is available while someone is drinking, the scenario changes in just seconds. Alcohol and guns just plain do not go together. Further, do people just carry AK 47s around in public? Are we at war? This incident reveals the cavalier attitude about guns held by folks in the American gun culture. The love affair with guns for some folks leads them to think they might just use them. And use them they do. More from the article above:
This man was lucky no one was hurt. When so many people have guns and we have such loose gun laws, we will see more and more of these kinds of incidents. Since I have been blogging, there has been an uptick in incidents like this. I am not the only one to notice this uptick. Or maybe it's that some of us are now blogging about what has been a more hidden problem, except to the victims of the shootings. And now we are calling attention to a very big national problem. Speaking of bloggers, over at the Ohh Shoot blog, a new post lists 3 more accidental and preventable shootings. One was a neighbor target shooting ( a law abiding gun owner by the way.) Luckily for him, the man he shot was only injured slightly. Another happened at a gun range ( where people should be safe, right?) A Sheriff was accidentally shot by one of his own deputies but was not injured because of a protective vest. And the last of this trio of shootings was another law abiding gun owner target shooting when a stray bullet landed in a neighbor's house causing fear and surprise but no injuries. Law abiding gun owners all.Police arrested a man who they said threatened a group of construction workers with a loaded AK-47 assault rifle in Northeast Portland Wednesday morning.Police said Charles Edward Larson, 43, went to a home near Northeast 11th Avenue and Church at around 10 a.m. and threatened the group of workers.No one was hurt.Police said when they arrived, officers saw the suspect in a white truck. The truck began to drive away, but officers yelled for him to pull over and he obeyed.Officers arrested Larson without incident. He faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon, intimidation, menacing, reckless driving and DUII.Larson was intoxicated and angry because he objected to Hispanic people getting construction jobs, according to Portland Police spokesman Robert King.
Really you can't make these things up. So, to the law abiding gun owners who get upset when I point out how many of them are doing stupid and dangerous things, it's time for you to own up to the serious problems with guns in this country and join me in promoting common sense gun legislation. If our country is not better than this, something is terribly sick and needs fixing.
The shooter in Cottage Grove, Minnesota was a "law abiding" permit to carry holder:
On Thursday, bystanders watched in horror as Tensia Richard ran through the parking lot of a strip mall in the northwest corner of Cottage Grove near Hwy. 61 and 80th Street. Chevel Richard repeatedly fired at her with a .45-caliber handgun, shattering the glass door of the Anytime Fitness gym where the woman apparently had been exercising.He had a permit for the firearm, Woolery said.