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June 17, 2014 edition

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Petersburg, Va. -- A 35-year-old man shot and killed his 2-year-old son, 9-year-old step-daughter, and 30-year-old wife before using the weapon to kill himself about 10 p.m. Sunday.

Rowlett, Tex. -- When a 35-year-old man didn’t show up at his son’s ballgame, police went to the man’s home about 1:30 p.m. Sunday to find that he and his 30-year-old ex-girlfriend had been fatally shot and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. It was not yet clear if the man or woman did the shooting. Each of the victims had two children.

Gaithersburg, Md. -- Police responding to a parking garage about 11:20 p.m. Sunday found a 38-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound and a 39-year-old woman nearby armed with a handgun which she then used to shoot herself. Both died after they were transported to a hospital. Police say they believe that the two were married, but might have been separated.

Canon City, Co. -- Police went to a home about 11:30 p.m. Thursday to discover that a 56-year-old retired police officer had shot and killed his 49-year-old wife -- a police department dispatcher -- before using the gun to kill himself.

Irvington, Ala. -- Police who went to a home about 9:30 a.m. Saturday found a husband and wife fatally shot and lying between two cars in the driveway and authorities believe the man shot the woman before using the gun to kill himself.

Smithfield, Pa. -- On Saturday, a 29-year-old man shot and killed the 19-year-old woman he was dating before using the gun to kill himself.

Columbia, S.C. -- Police went to a parking lot about 6 a.m. Friday where they found two people fatally shot -- a 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman -- and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. The woman suffered two gunshot wounds to her body; the man had a single gunshot wound to his head.

Salisbury, N.C. -- A 22-year-old man was at his home last Monday when he accidentally shot and killed his 23-year-old cousin while showing him a shotgun and it inadvertently discharged.

Volusia County, Fla. -- A 40-year-old woman accidentally shot herself Sunday afternoon while putting a handgun into a holster during a marksmanship competition at a gun and hunt club. No word on her condition.

Liberty County, Tex. -- A 48-year-old man was driving with his 44-year-old wife and two young children on Friday when he accidentally shot himself in his upper leg while attempting to “jack” a round out of a handgun. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No charges were expected to be filed. He was in stable condition while awaiting surgery.

Cleveland, Ohio -- Two men were in a car about 7 p.m. Sunday when one of them -- a concealed carry permit holder -- accidentally discharged his gun and the flying bullet struck his hand and also struck the other man in his leg. The gun was confiscated by police. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on the conditions of the two men.

Macon, Ga. -- A man accidently shot himself in the groin about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when he tried to holster his handgun while parked at a gas station and the weapon accidentally fired. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.

Oklahoma City, Ok. -- An intoxicated 26-year-old man accidentally shot himself Friday while unloading his gun. No one else was struck. He was arrested on one count of carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. No word on his condition.

Orlando, Fla. -- A 70-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the foot when a handgun fell from his waistband in the parking lot of a grocery store about 12:30 p.m. Friday. He told police the gun-holster had broken so he stuck the gun in the waistband so the weapon would be concealed. No one else was struck by the bullet, however it ricocheted into a nearby unoccupied car causing about $500 damage. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Montoursville, Pa. -- A 24-year-old man was shot in the side of his head while at a birthday party at a home about 2 a.m. Sunday when a 24-year-old man -- the resident of the home -- was showing him a handgun and the weapon accidentally discharged. Both men had been drinking alcoholic beverages. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.

Harris County, Tex. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the chest about 1 a.m. Sunday. He was sitting in the back of a pickup truck with three other men when he took out a gun and pointed it at his own chest and the weapon inadvertently discharged. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. He was listed in stable condition.

Wilmington, N.C. -- A man accidentally shot a friend in the arm with a rifle inside a home Saturday night. No one else was struck. He was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits. The victim was expected to be okay.

Mobile, Ala. -- A teenage boy was shot about 6:15 p.m. Sunday. He was listed in critical condition.

Macon, Ga. -- An 18 year-old man was shot in the back at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. He was listed in stable condition with injuries considered non-life-threatening.

Albuquerque, N.M. -- A person was shot multiple times at a motel about 2:30 a.m. today. The victim was listed in critical condition.

Columbus, Ind. -- A 20-year-old man was shot in the neck about 9 p.m. Monday. A suspect was in custody. No word on the victim’s condition.

Memphis, Tenn. -- A 16-year-old was shot by someone on Monday. Police do not yet have a suspect. The victim was in critical condition.

Today’s sources: Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press, The Charlotte Observer, (Liberty County, Tex.) Cleveland Advocate, KDFW-TV Dallas, KPRC-TV Houston, Mobile Press-Register, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, News13-TV Orlando, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The (Columbia, S.C.) State, WECT-TV Wilmington N.C., WESH Orlando, WISH-TV Indianapolis, WMAX-TV Macon, WMC-TV Memphis, WRIC-TV Richmond, WTOP-Radio Washington, D.C.

