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January 21, 2014 edition

Decatur, Ala. -- A 17-year-old boy has died after he was accidentally shot in the head by his step-mother at their home about 12:15 a.m. Monday. The woman said the handgun had mechanical issues and it fired without her pulling the trigger.

Paris, Tex. -- A 24-year-old man and his 21-year-old wife were found fatally shot at their home about 11:30 a.m. Saturday and police said evidence suggests it might have been a murder-suicide. After the woman’s mother and father tried repeatedly to reach her by telephone, they went to the couple’s home and her father discovered the bodies.

North Augusta, S.C. -- A 52-year-old man and his 21-year-old son were found fatally shot at their home about 9:30 a.m. Sunday and police suspect the father killed the son before turning the gun on himself following a family dispute.

McKinney, Tex. -- A man shot and killed himself after he shot and killed his estranged wife in her vehicle in the parking lot of a day-care center Thursday evening. She had just picked up their two children and they were in the car when the shooting occurred. The couple were going through a divorce.

West Palm Beach, Fla. -- When a 49-year-old woman and her 38-year-old boyfriend met with a 69-year-old man to discuss payment for work the older man had done at the couple’s home, the older man shot and killed the younger man and shot and wounded the woman before using the gun to kill himself on Thursday. The older man wanted more money for the work done and the couple refused. No word on the woman’s condition.

Tyler County, Tex. -- A 35-year-old man and his 31-year-old wife were fatally shot about 12:30 p.m. Saturday as they were leaving a church after a supervised visitation with the man’s 4-year-old daughter. The child and a mediator were still inside the church and heard about five shots. The couple had been married for just over a year and had five children between them but none together.

Oklahoma City, Okla. -- A man accidentally shot and killed himself while putting his shotgun in his car so the weapon would be safely out of reach of his visiting grandchildren.

Carmichael, Calif. -- A 34-year-old man was shot and killed in the courtyard of an apartment complex about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Danville, Ill. -- A 10-year-old boy playing with a gun in an apartment accidentally shot a 5-year-old boy in the upper body about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The victim was in critical condition.

Fresno, Calif. -- A father was working on his shotgun at his home when the gun accidentally discharged and several pellets struck his 8-year-old son about 2 p.m. Friday. The man thought the gun was empty. His wife and other kids were inside the home at the time, but none of them were struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. The boy was expected to recover.

Chester, Penn. -- A male college student was shot and wounded in the parking lot outside a university athletic center about 8:45 p.m. Monday. Police said it was not a random act of violence. The shooter was still at large. The victim was listed in critical but stable condition

West Lafayette, Ind. -- Someone was shot in the electrical engineering building at a university campus this morning. One person is in custody. The school’s 30,00 students have been warned to shelter in place until further notice.

Connersville, Ind. -- An off-duty police chief suffered a flesh wound to his thigh when he accidentally shot himself while at a gun store on Saturday. He was putting a handgun into an unfamiliar holster and the weapon discharged when the trigger caught on clothing. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Ormond Beach, Fla. -- A 22-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the face while attempting to fix his hunting rifle about 2 a.m. Thursday. He did not know the gun was loaded. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. He was listed in stable condition.

St. Petersburg, Fla. -- A 15-year-old boy accidentally shot a 16-year-old boy in the foot while showing off a handgun at a city park Thursday afternoon. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Rosedale, Md. -- A 17-year-old boy hanging out in the basement of a home with a group of teens was shot in the neck when one of them was handling a gun and it accidentally discharged. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening. No one else was hit by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Jamestown Township, Mich. -- When a man and his wife were out hunting Saturday, he accidentally shot the woman while firing at a rabbit. She was in stable condition.

Carson City, Nev. -- An 88-year-old man walked into his wife’s hospital room on Sunday and shot her in the chest. He as been charged with attempted murder. The woman’s injuries were considered life-threatening.

Orlando, Fla. -- About 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a 34-year-old man and his wife driving on an interstate highway were threatened by another driver brandishing a gun, the man accidentally shot himself in the leg while pulling his gun from under the seat of his car. His injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Lawton, Okla. -- Two men were fooling around with a gun in an apartment Sunday morning when the weapon accidentally discharged and the flying bullet went through a wall and into an adjoining apartment where it grazed a sleeping 21-year-old woman on her upper lip.

Oak Grove, Ore. -- About 11:30 a.m. Friday, when a 42-year-old man riding a bus reached into a carrying case containing a handgun, the weapon accidentally discharged and struck the bus floor. None of the 20 to 25 people on the bus were injured. The man was arrested.

