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April 30, 2014 edition

Durham, N.C. -- A 9-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed by his 12-year-old brother as they played with a gun while inside their home about 9:30 p.m. Monday. Relatives believe the gun belonged to an ex-boyfriend of the mother of the boys. No word on whether or not any adults would be charged.

New Brighton, Penn. -- After a 30-year-old woman was married on Thursday, she shot and killed her 21-year-old niece after the two left a bar and got into an argument over who would be the designated driver. Police say the bride grabbed a gun from her husband’s truck and shot her niece; a lawyer for the bride says she tried to move the gun and it accidentally discharged. The bride has been charged with homicide and is being held without bail.

Pontiac, Mich. -- A 26-year-old man and his 30-year-old wife were found fatally shot in a bedroom of their home Sunday afternoon. The woman was found on a bed while the man was behind a door with a rifle lying across his chest. The woman’s 16-year-old nephew was at the home at the time and said his aunt and her husband had been arguing in the bedroom for an hour before he heard two gunshots.

Woodland, Calif. -- A man shot and killed his girlfriend with a handgun before using the gun to kill himself at a home about 5 p.m. Sunday. Both were believed to be in their 40s. Four people related to the girlfriend -- an adult and three children -- were inside the home at the time of the shooting but were not harmed.

Miramar, Fla. -- A woman went to the home of her parents about noon Monday and discovered that her 57-year-old father had shot and killed her 61-year-old mother before using the gun to kill himself.

Valley Village, Calif. -- A 70-year-old man shot and killed his wife, who was in her 40s, after cutting her with a hatchet, then he shot a woman, a neighbor, in the mouth when she came to the aid of the wife before he used the gun to kill himself about 10:30 a.m. Monday. The couple’s teenage daughter was in school at the time of the shootings. The injured woman was in critical condition.

Montgomery, Tex. -- Police who went to a home yesterday morning discovered a husband and wife -- both in their 80s -- fatally shot and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. A suicide note was found. The couple had been dealing with health problems.

Jacksonville, Fla. -- A 21-year-old man died after his handgun accidentally discharged as he was cleaning it in his apartment about 9:30 p.m. Monday and the bullet stuck his stomach.

Tucson, Ariz. -- A 36-year-old man was shot and killed in a supermarket parking lot about 10 p.m. Saturday. A number of people were in the lot when the incident occurred. Police are looking for a car seen leaving the area shortly after the shooting.

Little Rock, Ark. -- A man, thought to be between 30- and 40-years old, died after he was shot last night.

Atlanta, Ga. -- About 5:45 a.m. yesterday, a 19-year-old employee at a FedEx warehouse shot six co-workers at his workplace -- a 52-year-old woman, a 42-year-old woman, two 28-year-old men, a 22-year-old man, and a 19-year-old man -- before using the gun to kill himself. Three of the victims were in critical condition.

Bedford, Ind. -- A 13-year-old boy suffered an accidental gunshot wound to his foot about 7:45 p.m. Monday. His injury was reported as not serious.

West Orange, N.J. -- A federal air marshal accidentally shot himself in the leg with his service handgun while inside an office building about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. No one else was struck. His injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Springfield, Ohio -- When a husband picked up a backpack that was sitting on the floor at his home about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, a gun fell out and, when the man reached for the weapon, it discharged and struck his 46-year-old wife in the buttocks. The husband was charged with negligent assault. The woman was air-lifted to a hospital where she was treated and released.

Huntsville, Ala. -- A man was accidentally shot about 8 p.m. Sunday. His injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Nashua, N.H. -- Police responding to a report of a disorderly group arrived at an apartment about 3 a.m. Saturday to find that a 23-year old intoxicated man accidentally shot himself in the leg. No one else was struck. The man was charged with reckless conduct. He was treated at a hospital and released.

DeKalb County, Ga. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the side of his abdomen while at a recording studio about 4:30 a.m. Monday. No one else was struck. Police said charges might be filed. No word on his condition.

Victoria, Tex. -- A 44-year-old mother was accidentally shot by her 19-year-old son last Tuesday as he attempted to shoot a rattlesnake living under their home. No one else was struck. Authorities ruled the incident an accident and no charges were expected to be filed. The mother was treated and released.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- A man who was shot multiple times was found lying on a street about 6:15 p.m. yesterday. He was in critical condition.

Jacksonville, Fla. -- About 2:30 p.m. yesterday, a man was shot and killed and a woman with him was shot and wounded while they drove on a street and several people opened fire on them. The woman was in stable condition.

Orlando, Fla. -- About 4:20 a.m. today, three men kicked in the door of a home and shot and killed a woman in her 20s before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash. An infant and toddler belonging to the woman were nearby when the shooting occurred but they were unhurt. Police do not believe it was a random act.