Addendum for June 17, 2014

Supporters of open-carry gun laws have recently been visiting Target department stores in an effort to push their “I-can-carry-a-gun-any-place-I-want-and-you-can’t-do-anything-about-it” agenda.

If you think it’s crazy to have to shop alongside someone packing heat in a Target store, please sign the petition here:

http://www.momsdemandaction.org/

June 13, 2014 edition

Ft. Myers, Fla. -- A 36-year-old man shot and killed his 29-year-old live-in girlfriend and her three girls, ages 10, 6, and 2, before using the gun to kill himself early Sunday. He was the father of one of the girls and a step-father to the other two.

Las Vegas, Nev. -- As two police officers ate lunch in a restaurant on Sunday, a man and woman walked up to them and opened fire, killing both officers, then the two shooters went to a nearby big-box department store where they shot and killed a man just before one of the shooters was killed by police fire and the other shooter used a gun to kill herself.

Troutdale, Ore. -- A 15-year-old boy, a freshman, entered his high school and used a rifle to shoot and kill another freshman – a 14-year-old boy – and shot and wound a teacher. The shooter was found dead in a bathroom. The teacher suffered a graze wound.

Vancouver, Wash. -- A man shot and killed his wife and also shot and wounded his 23-year-old son who tried to intervene before using the gun, a rifle, to shoot and kill himself at their home about 5:20 a.m. Monday. The husband also shot and killed the family dog. The son was in critical condition.

Inverness, Fla. -- On Monday night, a 52-year-old man shot and killed a 22-year-old man who was dating his ex-girlfriend and then shot and killed himself in his car after he was pursued by police. The shooter and his ex-girlfriend had a child together.

Marietta, Ga. -- A 54-year-old woman shot and killed her 52-year-old husband before using the gun to kill herself after they argued at a shopping plaza early last Friday evening.

Glenolden, Pa. -- On Tuesday morning, police went to a home where they discovered that a 66-year-old man had shot and critically wounded his 66-year-old wife before using the gun to shoot and kill himself. The woman was in critical condition and on life support.

Osceola, Ind. -- Police went to a home about 8:50 a.m. Tuesday to discover two people fatally shot -- a 61-year-old man and his 56-year-old wife -- and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. It was not yet clear if the husband or wife did the shooting.

Madisonville, Ky. -- A husband and wife, both 56-years-old, were found fatally shot about 8 p.m. last Friday and authorities have ruled the deaths a murder-suicide. It was not yet clear if the husband or wife did the shooting.

Manatee County, Fla. – About 8:30 p.m. Saturday, when a 22-year-old man was showing his 22-year-old roommate and two visitors the new accessories he bought for his handgun, the weapon accidentally discharged and struck the roommate in his head, killing him.

Houston, Tex. -- A man was found fatally shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex about 12:15 a.m. today.

Hopewell, Va. -- A 3-year-old boy was accidentally shot in his buttocks after his twin brother found and discharged a loaded handgun in their apartment on Monday. Police charged the boy’s 28-year-old mother and her 29-year-old boyfriend with felony child neglect. The child is recovering.

Albion, N.Y. -- A 9-year-old child was accidentally shot in his arm about 10 p.m. Thursday when his 13-year-old brother began playing with a handgun in a bedroom at their home and the weapon inadvertently discharged. The older brother had stolen the gun from an elderly acquaintance of the family. The child was listed in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

New Bern, N.C. -- A young female was at a home with three or more other minors late Tuesday night when she was accidentally shot in her leg. Her injuries were reported as minor.

Erie, Pa. -- A 26-year-old man accidentally shot himself in his thigh with a handgun while at his residence last Thursday. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.

Cornwall, N.Y. -- A 35-year-old woman was accidentally shot in her thigh about 9:15 p.m. last Friday when her 46-year-old husband was demonstrating a light on a handgun and the weapon discharged. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on the woman’s condition.

Susquehanna County, Pa. -- A man picked up a gun from a kitchen table about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and, thinking the weapon was unloaded, pointed it at his brother’s leg in jest and pulled the trigger, whereupon the gun discharged and the brother suffered a gunshot wound to his leg. Police said the shooter won’t face criminal charges. No word on the victim’s condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 16-year-old boy was shot in his abdomen by someone about 11:30 a.m. today. He was listed in critical condition.

Columbus, Ohio -- Three men, ages 23, 22, and 19, were injured when a group of young men pulled out handguns and started shooting at each other outside a recreation center about 9:30 p.m. yesterday. It was not yet clear if the wounded men were among those involved in the shooting. All three were listed in stable condition and expected to survive.