Today’s sources: Associated Press, CNN, The (Danville, Ill. ) Commercial News, Connersville (Ind.) News-Examiner, The Daytona Beach News Journal, KFRE-TV Fresno, KLTV-TV Tyler (Tex.), KSWO-TV Lawton (Okla.), The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, The Sacramento Bee, St. Petersburg Tribune, WCSC-TV Charleston (S.C.), WESH-TV Orlando, WHNT-TV Huntsville, WJZ-TV Baltimore, WLTX-TV Columbia (S.C.), WXMI-TV Grand Rapids

Addendum for January 21, 2014

Help reduce this daily carnage. Find out how, here:

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January 17, 2014 edition

Spanish Fork, Utah -- A 34-year-old police officer shot and killed his 32-year-old wife, his 7-year-old son, his 5-year-old daughter, and his 55-year-old mother-in-law before using the gun to kill himself yesterday. The couple reportedly had experienced marital problems for the past several months including a brief period of separation.

Irmo, S.C. -- A 38-year-old man shot and killed his 28-year-old wife, his 3-year-old son, and his 1-year-old daughter before using the gun to kill himself at their home Wednesday. A handgun was found near the father. Each family member had a gunshot wound to the head.

Syracuse, Utah -- A 32-year-old woman shot and killed her two daughters, ages 13 and 7, before using the gun to kill herself about 7 p.m. Tuesday. The woman had broken up with her fiancé the day before.

Detroit, Mich. -- A 4-year-girl accidentally shot and killed a 4-year-old boy, her cousin, while playing with a rifle she found inside their grandparent’s home yesterday afternoon.

New Bedford, Mass. -- A man and a woman, both 22-years-old, were found fatally shot in an apartment late Wednesday afternoon and a relative said the man shot the woman before using the gun to kill himself. Both victims had gunshot wounds to the head. They were reportedly in a relationship.

Morning View, Ky. -- A 28-year-old man shot and killed his 26-year-old estranged girlfriend before using the gun to kill himself Tuesday evening. The woman, a college student, leaves behind two young children.

Symrna, Tenn. -- A 32-year-old man shot and killed a 28-year-old woman, his brother’s girlfriend, at an apartment before using the gun to kill himself. Police responding to a 911 call arrived about 7:20 p.m. yesterday to find the front door kicked open and a 2-year-old child of the woman walking around unharmed. The bodies were found in a locked upstairs bedroom. Police believe the shootings stemmed from a domestic violence call at the home on Tuesday. The child was placed into protective custody.

Denham Springs, La. -- A 38-year-old man shot and killed his estranged 35-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself Wednesday night. Police said there was an active restraining order against the husband related to domestic abuse. The couple left two young children.

Crafton, Penn. -- A 46-year-old man shot and killed his 40-year-old estranged wife before using the gun to kill himself early Wednesday. The couple had been married for 10 years but were separated for the past six months. They leave three young daughters behind.

Elkhart, Tex. -- A 43-year-old man shot and killed his 42-year-old ex-wife before using the gun to shoot and wound himself trying to take his own life at a home Wednesday morning. No word on the shooter’s condition.

New Bedford, Mass. -- A 23-year-old man was found fatally shot on a street about 1 a.m. Thursday.

Houston County, Ga. -- A 30-year-old man was found dead from a single shot to the head outside a home around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. The case was being investigated as a homicide.

Eaton, Ind. -- A 50-year-old man was found fatally shot Saturday night after he went to a property to evict a tenant. Police have a possible suspect in custody.

Montgomery, Ala. -- A 7-year-old boy was shot and wounded after he became caught in a crossfire when at least two men exchanged gunfire on a street about 4 p.m. yesterday. A 23-year-old man has been charged in connection with the shooting. The victim was reported as “recovering well.”

Avondale, Ariz. -- When a man was cleaning a rifle in his garage about 2:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon, the weapon accidentally discharged and the bullet went through two walls of the house and grazed his 11-year-old daughter in the leg. The house is next to a park playground. It was not yet known whether or not the man would be charged. The girl’s injuries were described as minor.

Beach Park, Ill. -- A 19-year-old man at an underage drinking party at his home was showing off a handgun when it accidentally discharged and the bullet struck a girl in the abdomen just before midnight Tuesday. The man was arrested. The victim was listed in stable condition.

Memphis, Tenn. -- A 15-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the head while going to school in a car with his mother about 6:45 a.m. today. He was reported in non-critical condition.

Searcy, Ark. -- A 24-year-old man has been arrested after he shot his 65-year-old grandmother when the two got into a struggle about 8 a.m. Monday. The woman’s injuries were consider life-threatening.

