Just how bad is the culture of gun violence in the United State? One need look no further than the muted news coverage about the execution style murder of eight people in Ohio this week for an answer. We’ve become so numbed, so deadened to the damage done by the gundamentalist lobby that even the killing of eight people isn’t at the top of the front page of every news site. Just another day of carnage is just that in a country whose politicians are so afraid of the NRA that even the most reasonable restrictions cannot be tolerated.
And so the national tragedy continues.
8 Members of One Family Found Shot to Death in Rural Ohio – The New York Times – “Eight members of one family were found shot to death in rural Ohio on Friday, including a mother killed while sleeping in the same room as her newborn baby, and the killer or killers were thought to be at large, law enforcement officials said.” New York Times
Fighting Back for Their Gunned-Down Children – – “As mass shootings scar the nation, it’s understandable that victims’ grief-stricken families often withdraw from sight, engulfed in relentless grief. But not Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley, two parents who lost young sons in the grisly massacre in 2012 in which 20 schoolchildren and six educators were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Rather than retreating, the two parents and the families of eight other victims are pursuing a difficult lawsuit against the maker of the assault rifle used in the attack. They contend that a weapon with military killing power has been marketed recklessly to civilians, winding up in the hands of dangerous individuals.” New York Times
Report highlights increase in gun deaths involving children in Wisconsin – “The number of children killed by guns in Wisconsin has risen in the past few years, prompting new calls for efforts to help limit access to firearms for some of the most vulnerable. A report from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families found a 31-percent increase in the rate of children killed by guns between 2008 and 2014. The group’s Tamarine Cornelius says that followed several years of declines in the state and nationally. “We’ve made some really great progress in reducing the number of children killed by guns, but that progress is being threatened,” she says.” Wisconsin Radio Network
Hillary Clinton Holds Gun Violence Discussion in Hartford | – “”I am determined that we will do whatever we can to save lives in America,” Clinton said. “On average, 90 people a day die of gun violence. That is 33,000 people a year — a year. If anything else were killing 33,000 Americans a year, you can bet we would be fully mobilized, doing anything we possibly could to save lives.” “ NBC Connecticut
The Kentucky gun owner who developed his own count of gun violence in the US – “But if there’s an adversary the good guy with a gun isn’t on the lookout for, it’s Mark Bryant. A native of Harlan County, Kentucky, Bryant stands 6ft 1in with long hair and a bushy white beard. He’s an avid shooter, a former NRA member who likes to destress at the local gun range by “killing paper”, as he puts it.” The Guardian
Woman wounded in road rage shooting incident | – “A woman was shot during a road rage incident in Washington County Thursday night, according to troopers. State police say two people were inside a car on Route 22 in Hanover Township when a man in a red SUV cut them off.” WPXI
Man Identified And Charged In Accidental Shooting Of 4-Year-Old Girl Inside Kensington Home – “Maurice Stephon Phillips has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old girl. Police say Phillips is facing charges of 3rd degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and endangering the welfare of a child, after turning himself in on Saturday night and admitting he was responsible for shooting the girl.” CBS Philly
Teen girl shot during family gathering in northwest Harris County – “”When the 40-year-old man went to go get his dry clothes, he had a gun somewhere in there. And when he went to holster it he was spinning it on his finger, he pulled the trigger and accidentally shot her near the collarbone,” said Lawrence Martinez. He pointed to an area near his collarbone and neck to indicate where she was shot.” ABC13
Chesterfield man accidentally shoots woman while he cleaned his gun | – “A Chesterfield man was charged with reckless handling of a firearm after an accidental shooting. Eugene J. Desimone, 21, was cleaning a handgun when it fired, according to Chesterfield Police. “ WTVR.com
Police: NC man killed in accidental shooting | – “A man has died as a result of an accidental shooting in Wilmington Wednesday morning. Wilmington Police said it was initially thought to be a suicide but it was accidental.” WNCN
Indianapolis Toddler Kills Himself With Mom’s Handgun – “An Indianapolis toddler killed himself with his mom’s handgun on Wednesday night. Although paramedics were called to the scene and attempted to perform CPR, it was simply too late. The toddler died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. According to reports, the unidentified mother left the loaded handgun inside her purse on the kitchen counter. When his mother left the room, the Indianapolis toddler grabbed his mom’s handgun and accidentally shot himself dead.” Inquisitr
14-year-old killed in alleged accidental shooting | – “A 14-year-old was killed Wednesday in Calaveras County after another teenager accidentally shot him, according to deputies. Family members identified the boy as Colby Fouch of West Point. “Everybody loved Colby,” Mason Fouch, Colby’s adoptive brother said.” ABC10.com
Deputies: Suspect Kidnaps Wife, Gets Involved in I-95 Shootout – “Berkeley County deputies say a man kidnapped his wife, then left got involved in a shootout with deputies along Interstate 95 Thursday morning. Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis identified the suspect involved as 34-year-old Daniel Ward. “ WLTX