 Orlando, Fla. -- Police are looking for a man who fired a gun during a domestic-violence incident about 10 p.m. last Thursday, Although it was not yet clear if the gun was discharged intentionally or accidentally. The husband fled the scene after the shooting. The woman was not struck.

Portland, Ore. -- A 58-year-old intoxicated man fired his gun into his yard after arguing with a family member about 7 p.m. Tuesday. No one was struck by the bullet. Police seized the gun and charged him on misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, possession of a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm in the city, and second-degree disorderly conduct.

Addendum for June 13, 2014

Enough.
Demand a plan.
Right now.

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Then call, write, email, or FAX the representatives at your state capital and in Washington, D.C. and tell them to support common sense gun control. You’ll find contact information for your Washington representatives here:

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Today’s sources: Associated Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Chicago Tribune, The (Vancouver, Wash.) Columbian, The (Batavia, N.Y.) Daily News, Erie Times-News, (Sarasota, Fla.) Herald Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Las Vegas Sun, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, New Bern (N.C.) Sun Journal, The Oregonian, Philadelphia Inquirer, (Middletown, N.Y.) Times Herald-Record, USA Today, WBND-TV South Bend (Ind.), WCHS-TV Charleston W.V., WESH-TV Orlando, WFIE-TV Evansville (Ind.), WPMT-TV Harrisburg, WTSP-TV Tampa Bay

June 6, 2014 edition

Below the fold are my reports of some of the shootings that have occurred during the past few days.

My list of reports, however, is far from complete because, if today is an average day, 277 Americans will be shot by a gun. And 84 of those shot will die. The story will repeat itself tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and on and on and on.

Help stop this daily carnage.

Let your voice be heard.

It takes just a few moments. Click here:

http://act.everytown.org/...

Now the reports:

Carlton, Ga. -- A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed by his father on May 22 as the two were loading a boat while preparing for a father-son outing and the rifle the father was carrying inadvertently discharged. The father brought the gun along in case they saw a wild hog.

Bristol, Conn. -- A 26-year-old man shot and killed his 27-year-old wife in their bedroom before using the gun to kill himself on Wednesday. The wife had filed for divorce from her husband on May 30, 2014. The couple’s three children, ages 4 years, 3 years, and 20 months, were in adjacent bedrooms at the time of the shooting but were not injured. After the two older children went to their grandmother’s house next door for help, the grandmother called 911 saying “Please hurry. My grandchildren just ran over and said ‘Daddy’s shooting Mom.’ ”

Seattle, Wash. -- About 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a 26-year-old man went to a campus hall at a university where he used a shotgun to shoot and kill a 19-year-old man and shoot and wound a 24-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman before he was subdued by students as he was reloading his gun. The wounded man was listed in satisfactory condition; the woman was in critical but stable condition.

Meigs County, Tenn. -- A man with a gun-carry permit has died after he accidentally shot himself in the upper leg while driving his car about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. His family said he always carried a gun.

Hagerstown, Md. -- Police who found three people dead in a home yesterday believe a 54-year-old man shot and killed his 47-year-old wife and his 23-year-old step-son before using the gun to kill himself. Authorities investigating the incident recovered a shotgun in the home.

Houston, Tex. -- Two people were found shot to death at a motel about 1 p.m. Tuesday and police suspect the shooting might be a murder-suicide.

Alden, N.Y. -- Two people, both in their 40s, were found shot to death in a house Sunday and police suspect the shooting was a murder-suicide.

Ironwood, Mich. -- Police went to a home to find that an 83-year-old man apparently shot and killed his 77-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself on Monday. Authorities said the couple had been in ill health.

Russellville, Ark. -- A 46-year-old man shot and killed his wife at a home before using the gun to kill himself Friday night.

Greenville, Tenn. -- After a caller reported a shooting, police went to a home about 8 a.m. yesterday to find two people dead -- a 41-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman -- and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. The two victim’s shared the same surname but police did not yet say if or how they were related.

Albuquerque, N.M. -- A 30-year-old man was shot and killed outside a home about 3:30 a.m. last Thursday. The suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle.

Aurora, Colo. -- A 19-year-old man was shot and killed after he got into a fight with someone outside a fast-food restaurant just after midnight Wednesday morning. Three males in their late-teens or early-twenties ran from the scene after the shooting.

New Orleans, La. -- A 10-year-old boy accidentally shot himself about 6 p.m. Sunday while in the back of a moving vehicle when he found a gun belonging to his uncle that he thought was a toy and pulled the trigger. The bullet stuck his index finger before entering his thigh. The boy was riding in the vehicle with his mother, uncle, and grandmother. No word on whether or not any adults would be charged. No word on the boy’s condition.

Bluffton, Ind. -- A 13-year-old boy was shot in the head just before noon on Tuesday when he was with a group of minors and one of the minors had a gun that accidentally discharged. No word on the victim’s condition.

