And what does this have to do with guns you might ask? You must know that I will always talk about the guns when writing posts for this blog. I believe that guns give the people who own them a feeling of power and control. Some people have guns for hunting and shooting sports that they keep (hopefully) locked up most of the time. Their guns are not an extension of their manhood. They are perfectly happy to walk around in their daily lives without a gun strapped to their hip, or their legs or wherever they heck they carry them. They don't need arsenals of weapons in order to be in control of their lives. They don't need guns to intimidate others in anger or situations of domestic abuse to gain control over a spouse/partner. They likely don't have a gun when their nose gets out of joint over a misunderstanding or perceived threat. Petty things can set off some guys and when a gun is handy, it is a symbol for revenge, hate, paranoia, power and control.
What happens then, to guys whose lives are out of control or whose tempers get the best of them? This one in Sacramento is particularly awful:
How did this situation get so terribly out of control? What snapped in a young man to lead him to go home for his gun and come back shooting at anyone standing? We don't know the whole story yet about this one. But over and over, the reason for so many shootings has to do with a guy who got angry and took out his anger with a deadly weapon. I don't get it. Why a gun? Guns do represent power. Everyone knows that once a gun is introduced, the situation changes. Everyone knows that it's hard to get away from someone when a gun is pointed your way. Guns are dangerous, lethal and intimidating. They can be used for hunting and good clean recreation but more and more mass shootings and everyday gun deaths have nothing to do with hunting or self defense.“My brother never got into any fights, any trouble, always stayed clear of things like that,” Melissa said.Witnesses told family members that Ruben went to the store to get a soda and was not involved in any altercation.“This guy came down, the shooter, he went home, came back with a gun, and he went right by and started shooting everyone that was standing,” Ruben’s aunt Marcie Mora said.A patrol officer responded after hearing gunshots. The offficer found both victims. Ruben died in front of the store and Abel in the emergency room.Witnesses led police to 25-year-old Ryan Mazzariello. He was arrested at his home in Oakdale and charged with double homicide.
There are law abiding gun owners who always use their guns appropriately and never consider the taking of a human life or using a gun to threaten or intimidate someone. But when more and more people own guns with fewer restrictions on who they are and where they can carry them, we have begun to see more situations like the following example. A Minnesota man brought out his AK 47 and threatened innocent kids over Halloween candy:
Yowza! This bears repeating: "... so he got into his car-accompanied by his wife and two children-and went searching for the "kids" who were responsible for the theft,..." Really? What in the world could go wrong when a mad man puts his kids in his car with his AK 47 in search of other kids who he thinks stole some Halloween candy? It must have been a scary Halloween indeed for those innocent kids who saw an assault weapon in the hand of the angry man. How can this behavior be justified? It can't, obviously. But this guy thought he could get away with his behavior. He was stupid and dangerous and he got caught. He was another man behaving badly who left a lasting impression on his vulnerable children. Let's hope they will grow up to behave better than their father. He obviously should not have had that gun.A St. Louis Park man has been charged with pulling an AK-47 assault weapon on a group of young men after accusing them of stealing his child’s Halloween candy.Orrin John Hager, 44, is charged with second-degree assault with a firearm, a felony with a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of three years in prison and a $4,200 fine.According to the criminal complaint, signed by St. Louis Park Police Officer Aaron Balvin, officers were called to the area of 27th Street and Brunswick Avenue just after 9 p.m. on Oct. 31 when someone reported hearing shots fired.Police found a group of juvenile boys, who said a man had driven up, pulled over and began to yell at them, accusing them of stealing candy from his child. When the man pulled out a “long gun,” the boys ran away.The boys described the suspect as a white male with an Asian female passenger in his car, the same description of a driver who was stopped earlier in the evening for driving erratically. During that traffic stop, the driver, identified as Hager, told officers that he was looking for “older kids” who had stolen candy from his child.Police went to Hager’s home and found him “very eager” to talk to them. He told them that he was angry that someone had stolen candy from his child, so he got into his car – accompanied by his wife and two children – and went searching for the “kids” who were responsible for the theft, according to the complaint.When he saw the group at 27th and Brunswick, he got out of his car to confront them, he told police. However, it appeared that none of them were taking him seriously and they were giving him “attitude,” he said, so he pulled a gun from his car, the complaint says.Hager said he held the gun near his side, but never pointed or fired it. He said he got back into his car and followed one of the boys whom he thought had stolen the candy, then stopped the car, put the gun in his trunk and went home, according to the complaint.Police arrested Hager and confiscated the unloaded AK-47. They later determined that the report of shots fired in the area was unrelated to the case.
This is the culture promoted by the gun lobby. Got a problem? Get out your gun. Feel threatened? Get out your gun. Kids fooling around in your yard?
