Knowing how many Americans have died from gun injuries with no action from Congress should make the average person angry enough to demand that something be done. What will it take? Is this it? Three teens decided to shoot someone because they were bored.
"With the simplest of motives — breaking up the boredom of an Oklahoma summer — three teenagers followed an Australian collegiate baseball player who was attending school in the U.S. and killed him with a shot to the back for “the fun of it,” prosecutors said Tuesday as they charged two of the teens with murder.
As the boys appeared in an Oklahoma courtroom, a 17-year-old blurted out, “I pulled the trigger,” then wept after a judge told him that Tuesday’s hearing wasn’t the time or place to sort out the facts of the case.
Prosecutor Jason Hicks called the boys “thugs” as he told Stephens County Judge Jerry Herberger how Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, died on a city street.
Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards, Jr., 15, of Duncan were charged with first-degree murder and, under Oklahoma law, will be tried as adults. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, of Duncan was accused of using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. He is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court.
“I’m appalled,” Hicks said after the hearing. “This is not supposed to happen in this community.”
In court, Hicks said Luna was sitting in the rear seat of a car when he pulled the trigger on a .22 caliber revolver and shot Lane once in the back. Hicks said Jones was driving the vehicle and Edwards was in the passenger seat.
Edwards has had run-ins with the law previously and had been in court Friday, the day of the killing, to sign documents related to his juvenile probation.
“I believe this man is a threat to the community and should not be let out,” Hicks said as he requested no bond for Edwards. “He thinks it’s all a joke.”More young boys with guns. Perhaps we need to think differently about how we raise boys in America. I'm just saying...I can hardly write more about this one. But I will say again- Is this the kind of communities we want? Is this the kind of gun culture the country should be tolerating? If not, what are we going to do about it? Who let these kids get their hands on a gun or guns? Whose example were they following? Kids do learn a lot in their homes. Is this the kind of stuff their parents allowed or did their parents have such a cavalier and careless attitude about guns that their kids thought this was OK? Where do kids learn that guns are for randomly shooting strangers who did nothing but run by their house? Where do kids learn that shooting guns is a way to keep them busy? Where do kids learn that taking another human life is for fun?
This is the American gun culture gone very wrong. How many more of these will I be writing about?
Well, let's see- a Tennessee man and his son died in a fire started by the discharge of an AR 15 in the home. You just can't make this tragic stuff up. From the article:
Just about anyone can own an AR-15- a weapon designed for war but now commonly used for self protection and hunting. Why? Because the corporate gun lobby has pushed for people to think these are guns they need for self protection and hunting. They don't of course. There are many other effective guns. The corporate gun lobby promoted fear and paranoia about gun confiscation and rights being taken after 12/14. They are wrong, of course. But people went out and stockpiled these guns even though they couldn't afford them. Why? Fear and paranoia, of course. But assault type weapons bring in a lot of profit, or they did, anyway, but that seems to be changing. Follow the money.The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the deaths of a father and son after a fatal fire reportedly started after the accidental discharge of an AR-15 rifle.According to a TBI spokesperson, the Henderson County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments responded to the fire and explosion in the 2900 block of McCaney Mill Road in Huron, Sunday.Witnesses said that Terry York, 48, who lived at the residence with his family, was showing a friend the AR-15 rifle when it discharged accidentally. The witness told investigators that a fire and possible explosion ensued instantaneously. The person who witnessed the incident was able to escape the engulfed home, but Terry York and his 12 year-old son Luke had to be pulled out of the burning house.Terry York was pronounced dead at the scene. Luke York was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was pronounced dead . An autopsy of both Terry and Luke York has been requested.