Susquehanna, Pa. -- A 20-year-old man was shot in his leg about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when his brother, age unknown, pointed a handgun at him and, thinking the gun was unloaded, pulled the trigger. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word yet on whether or not charges would be filed. The victim’s injuries were reported as non-life-threatening.

Putnam County, Fla. -- A 53-year-old man shot his 30-year-old son with a rifle after the son, who had been drinking tequila, began physically beating him during an argument in the father’s home about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The father suffered multiple bruises, scrapes, and a shoulder injury. The son was listed in stable condition.

Oklahoma City, Okla. -- A state trooper and a cadet were accidentally shot during a training exercise at a shooting range about 3:45 p.m. Monday. A single bullet stuck one of the victim’s in the hand; the other victim in the leg. Both were listed in good condition.

Moultrie, Ga. -- A 27-year-old man was accidentally shot by a 22-year-old acquaintance after the two left a bar and the younger man began handling a gun. The younger man was charged with reckless conduct. The victim was treated and released from a hospital.

Granville, Pa. -- A man was accidentally shot at a residence early Thursday morning. No word on his condition.

Ellsworth County, Kan. -- A 35-year-old man was accidentally shot yesterday morning. No word yet on whether or not charges would be filed. The victim’s injuries were reported as non-life-threatening.

Little Rock, Ark. -- A 49-year-old man was shot in the chest while sitting on his front porch with several other people about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Someone walked up to the group and fired a shot into the ceiling of the porch and then, after several more shots were fired, the victim collapsed. No word on his condition.

Augusta, Ga. -- A 26-year-old man was shot in the neck about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. He was listed in critical condition.

Stamford, Conn. -- A 46-year-old man was found fatally shot on a street corner about 8:30 p.m. yesterday. Witnesses said a man walked up behind the victim and fired a single round into his head. The shooter then fled on foot.

Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- An employee of a big-box department store found a loaded handgun in a toy aisle about 6 p.m. last Friday.

Today’s sources: Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Denver Post, Hartford Courant, Houston Chronicle, Johnson City (Tenn.) Press, KARK-TV Little Rock, Lewiston (Pa.) Sentinel, The (Marquette, Mich.) Mining Journal, The Moultrie (Ga.) Observer, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News, Seattle Times, The (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Sun News, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, WHEC-TV Rochester (N.Y.), WISH-TV Indianapolis, WJZ-TV Baltimore, WTLV-TV Jacksonville

June 2, 2014 edition

Below the fold are my reports of some of the shootings that have occurred during the past few days.

My list of reports, however, is far from complete because, if today is an average day, 277 Americans will be shot by a gun. And 84 of those shot will die. The story will repeat itself tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and on and on and on.

Help stop this daily carnage.

Let your voice be heard.

It takes just a few moments. Click here:

http://act.everytown.org/...

Now the reports:

Pope County, Ark. -- A 46-year-old man shot and killed his wife at a home Friday night before using the gun to kill himself.

Louisville, Ky. -- A man shot and killed his wife in the parking lot of a gas station and then used the gun to shoot and wound himself about 11:15 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses said the man came up behind the woman after she got out of her car and the two exchanged words just before he opened fire. No word on the man’s condition.

Preston County, W.V. -- A 52-year-old man shot and killed his 46-year-old ex-wife before using the gun to kill himself about 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Bluff City, Tenn. -- Police arrived at a home about 3:50 p.m. Friday to discover that a 57-year-old man and his 56-year-old wife had been fatally shot and authorities believe the shooting was a murder-suicide. Police have not yet determined if the husband or wife did the shooting.

North Wales, Pa. -- Police called to a home about 10 a.m. today found a man dead from a gunshot wound and a woman suffering from a gunshot wound in her upper torso and authorities are calling the incident an attempted murder-suicide. It was not yet clear if the man or woman did the shooting. No report on the condition of the woman.

White County Ark. -- A 48-year-old man was shot and killed by an acquaintance – a 41-year-old man – about 1:15 p.m. Friday. The shooter has been arrested for first degree murder.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 31-year-old man died after he was shot multiple times about 8:50 p.m. yesterday.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 27-year-old man died after he was shot multiple times about 10 p.m. yesterday.

Detroit, Mich. -- A man in his 30s was fatally shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex about 3:45 p.m. yesterday. The suspected shooter, a man in his 30s, is in police custody.

Houston, Tex. -- About 3:30 a.m. yesterday, a 38-year-old man eating at a restaurant with his wife and daughters was shot and killed after he got into an argument with another man at the restaurant and, after security guards removed the two men, a physical fight broke out between the two in the parking lot and then gunfire erupted.

