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March 12, 2014 edition

Eureka, Tex. -- When an 8-year-old boy found a shotgun in a shed attached to his home about noon on Monday, he accidentally shot a 3-year-old boy, his cousin, killing him. The toddler was struck in the head. The parents thought the gun was in a place that was unreachable by children.

Sterling, Ill. -- A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed by another teenager -- a close friend and son of a state trooper -- at the friend’s home about 11:40 a.m. on March 1.

Brunswick, Ga. -- A 65-year-old man accidentally shot and killed his 66-year-old lifelong friend as the two were target-shooting in a wooded area on Monday. The younger man did not realize the victim had walked into the woods behind the target. No charges have been filed although a further investigation is underway.

Columbus, Ohio -- Police responding to a call about 2:20 a.m. Saturday found that a 70-year-old man was accidentally shot and killed. The shooter was interviewed but no charges have yet been filed.

Fremont, Ohio -- When a 33-year-old man at a bar got into an argument and punched the wife of an off-duty police officer, a fight ensued and the man exited the bar and returned with a gun and shot and killed three men, including the off-duty officer.

Clayton, Wis. -- A 70-year-old man shot and killed his 68-year-old wife inside their home and then went outside and used the gun to kill himself in their driveway about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Stroudsburg, Penn. -- Police went to a home Friday to discover that a 60-year-old woman had shot and killed her 62-year-old husband before using the gun to kill herself. They had been dead for at least three weeks. The couple had been dealing with medical issues for a long time and left behind a jointly-composed suicide note.

Lovetown, Ala. -- Police went to a home about 9 a.m. Saturday to find that a 91-year-old man had shot and killed his 88-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself and authorities suspect a suicide pact between the pair was the reason for the shootings.

Whitesboro, Okla. -- A 30-year-old man shot and killed himself after killing his 57-year-old mother and 80-year-old stepfather at a home and then setting the structure on fire. The home was destroyed by the blaze and police were not certain they would be able to determine the cause of death of the mother and stepfather because their bodies were badly burnt.

Church Hill, Tenn. -- Police called to a home about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday found that a 20-year-old man shot and killed his 21-year-old live-in girlfriend before using the gun to kill himself. The couple’s 3-month-old daughter and the man’s grandmother were at the home at the time of the shooting.

Yuma, Ariz. -- A 19-year-old man shot and killed himself playing Russian roulette with another man while in the company of several others at a home Friday.

Birmingham, Ala -- A 23-year-old man was shot and killed in a city park about 11:15 a.m. Sunday. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his head.

Birmingham, Ala -- About 9:45 p.m. Sunday, a 23-year-old man was shot and killed while sitting in his car in his grandfather’s yard when someone walked up and opened fire.

Stockton, Calif. -- A 21-year-old man was found fatally shot on a street about 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- A 3-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the hand while inside a home after she found a gun in the area of a couch about 6 p.m. yesterday. No word yet on whether or not charges against any adults would be filed. The child was listed in good condition.

Bakersfield, Calif. -- When four boys on the way to school found a gun in the yard of a house near their school-bus stop Tuesday morning, one of the boys, 8-years-old, accidentally fired the weapon just as the bus arrived. No one was struck but the boy suffered a cut on his forehead caused by the gun recoil.

Panama City Beach, Fla. -- A 19-year-old woman on spring break from college was accidentally shot while unpacking a car at a hotel when a travel bag belonging to a 21-year-old friend fell to the ground causing a handgun inside the bag to discharge. The bullet went through one of her legs before grazing her other leg. No one else was struck by the bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on the woman’s condition.

Olean, N.Y. -- A 24-year-old man shot one of his fingers and the same bullet struck a 28-year-old woman in her shoulder at their home about 8:45 p.m. Monday when the man accidentally discharged a handgun. No charges have been filed but police say the investigation is continuing. The woman was in critical condition. The man was treated and released.

Jacksonville, Fla. -- Two teenagers, ages 18 and 16, were shot and wounded while standing on a sidewalk when a gunman walking down a street fired eight to 10 shots at them before running away. One of the teens was shot in the chest and listed in critical condition. No word on the condition of the other victim.

Chicago, Ill. -- After a man got into an argument at a party about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, he left the gathering and returned with a gun and then proceeded to shoot into the home wounding six people: five males -- ages 22, 20, 18, 17, and a teenager of unreported age -- and one female, age 20. The 22-year-old was listed as stabilized; both 20-year-olds were in serious condition. No medical reports on the others.

Allentown, Penn. -- A man was shot in the leg when he got into a fight with another man outside a bar about 2 a.m. Saturday. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Waterbury, Conn. -- A 32-year-old man was shot four times early Saturday morning. His injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Memphis, Tenn. -- Two men suffering from gunshot wounds showed up at a gas station about 1 a.m. Tuesday. Both men have injuries considered life-threatening.

