So the victim will not be spending Thanksgiving with his family. And the shooter, his friend, will surely have a less than thankful holiday feast."A man died Monday evening in the Town of Superior when he was accidently shot by his deer-hunting companion, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department reported.The death was the fourth reported hunting-related fatality this season in Wisconsin.Emergency crews were called to the area of County Road W and Barnes Road near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border just after 5 p.m. Monday. Police said the man died at the scene.The identity of the man won’t be released until today. The accident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the medical examiner’s office.Three other hunters died Saturday, according to the Associated Press.Authorities say 51-year-old Shawn Lemanski of Green Bay died from injuries suffered when he fell from a tree stand in the Marathon County town of Cassel.Fifty-one-year-old Steven Jackson of Antigo died after he was found unresponsive in the woods near Gleason in Lincoln County.And 22-year-old Thomas Stamborski of Milwaukee died of a gunshot wound while hunting on the grounds of Fort McCoy on land approved for hunting."
There's been another mass shooting, this time on a North Dakota reservation:
People in towns all over America are left shaken after a mass shooting. It is not supposed to happen where they live. There is often surprise and fear, as there was in this small North Dakota town. But happen they do. The shootings keep coming. As more comes out about this shooting, authorities may be able to find a motive. These shootings are sometimes committed by mentally ill people who just want to shoot up a bunch of people because in their twisted minds, it seems like a good idea. See Aurora, Colorado theater shooting and Tucson shopping mall shooting for just a few. Or people with guns sometimes have a motive that involves a domestic dispute, intolerance towards a group of people or anger about something someone did or said and a gun seems like the answer. See the Sikh temple shooting, the Wisconsin spa shooting for just a few of these type of shootings.There authorities found four victims, a woman and three of her grandchildren, identified by the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office as Martha Johnson, 64; Ben Schuster, 13; Julia Schuster, 10; and Luke Schuster, 6.Neighbors said the 12-year-old boy who called 911, also Johnson’s grandchild, survived by playing dead, which New Town Police Chief Arthur Walgren confirmed.About 7 p.m. Sunday, law enforcement learned a man had made statements about the crime.While investigators were questioning him in Parshall, about 17 miles east of New Town, he killed himself with a knife, according to Sheriff Ken Halvorson.Johnson was caring for five grandchildren, according to friends and neighbors. (...)The shooting left residents of both towns shaken.Some New Town residents left town after reports of the shootings, and many offices were closed Monday, Walgren said. A woman who lives across the street from the Johnsons was loading clothes into her car Monday and declined to comment.New Town Superintendent Marc Bluestone said he made the decision to call off classes about 9 p.m. Sunday because he hadn’t received confirmation from police that there was no longer a safety risk.Classes will resume today and counselors, social workers and clergy will be available to assist students and staff. Today is the last day of class before Thanksgiving break.All five of Johnson’s grandchildren were enrolled in the district, ranging in age from first through eighth grades, Bluestone said. They began attending school in New Town in late September, Bluestone said.
I will point out to my readers that many of these shootings are not committed by people with previous criminal records. It is not just criminals who shoot people. But once a shooting happens, the shooter becomes an instant criminal unless he/she takes his/her own life in the process which is the usual scenario. Some are actually prohibited purchasers or should be but they can get guns anyway. That is because we, as a collective group of people, are not stopping them from accessing guns. We could but we don't. The NRA has made sure of that with its hyped up fear and paranoia which encourages violence:
You can read about a "joke" concerning assassinations contained in this post:The NRA's election-year slogan is meant to evoke a bit of the Wild West tough guy imagery that remains central to American gun culture. The phrase comes from poker, the card game of the frontier, and the desired picture is that of a noble, steely-eyed gun lobby pushing its mountain of chips across the table of America's destiny, betting everything on one last high-stakes hand. In NRA land, where impending Second Amendment Apocalypse is a state of mind and a business strategy, the next election is always the final hand. As he did in 2008, chief NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre describes 2012 as "the most important election of our lifetime."For a group with a self-replenishing supply of chips, the slogan "All In" is absurd. Recent years have seen record profits for the gun and ammo industries, of which the NRA is an integral part. During Saturday's Leadership Forum, two grateful firms -- Ruger and MidwayUSA, the sponsor of the convention -- together donated more than $8 million to the NRA's lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action. These two gifts alone -- raised through a "round-up" campaign on sales -- nearly equal the group's record spending for the 2008 cycle.Flush with cash from the Obama-era gun boom it's done so much to fuel and drive, the NRA is today a very different beast than when it faced the possibility of bankruptcy in the mid-1990s. It has even mutated in large and important ways since 2007, when one of its former lobbyists, Richard Feldman, described the organization as a "cynical, mercenary political cult." Today's NRA is less a lobbying and campaigning organization than a highly profitable, multi-division industry, merchandising, and fundraising machine. It has an annual budget of between $220 and $250 million and executives eligible for the Buffet Rule. An election year for them is a night at the blackjack table for Michael Jordan.
You decide. Is this a laughing matter? I don't think so. It is not only distasteful. It is disgusting and unacceptable. But when gun toting people joke about Presidents being assassinated, we have a problem. It is no laughing matter. Real people lose their lives every day from real bullets. Guns and the people who carry them are killing people every day. Many people will not be joining their families this Thanksgiving where meals will be sober and full of grief. That is no laughing matter. The NRA has also made sure to get guns into the hands of as many people as possible. When a gun is there, it may be used. These shootings are not the norm in other developed countries not at war. They are unique to our country. Surely as a country we are better than this. We need common sense about not only reasonable laws but about our culture of guns and the result of too many people with too many guns in too many places who just might use one or more of them to shoot someone in a tragic moment of anger or despair.Burke is a loud and boastful retired lance corporal who displays a photo of himself with NRA Executive Vice President & CEO Wayne LaPierre on his professional website. The only thing he abhors more than gun control is silence. When a conversation about former New York Governor George Pataki's pro-gun record entered a lull, he asked the group what sounded like an American history riddle or piece of trivia: "What do Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama have in common?"The collective intelligence of the minibus was stumped. After a few beats, he delivered the answer: "Nothing. Yet."Most of the bus erupted in laughter, but the father from Long Island looked out the window, embarrassed.Parents who want to shield their children from presidential assassination jokes should consider vacation destinations other than NRA conventions. The group's leadership has in recent years expertly cultivated a very profitable hatred and paranoia among its membership. This fact was on majestic display in St. Louis, where NRA officials painted the president as a dedicated "enemy of freedom" quietly implementing the early stages of a master gun confiscation plan. The convention marked the opening salvo in the group's campaign to defeat Obama and his gun control allies in November. The official battle cry for this effort, unveiled on Friday, is "All In."