Baker City, Ore. -- Police dispatched to a home about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday found that a 23-year-old man had accidentally shot himself in his left leg. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. He was listed in fair condition.

Konawa, Okla. -- When a 27-year-old woman argued with her grandfather about the custody of her two children while outside a gym during a high school basketball game, she pulled a handgun and threatened him before accidentally firing into the ground about 7 p.m. Saturday. The woman was arrested.

Brimfield, Ohio -- Two police officers serving as school resource officers at a high school have been disciplined after one of their guns accidentally fired when they were cleaning their weapons in an isolated cinder-blocked room of the school while students were in class last month. No one was struck by the flying bullet.

Hillsboro Beach, Fla. -- On January 6, when a woman and her daughter vacationing in Florida unzipped a bag left behind in their rental car by a previous user, they found inside it an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Today’s sources: Akron Beacon Journal, Baker City (Ore.) Herald, Birmingham News, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, The (Ill.) Daily Herald, The (York, S.C.) Enquirer-Herald, KAIT-TV Jonesboro (Ark), KETA-TV (Jacksonville, Tex.), KSAZ-TV Phoenix, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, The Oklahoman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Reuters, The Salt Lake Tribune, The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, WISH-TV Indianapolis, WMAZ-TV Macon, WTVF-TV Nashville

Addendum for January 17, 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.

If you want to help reduce this daily suffering, call, write, email, or FAX your representatives in Washington, D.C. and tell them to support common sense gun control. You’ll find contact information here:
www.contactingthecongress.org

January 15, 2014 edition

Green County, Ark. --A father accidentally shot and killed his 3-year-old son with a handgun at their home just before noon on Saturday. The child’s mother and brother were in the home at the time. The father purchased the gun online about a month ago. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

West Palm Beach, Fla. -- A 48-year-old woman shot and killed her 16-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter before using the gun to kill herself about 8 a.m. Monday.

North Las Vegas, Nev. -- A 67-year-old man arguing with his wife shot and wounded his 24-year-old daughter when she tried to intervene, then he shot his wife several times, wounding her, before beginning a six-hour standoff with police than ended when he used the gun to kill himself about 9 p.m. Tuesday. The wife was in critical condition; the daughter had non life-threatening injuries.

Wesley Chapel, Fla. -- A 71-year-old retired police officer in a movie theater shot and killed a 43-year-old man Monday after the two got into an argument because the younger man was texting on his phone. The victim’s wife was wounded in the hand by the bullet as she tried to break up the argument.

Little Rock, Ark. -- Someone was found shot and killed and lying on a street about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Wichita, Kan. -- A 70-year-old man shot and killed himself at his home about 9 p.m. Monday. The man had been arrested a few days earlier for accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy last Saturday night as reported here on January 13. The boy was treated and released from a local hospital.

Boston, Mass. -- When two masked men forced their way into an apartment about 9 a.m. Wednesday, a male resident opened fire killing one of the intruders. The other intruder fled and was later arrested. Police believe the intruders were known to the resident.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 27-year-old man was found shot to death about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Durham, N.C. -- A 36-year-old man is accused of shooting and killing a 33-year-old man about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the two knew each other.

Houston, Tex. -- A man was shot multiple times and killed and a woman was shot and wounded when gunfire erupted at an apartment about noon Tuesday. The woman’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Fillmore, Calif. -- An 18-year-old man was shot and killed and a juvenile was shot and wounded when gunfire erupted at a party on Saturday. The juvenile reportedly had non life-threatening injuries.

Kansas City, Mo. -- One or more occupants in a vehicle opened fire on three males in their 30s in a pick-up truck, killing two of the occupants and wounding the other about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. The wounded victim has minor injuries.

Roswell, N.M. -- A 13-year-old girl was shot twice in her arm and an 11-year-old boy was shot twice in his face when a 12-year-old boy walked into his middle school and removed a shotgun from a band-instrument case and opened fire in the school gymnasium about 8:10 a.m. Tuesday. After shooting the students, the 12-year-old fired once into the air before dropping the gun. A teacher subdued the suspect. The girl was listed in satisfactory condition; the boy was in critical condition. A classmate said the shooter, a seventh-grader, had been bullied.

Winnsboro, S.C. -- A 25-year-old man shot three times at his 25-year-old live-in girlfriend, striking her twice in her arm at a home before going into the bedroom and using the gun to shoot and wound himself about 2:15 p.m. Sunday. The woman was in stable condition; the man was on life support.