Fairfield, Ala. -- One person, a male, was shot and wounded inside a store at a shopping mall about 5 p.m. yesterday. The incident apparently was related to an earlier dispute between the victim and the shooter. A suspect was in custody. The victim was reported as alert and talking after the shooting.

Rock Hill, S.C. -- An 8-year-old boy was among several children who fired a semi-automatic rifle over the heads of passing pedestrians on a street about 4 p.m. Saturday. A 13-year-old babysitter was with the children as the shots were fired. No charges were filed.

San Antonio, Tex. -- A 17-year-old high school sophomore was arrested Monday after he brought a loaded assault rifle and two handguns to school along with a list of demands he wanted to read over the intercom. Police said he planned to commit some sort of act of violence if the demands were not met. The two handguns were in his backpack; the rifle was hidden in a bathroom. He was expected to be charged with making a terroristic threat and possession of a gun in a prohibited area.

Today’s sources: Arizona Daily Star, Arkansasmatters.com, Associated Press, Birmingham News, CNN, Dayton Daily News, The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald, The Huntsville Times, KBTX-TV Bryan (Tex.), KCAL-TV Los Angeles, New Hampshire Union Leader, Reuters, The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger, (Florida) Sun-Sentinel, (Bedford and Lawrence County, Ind.) Times-Mail, Victoria (Tex.) Advocate, WDIV-Detroit, WGCL-TV Atlanta, WISH-TV Indianapolis, Woodland (Calif.) Daily Democrat, WJXT-TV Jacksonville, WRAL-TV Raleigh

Addendum for April 30, 2014

GunFact: If there is a gun in your home, it is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure a member of your family (due to domestic homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting) than to be used in self-defense (source: www.bradycampaign.org).

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/

April 27, 2014 edition

Cumberland County, N.C. -- A 3-year-old boy has died after he was struck by a bullet when someone fired several shots into his house as he slept in his room about 3:30 a.m. Friday. His grandfather, aunt, and four other children were in the house at the time of the shooting. They were not injured.

North Ligonier, Ind. -- A 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed by his brother about 12:15 p.m. yesterday when the two were in their yard shooting at ground moles. No word on whether or not any adults would be charged.

Fayetteville, N.C. -- A 7-year old boy was accidentally shot and killed at his 52-year-old grandfather’s apartment about 4:15 p.m. Friday after the boy and some other children found a rifle in a back room and the firearm somehow discharged. The grandfather was charged with involuntary manslaughter and failure to secure a firearm.

Gwinnett County, Ga. --Police responding to a report of a loud verbal altercation and concerns about the safety of a female went to a home about 9 p.m. yesterday where they found a man and woman fatally shot -- and authorities are calling it a murder-suicide.

Sacramento, Calif. -- Police arrived at a home about 9 a.m. yesterday to find that a 49-year-old man shot and killed a 35-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself. The two had been in a long-term dating relationship that ended recently. Five family members, including two children, were in the house at the time of the shooting. None were injured.

Midland, Tex. -- A 35-year-old man shot and killed another 35-year-old man, a city firefighter, before using the gun to kill himself after a five-hour standoff with police at a home on Friday. A woman was also at the home but she was not injured.

Garden Grove, Calif. -- A 49-year-old man shot and wounded a couple -- a 50-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man -- before using the gun to kill himself about 10:30 a.m. yesterday. The shooter lived in a trailer he rented from the couple. The woman suffered a graze wound; the 41-year-old man was in critical condition.

Brandon, Miss. -- Police responding to a report of shots-fired about 9 p.m. Wednesday found a county deputy-officer and his wife fatally shot and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. No word yet on whether it was the husband or wife who did the shooting.

Wellsville, Penn. -- A 57-year-old man shot and killed his 81-year-old mother before using the gun to kill himself at a home about 2:20 p.m. Thursday. The man’s wife was at the home and called police when she heard the shots. She was not injured. All three lived in the house.

Bessemer, Ala. -- A man was shot multiple times and killed by another man after the two got into an argument at a bar about 2 a.m. yesterday. The shooter was arrested.

Bronx, N.Y. -- A 28-year-old man was found shot to death in the back of a rental van about 9:30 p.m. yesterday. He was shot multiple times. Several suspects were seen running from the area after the shooting.

Chicago, Ill. -- Four people were killed and 26 wounded in a 16-hour period that began early Friday afternoon.

Harris County, Tex. -- A 25-year-old man was shot and killed during a fight at an apartment about 9:30 p.m. Friday. Two suspects fled the scene in a pick-up truck.

Cochranton, Penn. -- A 2-year-old boy was shot in the face at a home Monday afternoon after a 4-year-old sibling found a handgun and it accidentally discharged. No word on whether or not any adults would be charged. No word on the victim’s condition.

Louisville, Ky. -- A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the face with a handgun while at home about 3:30 p.m. yesterday. The boy’s mother along with a 2-year-old and an infant were in the home at the time of the shooting. Police have not yet determined if the mother would be charged. The boy was listed in critical condition.

