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15 May

Another Day in the (Gun Crazy) U.S.A.

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by Tom BegnalFollow

 May 15, 2013 edition

Pickens County, S.C. — A 35-year-old mother shot and killed her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. She also shot and wounded her husband before attempting to shoot and kill herself. Each child was shot multiple times. The mother was in serious condition. Her husband was in critical condition.

 

Lake City, Fla. — An 11-year-old boy died yesterday after he was accidentally shot in the neck by his 4-year-old sibling while in their apartment on Sunday. The 4-year-old and a 2-year-old sibling were playing with the gun and it discharged as the older brother tried to take it away from them.

 

Houston, Tex. — A 14-year-old boy came home from school about 4:15 p.m. yesterday to find his 10-year-old brother and his father’s 29-year-old girlfriend both fatally shot in the head and his 40-year-old father shot in the head and wounded. Witnesses saw two men leaving the home in a hurry and then driving away. The father was listed in critical condition

 

Katy, Tex. — A teenager is dead after he was accidentally shot while in a car with several other youths last night.

 

Chicago, Ill. — A 19-year-old man was found fatally shot inside a car about 10:20 p.m. yesterday.

 

Chicago, Ill. — A 22-year-old man was shot several times and killed, and a 36-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and wounded, as the two were driving in a car and someone on the street opened fire on them about 12:40 a.m. today. The wounded man was listed as stabilized.

 

Charlton County, Fla. — A man was shot and killed after an incident at a nightclub last Friday.

 

St. Petersburg, Fla. — A 25-year-old man, a former security guard at a motel, shot and wounded the 47-year-old manager of the motel about 4:30 a.m. yesterday before shooting and killing himself. The manager was treated and released from a hospital.

 

Fayette County, Ohio — A 61-year-old woman was accidentally shot in the leg by her husband when he was cleaning a handgun about 11 p.m. last Thursday. The husband had purchased the gun earlier in the day. His wife was listed in stable condition

 

Gravette, Ark. — After a 25-year-old man broke into a neighboring home and stole several guns, he accidentally shot himself in the leg when one of them discharged as he was trying to hide the guns.

 

Fairfield, Calif. — A man moving several items while at home, including a shotgun, accidentally shot himself in the abdomen about 3:45 p.m. Saturday when the gun fell and discharged as it hit the ground. The man did not know the gun was loaded. He was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

 

Kasilof, Alaska — Police received a call about 3:15 a.m. Saturday that a 16-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the leg with a handgun while camping.

 

Soldotna, Alaska — A 23-year-old man attempting to disassemble a handgun while in a vehicle about 3:15 p.m. Saturday shot himself and the 22-year-old driver of the vehicle when the weapon accidentally discharged. No word on the condition of either man.

 

Albany, Ga. — A 19 year-old man playing with a gun around 3:30 p.m. Saturday shot his 18 year-old brother in the buttocks when the weapon accidentally discharged. No word on the victim’s condition.

 

Aurora, Colo. — A high school employee giving an adult-student a ride home Monday accidentally shot the student in the leg when his gun discharged as he put it into the glove box. The employee uses the gun for an off-campus security job. The student was expected to survive.

 

Jupiter, Fla. — A man accidentally shot himself at a bowling alley when his gun discharged while in his pocket. No one else was injured. The man will not face any charges. His injuries were considered non life-threatening.

 

Chicago, Ill. — A 19-year-old man was shot in his back and a man in his 20s was shot in his back and head about 4 p.m. yesterday. Both were listed in serious-to-critical condition.

 

Chicago, Ill. — A 19-year-old man was shot in the forearm as he walked along a street yesterday evening. He was listed in good condition.

 

Chicago, Ill. — A 32-year-old woman was shot and wounded in the thigh and a 54-year-old man was shot and wounded in the leg after an assailant opened fire from an alley about 8:10 p.m. yesterday. The woman was listed in serious-to-critical condition; the man was in fair-to-serious condition.

 

Chicago, Ill. — An 18-year-old man was shot in both sides of his body about 10 p.m. yesterday. His condition was listed as stabilized.

 

Chicago, Ill. — A man in his 30s was shot in the bicep about 1:30 a.m. today. No word on his condition.

 

Chicago, Ill. — A 27-year-old woman was shot while standing outside a liquor store about 2:10 a.m. today. She was listed in good condition.

 

Chicago, Ill. — An 18-year-old man was shot in the leg and foot about 2:30 a.m. today when two assailants got out of a car and opened fire on him as he walked by a gas station. The victim refused medical attention.

 

Los Angeles, Calif. — Three people were shot and killed and a fourth was shot and wounded when gunfire erupted after an argument occurred at an apartment about 6 a.m. last Friday. All four were acquaintances and between 20- and 30-years old. The wounded man was listed in fair condition.

 

Kenosha, Wis. — Two people were shot and wounded during a home-invasion by two men about 11:40 p.m. yesterday. No word on the condition of the victims.

 

Philadelphia, Penn. — Three men, ages 22, 20, and 19, were shot while ordering take-out at a restaurant about 12:40 a.m. Monday when three men came inside the business to rob them. The 22-year-old was shot multiple times and was listed in critical condition. The 20-year-old was shot once in the hand and listed in stable condition. The 19-year-old was shot twice in the leg and arm and was also in stable condition.

 

Atlanta, Ga. — Two people were shot when they were driving in a car and gunfire rang out from nearby about 12:30 a.m. today. One victim suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body; the other was shot in the shoulder. Both are expected to recover.

 

Atlanta, Ga. — A woman in her 50s was at home reading about 5 a.m. today when someone shot through a window and the bullet struck her in the face. She was expected to recover.

 

Marshall County, Miss. — Someone was shot about 9:15 p.m. yesterday. Police believe they know who did the shooting. The victim was in critical condition.

 

Today’s sources: Accidentalgunshots.tumblr.com, Arkansasmatters.com, Chicago Tribune, (Fairfield, Calif.) Daily Republic, Fayette (Ohio) Advocate, Florida Times-Union, Houston Chronicle, KABC-TV Los Angeles, KSRM-AM Kenai, Alaska, KUSA-TV Denver, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, (Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, Philadelphia Inquirer, Tampa Bay Times, WALB-TV Albany (Ga.), WMC-TV Memphis, WPTV-TV West Palm Beach, WSB-TV Atlanta, WSOC-TV Charlotte, WTLV-TV Jacksonville

 

Addendum for May 15, 2013A lobbyist for an NRA chartered organization in Wisconsin recently said gun-rights proponents need only wait-out the “Connecticut effect” before they can once again start passing laws to loosen restrictions on guns. The lobbyist thinks that we will soon forget what happened at Sandy Hook, and that those of us who want common sense gun laws will eventually lose interest and fade away. Then the NRA will have our elected representatives all to themselves, just the way they like it.

I think that lobbyist and the NRA need to know that this time is different. This time we are not going away.

Please help. Call, write, email, or FAX your representatives in Washington, D.C. and tell them to support common sense gun controls. Do it today. And do it again next week. And then every week after that until they get the message.

You can get contact information here:

www.contactingthecongress.org

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