Topeka, Kan. -- A 20-year-old man was shot and killed and two other people were shot and wounded on Saturday. A 24-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident. Police say the victim and suspect knew each other. No word on the condition of the wounded victims.

Minneapolis, Minn. -- A 17-year-old male was found lying on the ground in front of a home with a fatal gunshot wound to his stomach about 2 a.m. yesterday.

Richmond, Va. -- A 1-year-old child was shot about 10:30 p.m. yesterday. Police said the child might have been accidentally shot by another child. The victim’s injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

Helena, Mont. -- A law enforcement officer accidentally shot himself in the leg during a training exercise about 11 a.m. Wednesday. The officer was in a drill that involved drawing his weapon and firing at a target. He was in stable condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 30-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and left arm about 1:50 p.m. yesterday. No word on his condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 19-year-old man suffered a graze wound to his leg about 2 p.m. yesterday. He was listed as stabilized.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 25-year-old man was shot in the head by someone about 5:40 p.m. yesterday. He was listed in critical condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head by someone about 7:45 p.m. yesterday. He was listed in serious condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- About 8 p.m. yesterday, a 35-year-old man was shot in his arm and a 22-year-old man was shot in his chest as they stood outside with others and a vehicle pulled up shots were fired from the vehicle. The victims’ conditions were listed as stabilized.

Chicago, Ill. -- About 2:10 a.m. today, a 19-year-old man was shot after he stepped out of his car and was approached by someone who robbed him of his cell phone. The victim was listed in good condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 28-year-old man was shot in the leg overnight last night. His condition was listed as stabilized.

Birmingham, Ala. -- A male teen, about 15- or 16-years-old, was shot in his upper body after he was involved in some sort of altercation outside a convenience store about 9 p.m. Saturday. He was listed in stable condition.

Cleveland, Ohio -- A 33-year-old man sitting in a car was shot three times by the driver of another car after the two got into an argument about 6 p.m. yesterday. The shooter fled the scene in his car. No word on the victim’s condition.

Denver, Colo. -- Three people were shot, two men and a woman, about 2:30 a.m. today while outside a restaurant that served food on a patio. Two male suspects who ran from the scene were sought in connection with the incident.

Hartford, Conn. -- One person was shot in the arm and another person was injured by shattered glass from a car when someone opened fire on them about 11 p.m. Friday. No word on the victims’ conditions.

Milwaukee, Wis. -- A 25-year-old man was shot during an argument with unidentified suspects about 9 p.m. Saturday. He was expected to survive.

Milwaukee, Wis. -- A 19-year-old man was shot about 9:20 p.m. Saturday. He was expected to survive.

Today’s sources: Arkansasmatters.com, Birmingham News, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Detroit Free Press, Hartford Courant, Houston Chronicle, KCTV-TV Kansas City, The Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News, KXLH-TV Helena, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, WBOY-TV Clarksburg (W.V.), WHAS-TV Louisville, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, WTVR-TV Richmond

May 31, 2014 edition

Below the fold are my reports of just a few shootings that have occurred during the past few days.

My list, however, is far from complete because, if today is an average day, 277 Americans will be shot by a gun. And 84 of those shot will die. The story will repeat itself tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and on and on and on.

Help stop this daily carnage.

Let your voice be heard.

It takes just a few moments. Click here:

http://act.everytown.org/...

Now the reports:

Payson, Ariz. -- An 18-month-old boy was accidentally shot and killed by his 3-year-old sibling after the older child found a loaded handgun in a room at an apartment about 12:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Boerne, Tex. -- A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself last Saturday afternoon when he was sitting inside his parent’s parked vehicle and found a handgun in the center console. The bullet struck the child in his head. His parents were nearby moving boxes out of their home.

Atlanta, Ga. -- A 14-year-old boy was visiting family and friend at an apartment when he accidentally shot and killed himself while handling a gun about 5 p.m. Monday.

Mission Viejo, Calif. -- A 21-year-old man shot and killed his 55-year-old father, 54-year-old mother, and 15-year-old sister before using the gun to kill himself on Monday.

Huber Heights, Ohio -- A wife was shot and killed Wednesday night when her husband of 50 years was cleaning a gun in a bedroom at their home and the weapon accidentally discharged sending a bullet through the bedroom wall and to the opposite end of the house where it struck the woman as she sat on a couch.

Lansing, Mich. -- When police responding to a report of a 6-year-old boy crying outside a home about 1 a.m. Thursday, they discovered that the 47-year-old father of the boy had shot and killed his 43-year-old wife, the mother of the boy, before using the gun to kill himself. The child is in protective custody.

Superior, Mont. -- A neighbor arrived at a residence about noon Wednesday to discover that the 85-year-old man who lived there had shot and killed his 87-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself.

Canton, Ga. -- A 51-year-old man shot and killed his 41-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself yesterday afternoon.