Kula, Hawaii -- A 12-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the lower leg with a rifle about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. His injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Penn Township, Penn. -- A 19-year-old man handling a shotgun accidentally shot a friend, an 18-year-old man, at a home about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. The blast struck the victim in the right arm and chest area and he reportedly suffered significant trauma.

Carter County, Tenn. -- A 69-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the chin at his home Sunday night when a handgun in the pocket of his jeans discharged after he removed the jeans and was putting them on a dresser. He was listed in stable condition.

Fordsville, Ky. -- When a 57-year-old man thought a coyote was attacking his chickens early Tuesday morning, he accidentally shot himself in the arm with his handgun as he rushed out to the chicken coop. His injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Chilton County, Ala, -- A woman in her 50s was accidentally shot by her husband as he was unloading a gun on Saturday morning.

Birmingham, Ala. -- A man was shot in the arm while behind a gentleman’s club about 2:40 a.m. Monday.

Milwaukee, Wis. -- A 19-year-old man, a passenger in a car, was shot in the head by two men standing on a street corner about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Two males, ages 21 and 17, have been arrested. The victim was in stable condition.

Kane County, Ill. -- Police responding to a call of gunfire Friday morning found an 80-year-old man using a handgun to shoot down icicles hanging from the roof of his house. He was ordered to stop shooting. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Today’s sources: Arkansasmatters.com, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The (Durham, N.C.) Herald-Sun, Houston Chronicle, KABC-TV Los Angeles, KAIT-TV Jonesboro (Ark.), KCTV-TV Kansas City, Las Vegas Sun, MauiNow.com, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tampa Bay Times, USA Today, WBMA-TV Birmingham, WEHT-TV Evansville (Ind.), The Wichita Eagle, WIS-TV Columbia (S.C.)

Addendum for January 15, 2014

Back in the spring, 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.contactingthecongress.org

January 13, 2014 edition

Radnor, Penn. -- A couple in their 40s were found shot to death in the guesthouse of their home about 2:20 p.m. yesterday and police believe the husband shot and killed his wife before using the gun to kill himself. An 8-year-old son was in a bedroom of the main house at the time of the shooting and was not injured. Their two daughters, ages 17 and 15, were not at home at the time.

Little Elm, Tex. -- A 38-year-old man shot and killed his 33-year-old estranged wife as they signed divorce papers in the dining room of her father’s house before using the gun to kill himself Thursday. Several members of the woman’s family were in the kitchen when the shooting occurred. The two leave behind a young boy.

Chesterfield, Va. -- Two people were found fatally shot in a vehicle about 9:15 p.m. Sunday and police believe it was a murder-suicide involving a 38-year-old man who shot and killed his 39-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself.

San Antonio, Tex. -- A man in his 40s and a man in his 20s were found dead from gunshot wounds at their residence about 3 p.m. Saturday and police are investigating the shooting as a murder-suicide.

Antrim Township, Penn. -- About 2:10 a.m. on January 4, a 28-year-old man driving home to Maine on an interstate highway after visiting relatives in Florida for the holidays was found shot dead in his vehicle after calling 911 to report that the driver of a pickup truck was chasing him and firing shots. Police are calling the incident road-rage. They believe the truck rammed the victim’s vehicle into a grassy median where he was then shot multiple times.

Chester, Penn. -- A 31-year-old man was shot and killed outside a bar about 1 a.m. Sunday when he tried to rob a 21-year-old man and the younger man -- who had a concealed weapon permit -- pulled his gun and the two exchanged gunfire. The victim was shot and wounded during the exchange and was listed in serious condition.

Oracle, Ariz. -- A 55-year-old woman is suspected of fatally shooting and killing her friend, a female, around 8:20 p.m. Saturday. She was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide. Police said the shooter was intoxicated, difficult to understand, and had to be assisted while walking.

Tallapoosa County, Ala. -- A 50-year-old man out hunting about 6:30 a.m. Sunday was accidentally shot and killed by another hunter.

Hopewell, Ala. -- A 37-year-old man out hunting with two others was accidentally shot and killed by one of them about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Henrico, Va. -- A man was shot in the chest and killed when a party at an abandoned house led to gunfire about 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

Gresham, Ore. -- An 8-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the abdomen at a home about 2 p.m. Saturday. No word on his condition.

Wichita, Kan. -- When a 70-year-old man was showing a gun to two children Saturday night, the weapon accidentally discharged striking one of the children -- a 10-year-old boy -- in the face. The man was arrested. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital.