Charlotte, N.C. -- As two men walked along a street Monday night, someone inside an approaching car opened fire and one of the men was struck. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Revere, Mass. -- Someone was shot and wounded at a donut shop about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The victim’s injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Salt Lake City, Utah -- A 17-year-old male was shot in the lower leg while on a street about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. He was listed in satisfactory condition.

Las Vegas, Nev. --One person was shot and killed and another was shot and wounded outside an apartment about 6:20 a.m. Tuesday. No word on the condition of the wounded victim.

Today’s sources: Associated Press, Birmingham News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Corsicana (Tex.) Daily Sun, Dothan (Ala.) Eagle, Florida Times-Union, The Indianapolis Star, KGET-TV Bakersfield, KSAZ-TV Phoenix, Las Vegas Sun, The Oklahoman, Olean (N.Y.) Times Herald, The (Stockton, Calif.) Record, Salt Lake Tribune, Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American, WATE-TV Knoxville, WCMH-TV Columbus (Ohio), WFMZ-TV Allentown (Penn.), WINK-TV Fort Myers (Fla.), WISC-TV Madison (Wis.), WMC-TV Memphis, WSOC-TV Charlotte, WTLV-TV Jacksonville

Addendum for March 12, 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://contactingthecongress.org/

March 8, 2014 edition

Mobile, Ala. -- A 7-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself after finding a relative’s gun at a home on Wednesday.

Phoenix, Ariz. -- A 15-year-old boy fatally shot his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend in front of a house before using the gun to kill himself about noon yesterday. Both were sophomores at the same high school.

East Norriton, Penn. -- A state trooper was handling a gun at his home when the weapon accidentally discharged and struck his pregnant wife, killing her, about 2:30 p.m. yesterday. The baby did not survive. The gun was not the trooper’s service weapon.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 54-year-old woman was fatally shot in the chest about 10 a.m. yesterday when she and another worker were sorting through donated clothing in a thrift store and a handgun fell from inside a sock and the weapon accidentally discharged.

Long Beach, Calif. -- Police went to a home about 3:30 p.m. Thursday to find two people fatally shot -- a 47-year-old man and his 43-year-old wife -- and authorities are calling it a murder-suicide.

New Philadelphia, Ohio -- A man shot and killed another man before driving to the parking lot of a church where he used the gun to kill himself Wednesday afternoon.

Ellenwood, Ga. -- A 40-year-old man shot his girlfriend several times in the torso, wounding her, before using the gun to kill himself about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Three children and another adult were inside the home at the time of the shooting but were not injured and they did not witness the shooting. The woman, listed in critical but stable condition, was expected to survive.

Athens, Tenn. -- Police believe a man used a pillow to suffocate his 85-year-old aunt before using a shotgun to kill himself Tuesday night. The man’s 67-year-old wife found the bodies when she arrived home.

Brandon, Wis. -- Two men were found fatally shot in a residence on Thursday and police are calling the incident a murder-suicide.

Houston, Tex. -- A woman fired a shotgun and killed her roommate -- a 46-year-old man -- after the two argued at their home about 10 p.m. Wednesday and she claims it was an accident. Police are investigating.

Chattanooga, Tenn. -- A 33-year-old man was found on the side of road with a fatal gunshot wound to his head last Saturday afternoon. Police are calling the shooting a homicide.

St. Louis, Mo. -- A man in his early 20s was found fatally shot on a street about 9:45 p.m. yesterday. He had been shot multiple times.

Gainesville, Fla. -- A 72-year-old grandfather shot and wounded his 16-year-old grandson after hearing the teen arguing with his mother Thursday morning. Police said there might be a history of the boy abusing the grandfather. The victim was in critical condition.

Highland, Calif. -- A 29-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. No one else was struck. No word yet on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.

Bozeman, Mont. -- A 74-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the hand while loading his handgun after he heard someone banging on his door about 2 a.m. yesterday. The homeowner managed to fired another shot, a warning shot, but the younger man continued banging. Police responded and arrested the younger man who appeared intoxicated and believed he was banging on the door of his own home.

Kitts Hill, Ohio -- When a 36-year-old man broke through the door of a house about 2 p.m. yesterday, the homeowner used his handgun to fire several shots, striking the man in the face and stomach. The intruder fled in a car that crashed a short distance from the scene and police captured him. No word on his condition.

Chattanooga, Tenn. -- A 20-year-old man was walking on a street about 3:30 a.m. Thursday when he heard four gunshots and one of the flying bullets struck him in the elbow. No word on his condition.

Trenton, N.J. -- Five people were shot and wounded at a party about 4:45 a.m. today. One of the victims was listed in critical condition; the other four were in serious condition.

Philadelphia, Penn. -- Two men, ages 22 and 20, were shot and wounded about 2 a.m. Wednesday when an argument inside a bar escalated into gunfire outside the establishment. No word on the victims’ conditions.