A mass shooting, also in Oklahoma, took the lives of 4, including a 6 month old baby who was shot point blank in the forehead:
Was the shooter dangerously mentally ill? Was his name on the list of prohibited gun purchasers? Did he own the gun legally? Why did he have a gun? He could have bought it through a private seller with no background check, of course, even if his name was on the list. Why? Because we have failed to prevent people like him from being able to buy and own guns. Because we have a gun culture that encourages gun ownership by anyone and everyone. Sad, but true. It's the America we have. Is it the America we want?Sallie Green, 57, Rebecca Cizek, 34, Katherine Cizek, 16, and Mario Dominguez, 6 months old, were found dead inside a home in the 4600 block of Southeast 79th Street around 11 p.m. Wednesday.According to the ME, Green was killed by a penetrating gunshot wound to the head. The baby, Mario, was killed by an intermediate-range, penetrating gunshot wound to forehead. Both manners of death were ruled a homicide.The cause and manner of death for Rebecca Cizek and Katherine Cizek, who would have been a sophomore at Del City High School, are still pending, the ME said.Daniel Green, 40, was arrested on complaints of first-degree murder in the case.Police say the suspect and the victims all lived in the home. Family members say Daniel Green was the son of Sallie Green, the brother of Rebecca Cizek, and the uncle of Katherine Cizek and Mario Dominguez.The baby's father, Amario Dominguez, said he is absolutely devastated. He is vowing to always remember and continue living for his 6-month-old son, his fiancee, Rebecca Cizek, and her daughter, Kathy."He was such a happy baby. He was very good. He didn't cry a whole lot and I just loved him so much," said Dominguez.He said his fiancee was the love of his life.Dominguez said Daniel Green suffers from schizophrenia, but was taking medication and never showed signs of violence.
There was another shooting in Minneapolis yesterday. It was a hot night. Families were standing around as they do on hot nights in Minnesota. Shouldn't families be able to stand around on a hot summer evening and enjoy the weather without fear of being shot up? From the article:
Sigh. Also yesterday, America averted yet another tragic shooting at a Georgia elementary school. Welcome back to school, America. Get ready to duck and cover. Crazed gunmen may be on the loose at a school near you. From the article:As neighbors talked and children played Tuesday, a string of gunfire shattered the hot summer night in north Minneapolis, wounding a 14-month old girl, a 19-year-old pregnant woman and a 17-year-old boy.All three were being treated Tuesday night at nearby hospitals for injuries that weren’t life-threatening while police searched for a man who had approached a group of people as they stood around a parked car, fired repeatedly and then ran. As police scoured the area for shell casings, interviewed witnesses and knocked on doors, some residents gathered on street corners outside the yellow police crime tape. Others sat on front porches watching and waiting for news.For those new to the 2900 block of Lyndale Avenue N., the sound of shots on the street was almost too frightening to comprehend. For some longtime residents, the crackle of gunfire was all too familiar.But for all of them, the idea that a toddler had been shot seemed incomprehensible.Jamil Jackson heard the gunshots from the nearby Farview Park football field as he coached a team of 8- to 14-year-olds. “I’m not sure the kids knew, but I did. The first thing I did was look up to see if anyone was running and what direction so I would know to take my kids in the opposite direction.”Unfortunately, he said, it was a familiar response. “Where I live, it’s pretty common to hear gunshot in the evenings. … I love my community, but I tell my kids to leave. I don’t want my kids around this.” (...)“It’s sick that [shots fired] has become normal to some,” City Council Member Don Samuels said. “It’s just a matter of time. It’s a game of the odds. … It’s totally unacceptable … I find it so odious that this is what life has become that a 14-month-old baby can be shot. … That’s a bizarre reality. It’s very sick. It just breaks my heart.”
No one was hurt this time. It could have been another Sandy Hook shooting. And note that it didn't take a "good guy with a gun" to get the "bad guy with the gun" to put it away. I'm just saying....The shooter ( another young angry man) has a prior arrest record for terroristic threats. Where did he get his gun? The question should be asked and answered. It's important to know this information. An AK-47? What the heck? Who needs a weapon designed for war? We all know what that gun could have done to the bodies of little children. It would not have been a pretty picture. In Georgia, there is a town that requires its' residents to own guns. Huh. I wonder where this young man gets the idea that guns are good and he should have one? I'm just asking....At what age is it legal to buy an AK-47 in Georgia? This is the America we have. Is this the America we want?The Atlanta metro area briefly suffered the terror of another school shooting Tuesday, but the day ended in relief.The suspect, Michael Brandon, 20, was in custody, accused of of firing an assault rifle at an elementary school in a confrontation that forced the evacuation of 800 or more students and prompted police to return fire.A school office worker said she talked him into putting down his weapon.No one was injured, school spokesman Quinn Hudson said.DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said the suspect fired at least a half-dozen shots with an assault rifle from inside the school, and officers fired back.The shooting took place at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, a 5-year-old school named for an astronaut who died aboard Challenger, the space shuttle that exploded after takeoff in 1986.The incident came as schools around the country are resuming for the fall academic calendar. Many districts took steps over the summer to improve security in light of the Newtown, Conn., shootings in December, when a 20-year-old gunman killed 20 children and six adults with a high-powered weapon before killing himself.Alexander said the McNair school has a system requiring visitors to be cleared and buzzed in, and the gunman gained entry by slipping in behind someone authorized to enter. He said the man did not get past the school's main office.School clerk Antoinette Tuff said she worked to convince the gunman to put down his weapons and ammunition."He told me he was sorry for what he was doing. He was willing to die," Tuff said in an interview on ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer.She said she told him her life story, including about the end of her marriage after 33 years."I told him, 'OK, we all have situations in our lives," she said. "It was going to be OK. If I could recover, he could, too."Tuff said she asked the suspect to put his weapons and backpack down."I told the police he was giving himself up. I just talked him through it," she said.Assistant Police Chief Dale Holmes said the suspect was not injured and was undergoing police interrogation.