Columbus, Ohio -- A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the chest by another teenager as the two were playing with a gun about noon on Sunday. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Chattanooga, Tenn. -- A teenage boy was accidentally shot in the head by a friend as the two were handling a handgun at a home about 1:45 p.m. Sunday. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

South Bend, Ind. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the stomach about 2 p.m. Sunday. No word on his condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 17-year-old girl on her way to school was shot in her abdomen while waiting for a bus about 8 a.m. today after someone walked up to her with a gun and demanded her cell phone. She was listed in serious condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 21-year-old woman was shot in the right thigh and buttocks about 10:45 a.m. today. She was listed in serious condition.

Portland, Ore. -- Four people were shot after gunfire erupted at a strip club about 8:40 p.m. Saturday. Two of the victims reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries.

Jacksonville, Fla. -- A man was shot in the parking lot of a hotel about 5 a.m. Sunday. Police said the shooting was near a building close to the hotel where after-hour parties are often held. The victim’s injuries were described as non life-threatening.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- A teenager was grazed by a bullet about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- A bullet grazed a teenage girl’s head Saturday morning.

Tomah, Wis. -- A man accidentally shot himself Sunday afternoon. No word on his condition.

Middletown, Ohio -- When a 31-year-old man on private property was using a rifle to target-shoot, he inadvertently fired one round into the front of a YMCA building about 3 p.m. Sunday. No one was hit by the flying bullet.

Today’s sources: Arizona Daily Star, Associated Press, Birmingham News, Chicago Tribune, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Florida Times-Union, KATU-TV Portland, KDFW-Dallas, The Oregonian, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Antonio Express-News, WBND-TV South Bend, WBNS-TV Columbus, WRTV-TV Indianapolis, WTVC-TV Chattanooga, WWBT-TV Richmond

Addendum for January 13, 2014

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January 11, 2014 edition

Burwell, Neb. -- Police doing a welfare check at a home Tuesday afternoon discovered that a 31-year-old man shot and killed his 2-year-old daughter before using the gun to kill himself.

Freeport, Tex. -- About 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, police found two bodies at a home and believe that a 35-year-old man shot and killed his 34-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself. The couple’s three children, ages 10, 8 and 5, were at school at the time of the shooting.

Lake Charles, La. -- A 32-year-old man shot and killed a 25-year-old woman at an apartment before using the gun to kill himself about 12:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Atascosa County, Texas -- A 50-year-old woman on her front porch and about to go into her house about 9:30 p.m. Sunday was shot and killed when two men in a residence next door were looking at a rifle and it accidentally discharged sending the bullet through a wall and striking her in the abdomen. No charges were expected to be filed.

Coloma, Mich. -- A man shot twice at a woman, striking he once in the hip, before using the gun to kill himself on Tuesday. The pair were in a relationship. No word on her condition.

Brandywine, Md. -- When five people -- three men and two women -- were hanging out at a home and playing with a rifle about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, one of the group -- a 23-year-old old man -- was killed after he was struck in the head when someone else in the group accidentally discharged the gun. No charges were expected to be filed.

Grand Forks, N.D. -- A 24-year-old man died after accidentally shooting himself while handling a gun on Wednesday. He leaves behind two children.

Cleveland, Ohio -- A man in his late teens or early 20s was found dead on a sidewalk about 4:50 a.m. today. He had been shot in the chest.

Aurora, Colo. -- A man was found shot to death in the parking lot of an apartment complex about 12:30 a.m. today.

Chicago, Ill. -- About 7 p.m. Wednesday, a 52-year-old woman shot her 56-year-old brother in his eye, killing him, as they argued over whether or not a gun would fire. She was charged with reckless homicide.

Sand Creek, Ind. -- A 16-year-old boy handling a rifle accidentally shot his 12-year-old brother in the head at their home about 11:30 p.m. Monday. The rest of the family was asleep at the time. The family had been shooting firearms earlier in the day. No word on the victim’s condition.

Janesville, Wis. -- A 20-year-old man accidentally shot his 13-year-old sister in her arm when he mistook her for an intruder at her residence Wednesday afternoon. Police said the man did not think his sister was home and when she got out of bed he suspected the movement in her room was someone trying to break into the house through the bedroom window, so he got his father’s handgun and fired through the bedroom door. Police plan to charge the man with recklessly endangering safety.

Jeannette, Penn. -- An 11-year-old boy was shot in the ear when six rounds fired from outside pierced the walls of his home as he stood in his sister’s upstairs bedroom about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was treated and released.

Springfield, Ohio -- A 22-year-old man accidentally shot his 18-year-old brother in the abdomen and arm while removing a gun from a safe. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Columbia County, Fla. -- A 30-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the chest about 11:45 a.m. Thursday morning when he dropped a rifle at a home and it discharged as it hit the floor. He was reported as conscious and alert during transport to a hospital.