Whoa there. Where this guy who behaved badly got it wrong was in thinking that any"red-blooded American" would have done the same thing. Most Americans would have either called 911 or handled it without a gun. When you have a gun, things can go terribly wrong. Guns can lead to men behaving badly. This guy was just plain lucky that this case didn't turn into another Trayvon Martin shooting. But many gun rights extremists would rather take matters into their own hands. They don't trust law enforcement as you can read in this blog post over at New Trajectory.A 13-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico boy is recovering after being shot by a neighbor in a case that is reminding many of the Trayvon Martin killing.The boy in this case is an 8th grade basketball player who also plays first chair viola at school.His mom says he’s a good kid, who snuck out of a friend’s house early Saturday morning but wasn’t up to trouble.“I was at my friend’s home and I was walking to my friend’s home,” said the boy in an exclusive interview with NBC affiliate KOB Eyewitness News 4.“And on the way there we were just running around just playing and just hiding from each other and I hid under a truck.”The moments that followed could have cost the boy his life.A criminal complaint states the homeowner, Michael Zamora, heard noises and went outside with a gun thinking someone was stealing his truck.It had recently been stolen and recovered.“He told me to get the f’ on the ground so I put my hands up and I got on my knees. And then he grabbed me by the back of my shirt,” said the boy.The 42-year-old claims the boy punched him in the face.The boy told police Zamora dragged him into his garage and zip-tied his wrists.“My heart just dropped and I didn’t know what was going to happen,” said the boy.Zamora then took the 5’2″, 90 lbs. boy inside his house until police arrived, according to court documents.When police found the boy they realized he had been shot in the shoulder.When police asked Zamora about it, he first told them that he had the gun it fell and went off.He then clarified his story to police saying he had the gun in his hand the whole time and then it went off by accident.When asked if he meant to shoot the boy, Zamora replied, “no, I didn’t! It was 3 o’clock in the morning. There’s a kid messing around with my truck, what do you expect? You know?”“I’ve never been so scared in my life,” said the boy’s mother, Alysha Colbert. “I could’ve lost my son,” she said. “If he would have turned around and took off running would he have shot him in the back, because he was black?”Zamora allegedly told police, “I saw the guy right there, it was dark, he was black, I didn’t know what to expect.”“Trayvon Martin. That’s the first thing that popped into my mind was Trayvon Martin,” said Colbert.To that, Zamora responded: “That’s ridiculous. I was just protecting my property and my family you know. That’s all I can do. I think any other red-blooded American would have done the same thing.”
Lives depend on people with guns acting appropriately when they have one in their home and/or in their hand. I wish I could say that was the norm. But since I am writing a blog about the daily incidents of not only bad gun behavior but also deadly gun behavior, I know that too often, even those who believe they would always be safe with their guns do stupid things. And before you get your "shorts" in a bundle, I know that some of the stupid and dangerous behavior comes from criminal behavior which is inexcusable. But one can go from law abiding to criminal status in a matter of seconds. We can't explain human nature and the ability to engage in self destructive behavior. Since humans have walked the face of the earth, they have "fallen from grace" and sometimes picked themselves up to carry on. But often, they leave behind them a wake of problems, pain and sometimes injury and death. In the case of Petraeus and Allen, their personal lives are now in shambles and their professional lives have become entwined with national security issues. Many men ( and sometimes women) before them have been caught up in their own need to be powerful and famous no matter the cost. We can name them by reading our history books. The need for great or better sex, the need to be loved and adored or to maintain power have brought down some very powerful people throughout history. These two just happen to be the latest to get caught. At least no one was killed as a result.
A new incident just came to my attention. This Colorado man was ready to shoot children on Halloween and kill President Obama. Luckily for him and everyone else concerned, he confessed and was placed in a mental facility. Let's make sure this man NEVER EVER can buy a gun. From the article:
The incident doesn't relate to the others in this post which appeared to be shootings by angry guys with guns. But it was another incident of men with guns who could have caused a whole lot of trouble on Halloween night. Guns and Halloween don't go together. Guns and anger don't go together. Guns and mental illness don't go together. Inappropriate behavior also doesn't go with guns. We are all bent out of shape ranting about men in positions of power abusing their power and acting inappropriately but not so much about the guys with guns used to gain the ultimate power over people. We should care more about shootings than we do about sex scandals. But this is America. Guns are sacred to some.A suburban Denver man has been arrested after accusations that he threatened to shoot children, kill people on Halloween and kill President Barack Obama.Mitchell Kenneth Kusick, of Westminster, was being held Tuesday on a federal charge of threats against a president. He identified himself as a student at Colorado Mesa University in western Colorado.According to KUSA-TV in Denver (http://on9news.tv/T2rbYC ), Jefferson County court records show he told his therapist about wanting to shoot students at a trick-or-treat event at Standley Lake High School.Federal court records say Kusick took a shotgun from his aunt's house, tried to buy ammunition, then told his therapist about his plan.The therapist called police, and Kusick went to a hospital, where he was placed on a mental health hold.