Katy, Tex. -- A husband and wife were found fatally shot on Thursday at their home in a gated community. Authorities are searching for one of the couple’s four children, a 20-year-old son, as a person of interest in the shootings.

Mesa, Ariz. -- A 21-year-old man shot and stabbed his mother -- believed to be in her 40s -- yesterday at a residence in a mobile-home park before leaving the scene and using the gun to kill him at a nearby vacant mobile-home. The mother was listed in critical but stable condition.

Halfmoon, N.Y. -- Police went into the woods Monday afternoon to find that a 64-year-old man accidentally shot and killed himself as he was getting off his all-terrain vehicle and the shotgun he was carrying somehow discharged.

New Orleans, La. -- A 35-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed and a 35-year-old woman was shot in her side and wounded as they sat on a porch yesterday afternoon and a gunman walked up to them and opened fire. The woman was listed in stable condition.

New Orleans, La. -- A 32-year-old man was shot and killed about 6 p.m. Tuesday. He was found lying on a sidewalk.

Macon, Ga. -- Two people, ages 35 and 23, were found fatally shot yesterday morning in a car parked behind a home. Authorities are investigating the incident as a double homicide. Each victim had multiple gunshot wounds.

Milwaukee, Wis. -- A 26-year-old man was fatally shot at a city park about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Dyersburg, Tenn. -- A gun-shop employee accidentally shot himself in his hand while repairing a handgun on Wednesday. He was expected to fully recover.

Vacaville, Ca. -- A man was cleaning a gun at a home about 7:15 p.m. Thursday when the weapon accidentally fired and the bullet went through a wall and grazed another person in the leg.

Kings Beach, Calif. -- A 19-year-old man was accidentally shot in his face Wednesday afternoon when another 19-year-old man was handling a gun and the weapon inadvertently fired. The shooter was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm. No word on the victim’s condition.

Stevens County, Wash. -- A man accidentally shot himself on Monday. No word on his condition.

Glade Spring, Va. -- A man was found fatally shot about 11 p.m. yesterday and police say the incident appears to be the result of a domestic dispute.

Chicago, Ill. -- On Thursday, 14 people were shot, three fatally.

Birmingham, Ala. -- A man was found on the porch of a home about 6 p.m. yesterday with a gunshot in each of his legs. His injuries were reported as life-threatening.

Isla Vista, Calif. -- A 21-year-old man -- a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara -- was cleaning a handgun about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when it accidentally fired and the bullet went through the wall of his apartment into the residence next door, narrowly missing his neighbor.

Today’s sources: Associated Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Birmingham News, Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier, The Chicago Tribune, Dayton Daily News, Houston Chronicle, KHQ-TV Spokane, KTVK-TV Phoenix, KTXL-TV Sacramento, Los Angeles Times, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, (Missoula, Mont.) Missoulian, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, The (Vacaville, Calif.) Reporter, Times-Picayune, WBBJ-TV Jackson, Tenn., WMAZ-TV Macon

May 27, 2014 edition

Isla Vista, Calif. -- A 22-year-old man fatally stabbed three men in his apartment Friday night, then he went on a shooting rampage that killed three more people and wounded 13 others before using a gun to kill himself.

Jackson, Miss. -- A 3-year-old boy was shot and killed at his home early Thursday morning after he became caught in a crossfire when two groups of people in the home got into an argument over a dog and that led to gunfire. Police found more than 25 bullets at the scene.

Summerville, S.C. -- The 4-year-old boy who was in critical condition after he accidentally shot himself in the head two weeks ago, as reported here on May 19, died on Friday.

Pasco, Wash. -- A 36-year-old-man shot and killed his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend after breaking into her house through a dog-door last Saturday and then he used the gun to kill himself.

Tucson, Ariz. -- Police responding to a home about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday morning found a man and woman fatally shot. Both victims were in their early 20s. A 1-year-old was found unharmed in the home.

Ormond Beach, Fla. -- A husband called police to tell them his wife was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that he just shot her and, when police arrived at their home about 1 a.m. Friday, they found both the husband and wife dead from gunshot wounds. Investigators are calling the incident a murder-suicide.

Anson, Tex. -- Police called to a home on Wednesday discovered that a woman shot and killed a relative and also two dogs before using the gun to kill herself.

Greensboro, N.C. -- Police went to a home about 6:30 p.m. last Friday to discover that a man shot and killed his wife before using the gun to kill himself.

Detroit, Mich. -- A 20-year-old woman was accidentally shot and killed at a home on Thursday when a 24-year-old man was cleaning a handgun and it inadvertently discharged. The bullet went through the man’s hand before travelling through the woman’s arm and into her side. The man is in stable condition.