Carlisle, Penn. -- A man accidentally shot his girlfriend in her right arm at a home on Tuesday. Police said charges might be filed. Her injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Wiscasset, Maine -- A 49-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the chest Tuesday afternoon while handling a handgun. No word on his condition.

Wagoner County, Okla. -- A woman was accidentally shot at a residence around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Police said no arrests would be made. Her injuries were listed as non life-threatening.

Topeka, Kan. -- A woman was dropped off at a hospital with a gunshot wound about 3 p.m. Wednesday. She was in stable condition.

North Little Rock, Ark. -- When someone with a gun walked up to a car with an 18-year-old male driver and three juveniles inside and demanded everything the driver had, the driver was shot several times after he pulled a gun and tried to defend himself about 1:30 a.m. today. The juveniles were not injured. The victim was listed in stable condition.

Jackson, Tenn. -- Two men in their 30s were shot during a robbery attempt as they walked from a sports bar to their car about 2 a.m. today. One victim was shot in his stomach; the other was shot his arm. Both were listed in stable condition.

Jackson, Tenn. -- Four people were shot about 2:30 a.m. today after an argument inside a bar escalated into gunfire on a street outside the establishment. One victim suffered a graze wound; no information on the conditions of the other victims.

Cleveland, Ohio -- A 24-year-old man was shot multiple times in the back after a fight broke out between two people inside a recreation center about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was listed in critical condition.

Pittsburgh, Penn. -- A man showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound about 10:50 p.m. last night.

Frankfort, Ky. -- A state lawmaker with a concealed-carry permit accidentally fired a handgun while trying to empty it at her Capitol Annex office this week. A legislative colleague was in the office at the time. No one was struck by the flying bullet. Police said no charges would be filed.

Tanana, Alaska -- Some residents of the village have been without Internet and cable TV service since New Year’s Eve after a reveler firing into the air accidentally shot through a fiber-optic cable.

Today’s sources: Arkansasmatters.com, Associated Press, Bangor Daily News, Chicago Tribune, The (Jackson, Tenn.) Clarion-Ledger, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Denver Post, The (Clute, Tex.) Facts, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, KHAS-TV Hastings (Neb.), KOKI-TV Tulsa, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pleasanton (Texas) Express, The Topeka Capital-Journal, The Washington Post, WAVE-TV Louisville, WBND-TV South Bend, WDAZ-TV Grand Forks, WGMB-TV Baton Rouge, WHTM-TV Harrisburg, WTLV-TV Jacksonville

Addendum for January 11, 2014

If today is an average day, some 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.contactingthecongress.org

January 8, 2014 edition

Albita Springs, La. -- A 17-year-old boy shot and killed his 35-year-old father and 2-year-old half-sister at a home on Monday.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 13-year-old boy killed a sleeping 16-year-old boy, his cousin, about 5:50 a.m. Sunday after the two had argued earlier over a video game system.

Olmsted County, Minn. -- A 19-year-old man shot and killed an 18-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself at his home about 4 p.m. Monday. The two were college freshmen and police believe they were friends.

Simi Valley, Calif. -- A 42-year-old man shot and killed his 30-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself at their home about 2 p.m. last Saturday. The couple’s four children who were home at the time of the shooting were unharmed.

Kirksville, Mo. -- About 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a 36-year-old man shot and killed his 33-year-old wife at their home before using the gun to kill himself. The couple’s three small children and two other adults were at the home at the time of the shooting.

Knoxville, Tenn. -- On Thursday, a 49-year-old man shot and killed his 59-year-old wife as she tried to get out of their house before using the gun to kill himself. The woman was found dead at the end of the driveway with multiple gunshot wounds; the man’s body was found in an upstairs bedroom.

Darby, Mont. -- Police responding to a residence on Monday found two people shot to death and they are calling it a murder-suicide.

Fresno, Calif. -- A husband and wife, both 77-years-old, were found fatally shot at their home about 11 a.m. Sunday and police say it was a murder-suicide. The pair left a note indicating that both of them were in poor health.

Taylor County, Ky. -- Police found two people fatally shot Tuesday morning and they suspect it was a murder-suicide.

Aldie, Va. -- Police responding to a report of shots fired about 10:30 p.m. yesterday found two adults fatally shot and a third adult shot and wounded in an apparent murder-suicide. Two juveniles inside the home were not injured. The wounded adult was reported as having serious but non life-threatening injuries.

Somerville, Ala. -- A 45-year-old woman was found dead from a single gunshot wound at a home on Sunday.