Philadelphia, Penn. -- A 23-year-old man was shot in the chest while on a street about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. He was listed in stable condition.

Philadelphia, Penn. -- A 42-year-old man was shot in his leg while on a street Monday afternoon. No word on his condition.

Cherry Hill, N.J. -- A 33-year-old man accidentally discharged his handgun while in the lobby of a high-rise office building about noon on Friday. No one was struck by the flying bullet. The man exited scene and left in a car that was later tracked down by police. He was charged with possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon by a felon, and possession of hollow-point bullets.

Today’s sources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Guncrisis.org, Highland (Calif.) Community News, KPRC-TV Houston, Long Beach Press Telegram, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, WALA-TV Mobile, WCHS-TV Charleston (W.V.), WFTV-TV Orlando, WGBA-TV Green Bay, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, WTOV-TV Steubenville (Ohio), WTVC-TV Chattanooga, Tenn.

Addendum for March 8, 2014

Please help reduce this daily bloodletting. 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://contactingthecongress.org/

March 5, 2014 edition

Lakeview, Calif. -- A 5-year-old child was accidentally shot and killed about 5 p.m. yesterday.

Cincinnati, Ohio -- An 8-year-old boy died after he was accidentally shot in the chest by his 10-year-old brother when the boys somehow found a gun while visiting the home of their 19-year-old uncle about 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

Decatur, Ala. -- A 21-year-old man was accidentally shot and killed when a handgun he was handling inadvertently discharged about 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

Martin City, Mont. -- A 37-year-old man examining an AR-15-type rifle at a home about 11:15 a.m. Sunday was killed when the weapon accidentally discharged and the bullet struck him in the face.

Cape Coral, Fla. -- A 50-year-old man shot and wounded a 51-year-old woman at a residence and then, during a three-hour standoff with police that began about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, used a gun to shoot and kill himself. The man and woman have the same surname, but it was not reported if they were related. The woman was said to be severely injured with a gunshot wound to her head.

Lubbock, Tex. -- A 51-year-old woman is suspected of shooting and killing her 53-year-old ex-husband outside his home before using the gun to shoot and wound herself about 10:20 p.m. Thursday. The two were divorced in 2012. She was in critical condition.

Detroit, Mich. -- When a man posted on his Facebook page that he planned to commit suicide, his brother rushed to the man’s home about 7:30 p.m. Thursday where he found his sibling and a woman fatally shot in an apparent murder-suicide related to a domestic dispute.

Dallas, Tex. -- A 47-year-old man -- a police officer -- and his 42-year-old wife were found fatally shot inside a home and police are calling it a murder-suicide with the husband as the suspect.

San Francisco, Calif. -- A 93-year-old female patient at a nursing home and her visiting 60-year-old daughter were found fatally shot about 5:30 p.m. Monday and police are calling the incident a murder-suicide.

Cookeville, Tenn. -- Police went to an apartment about 3:30 p.m. Monday to find two people fatally shot -- a 52-year-old woman and her 18-year-old son -- and police at this time believe the woman killed her son and then herself in a murder-suicide.

Pharr, Tex. -- A 53-year-old man shot and killed his 56-year-old ex-girlfriend -- a schoolteacher -- before using the gun to kill himself after the two met in his car in the parking lot outside an elementary school about 7:15 p.m. Monday where she had just participated in an open house.

Pine Bluff, Ark. -- A 65-year-old man in a parked vehicle flagged down a police car and, as two officers approached him, he got out of the car holding a handgun and fatally shot himself in the chest late Monday afternoon.

Denver, Colo. -- Two men, ages 31 and 23, were found fatally shot at an apartment complex early Saturday. Both men were shot in the head and police are investigating the deaths as homicides.

Dover, Ark. -- Police called to a residence about 9 a.m. Saturday found a 30-year-old man fatally shot. Two people were taken into custody and one of them was charged with first-degree murder.

Amado, Ariz. -- A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the upper stomach after finding a loaded handgun at his home about 1 p.m. Monday. Police said it was unclear if the parents would face charges. The child, listed in stable condition after surgery, was expected to survive.

Oklahoma City, Okla. -- A man was in a dressing room with his young son in a big-box sporting-goods store Saturday night to try on a waist-band holster and, when he put his holstered gun on a bench, the boy picked it up and the weapon accidentally discharged, striking both the child and father. No one else in the store was struck. The father, who has a Texas concealed carry license, was not arrested. The child was treated for a graze wound to a finger; the father was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg.

Dallas, Tex. -- A 20-year-old man was using a handgun to shoot targets in his backyard with three other men when one of his shots went through a neighbor’s kitchen window and struck a 9-year-old girl in the head about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The child underwent surgery to remove the bullet lodged near the back of her head. The 20-year-old was arrested on a charge of injury to a child and discharging a weapon. The child was listed in stable condition.