Columbus, Ohio -- A 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot in his arm by his 4-year-old brother about 7:30 p.m. Friday as the two were visiting at the home of their grandfather. No word on whether or not the grandfather would face charges. The victim was listed in stable condition.

St. Louis, Mo. -- A 7-year-old boy was shot in his leg about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when his 17-year-old brother was playing with a handgun and it accidentally discharged. No one else was struck. The teen was charged with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and making a false report. The boy was expected to recover.

Billings, Mont. -- A 50-year-old homeowner shot a 19-year-old guest at his house about 11 p.m. yesterday when he mistook the guest as an intruder. The victim, a family friend of the homeowner who was staying at the house while attending a local seminary school, was shot in his chest as he made a telephone call in the garage so as not to disturb the sleeping family. Police said the homeowner won’t likely be charged unless the man dies. The victim’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Queens, N.Y. -- After leaving a bar about 1:45 a.m. Thursday, a 58-year-old police detective was showing a gun he owned to his partner when the weapon accidentally discharged and his partner was struck in the wrist. After driving the victim to a hospital, the 58-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Caledonia, N.Y. -- A male was accidentally shot about 9:30 p.m. yesterday. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Anchorage, Alaska -- A 22-year-old woman was shot in the lower torso and two 21-year-old men also were shot  -- one in the abdomen; the other in the leg -- when a fight involving 60 people broke out inside a nightclub and the altercation then spilled outside to the parking lot about 2:20 a.m. yesterday. The woman was in critical condition. The men’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Little Rock, Ark. -- Someone opened fire on two others at a carwash about 4 p.m. Friday and when the two returned fire, all three ended up with gunshot wounds. No word on their conditions.

Boston, Mass. -- Two people were shot shortly after midnight yesterday.
No word on their conditions.

Monroe, La. -- A man believed to be homeless was found unresponsive and lying in an alley with a gunshot wound to his neck about 3:30 a.m. yesterday. He was in critical condition.

Cleveland, Ohio -- A man and a woman were each shot in the leg when a large fight broke out on a street around midnight last night and someone drove past the melee and fired two shots out a car window. It was unclear if either victim was involved in the fight. Both were reported to have non life-threatening injuries.

Today’s sources: Abilene Reporter-News, Anchorage Daily News, Arkansasmatters.com, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Billings Gazette, Birmingham News, The Boston Globe, (New York) Daily News, Erie Times-News, Houston Chronicle, KCBS-TV Los Angeles, KNOE-TV Monroe (La.), The Sacramento Bee, The (Carlisle, Penn.) Sentinel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, WCMH-TV Columbus, WHAM-TV Rochester, (N.Y.), WISE-TV Fort Wayne (Ind.), WLKY-TV Louisville

Addendum for April 27, 2014

Want to do something to help reduce this daily carnage? Call, write, email, or FAX your representatives 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 here:

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

April 24, 2014 edition

Charlotte, N.C. -- A 3-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself at a home on Sunday April 13. No word on whether or not anyone would face charges.

Des Moines, Iowa -- A 4-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed Monday night.

Burnt Chimney, Va. -- A 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed by his 12-year-old brother on Monday after the older boy found a handgun while they played at a neighbor’s house and the weapon somehow discharged. At least one adult was in the house. No charges have been filed.

Rusk County, Tex. -- A 44-year-old woman has died after she accidentally shot herself in the face about 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Bakersfield, Calif. -- A 65-year-old man was fatally shot in the head Friday night while relaxing on a sofa in his apartment after a 30-year-old man in an adjacent apartment accidentally discharged his handgun. The flying bullet went through a glass door before striking the victim. The shooter was arrested.

Weymouth, Mass. -- On Tuesday morning, a family member found two people -- an 83-year-old man and his 81-year-old wife -- fatally shot and police suspect the incident was a murder-suicide. A handgun was found at the man’s side.

Newton, Tex. -- A 66-year-old man used a handgun to shoot and kill his 88-year-old mother at her home before using the weapon to shoot and kill himself about 6 p.m. Thursday.

Jacksonville, Fla. -- One man was shot and killed and another man was shot and wounded at a home about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The wounded man’s injuries were described as non life-threatening.

Dallas, Tex. -- A 32-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed about 12:30 a.m. yesterday. He was found lying on a road.

Lansing, Mich. --  A 29-year-old father was handling a gun at an apartment about 7 p.m. yesterday when the weapon accidentally discharged and the bullet struck his hand and his 2-year-old son in the chest. The boy’s condition was upgraded from critical to stable. The father’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Ferguson, Mo. -- A 3-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his 4-year-old brother at their home on Sunday afternoon. Their 27-year-old father was taken into custody. The injury was described as a graze wound.