Pulaski County, Ark. -- A woman has been arrested after she confessed to shooting her husband multiple times, killing him, after the two had an altercation Sunday morning.

Jacksonville, Fla. -- A 45-year-old man shot and killed a 33-year-old woman at a home they shared and then used the gun to shoot and wound himself. The shooter was expected to recover.

Egnar, Colo. -- A 28-year-old man hunting coyotes was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow hunter on December 27.

Kansas City, Mo. -- A 21-year-old man was found fatally shot on a street about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Inverness, Fla. -A 64-year-old man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday afternoon.

Springfield, Mo. -- A 6-year-old girl was accidentally shot by a 12 year old boy inside a home last Wednesday. She was listed in stable condition after surgery.

Taylor, Tex. -- A 22-year-old man playing with a handgun he thought was unloaded accidentally shot his 12-year-old cousin about 11 p.m. Thursday. The boy was listed in stable condition.

Philadelphia, Penn. -- Police responding to a report of a shooting at a home about 3:30 a.m. Sunday arrived to find a 26-year-old woman in bed with a gunshot wound to her forehead and her 36-year-old boyfriend said he accidentally shot her. He was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and several other offenses. The woman was listed in critical condition.

Rogersville, Tenn. -- A 41-year-old woman accidentally shot herself in the abdomen while cleaning her handgun about 3:15 p.m. Saturday. She was listed in good condition.

East Palo Alto, Calif. -- A 26-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the head as he handled a gun while intoxicated about 9 p.m. New Year's Eve. No word on his condition.

Burien, Wash. -- About 1 a.m. last Wednesday, a 66-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the thigh while in the parking lot of a pub. He was expected to survive.

Mendon, N.Y. -- A man eating at a restaurant on Saturday was shot in his hand and ankle and his dining companion was shot in the ankle when his gun accidentally discharged. No one else in the restaurant was struck by the flying bullet. No word on the conditions of the two victims.

Brighton, Mich. -- A 32-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks with the gun he was carrying while in a big-box home-improvement store after he reached for his wallet but instead inadvertently grabbed the weapon causing it to discharge on December 26. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. Police say the man had a license to carry the concealed weapon and no charges will be filed. He was treated for minor injuries and released from a local hospital.

Galveston, Tex. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the leg about 5 p.m. Thursday. No word on his condition.

Toledo, Ohio -- A man accidentally shot himself in the leg while on a street about 5 a.m. last Wednesday.

Durham, N.C. -- A 31-year-old woman and her 9-year-old son were shot while sitting in a vehicle Saturday evening. No word on the victims’ conditions.

Anchorage, Alaska -- About 1 a.m. Tuesday, when police responded to a call from neighbors reporting that a man and woman were yelling and physically fighting at a home, they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. His injuries were described as life-threatening.

Omaha, Neb. -- A man showed up at a hospital about 4 a.m. Sunday with a gunshot wound to his leg. No word on his condition.

Oakland, Calif. -- Two men were shot and wounded about 8 p.m. Monday. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Jersey City, N.J. -- A 15-year-old boy on his way to school Tuesday morning was shot in the leg by another 15-year-old boy who then fled on foot. The shooter was later arrested. No word on the victim’s condition.

Athens, Ga. -- When a 22-year-old man in a cafe on Wednesday reached into his pocket for cash to pay his bill, he accidentally fired his handgun and the flying bullet passed through his chair and ricocheted off the floor before coming to rest on top of the chair. No one was struck by the bullet. No word on whether or not he was arrested.

Anchorage, Alaska -- Late Sunday, while arguing over an unpaid $10 bet, a 25-year-old man put a gun to the head of his 19-year-old roommate and pulled the trigger, but the gun jammed and the roommate escaped. The bet had to do with whether or not a local grocery store was open. The older man was arrested.

Today’s sources: Anchorage Daily News, Arkansasmatters.com, Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald, The B-town (Burien, Wash.) blog, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, The Detroit News, Florida Times-Union, Galveston Daily News, Herald-Sun, KCTV-TV Kansas City, KEYE-TV Austin, KFSN-TV Fresno, (Kingsport, Tenn.) Times-News, KGO-TV San Francisco, KOLR-TV Springfield (Mo.), KPAX-TV Missoula, KTVO-TV Kirksville (Mo.), Los Angeles Daily News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oakland Tribune, The (N.J.) Star-Ledger, Tampa Bay Times, Times-Picayune, The Toledo Blade, WHAM-TV Rochester, WHNT-TV Huntsville, WKYT-TV Lexington, WOWT-TV Omaha, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, WUSA-TV Washington, D.C.