Orlando, Fla. -- When a 60-year-old man was in his garage showing a friend how to clean a handgun, the weapon accidentally discharged and the flying bullet went through the front door of a passing car and struck a 12-year-old girl in her arm as she sat in the front seat about 7:45 p.m. Friday. The discharge so surprised the man that he fired another accidental shot that struck his thigh. The child was treated and released. The man was expected to recover. The initial police report said he would not be charged, but detectives later said they are reviewing the case.

Danville, Calif. -- A 12-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the arm at his home about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday. It was not yet reported on how he got the gun. Both his parents are police officers. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. The child was treated and released.

Seminole, Fla. -- A 14-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen when his 16-year-old friend was showing him a rifle and the weapon inadvertently discharged about 4:20 p.m. Sunday. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- When a grandfather left six boys in his car while running an errand about 10:15 p.m. Friday, his 12-year-old grandson found a gun in the vehicle and accidentally shot himself. The grandson said he thought it was a BB gun. No one else was hit. The victim was reported as recovering. No word on whether or not the grandfather would be charged.

Dayton, Nev. -- When a young man was showing his new gun to his father about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the weapon accidentally discharged and struck his mother in the leg. No one else was hit by the flying bullet. No one was arrested. The mother was listed in critical condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 17-year-old boy was shot at least twice about 9 a.m. today. He was listed in serious condition.

Houston, Tex. -- A male was shot about 7 a.m. today. He was expected to survive.

Dallas, Tex. -- Someone was shot in the leg while in the parking lot of a restaurant about 12:10 a.m. yesterday morning. Police do not yet have a suspect. No word on the victim’s condition.

Reading, Penn. -- A teenager was playing with a gun about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when the weapon accidentally discharged and sent a bullet through a wall and into a neighboring home. No one was hit.

Today’s sources: Arkansasmatters.com, Chicago Tribune, (Walnut Creek, Calif.) Contra Costa Times, Denver Post, The (Cookeville, Tenn.) Herald-Citizen, The (Kalispell, Mont.) Daily Inter Lake, Decatur (Ala.) Daily, The Detroit News, The Fresno Bee, Houston Chronicle, KVOA-TV Tucson, KWTV-TV Oklahoma City, Lubbock (Tex.) Avalanche-Journal, The (McAllen, Tex.) Monitor, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, Orlando Sentinel, SF (San Francisco) Weekly, Tampa Bay Times, WCPO-TV Cincinnati, WFAA-TV Dallas, WFMZ-TV Allentown (Penn.), WMC-TV Memphis, WXIN-TV Indianapolis

Addendum for March 5, 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:

http://contactingthecongress.org/

March 1, 2014 edition

Glade Spring, Va. -- A 44-year-old man shot and killed his 17-year-old son, his 46-year-old wife, his 74-year-old mother-in-law, and shot and wounded his 75-year-old father-in-law before using the gun to kill himself. The shooter carried two guns when he broke into his in-laws’ home where his wife and son were staying about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and an argument ensued. The shooter’s wife had a restraining order against him. The father-in-law was in fair condition.

Oak Lawn, Ill. -- A 36-year-old man shot and killed himself after he shot and killed his 67-year-old father, his 68-year-old mother, and his 5-year-old nephew who was staying overnight at his grandparents’ house after his birthday party at the home on Wednesday. The shooter used a shotgun he got from his father’s gun safe. The shooter set the house on fire before he killed himself.

Greensburg, Ind. -- About 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, police discovered that a 44-year-old father had driven his 14-year-old son to a city park where he used a gun to kill the boy and then himself.

Memphis, Tenn. -- A 17-year-old girl sitting in the front seat of a car was accidentally shot and killed about 11 p.m. Saturday when a friend sitting in a back seat -- a 23-year-old man -- inadvertently shot a handgun he thought was unloaded and the bullet went through the front seat and stuck the victim in her back. The man has been charged with reckless homicide.

Dallas, Tex. -- A 59-year-old man shot and killed a 47-year-old woman and then used the gun to kill himself at a nightclub about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The two, who had dated, arrived separately at the club and then got into an argument.

Thornton, Colo. -- A 43-year-old husband shot and killed his 42-year-old wife and another woman who lived with them before using the gun to kill himself in their townhouse on Sunday.

Green Bay, Wis. -- Police went to an apartment late Monday morning to discover that a 52-year-old man had shot and killed a 47-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself. The pair lived together in the apartment and had a relationship for 10 years.

Simpson County, Miss. -- A 40-year-old mother shot and wounded her 21-year-old daughter before using the gun to kill herself on Monday. The deceased woman’s husband believes the shootings were related to a child custody case involving the daughter’s infant child. No word on the condition of the 21-year-old.

Carlsbad, Calif. -- A 63-year-old woman was shot twice in the chest at point-blank range by an 87-year-old man who then fatally shot himself in the garden area of an apartment complex about 12:30 p.m. Monday. Neighbors said the two had some sort of relationship at one time but had not spoken for months. No word on the woman’s condition.