Is that enough for Congress? Is this what it will take?
Where is common sense? Congress needs to act. Will they?
Can you imagine thinking your child is going to be or was shot by a suicidal young man with mental health issues and anger? Why wouldn't you? It's happening in America on a too regular basis. Please read this article about what the parents of the Georgia elementary school students were going through as they learned of a shooter in their child's school. From the article:
We shouldn't have to keep reading stories like this. The best part of this one, though, is the heroism of Antoinette Tuff. She talked the shooter down. She didn't need a gun to do it. This whole thing could have had a different outcome. Would the young man have started shooting if someone else challenged him with a gun? We don't know but we can guess and it might not have worked out so well for the person challenging a guy with an AK 47 intent on killing. We can imagine how much worse this whole thing could have been.Morrow said he almost cried as he told his supervisor why he needed to leave."Just the mere thought of what happened at that other elementary school happening here, it was just devastating to my soul," he said, referring to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut in December that left 26 people dead, 20 of them children.He wasn't the only one whose thoughts went to that shooting that has dominated arguments over gun control in the U.S."I thought it wasn't going to be all right," said his 10-year-old daughter, Dyamond, a fifth-grader. "I thought he was going to come into the building and hurt everybody like what happened at the other school."Hill is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police questioned him for hours at headquarters. There was no information on a possible court date. Alexander said police were unsure of Hill's motive and that Hill, who had an address listed in court records about three miles from the school in Decatur, had no clear ties to the school.A woman answering the phone at a number listed for Hill said she was his mother but that it wasn't a good time and rushed off the phone.Other parents also feared the worst for their children."I was terrified," said Romaine Hudson as she clung to the hands of her 6-year-old and 8-year-old daughters, both of whom are students at the school. "The only thing I could think of when I first heard of this situation was Sandy Hook."Authorities believe Hill must have walked in behind someone authorized to be there, Alexander said. He never got past the front office, where he held one or two employees captive for a time. School bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff says she was one of the hostages.In an interview on ABC's "World News with Diane Sawyer," Tuff said she worked to convince the gunman to put down his weapons and ammunition."He told me he was sorry for what he was doing. He was willing to die," Tuff told ABC.Speaking Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Tuff said the suspect told her he hadn't taken his medication.She told him her life story, about how her marriage fell apart after 33 years and the "roller coaster" of opening her own business."I told him, `OK, we all have situations in our lives," she said. "It was going to be OK. If I could recover, he could, too."Then Tuff said she asked the suspect to put his weapons down, empty his pockets and backpack on the floor."I told the police he was giving himself up. I just talked him through it," she said.She told WSB-TV in Atlanta that she tried to keep Hill talking to prevent him from walking into the hallway or through the school building."He had a look on him that he was willing to kill – matter of fact he said it. He said that he didn't have any reason to live and that he knew he was going to die today," Tuff said, adding that Hill told her he was sure he'd be killed because he'd shot at police officers. "I knew that if he got out that door he was gonna kill everybody," she said.Dramatic television footage showed lines of young students racing out of the building with police and teachers escorting them to safety. They sat outside in a field for a time until school buses came to take them to their waiting parents and other relatives at a nearby Wal-Mart. As each bus arrived a couple hours later, cheers erupted in the store parking lot.Morrow was one of those parents and held his 10-year-old daughter close to him during an interview after the two were reunited."My stomach was in my throat for the whole time until I saw her face on the bus," he said.His daughter, a fifth-grader, told The Associated Press that a voice came over the intercom saying school was under lockdown and instructed students to get under tables. She said her teacher told the class to sing and pray."There were a lot of girls crying, I was feeling scared but I didn't cry. I was just nervous," she said.Tuff called WSB-TV as it was happening to say the gunman asked her to contact the Atlanta station and police. WSB said during the call, shots were heard in the background. Assignment editor Lacey Lecroy said she spoke with Tuff, who said she was alone with the man and his gun was visible."It didn't take long to know that this woman was serious," Lecroy said. "Shots were one of the last things I heard. I was so worried for her."