Addendum for January 8, 2014

We have an epidemic of gun violence in the U.S.A. Here’s an organization working to find a cure: http://www.demandaction.org/

January 4, 2014 edition

Fontana, Calif. --  Police discovered four bodies with gunshot wounds -- a man between 30 and 35-years-old, a woman between 30 and 35-years-old, a 12-year-old girl, and a 10-year-old boy -- and they a calling it a murder-suicide. The woman and the children suffered multiple gunshot wounds; the man had a single gunshot wound to his head.

Tolleson, Ariz. -- A 45-year-old man shot and killed his two daughters, ages 8 and 6, before using the gun to kill himself on Tuesday night.

Lee County, Ala. -- A 10 year old boy was accidentally shot and killed inside a home about 7 p.m. Monday when he and two other juveniles were handling a gun and it inadvertently discharged.

Houston, Tex. -- A woman shot and killed her 43-year-old husband at an apartment on Tuesday before driving to a family member’s residence where she confessed to the crime and then used the gun to kill herself.

Knox County, Tenn. -- After neighbors heard gunshots and called 911 about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, police arrived to find a man and his wife dead from gunshot wounds and they are calling it a murder-suicide. Two of the bullets struck a neighbor’s living room window.

Silver Valley, N.C. -- A 71-year-old man shot and wounded his 70-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police reported there had been domestic strife between the couple. The woman’s injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening.

Pinellas Park, Fla. -- A 29-year-old man shot and killed his mother’s 48-year-old fiancee in a motel room and then used the gun to fatally shoot himself. His mother told police her son had a history of mental delusions.

Orange County, Fla. -- A 58-year-old man shot himself in the head at a gun range about 12:15 p.m. yesterday and police are calling it a suicide.

Camden, N.J. -- A man with a gunshot wound to his head was found on a street and pronounced dead at the scene about 11 p.m. Thursday.

Newport News, Va. -- A 6-year-old was struck in the foot by a stray bullet about 12:20 a.m. Wednesday. The child’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Florence County, S.C. -- An 8-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his father while they were deer hunting around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The boy’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening

Merritt Island, Fla. -- A 14-year-old girl accidentally shot herself with a handgun while at a gun range with her father about 3:20 p.m. Thursday. Her injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Monroe, La. -- A 17-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the chest when he and a teenage relative were fooling with a rifle at the relative’s home about 3:50 p.m. Wednesday. The victim was listed in critical but stable condition.

Cheyenne, Wyo. -- On Tuesday afternoon, a 22-year-old woman shopping at a big-box home-improvement store was accidentally shot in the arm when a handgun belonging to another shopper -- a 58-year-old woman -- fell from its holster causing the weapon to discharge. No word on whether or not charges were filed. The victim’s condition was not reported.

Dallas, Tex. -- A 31-year-old off-duty game warden was shot in the chest while bow-hunting Sunday afternoon. Police think he was accidentally shot by another hunter in the area. The victim was listed in stable condition.

Jacksonville, Fla. --  A 46-year-old man celebrating New Year’s Eve with his family at an apartment accidentally shot himself in the chest while playing with a gun. He was reported in serious condition and fighting for his life.

Glendale, Calif. -- A 48-year-old man accidentally shot his 43-year-old wife in her shoulder about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday as she stood in the kitchen of their home and he sat on a couch preparing to clear the barrel of a handgun. She was listed in stable condition.

Harrison Township, Mich. -- A 50-year-old woman was shot in the stomach in her home about 8:30 p.m. Monday when her 60-year-old husband was cleaning his handgun at the kitchen table and it accidentally discharged. No word on her condition.

Highland Park, Calif. -- A man was accidentally struck by a bullet around midnight Tuesday and police say it was related to celebratory New Year’s gunfire. His injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Today’s sources: Dallas Morning News, Detroit Free Press, The (Lexington, N.C.) Dispatch, KGWN-TV Cheyenne, KHOU-TV Houston, KNXV-TV Phoenix, Los Angeles Times, The (Monroe, La.) News Star, Orlando Sentinel, South Jersey Times, The Southern Illinoisan, The Virginian Pilot, WATE-TV Knoxville, WBIR-TV Knoxville, WESH-TV Orlando, WFTS-TV Tampa, WMBF-TV Myrtle Beach S.C., WSFA-TV Montgomery, WTLV-TV Jacksonville

Addendum for January 4, 2014

We have an epidemic of gun violence in the U.S.A. Here’s an organization working to find a cure : http://momsdemandaction.org/.

Originally posted to Tom Begnal on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM PST.

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

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