Independence Township, Mich. -- A 36-year-old man died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while demonstrating gun safety to his girlfriend at a home about 9 p.m. Sunday. The man, who had been drinking, thought the gun was unloaded. Three children unrelated to the man, ages 12, 10, and 7, were at the home at the time but were unhurt. They did not witness the shooting.

Macon, Ga. -- A man dropped his handgun while sitting in the back seat of a car parked at a strip mall about 10 p.m. Friday and, when he tried to catch the weapon, it discharged and the bullet went through the front seat where it struck his 21-year-old cousin in the back, killing him. The man was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Marion, Ohio -- A 59-year-old man at an apartment accidentally fired his shotgun into the floor and the blast went into the apartment below where two women attending a prayer service were struck and wounded about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The man was charged with negligent assault. The womans’ injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Little Rock, Ark. -- A boy suffered a gunshot wound to the side of his face about 7:45 p.m. last Saturday when a friend was handling a gun and it accidentally discharged. The victim was expected to survive

Oconee County, S.C. -- A woman was shot in the leg Wednesday when her adult son was walking through her kitchen with a loaded gun and the weapon accidentally discharged. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on the woman’s condition.

Lancaster, Ohio -- A bullet grazed the hand of a 22-year-old man as he was disassembling a handgun for cleaning and the weapon accidentally discharged about 5 p.m. Friday. The bullet went into a nearby wall but no one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Medford, Ore. -- A man sitting in his vehicle accidentally shot himself Sunday afternoon when he reached into the glove box for his gun and the weapon inadvertently discharged and the bullet struck him in the hand and wrist. No one else was hit. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. His injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Pine Hills, Fla. -- A 15-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the thigh while outside a shopping-center store about 3 p.m. Tuesday. He was in stable condition.

Sandy, Utah -- When a man carrying a gun inside his backpack was at a busy restaurant about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, he accidentally dropped the backpack and, when it landed, the gun discharged sending a bullet into the concrete floor. Police did not charge him because he had a conceal carry permit and the incident was an accident.

Today’s sources: Chicago Sun-Times, The Denver Post, Detroit Free Press, The Indianapolis Star, KATV-TV Little Rock, KSWB-TV San Diego, KTVL-TV Medford (Ore.), KTVT-TV Fort Worth, KTVX-TV Salt Lake City, Lancaster (Ohio) Eagle Gazette, San Diego Union Tribune, Washington Post, WBNS-TV Columbus (Ohio), WISC-TV Madison (Wis.), WKMG-TV Orlando, WLBT-TV Jackson (Miss.), WMC-TV Memphis, WMGT-TV Macon, WYFF-TV Greenville, (S.C.)

Addendum for February March 1, 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:

http://contactingthecongress.org/

February 23, 2014 edition

Hialeah, Fla. -- Police who went to a home on Tuesday discovered that a 46-year-old man had shot and killed his wife of three months and his 16-year-old stepdaughter before using the gun to kill himself.

Gallatin, Tenn. -- Police went to an apartment about 4 p.m. Wednesday to find a 28-year-old man dead from a single gunshot wound to his head and his wife dead from multiple gunshot wounds to her head and authorities are calling the shooting a murder-suicide. The couple was in the process of getting a divorce.

Fresno, Calif. -- A 55-year-old man shot and wounded a 40-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself at a motel about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The two were in a relationship. The woman was listed in critical but stable condition.

Apache Junction, Ariz. -- Police who went to a home about 1 p.m. Tuesday discovered that a 55-year-old man had shot and killed his 47-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself. The couple had been married more than 20 years. The woman filed for divorce in November.

West Palm Beach, Fla. -- A man shot and killed a woman inside a home Tuesday morning before using the gun to kill himself. The pair were in a relationship.

Kingman, Ariz. -- An Oregon couple -- a 64-year-old man and his 60-year-old wife -- were found dead from gunshot wounds at a motel about 1 p.m. Monday and police suspect the shootings were a murder-suicide.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- Police called to a parking lot outside a condominium complex about 4:40 p.m. Friday found a man and a woman fatally shot and authorities believe it was a murder-suicide related to domestic issues.

Columbus, Ga. -- A 50-year-old man shot and killed his 44-year-old estranged wife in the parking lot at a state welfare office and then went to his car where he used the gun to kill himself early Friday.

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- A man is dead after he accidentally shot himself in the chest at his home as he was selling a handgun to a family member about 8 p.m. yesterday.

Dunkerton, Iowa -- A 54-year-old man -- the pastor of a local church -- used a gun to kill himself on February 12. His body was found behind the church parsonage where he lived.

Cary, N.C. -- A 74-year-old a man was found fatally shot in his yard about 8:45 a.m. Friday and the 43-year-old man suspected to be his killer, a family friend, shot and killed himself in a Florida motel after a police stand-off.