Covington, Ky. -- A 41-year-old man shot and killed the 62-year-old stepfather of his four children in the parking lot of a restaurant and then used the gun to kill himself. The children, ranging in age from 10 to 15, witnessed both shootings. The shooter and his ex-wife were involved in a custody dispute over the children.

Riverside, Ohio -- A man and a woman, possibly co-workers, were found fatally shot about 7:45 p.m. yesterday and police are calling the incident a murder-suicide.

Las Vegas, Nev. -- Someone was shot and killed after a family argument led to gunfire about 9 p.m. Thursday.

Chicago, Ill. -- Two men were shot to death and 12 others were wounded in several unrelated shootings between Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Tulare County, Calif. -- A man drinking with friends late last Saturday night was accidentally shot and killed when one of the friends -- a 22-year-old man -- was handling a gun and it inadvertently discharged. The shooter was being held on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.

Winsted, Conn. -- A woman has died from a single gunshot wound at her home Thursday night and police investigating the incident said it was not a random act and it might have been accidental.

Grants Pass, Ore. -- Medical examiners concluded that a 43-year-old man died last Friday after accidentally shooting himself with a shotgun. His body was found lying on the ground near a creek not far from where he lived. Police said he might have been intoxicated at the time of the mishap.

Houston, Tex. -- About 1 p.m. Saturday, a 4-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the leg by her 10-year-old cousin, a boy, after he found a rifle in a closet at the girl’s home and pulled the trigger thinking the gun was a toy. No word on whether or not charges would be filed against any adults. The child’s injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening.

Wadesboro, N.C. -- A 5-year-old boy, the son of a sheriff’s deputy, accidentally shot himself in his ear last Saturday afternoon after he found his father’s service weapon and pulled the trigger. No word on whether or not the father would be charged. The child was released from the hospital last weekend and returned to school last Monday.

Columbus, Ind. -- When a man was shopping at a big-box department store on Sunday, a handgun he was carrying fell out of its holster and accidentally discharged, striking another shopper, a woman, in her arm. The man has a permit to carry the gun. No word on whether or not charges would be filed against the man. The woman reportedly suffered a minor injury

Queen Anne’s County, Md. -- An 84-year-old man accidentally shot his 82-year-old wife about 8 a.m. Friday while showing her an old handgun he thought was unloaded. No word on whether or not the husband would be charged. The woman was listed in critical condition.

Oklahoma City, Ok. -- A man was cleaning his gun about 10:30 p.m. last Tuesday when it accidentally discharged and the flying bullet struck his roommate in the foot. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. The victim was “expected to be okay.”

Horry County, S.C. -- A 69-year-old man was accidentally shot in the arm by his daughter-in-law Monday afternoon when her handgun inadvertently discharged as she was cleaning the weapon. She thought the gun was unloaded. No charges are expected to be filed.

Des Moines, Iowa -- A 16-year-old boy was accidentally shot in his chest at the apartment of an 18-year-old man when the man was handling a gun and the weapon accidentally discharged. The man was charged with reckless use of a firearm. The victim was listed in serious condition.

Alderpoint, Calif. -- A 42-year-old man shot a woman when his handgun accidentally fired about 2:40 p.m. Saturday. The man was held on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, and negligently discharging a firearm. No word on the woman’s condition.

Erie, Pa. -- A 24-year-old man was shot in the hip at a home about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. His injuries were reported as non-life-threatening.

Memphis, Tenn. -- No one was hurt last Tuesday when a 63-year-old man in a movie theater dropped a handgun he was carrying in his pocket and the weapon discharged when it hit the floor. The man was charged with reckless endangerment and failing to follow a posted “no-weapons” notice.

Today’s sources: Associated Press, Arizona Daily Star, The Chicago Tribune, Clarion-Ledger, Dayton Daily News, The Des Moines Register, Erie Times-News, KABC-TV Los Angeles, KRIV-TV Houston, Las Vegas Sun, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, The Oregonian, The (Eureka, Calif.) Times-Standard, (Kennewick, Wash.) Tri-City Herald, Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta, Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American, WCSC-TV Charleston (S.C.), WDIV-TV Detroit, WESH-TV Orlando, WFMY-TV Greensboro, WISH-TV Indianapolis, WKYT-TV Lexington, WMBF-TV Myrtle Beach, WTTG-TV Washington (D.C.)

Addendum for May 27, 2014

In the spring of 2013, just months after the awful Sandy Hook shooting, a lobbyist for an NRA chartered organization in Wisconsin said gun-rights proponents need only wait-out the “Connecticut effect” before they could once again start passing laws to loosen restrictions on guns. That lobbyist felt certain we would eventually forget what happened at Sandy Hook, and then any interest in common sense gun laws would vaporize.

We need to let that lobbyist and the NRA know that this time is different. This time we are not going away. We are not going to forget Sandy Hook, or Aurora, or Columbine, or Virginia Tech, or Tucson, or Isla Vista, or the 100,000 Americans who are either killed or wounded by guns each year.