Hollywood, Fla. -- A man in his 20s accidentally shot himself in the buttocks when he dropped his handgun while cleaning it at a home and the weapon discharged when it hit the floor about 4 p.m. Sunday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. Police said he would not be charged. No word on his condition.

Fifty Lakes, Minn. -- A 61-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the abdomen about 5:15 p.m. Friday. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.

Pontotoc, Miss. --  About 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a man accidentally shot himself at a police traffic-safety checkpoint when his hidden handgun discharged as he attempted to push the weapon further under the seat of the car. The bullet went through his arm and hit the side of his face before exiting through his ear. No one else was struck. No charges have yet been filed. No word on his condition.

Akron, Ohio -- A 21-year-old man was shot in the abdomen after he got into an argument over a female about 1 a.m. Sunday. Two men, ages 22 and 19, have been charged with felonious assault in connection with the shooting. The victim was listed in serious condition.

Birmingham, Ala. -- A man in his 20s was in critical condition after he was shot in the head at an apartment about 11 p.m. Tuesday when his girlfriend and another woman got into an argument and the woman’s boyfriend shot the victim.

Dallas, Tex. -- A woman in a moving car was shot in her leg early Friday morning and police are calling the incident related to road-rage. No word on her condition.

Charleston, W.Va. -- A bystander, a man of unknown age, was shot in the arm about noon yesterday when gunfire broke out between the occupants of a vehicle and other shooters on foot. No word on the victim’s condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 32-year-old man was shot in the arm while driving a car about 2:30 a.m. today. He was listed in good condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 29-year-old man was shot in his leg near an alley just after midnight today. No word on his condition.

Bay Village, Ohio -- A 19-year-old man accidentally fired an AR-15 rifle about 10:30 p.m. on April 11 and the flying bullet when through the wall of his house and then into his neighbor’s house where it entered a closet after narrowly missing a pregnant woman and her 3-year-old daughter. The shooter was charged with two misdemeanors yesterday.

Dallas, Tex. -- A man and his wife driving on an interstate highway about midnight Monday were shot at by someone in another car and police are calling the incident related to road-rage. No one was struck.

Today’s sources: Akron Beacon Journal, Birmingham News, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Florida Times-Union, Henderson (Tex.) Daily News, KBAK-TV Bakersfield, KBMT-TV Beaumont, KCCI-TV Des Moines, Lansing State Journal, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, (Fort Lauderdale) Sun Sentinel, Tyler (Tex.) Morning Telegraph, WCCO-TV Minneapolis, WCHS-TV Charleston (W.V.), WFAA-TV Dallas, WSOC-TV Charlotte, WTVA-TV Tupelo (Miss.)

Addendum for April 24, 2014

Staggering numbers.

Every year in the U.S.A., on average: *

    -- Over 18,000 people kill themselves with a gun (51 each day)

    -- Almost 12,000 people are murdered by a gun (32 each day)

    -- Almost 600 people are accidentally shot and killed by a gun (1 each day)

    -- Over 51,000 people are shot and wounded in an attack involving a gun (140 each day)

    -- Over 16,000 people are accidentally shot and wounded by a gun (43 each day)

    -- Almost 4,000 people are wounded attempting to kill themselves with a gun (10 each day).

Total killed by guns each year: Over 30,000 (84 each day)

Total wounded by guns each year: Over 70,000 (193 each day)

Total number of Americans either killed or wounded by guns each year: Over 100,000 (277 each day)

* Brady Campaign (gun deaths from police intervention not included here)

Please help do something about this national disgrace. 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.http://contactingthecongress.org/

April 21, 2014 edition

Wellsville, Utah -- A 2-year-old boy died after he was accidentally shot in the stomach by his 3-year-old sister about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Springfield, Ohio -- A 17-year-old boy, a high school football player, was shot and killed outside his family apartment about 2:45 a.m. yesterday. Police are looking for a suspect.

Tampa, Fla. -- A 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were shot and killed and two other men, ages 27 and 21, were shot and wounded about 5 p.m. yesterday when a gunfight broke out at a gathering of neighborhood families for a private event that included a cookout and Easter egg hunt. The wounded victims were listed in stable condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A husband shot and killed his wife before using the gun to kill himself in their home about 5 a.m. yesterday. A teenage daughter in the home heard the shots and called police. The husband was a corrections officer and the wife was a city police officer.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- A divorced couple were found fatally shot in a home about 5:40 p.m. Friday and police were calling the incident a murder-suicide. Both victims were city police officers. It has not yet been determined who did the shooting. The woman had a protective order against the man and he was on administrative leave because of a domestic-violence issue.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- A 48-year-old woman shot and wounded her 42-year-old husband and then used the gun to kill herself about 10 p.m. Thursday. The man was listed in fair condition.

Santa Fe, Tex. -- A 75-year-old man and his 57-year-old wife were found fatally shot about 1:50 p.m. Friday and police are calling the incident a murder-suicide. It was not yet clear who did the shooting.