Orting, Wash. -- A 53-year-old man has died after interrupting a burglary in his garage about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday and the shotgun he had with him was somehow taken away and used to shoot and kill him in his front yard.

Jackson, Miss. -- A 32-year-old man was shot three times in the head while at a sports bar about 10 p.m. Friday. A suspect was arrested. No word on the victim’s condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 32-year-old man was fatally shot as he was sitting in a car when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire about 7:40 p.m. yesterday.

Durham, N.C. -- A 21-year-old man accidentally fired a gun while on a porch of a home about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and the bullet struck a 5-month-old girl who was in a car-seat on the porch. The man was charged with felony negligent child abuse resulting in bodily injury. The victim’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Pittsburgh, Penn. -- A 12-year-old girl was shot in the leg after a 22-year-old man brought a rifle to the girl’s home to have it cleaned by her uncle and the weapon accidentally discharged. No one else was struck by the bullet. The 22-year old was charged with recklessly endangering another person. The girl was in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

Amarillo, Tex. -- Two males of unknown age were accidentally shot and wounded when one of them was cleaning a gun and the weapon inadvertently discharged late Friday. One of the victims reportedly suffered a graze wound; no word on the injuries or condition of the other victim. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the finger when he slipped on ice on his driveway while holding a gun about 7 a.m. Thursday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not he would face charges. No word on his condition.

Harris County, Tex. -- An after-school melee involving 50 to 60 high school students about 3:30 p.m. Friday erupted into gunfire and one student, believed to be 19-years-old, was shot and wounded. The victim was listed in serious condition but was expected to survive.

Chicago, Ill. -- An 18-year-old male and two 17-year-old males walking together on a sidewalk were shot and wounded when someone with a gun approached on foot and opened fire about 11 p.m. yesterday. All three victims were reported in stable condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 24-year-old man walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach about 11:40 a.m. yesterday. He was in critical condition.

Nashville, Tenn. -- A man was shot in the shoulder while driving about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

St. Louis, Mo. -- A man walking home from a friend’s house about 2:45 a.m. Saturday was shot in the stomach when he resisted an attempted armed robbery by two men who approached him on a street. The victim was listed in stable condition.

Columbus, Ohio -- A man was shot in the ankle while at a mall about 12:45 p.m. Friday. Police were looking for a suspect. No word on the victim’s condition.

Riviera Beach, Fla. -- Two students at a middle school were arrested Friday after they were allegedly caught handing a loaded handgun in their classroom. Police are working to find out how they got the gun.

Sources: Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette, KDKA-TV Pittsburgh, KFSN-TV Fresno, KOMO-TV Seattle, KPHO-TV Phoenix, Mohave Valley Daily News, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, WATE Knoxville, Waterloo Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier, WCHS-TV Charleston (W.V.), WHEC-TV Rochester (N.Y.), WPTV-TV West Palm Beach, WRTV-TV Indianapolis, WTLV-TV Jacksonville, WTVF-TV Nashville, WTVJ-TV Miami

Addendum for February 23, 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/.

February 19, 2014 edition

Carroll County, Va. -- Police responding to a call Sunday afternoon found a woman lying in the road with a fatal gunshot wound and the man who witnesses said shot her was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Cleveland, Ohio -- A 24-year-old man shot and killed his girlfriend inside a home before using the gun to kill himself Sunday afternoon. Neighbors said the man shot the woman because she was unfaithful to him. It was reported that one of the man’s two children from a previous relationship, a 2-year-old daughter, was in his car parked at the home during the shootings.

Plano, Tex. -- Police went to a home about 7:30 a.m. Sunday to find that an 80-year-old woman had shot and killed her 85-year-old husband before using the gun to kill herself. Neighbors said the man had been in poor health recently and his wife was caring for him.

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio -- About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, a 22-year-old man broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend after shooting out the back door and, as three residents hid in the home, the man shot and killed himself when confronted by police who arrived to find him hiding in the basement. Police were on the lookout for the man because he had earlier threatened to kill his mother and the ex-girlfriend. Police said he had an AK47 rifle, a handgun, and over 140 rounds of ammunition.

Houston, Tex. -- A man shot and killed himself inside his apartment after arguing with his wife about 9 p.m. Monday. The woman had just stepped outside when she heard a gunshot from inside. The couple’s young son was asleep in the apartment at the time of the shooting.

Lemay, Mo. -- A 23-year-old woman used a rifle to shoot and kill her 40-year-old aunt when the aunt when to the niece’s door about 1:50 a.m. Sunday and the two got into an argument. The niece was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. The aunt leaves behind a 9-year-old boy, twin 6-year-old girls, and a 21-year-old son who lives out-of-state.

Phoenix, Ariz. -- A man died after he was shot when he got into a fight with someone while inside a big-box department store around 4 p.m. Sunday. Police were talking to a suspect.

Nashville, Tenn. -- A woman in her late 20s died after being shot multiple times while in a parking lot about 8:30 p.m. Monday. Police are looking for the shooter.

East St. Louis, Ill. -- A 21-year-old man sitting in a car with a woman in the parking lot of a nursing home Sunday evening was fatally shot when two men in another car pulled alongside and opened fire after a confrontation of some sort.

Birmingham, Ala. -- A 3-year-old boy in an apartment accidentally shot himself in the abdomen just before 7 p.m. yesterday. No word on his condition

Birmingham, Ala. -- A 6-year-old boy shot himself in the foot after he found a gun in the glove compartment of his uncle’s vehicle as the uncle was driving him to a restaurant around 6 p.m. yesterday. The boy’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

South Daytona, Fla. -- When a 13-year-old boy was at home showing a rifle to his friend -- another 13-year-old boy -- the gun accidentally discharged and the friend was struck in his arm. The victim required surgery.

Chicago, Ill. -- When a robber or robbers approached a 16-year-old boy on a street about 11:45 p.m. Sunday, the boy inadvertently shot himself in the foot when he pulled a gun to defend himself. He was listed in good condition.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- A woman was shot outside a preschool daycare-center about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday. Police are looking for the shooter who they suspect was the woman’s ex-husband. No word on the woman’s condition.

Bismarck, N.D. -- An 18-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the foot with a handgun while at a gun range about 4 p.m. Monday. No one else was hit by the flying bullet. Police said they are not filing charges but the state game and fish department might investigate further.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- When an off-duty corrections officer was eating at a restaurant and reached for a valet ticket in his pocket, he accidentally fired his handgun and shrapnel from the flying bullet struck six nearby people. One of the victims was hospitalized; the others were treated at the scene.

Daviess County, Ky. -- A man was cleaning his gun about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. when the weapon accidentally discharged and the flying bullet struck his wife in the leg. No one else was hit. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. Her injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Wilmington, Del. -- A 44-year-old man in a motel room was spinning a handgun in his hand while showing the weapon to two women when the gun discharged and the bullet struck him in the leg about 9:50 p.m. Sunday. No one else was hit. He was arrested. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Someone in an apartment accidentally dropped a gun causing it to discharge and the flying bullet went through the ceiling into the apartment above where it went through a man’s leg and then continued on to strike a woman about 6:25 p.m. yesterday.

Ormond Beach, Fla. -- A 22-year-old man was attempting to fix his hunting rifle about 2 a.m. Thursday when it accidentally discharged into his face. He thought the gun was unloaded. He was in stable condition.

Orlando, Fla. -- About 10 p.m. Sunday, a 36-year-old man with a concealed weapon permit was at a bar showing the safety features of his handgun to a 22-year-old female friend when the weapon inadvertently fired and, after the bullet hit the floor, a fragment of the bullet struck the friend in her ankle.

Hillsborough County, Fla. -- A wildlife photographer -- a 37-year-old man -- was photographing turkeys around 7:30 a.m. Sunday when he was shot and wounded after a hunter -- a 43-year-old man -- mistook him for a deer. Authorities said fog in the area created limited visibility. The shooter was not charged. The victim’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening.

Pittsburgh, Penn. -- A 27-year-old woman shot another female, her partner, in the upper arm when they got into an argument at a home about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. The shooter was arrested. The victim was listed in stable condition.

Chicago, Ill. -- When a police supervisor accidentally fired his gun in a police station about 9:40 p.m. Monday, the bullet struck a water pipe causing it to gush for two hours, causing damage to computers and desks on the floor below. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Chicago, Ill. -- A 17-year-old boy was shot in the upper thigh while on a street about 1 a.m. Tuesday. He was expected to recover.

Lansing, Kan. -- A 30-year-old man driving on a state road was sideswiped and shot at when he tried to pass another vehicle about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Huffman, Tex. -- When a television reporter and his cameraman showed up at a residence to asked the homeowner -- a 73-year-old man -- about charges that he molested a 5-year-old neighborhood girl, the homeowner threatened the pair with a gun and chased them away.

Today’s sources: Akron Beacon Journal, Associated Press, The Birmingham News, Chicago Tribune, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Houston Chronicle, The Leavenworth (Kan) Times, KSWESH-TV Orlando, Las Vegas Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, WFIE-TV Evansville (Ind.), WFLA-TV Tampa, WFOR-TV Miami, WISH-TV Indianapolis, WOIO-TV Cleveland, WSLA-TV Roanoke, WTVF-TV Nashville

Addendum for February 16, 2014

Enough.
Demand a plan.
Right now.

Watch this:
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Then 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:

http://contactingthecongress.org/

February 16, 2014 edition

Lake Worth, Fla. -- A 4-year-old girl died when she accidentally shot herself after finding a gun in her home about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Cocoa, Fla. -- An 18-year-old male was accidentally shot in the chest and killed when he sat on a couch in a living room as a 25-year-old man in the room was making repairs to an AR-15 rifle and the weapon inadvertently discharged about 4 p.m. Monday. No word yet on whether or not any charges will be filed.

