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I hope this blog will provoke some thoughtful reflection about the issue of guns and gun violence. I am passionate about the issue and would love to change some misperceptions and the culture of gun violence in America by sharing with readers words, photos, videos and clips from articles to promote common sense about gun issues. Many of you will agree with me- some will not. I am only one person but one among many who think it's time to do something about this national problem. The views expressed by me in this blog do not represent any group with which I am associated but are rather my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

And they just keep coming

Alysa Bobbitt-from Ohh Shoot
In the midst of the controversy and the clamor about the George Zimmerman case, other tragedies involving gun owners and shootings have been happening. Sad as this is, Joe Nocera's Gun Report keeps on reporting on those shootings. Here is his latest post, in case you missed it. Sadly, by my count, there were 13 people killed by guns, 18 injured ( some critically) and 8 kids involved in the shootings reported in one day's report. The shootings happened in these states: Ohio, Alaska, Texas, 3 in Michigan, 2 in Florida, Virginia, Arizona, 2 in Alabama, Louisiana, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Georgia and Oregon. In the Gun Report the day before this last one, Nocera reported on a shooting in Minnesota. Here is an update on that one:
"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."
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:
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.
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?

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.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you that it is crazy and it doesn't have to be this way.

    I think public awareness is improving, but at times it seems the gun-rights fanaticism is keeping pace with whatever improvements are made.

    Carry on with the great and important work you do. I think eventually the country will come to its senses.