It turns out that the Georgia school shooter had 500 rounds of ammunition. He was loaded and ready to massacre a whole bunch of kids. He also had mental illness and had not taken his medication. From the article:
Good grief.The suspect in a Georgia elementary school shooting who fired six rounds in a front office before surrendering to police had nearly 500 rounds of ammunition with him, authorities said Wednesday.A jail booking photo of school shooting suspect Michael Brandon Hill, 20, in Decatur, Georgia, USA, on Tuesday. Hill is accused of entering the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy elementary school, armed with an assault style rifle.Michael Brandon Hill, 20, walked into Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., outside Atlanta with an AK-47 type assault rifle, along with bags containing hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a couple of magazines on Tuesday, DeKalb County officials announced at a press conference on Wednesday.On Wednesday, DeKalb County lead investigator Ray Davis and police chief Cedric Alexander outlined what could have been a massacre for the school, but ended with nobody hurt. The suspect surrendered peacefully to police after exchanging gunfire with them."He walked in with 498 rounds of ammunition. Fortunately this came to an end quietly, without incident," Alexander said. "I think we can all make a reasonable assumption he came here to do some harm."Hill "did not have anything else in the bag that would harm people," Davis told reporters. Only one weapon was recovered, authorities said Wednesday, contradicting earlier reports that he had multiple firearms.As part of their investigation, authorities are looking to locate the owner of the AK-47, who they believe is an acquaintance of Hill's. Davis said officials believe Hill got the weapon from an acquaintance's house, although he wouldn't say whether the weapon was stolen or not.A photo of Hill holding an AK-47, believed to be the same one used in Tuesday's shooting, was found on Hill's cellphone, Davis said.Also Wednesday, the brother of Michael Brandon Hill, said Hill previously threatened to shoot him and that he suffers from mental disorders.Timothy Hill told NBC News his brother "was bipolar and suffered from ADD," and that the two have not spoken recently.Davis said Hill told investigators he was on medication."He indicated that he was on medication and had stopped taking it," Davis said.Hill waived his first appearance in DeKalb Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon.Hill is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, making terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was questioned for hours by police, but police have no clear idea of what may be a motive or whether Hill has ties to the school.Police chief Alexander said Hill "may have had prior contact" with someone at the school, but the investigation was still pending.No other individuals are expected to be charged.A sheriff's official in Henry County, Ga., south of Atlanta, said Hill was also charged there in March with making terroristic threats — a felony in Georgia. The indictment is for an incident between Dec. 30 and 31 of 2012 to "unlawfully threaten to commit the crime of murder, a crime of violence, for the purpose of terrorizing another."Timothy Hill told NBC News the charge stemmed from Hill threatening to shoot him. Michael Hill was issued a no-contact order afterwards, Timothy Hill said.Court records show that Hill pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years' probation and anger counseling.DeKalb police release a picture of Georgia elementary school shooting suspect Michael Brandon Hill carrying a rifle the same rifle they say he had when he was arrested.As part of their investigation, authorities are looking to locate the owner of the AK-47, who they believe is an acquaintance of Hill's. Davis said officials believe Hill got the weapon from an acquaintance's house, although he wouldn't say whether the weapon was stolen or not.A photo of Hill holding an AK-47, believed to be the same one used in Tuesday's shooting, was found on Hill's cellphone, Davis said.Also Wednesday, the brother of Michael Brandon Hill, said Hill previously threatened to shoot him and that he suffers from mental disorders.Timothy Hill told NBC News his brother "was bipolar and suffered from ADD," and that the two have not spoken recently.Davis said Hill told investigators he was on medication."He indicated that he was on medication and had stopped taking it," Davis said.