Conyers, Ga. -- Police called to a home about 4 p.m. yesterday discovered that an 80-year-old man shot and killed his 80-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself.

Willis, Tex. -- A 69-year-old man shot and killed his 65-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself in their recreational vehicle about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Jacksonville, Fla. -- A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and another teen was shot and wounded outside a house where a party was being held about 12:30 a.m. today. The wounded teen had injuries described as non life-threatening.

Concord, S.C. -- A 30-year-old man was found fatally shot at a home early today.

Orange County, Fla. -- A 30-year-old man was shot and killed near a convenience store yesterday.

Seattle, Wash. -- A 24-year-old man was shot and killed about 2:30 a.m. today. He was found lying on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Macon, Ga. -- A 39-year-old woman was shot in her shoulder while on a street corner about 9:30 p.m. yesterday. She was listed in stable condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- Four girls and a boy, all of them younger than 15-years-old, were shot and wounded as they walked home from a park yesterday with a group of friends and a car pulled up and someone inside the car opened fire after asking if they were in a gang.

Williams County, N.D. -- A 15-year-old girl was accidentally shot by a 12-year-old boy about 12:45 a.m. Friday. The bullet struck her head and lodged near her spine. The boy was referred to juvenile authorities. The girl was in stable condition.

Dayton, Ohio -- A 16-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in his thigh with a handgun while at a park about 8:30 p.m. Friday. No one else was struck. No word on his condition.

Waterbury, Conn. -- A 29-year-old man was shot twice in the buttocks and upper legs about 7:30 p.m. Friday. Police are looking for a suspect. His injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Cedar Hill, Tenn. -- A man accidentally shot his father-in-law as the two were hunting about 2 p.m. Friday. The victim was shot several times. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the jaw about 7:20 p.m. yesterday. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.

Bloomington, Ind. -- A 21-year-old man showed up at a hospital about 3 a.m. Tuesday after he accidentally shot himself in his hand while dismantling a handgun. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.

Jacksonville, Fla. -- An 89-year-old man shot his 59-year-old son-in-law in the leg about 7:30 p.m. Saturday after the two had an argument over the television. The older man was charged with aggravated domestic battery.

Auburn, Ala. -- A 59-year-old man allegedly shot a 29-year-old woman in the leg during a domestic dispute about 1:45 p.m. Friday. The man was charged with second degree domestic violence. The woman was treated at a hospital and released.

Cobb County, Ga. -- Someone was shot in the parking lot of a mall today.

Torrington, Conn. -- A 39-year-old police officer from Georgia was charged after he allegedly flashed a gun while driving on a highway on Thursday and police say the incident was related to road-rage.

Today’s sources: Chicago Tribune, The (Conroe, Tex.) Courier, Florida Times-Union, Houston Chronicle, The Indianapolis Star, KSL-TV Salt Lake City, KXRM-TV Colorado Springs, Rockdale (Ga.) Citizen, Seattle Times, Tampa Bay Times, Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American, Williston (N.D.) Herald, WFTV-TV Orlando, WGN-TV Chicago, WHIO-TV Dayton, WKRN-TV Nashville, WMAZ-TV Macon, WSB-TV Atlanta, WSFA-TV Montgomery

Addendum for April 21, 2014

We have an epidemic of gun violence in the U.S.A.

Here’s an organization working to find a cure: http://everytown.org/

April 18, 2014 edition

Gaston, S.C. -- When a 5-year-old boy at a birthday party went into the trunk of a car to get a toy gun, he discovered a real gun and, thinking it was also a toy, squeezed the trigger and killed a 7-year-old girl. The gun belonged to the boyfriend of the boy’s mother and she did not know it was in the trunk.

Easley, S.C. -- When a 6-year-old boy found a handgun while riding in the back seat of a moving car Thursday afternoon, the weapon discharged and the bullet went through the front seat and struck a 22-year-old woman passenger, killing her.

Hartwell, Ga. -- About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, a 46-year-old man shot and killed the 40-year-old owner of a restaurant and then he abducted and shot and killed his 38-year-old ex-wife, an employee of the restaurant, before using the gun to kill himself. The woman leaves behind two young girls.

Conroe, Tex. -- A 69-year-old man shot and killed his 65-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Mesa, Ariz. -- Police found two people dead in a car parked in a parking lot at a junior high school on Sunday and authorities believe a 25-year-old man shot and killed a 22-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself. The pair had a relationship for more than two years.

Aventura, Fla. -- A 39-year-old man shot and killed his 24-year-old girlfriend before using the gun to kill himself about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. The two were in the process of breaking up after a two-year relationship.

Phoenix, Ariz. -- About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, after a 32-year-old man called police to say he just shot and killed his 33-year-old wife at an apartment, he drove 10 miles from the scene and used a gun to kill himself in his car. Three children, ages 12, 4, and 1, were found sleeping and unhurt at the apartment.