Help make the U.S.A. a safer place. Call, write, email, or FAX your representatives at your state capital and in Washington, D.C. and tell them to support common sense gun control. Do it today. And do it again next week. And do it again every week after that until they get the message.

You’ll find contact information for your Washington representatives here:

www.http://contactingthecongress.org/

May 19, 2014 edition

Merrillville, Ind. -- A 4-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself in the head when he found a gun in his parent’s bedroom about 8 a.m. Sunday. Both parents as well as two siblings -- a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old -- were home at the time. No word on whether or not the parents would be charged.

San Antonio, Tex. -- A 6-year-old girl has died after she was shot in the face when a handgun accidentally discharged at a home about 9:45 p.m. Sunday. The girl’s 8-year-old sister was in the room at the time and investigators had not yet determined which child fired the gun. No word on whether or not the parents of the children would be charged.

Honea Path, S.C. -- When a 25-year-old man hanging out with several friends found an old bulletproof vest in a garage on Wednesday, he asked one of the friends, an 18-year-old woman, to shoot him in the vest with a loaded handgun and, when she did, the bullet went through the edge of the vest and into his heart, killing him. The woman was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Newark, N.J. -- Police went to a home about 5:30 p.m. Saturday to find that a 52-year-old husband had shot and killed his 46-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself.

Eatonville, Wash. -- A man shot and killed himself in a truck Thursday and when police went to his home they found his wife dead. Authorities are calling the events a murder-suicide. It was not yet determined how the wife died.

Orlando, Fla. -- A 23-year-old man was shot and killed in the parking lot of a shopping plaza when he tried to break up a fight about 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

Dillon, S.C. -- A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in his leg at a home last Monday afternoon after he found a gun belonging to his uncle under a mattress on the floor. The boy’s mother and the uncle were charged with unlawful neglect of a child.
Summerville, S.C. -- A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the head about 4:30 p.m. last Monday after he found a gun while visiting his grandfather’s home. The child was listed in critical condition. No word on whether the grandfather would be charged.

Dallas, Tex. -- A woman accidentally shot herself in her chest while at a drive-up ATM around 3:15 a.m. Thursday. Her injuries were reported as non-life-threatening.

Latta, S.C. -- A man was shot multiple times while on a street last Friday night. No word on his condition.

Mokena, Ill. -- A 30-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg at the home of his mother on April 28 after arming himself with a handgun before meeting with a couple who contacted him about buying his bicycle. The man has a firearm owner’s ID card but not a concealed carry permit. He was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm. No word on his condition.

Victoria, Tex. -- When a 23-year-old man at a carwash was removing a shotgun from the trunk of his car last Monday afternoon, the gun accidentally discharged and struck his 21-year-old girlfriend in her arm. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not he would be charged. The woman’s condition was listed as stabilized.

Mason County, Mich. -- An 87-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the hand while unloading his gun about 5 p.m. last Monday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Lakewood, Ohio -- When a friend asked a 25-year-old man how to disassemble and reassemble a gun last Friday evening, the weapon accidentally discharged as he was handling it and the bullet struck the friend in the leg. The man was charged with negligent assault and failure to secure a dangerous weapon. The victim spent two days in a hospital before he was released.

Albuquerque, N.M. -- A man in a car in the parking lot behind a hardware store was accidentally shot in his leg by a friend last Tuesday. The victim was expected to recover.

Albuquerque, N.M. -- A man was shot just before 12:30 a.m. Sunday. No word on his condition.

Phoenix, Ariz. -- A man accidentally shot himself in his leg while in a big-box department store when the gun he was carrying on his hip accidentally discharged as in stood in a checkout-line about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. No one else was struck but shoppers were sent into a panic after the gun fired. The store was evacuated and shut down for a short time. Police said the man would not face any charges. His injuries were reported as non-life-threatening.

Today’s sources: Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, KENS-TV San Antonio, KOAT-TV Albuquerque, KTVT-TV Ft. Worth, Muskegon (Mich.) Chronicle, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, The Victoria (Tex.) Advocate, WABC-TV New York, WCBD-TV Charleston (S.C.), WFTV-TV Orlando, WPDE-TV Florence, S.C., WYFF-TV Greenville, S.C.

Addendum for May 19, 2014

Like a recurring nightmare, these awful stories will repeat tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and on and on and on.

Want to help make the U.S.A. a safer place? Call, write, email, or FAX your representatives at your state capital and in Washington, D.C. and tell them to support common sense gun control. Do it today. And do it again next week. And do it again every week after that until they get the message.

You’ll find contact information for your Washington representatives here:

www.http://contactingthecongress.org/

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Originally posted to Tom Begnal on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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