This is not what I was intending to write about today. But, unless you have been living under a rock, you now know about the latest horrific mall shooting in America. This latest one was at a mall in Portland, Oregon. As if to put an exclamation point on my previous post about assault weapons, the gun used by this gunman was described as a military style weapon. From the linked article:
"...the mall Santa, said he heard gunshots and dove for the floor." I love the classic "Christmas Story" movie- a family favorite. Just imagine those little boys, visiting the store Santa, having to dive for cover instead of being sent down the shoot after sitting on Santa's lap. And even though that Santa is a bit testy with the kids, the thought of him and the impatient children having to hide from a crazed gunman is just not the picture we have of the holiday shopping season. If this keeps up, our image of holiday shopping will be of people fleeing from gunmen with assault rifles shooting at shoppers at random. Insane. From another article about the shooting:"A masked gunman wearing camouflage opened fire Tuesday in a busy Portland mall, leaving the gunman and two others dead and forcing the mall's Santa Claus and hundreds of Christmas shoppers and employees to flee or hide among store displays.Austin Patty, 20, who works at Macy's, said he saw a man in a white mask carrying a rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest. He heard the gunman say, "I am the shooter," as if announcing himself. A series of rapid-fire shots in short succession followed as Christmas music played. Patty said he ducked to the ground and then ran.His Macy's co-worker, Pam Moore, told The Associated Press the gunman was short, with dark hair. Witnesses said he started firing his military-style weapon just outside Macy's in the food court of Clackamas Town Center.Brance Wilson, the mall Santa, said he heard gunshots and dove for the floor. By the time he looked up, seconds later, everyone around him had cleared out. Merchandise was scattered in some stores as he made his way to the door."Santa will be back," Wilson said. "It's not going to keep Santa away from the mall."Workers and shoppers rushed out of the mall and into stores' backrooms for safety as teams of police officers came inside to find the shooter.The gunman was dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Clackamas County sheriff's Lt. James Rhodes said. A shopper told KATU-TV he saw a man lying on the floor with a gun next to him."
60 shots. "Targeting anyone." "Masked gunman." Really folks. When military assault type weapons are readily available with high capacity magazines, crazed people dressed in camouflage clothing and masks can kill lots of people. This is the America in which we are living. Is this the America we want? Can't we go shopping during the Christmas season without fearing that a gunman will mow us down? This insane gun culture has to change. This is not the only of this type of shooting. Does everyone remember the mass shooting at a Nebraska mall that killed 8 people and the gunman? It, too, was during the holiday shopping season. From an article about that shooting:Clackamas Country Sheriff Craig Roberts said that the shooter didn't appear to be targeting anyone when he entered the Clackamas Town Center on Tuesday and fired as many as 60 shots."It looked as though it was a random shooting," Roberts told NBC's Today show Wednesday. "It's very apparent he had a mission set forth to take the lives of people in that mall."
A young man stole an AK-47 from his father after he broke up with his girlfriend and lost his job. He took it to a local mall and shot innocent people. I wonder where he got the idea that he could do anything like this? Assault type weapons are killing people. All guns are killing people. It's easy to shoot a lot of people at once when someone is intent on doing so with an assault weapon. Only in America do we see shootings like this. Are we at war? This is the NRA's version of America where easy access to any kind of gun by just about anyone has led to shootings in malls, movie theaters, churches and other places where people gather to celebrate and do the things people do in their every day lives. Surely we are better than this.A teenage gunman carried his AK-47 into a Nebraska department store, took the elevator up to the third floor and immediately opened gunfire on innocent customers and store employees, officials said Thursday.The victims, ranging from ages 24 to 66, sought cover in dressing rooms and clothing racks at the Westroads Mall but lost their lives at the hands of a 19-year-old gunman.The incident left eight dead and five wounded before the shooter, Robert A. Hawkins, killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot, Omaha Police Chief Thomas Warren said.
Merry Christmas everyone. Where is common sense?
The name of the Oregon mall shooter has been released:
It's always ridiculous and sad to say that more people could have been killed if only...... if but for the fact that the weapon jammed, more would have been killed. That was the intention. That was the reason to take this type of gun to the mall. The shooter seemed to want to kill as many as he could. Enough is enough.The masked gunman who opened fire in a crowded Oregon shopping mall, killing two people and wounding a third before taking his own life, was 22 years old and used a rifle he stole from someone he knew, officials said today.The gunman acted in a blind rampage with no known motive, authorities said. There was no known connection between the gunman and his victims.The Tuesday afternoon shooting frenzy at the Clackamas Town Center in the Portland suburb of Happy Valley triggered pandemonium inside the mall at the height of the busy holiday season, sending thousands of shoppers streaming out of the complex as authorities arrived on the scene.Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said the body count in the rampage could have been higher. Roberts told NBC's "Today" show that the as-yet-unidentified masked gunman had "a mission set forth to take the lives of people in that mall.""A variety of things" helped reduce the loss of lives, he said, including the gunman's weapon jamming. The gunman shot and killed two people, seriously wounded a 15-year-old girl and then took his own life.The wounded teenage girl, Kristina Shevchenko, is in serious condition, a hospital official said today.
The victims of the Oregon mall shooting have now been identified. Let's see their names and their faces and say their names. From the article:
Their names again- Steve. Cindy. Kristina. You can see photos of Steve and Cindy. They were killed. They were friends, loving family members, parents, professionals. They were killed. Kristina is fighting for her life. She is a 15 year old girl who was just out shopping at a mall. Steve and Cindy were at a mall shopping. No one should be shot while out shopping at a mall during the holiday season or any other season, for that matter. I am saddened and despair over the daily shootings of innocent people just out doing what people do during a day. Enough is enough.One of the victims of the shooting spree Tuesday at the Clackamas Town Center was a father of two children and a local marketing business owner. He lived in West Linn.Steve Forsyth, 45, founded and operated Big Feat Marketing and had a long history of working in the marketing business in the Portland area, according to a bio post on his website."Steven Mathew Forsyth was a loving husband, father of two children, a son, a brother, an uncle, a longtime youth sports coach and a friend to the many people who had the privilege to meet him," a family statement said."Steve was one of the most passionate people with a true entrepreneurial spirit," the family said. "He had a great sense of humor and zest for life. He had a vision and a belief in others that brought great joy and value to many lives. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him." (...)The woman killed in the shooting was identified as 54-year-old Cindy Ann Yuille.In a statement, Yuille's family said "Cindy was everybody's friend. She was a wonderful person who was very caring and put others first."Cindy was a hospice care nurse for Kaiser Permanente in Portland.Co-workers contacted by KATU News on Wednesday were devastated by the news of her death.She lived in Northeast Portland.Kristina Shevchenko, 15A teenage girl who was shot and injured is recovering at Oregon Health and Science University.A hospital spokeswoman said Kristina Shevchenko, 15, is in “serious” condition at the hospital. Shevchenko’s family said they did not want to hospital to release any more details.
Thank goodness that the military style gun used by the Oregon mall shooter jammed. Otherwise many more would have died. That is what the shooter had in mind and that is why he brought the assault weapon to the mall. From the linked article: