Monday, January 07, 2013

Another mass shooting

Scene from the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting.  Not the one that happened in July, but the latest one that occurred last weekend.

Five days into 2013 and we've had another mass shooting. Four dead, including the shooter.

This is the fifth mass shooting in the last month. 

  • In Tulare County, California, on December 10, 2012, a gunman killed himself and 5 family members.
  • The next day, December 11, 2012, Jacob Tyler Roberts opened fire in a shopping mall in Clackamas, killing 2 bystanders before turning his weapon on himself.
  • Three days after that, on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, a gunman killed his mother, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he killed 26 people, including 20 first-grade children, before killing himself.
  • Ten days later, in Webster, New York, on Christmas Eve, a gunman set his house on fire, took position on a nearby berm, and ambushed and murdered two responding firefighters before killing himself.
This latest shooting occurred on January 5th, in Aurora, Colorado. Authorities haven't yet released all the details, but it involved a five-hour stand-off with police. The shooter, a so-far unidentified male, was holed up in a townhouse where he had killed three people. Police eventually shot and killed him.

This was the second mass shooting in Aurora in the last 6 months. Back in July another deranged killer opened fire in a movie theater, killing 12 and wounding 58.

Remember how, after 911, the entire nation was on the brink of hysteria at the thought of hidden terror cells within the United States? Well, Osama bin Laden is dead. Don't we all feel safe now?

How many mass shootings will we endure in these United States in 2013?  Five?  Ten?  Two dozen?

If we're not going to do anything about them (and, please, Mr. LaPierre, spare me the cockamamie bullsh*t about arming school teachers), can we at least lay off the mournful fakery?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Seriously when does it end? As long as we give the shooters fame thru naming them...NEVER...notriaity is the anyway...