Baltimore, Md. -- A 69-year-old man used a handgun to kill himself in the bathroom of a hospital emergency-room early Tuesday morning.

New Orleans, La. -- A 59-year-old woman playing cards with friends in a home Wednesday was struck and killed by a stray bullet when two groups of men shot at each other as they passed by outside the residence.

Clay County, Ky. -- A 28-year-old man was shot and killed and another man was shot and wounded as they were hunting along a ridge line and police say the incident was a hunting accident. Authorities do not yet know who fired the shots. No word on the condition of the wounded hunter.

Green Bay, Wis. -- A 32-year-old man was fatally shot about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Police are looking for the suspect.

Miami, Fla. -- One person was shot and killed early Wednesday morning. A car with a bullet hole through the window was towed from the scene.

Cochranton, Penn. -- A 2-year-old boy was shot in the face when his 4-year-old sibling discovered a loaded handgun at a home about 1:45 p.m. Monday and the weapon accidentally discharged. No word on the victim’s condition.

Las Vegas, Nev. -- A man shot and wounded a woman before using the gun to shoot and wound himself about 5:20 p.m. Monday. Police said the shooting was related to a domestic dispute. Both victims were listed in critical condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 14-year-old boy playing basketball in front of his house about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday was shot in his arm and leg when a 15-year-boy walked up to him and opened fire. The shooter was captured and charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm. The victim was listed as stabilized.

East Palo Alto, Calif. -- A 20-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the foot with a handgun while drinking with friends about 7 a.m. Sunday. No one else was struck. He was charged with misdemeanor negligent discharge of a firearm.

Corryton, Tenn. -- A 48-year-old man shot himself in the leg Thursday morning when he inadvertently knocked over a rifle that was leaning against a wall and the weapon accidentally discharged as he picked it up. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. His injuries were described as non life-threatening.

Chicago, Ill. -- A man in his early to mid-40s accidentally shot himself in the finger at a construction office about 5 p.m. Wednesday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. He was listed in good condition.

Raritan Township, N.J. -- A police officer from a nearby town in a parked police vehicle in the parking lot of a strip-mall accidentally shot himself about 2:30 p.m. yesterday. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Fernley, Nev. -- A man in his 70s accidentally shot himself in the face on Monday while cleaning his handgun. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- A man walked into a hospital with gunshot wounds to both thighs. No word on his condition.

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- A window of a school bus was shot out, apparently by a stray bullet, as the bus was parked at an elementary school waiting to pick up students about 4 p.m. Tuesday. Only the driver was on the bus when the shots were fired. The driver was not injured.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 36-year-old man has been arrested at a convenience store after he pulled out a handgun and threatened people in the store because he did not want to pay a 22-cent tax on a two-liter bottle of soda.

Aurora, Ill. -- About 2:30 p.m. Monday, when a middle school teacher noticed a group of students milling around a 13-year-old boy’s locker, the teacher and an administrator searched the locker and found a handgun inside a book bag. The gun belonged to a family member of the boy. He was charged as a juvenile with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Anderson, Ind. -- A 27-year-old woman with a permit to carry a gun was arrested on Wednesday after taking a gun into a meeting at her child’s school with the school principal. It is illegal to bring a gun to a school in Indiana. The woman said she carries a handgun for protection and had it on the waistband of her sweatpants, but the gun was pulling her pants down during the meeting so she took it out and placed on a table.

Today’s sources: Arizona Daily Star, Associated Press, The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Florida Times-Union, The (Anderson, Ind.) Herald Bulletin, KOLO-TV Reno, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KPRC-TV Houston, KTVK-TV Phoenix, Las Vegas Sun, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger, Times-Picayune, The Titusville (Penn.) Herald, WATE-TV Knoxville, WLUK-TV Green Bay, WPLG-TV Miami

Addendum for April 18, 2014

In the spring of 2013, 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 the 100,000 Americans who are either killed or wounded by guns each year.

Please help slow this daily carnage. 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.http://contactingthecongress.org/

April 13, 2014 edition

Philadelphia, Penn. -- A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 11-year-old sister in their home about 10 a.m. last Saturday. Their 14-year-old brother found the gun on top of a refrigerator after the mother went to use the bathroom. The weapon belonged to the mother’s boyfriend who was not at the home at the time.

Waycross, Ga. -- A 15-year-old boy was trying to make sure his father’s gun was unloaded about 1 p.m. last Friday when it accidentally discharged and his 10-year-old sister was struck and killed. The parents of the two children were working at the time.

Kansas City, Mo. -- An 18-year-old male, a high school student, used a shotgun to kill himself when confronted by police after he was pulled over Friday morning. Police were notified when an employee of the high school saw the student with a gun outside the school about 7:45 a.m. Friday. The student drove from the scene and was stopped by police a few miles from the school.

