|Alysa Bobbitt-from Ohh Shoot|
This is America on an average day. It doesn't have to be this way. It's crazy that we allow this. It's even crazier when such totally bizarre and avoidable shootings like this one reported in the Ohh Shoot blog take place:"A drive-by gunman in north Minneapolis killed a woman with a shot to the head, authorities said Tuesday.Arnong Rajvong, 26, of Minneapolis, died Saturday after being shot early that morning near 26th and Washington Avenues N., according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office.Another woman in the car with Rajvong was shot and seriously wounded, but she was expected to survive, police said.No arrests have been made, and authorities have yet to say what led to the violence."
Unbelievable. How did this guy get his gun? He shouldn't have had one or any. How did an AK-47 semi-automatic get converted to an automatic and why? Why does anyone have this kind of gun in a peaceful society not at war? One might think we are when we look at the daily carnage caused by guns. Don't people who know anything about guns know you can't use one as a crutch? Why was this man's loaded AK-47 out while he was sitting on the couch? Who was he expecting? What was he afraid of? Where is common sense?30-year-old Jon Andrew Meyer, Jr. was visiting friends in Grants Pass, Oregon. He told police that he was using his assault rifle as a crutch to help him get up from a couch when he unintentionally discharged the gun.The gun burst went through the ceiling and hit 5-year-old Alysa Bobbitt and another woman who were in a room upstairs. They were taken to the hospital for treatment.Alysa, who was shot in the head, died of her injuries. The woman, who was shot in the torso, is expected to recover.Meyer was arrested and charged with manslaughter, assault and illegal possession of a machine gun. Police did not say if the assault rifle had been manufactured as fully automatic or if it had been modified later. However, Meyer's lawyer said Meyer had been assured the gun was not fully automatic when he bought it.Reports indicate that at the time of the shooting Meyer was the subject of a restraining order that was taken out by his fiancee. In the petition she described him as an unpredictable drug addict who had threatened her with a gun. Reports do no indicate if the judge had barred Meyer from possessing guns as a result of the restraining order.
And now, a 5 year old is dead. Little girls should be able to sit in their living rooms without fear of being shot through the floor of their home. 17 year old teen-aged black boys should not be shot while walking through a neighborhood. 15 year old kids should not have access to a gun that discharges and shoots a friend. 5 year old children should not be shot while sitting in their cars. Women should not be shot in domestic shootings. Teens should not be shot in fights. People shouldn't be shot in every day disputes over not much. People should not be shot at pool parties. Drive-by shootings should not happen. If this is the kind of world the gun rights extremists think we should get used to, they are sadly and badly mistaken. But this is what we have as a result of the corporate gun lobby's insistence on any kind of gun being made available to anyone and carried around in all public places. This is our world. It shouldn't be. Guns are dangerous. Let's get to work to change our laws and our gun culture. We are better than this.