Little Rock, Ark. -- A 15-year-old girl who was a passenger in a car along with several others was shot and killed as the car was parked at a gas station about 1 a.m. Saturday. Police said a suspect was being questioned.

Bloomington, Minn. -- Police called to a retirement home about 11:40 a.m. Friday found that a 77-year-old man shot and killed a 76-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself.

Vineyard, Calif. -- Police responding to a report of a shooting about 1:15 p.m. Friday found a man in his 60s or 70s and a woman in her 50s or 60s shot dead and lying near a creek. A communications company employee working nearby saw the pair get out of a parked car and walk toward a paved path. The employee soon heard a gunshot and saw the woman on the ground. The man then shot himself.

Bossier City, La. -- A man shot and killed his wife before using the gun to kill himself at their home about 10 p.m. Thursday.

New Orleans, La. -- Police entered a home Thursday night and found a man and woman fatally shot and they are calling the incident a murder-suicide. They suspect the man, 56-years-old, shot his 22-year-old girlfriend before using the gun to kill himself. The woman leaves two children behind and the man is the father of the youngest one.

Helendale, Calif. -- An 82-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man were found fatally shot at a home about 8:30 p.m. last Sunday and police are calling the incident a murder-suicide.

Portland, Ore. -- Just before midnight last night, police responding to a call of shots-fired arrived at an apartment to find a woman dead and a man suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The man’s injuries were reported as life-threatening.

Erie, Penn. -- Police found a man and a woman fatally shot inside a home about 10:30 p.m. last night and they are calling the incident a murder-suicide.

Steubenville, Ohio -- A 32-year-old man shot and killed himself in his home after a police standoff that started as a police chase when the man failed to stop for a lane violation.

Plant City, Fla. -- Police responding to a call at a home about 12:30 p.m. Monday found that a 72-year-old man -- a retired dentist who had served four years on the city commission -- accidentally killed himself when a gun he was handling inadvertently discharged.

Spanish Fork, Utah -- A 50-year-old man accidentally shot and killed himself when a rifle discharged as he was taking it from the back of his truck about 6:15 a.m. Monday.

Santa Ana, Calif. -- A man thought to be in his 20s died shortly after walking into a hospital with gunshot wounds about 9 p.m. yesterday.

Lawrence, Kan. -- Police responding to a call about 3 a.m. last Sunday found a 23-year-old man fatally shot inside an apartment.

Fayetteville, N.C. -- An 8-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the leg at a home about 4:15 p.m. Friday after she found a handgun in the master bedroom. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Vivian, La. -- A 16-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the cheek when another 16-year-old boy was playing with a handgun about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and the weapon accidentally fired. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

Rockville, Md. --A 23-year-old man was accidentally shot by an acquaintance about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet.

Lake Worth, Fla. -- A man accidentally shot himself at a gun range about 6 p.m. yesterday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.

Belton, S.C. -- A woman accidentally shot herself at a home about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. Police said they do not expect to file charges. No word on her condition but police said she was able to respond to questions while at the hospital.

New Orleans, La. -- A 31-year-old man was shot multiple times while on a street about 6:45 p.m. Friday. He was listed in critical condition.

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Two men were found shot and wounded outside a residence about 4:30 a.m. today. One of the victims was listed in critical condition; the other was in serious condition.

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Two men showed up at a hospital with gunshot wounds about 4:50 a.m. today. One of the victims was listed in serious but stable condition; the other was in good condition.  

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- A man showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound about 5 a.m. today. He was listed in good condition.

Tacoma, Wash. -- A woman cleaning a gun in her apartment about 12:20 a.m. last Sunday inadvertently fired the weapon and the bullet went through the ceiling and into the apartment above where a family with two children, ages 3 and 1, were sleeping. No one was struck. The woman was charged on suspicion of reckless endangerment.

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- A 28-year-old man used a shotgun to threaten his roommate as the two argued about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. He was charged with felony menacing.

Memphis, Tenn. -- A 16-year-old boy used his backpack to bring an unloaded handgun and ammunition to his high school on Thursday. He was charged with carrying a weapon on school property.

Today’s sources: Arkansasmatters.com, Bay News 9 (St. Petersburg), (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, The Fayetteville Observer, The Indianapolis Star, The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette, KPTV-TV Portland, KSLA-TV Shreveport, KXRM-TV Colorado Springs, Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, Orange County Register, The Palm Beach Post, The Sacramento Bee, The San Bernardino County Sun, The Tacoma News Tribune, The Tampa Tribune, Times-Picayune, WICU-TV Erie, WRC-TV Washington D.C., WTRF-TV Wheeling, W.V., WTVF-TV Nashville

Addendum for February 16, 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:

http://contactingthecongress.org/

Originally posted to Tom Begnal on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:36 AM PDT.

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

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