Yamhill, Ore. -- A 20-year-old man was shot and killed when his 19-year-old friend was handling a handgun and the weapon accidentally fired about 9 p.m. Saturday.

Seminole County, Fla. -- Early last Sunday morning, a 19-year-old man was showing two friends a handgun that he thought was unloaded when the weapon inadvertently discharged and struck one of the friends -- a 20-year-old man -- in the head, killing him. The shooter was charged with manslaughter.

Erie, Penn. -- A 23-year-old college student was at a home with four friends early yesterday morning when he was accidentally shot in the head and killed by a handgun.

Mattoon, Ill. -- About 6:15 p.m. Monday, a 41-year-old man was accidentally shot and killed by his father after the son threatened to shoot himself in front of family members at the father’s home and that led to a struggle between the father and son.

Camp Lejeune, N.C. -- A Marine guard who shot and killed another Marine guard with an M4 rifle about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday appears to have fired the weapon accidentally, but the investigation was expected to continue for several more weeks.

Shoreline, Wash. -- A husband and wife were found fatally shot at a home about 9 a.m. yesterday and police are calling the incident a murder-suicide. It was not yet clear if the husband or wife did the shooting. The couple’s 2-year-old child and the husband’s mother were at home when the shooting occurred.

Lawrenceville, Ga. -- Police went to a residence yesterday afternoon to discover that a 34-year-old husband had shot and killed his 32-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself.

Seabrook, S. C. -- On Thursday, police discovered two people fatally shot -- an 81-year-old man and his 80-year-old wife -- and authorities believe the incident was a murder-suicide. It was not yet clear if it was the husband or wife who did the shooting.

Fort Washington, Md. -- Police arrived at an apartment early Wednesday morning to discover that a 32-year-old man had shot and killed his 32-year-old ex-wife before using the gun to kill himself. The couple’s divorce was finalized a few weeks ago. They leave behind a 13-year-old child.

Cusseta, Ala. -- Police arrived at a home about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to find a 29-year-old man fatally shot and his stepfather shot and wounded and authorities are calling the incident a murder and attempted suicide. The stepfather was listed in satisfactory condition.

Hot Springs, Ark. -- Police went to a residence about 6 p.m. Tuesday to find that a 23-year-old man shot and killed his 50-year-old mother and 49-year-old father before using the gun to kill himself.

Las Cruces, N.M. -- Police who went to an apartment about 12:20 p.m. Monday discovered that a 32-year-old man shot and killed a 30-year-old pregnant woman before using the gun to kill himself. The unborn child did not survive. A toddler in the apartment at the time of the shooting was not injured.

Andrews, S.C. -- About 1 p.m. Tuesday, police went to a farm to find two people fatally shot -- a 64-year-old man and his 57-year-old brother -- and authorities suspect it might be a case of murder-suicide. The investigation is continuing.

St. Petersburg, Fla. -- A man reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder opened fire on a parked car late last night, killing one man in the car and wounding another, and wounding yet another man when a stray bullet went into his nearby home. Police said the shooter opened fire “without any obvious provocation.” He was captured about an hour later.

Arlington, Tex. -- A man was fatally shot and three others -- two men and a woman -- were wounded at an apartment early Friday morning. The injured victims had injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

Huntsville, Ala. -- A 6-year-old boy was shot in his collarbone when his father was unloading a handgun and the weapon inadvertently fired about 6:30 p.m. Friday. No word on whether or not charges would be filed against the father. The child’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Bethlehem, Penn. -- A man accidentally shot himself at a gun range about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday while at an event sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the city police department. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. The victim’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

San Antonio, Tex. -- A police helicopter-pilot accidentally shot himself in the hand about 6 a.m. Wednesday. He had just finished his shift and was in a locker-room transferring his duty pistol to his off-duty holster when the weapon inadvertently discharged. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Glendale, Calif. -- While preparing to go to bed in his apartment about midnight Thursday, a 24-year-old man accidentally shot himself in his right leg when he inadvertently pulled the trigger while trying to lock the weapon. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. His injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Torrington, Conn. -- A man accidentally shot himself in his hand with a handgun about 7:45 p.m. yesterday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. His injuries were described as minor.

Long Beach, Calif. -- A police officer was accidentally shot at a police substation about 6:10 p.m. Thursday. The details of the incident were unclear. The officer was listed in stable condition.

Watertown, N.Y. -- A city police officer accidentally fired his gun Monday afternoon while at the police department headquarters. No one was struck.

Vernon Township, Penn. -- A state trooper accidentally fired his service weapon while at the police barracks. No one was struck. Police said details of the shooting, including when it happened, would not be made public because it was a personnel matter which is a closed record.

Today’s sources: Arkansasmatters.com, Associated Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Florida Times-Union, Glendale (Calif.) News-Press, (Mattoon, Ill.) Journal Gazette and Times-Courier, KMBC-TV Kansas City, KPTV-TV Portland (Ore.), KRWG-TV Las Cruces (N.M.), Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram, Meadville (Penn.) Tribune, (Florence, S.C.) Morning News, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, The Seattle Times, Tampa Bay Times, UPI, WAFF-TV Huntsville, The Washington Post, WFAA-TV Dallas, WJLA-TV Washington (D.C.), Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American, WTVM-TV Columbus (Ga.)

Addendum for April 13, 2014

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 slaughter.

Please call, write, email, or FAX your representatives 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 here:

www.http://contactingthecongress.org/

March 28, 2014 edition

San Antonio, Tex. -- Police went to a home last Friday afternoon and found that a 27-year-old woman had shot and killed her 4-year-old son before using the gun to kill herself.

Freeman, S.D. -- A 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed by his 9 year-old brother at a home on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh, Penn. -- About 5:30 p.m. Saturday, a 16-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed in his home by a friend, a 16-year-old boy, as the two were “playing army.” The shooter was arrested on charges including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Windber, Penn. -- Last Thursday, a 51-year-old man shot and wounded his girlfriend at a home he sometimes shared with her and, after a standoff with police, shot and killed himself. The victim was expected to survive.

Hillsboro, Mo. -- A 29-year-old wife accidentally shot and killed her 43-year-old husband at their home on Saturday.

Kalispell, Mont. -- A couple were found dead at a home about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday and police suspect the husband shot his wife before using the gun to kill himself.

Zionsville, Ind. -- A 53-year-old man shot and wounded his 53-year-old girlfriend before using the gun to shoot and kill himself about 8:15 p.m. Monday. The woman told the man earlier in the evening that she was ending their relationship. Her injuries were reported as “not serious.”

Boynton Beach, Fla. -- Two people were found fatally shot in a car at a city park about 9 p.m. Monday and police said it appeared that a 39-year-old man shot and killed a 33-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself.

Murray City, Ohio -- A 52-year-old husband shot and killed his 45-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself Saturday afternoon. Neighbor’s said the couple had three children and one of them, a teenage girl, witnessed the shootings.

Nashville, Tenn. -- A man accidentally shot himself Wednesday morning when he dropped a gun and the weapon discharged. No word on his condition.

Glasgow, Ky. -- Wednesday morning, when a police officer was looking at a gun in a store that specializes in hunting and fishing supplies, the firearm accidentally discharged and two of his fingers were struck. No one else in the store was hit by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. He was expected back to work today.

Bellingham, Mass. -- A man with a license to carry was cleaning his new handgun on Wednesday when the weapon accidentally discharged and the flying bullet struck his friend, a 23-year-old man, in the thigh and buttocks. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. The victim was treated at a hospital and released.

Burlington, Iowa -- A 31-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the foot while hunting snow geese when his shotgun discharged after he stumbled while walking across a field. His injuries were non life-threatening.

Mauston, Wis. -- A 54-year-old man accidentally fired a gun while in his home and the flying bullet also struck the home of a neighbor. He was arrested on suspicion of recklessly endangering safety and obstructing.

Moultrie, Ga. -- A 16-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in his forearm while at his home about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.

Vicksburg, Miss. -- A 16-year-old accidentally shot himself in the head when he found a gun while on a street and began playing with the weapon about 1 a.m. yesterday. Police found him lying on the street and he was alert and talking.

Oberlin, Ohio -- A man cleaning his handgun at a guard-shack at the Federal Aviation Administration about 2 p.m. Saturday was injured when the weapon accidentally fired and he was struck in the face by a fragment of the bullet after it hit a metal cabinet. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. His injuries were reported as minor.

Memphis, Tenn. -- A woman was shot in the head by her boyfriend shortly after midnight this morning. Police said the shooting was related to a domestic dispute. She was reported as alert but in critical condition.

Brookfield, Wis. -- About noon on March 19, while a reading program for children in grades one through five was being held at a church, a female volunteer teacher inadvertently left a loaded handgun in a bathroom used by the students. No one was hurt.

Today’s sources: Associated Press, The Bradford (Penn.) Era, (Kalispell, Mont.) Daily Inter Lake, Indianapolis Star, KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids (Iowa), The Moultrie (Ga.) Observer, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, San Antonio Express-News, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, WAPT-TV Jackson (Miss.), WBKO-TV Bowling Green, WCVB-TV Boston, WDAZ-TV Grand Forks, N.D., WISC-TV Madison, WMC-TV Memphis, WPTV-TV West Palm Beach, WSMV-TV Nashville

Addendum for March 28, 2014

GunFact: If there is a gun in your home, it is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure a member of your family (due to domestic homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting) than to be used in self-defense (source: www.bradycampaign.org).

Want to help make the U.S.A. a safer place? Call, write, email, or FAX your representatives 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 here:

www.http://contactingthecongress.org/

Originally posted to Tom Begnal on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 01:01 PM PDT.

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

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