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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Albuquerque family massacre…just one more begging reason for stricter gun control


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It happened on Jan. 19, a Sat. night, in the home of the Griego family living in a suburb of Albuquerque.  Nehemiah Griego, 15 years old, was charged with the murder of two adults and three children.  The killing of the children was described as “child abuse resulting in death.”  Authorities should define their meaning of “abuse” because there are several interpretations of what this could represent.  Several guns were found at the shooting, one an assault rifle that police said was used in the killings.  One described the weapon as an AR-15, also used by Adam Lanza in Newtown and James Holmes in Aurora.

Here we go again.  How many more mass killings will it take to convince a Congress and the general public that strict gun control is needed now?  A majority of Americans support most gun measures but are skeptical on some.  It’s 51% vs. 45% for more gun control over protecting gun rights.  It’s 52% to 35% for favoring some forms of gun control in a Pew Research poll.  But the country as a whole is still divided at about 50-50 on gun control, according to CNN Senior Political Analyst and National Journal Group's Editorial Director Ron Brownstein.  Naturally, Democrats are in favor of, Republicans against.

In more support figures, 85% to 90% want background checks for everyone, even private sales at gun shows.  80% want more laws to stop the mentally ill from getting a gun and an overall majority wants the feds to create a database to track gun sales, a ban on assault style weapons, high capacity magazine clips and online ammunition sales.  But there is a significant difference between Democrats and Republicans.  As an example, on banning semi-automatic weapons, two-thirds of women support the ban; the men are divided. 

With 44% of the public having an unfavorable view of the National Rifle Assn. (NRA), only 36% favorable, you would think that this would give Congress yet another reason to vote for more gun control.  But there is an obvious reason why they do not.  Two reasons actually, both based on money.  First, the money that will be used against them for voting for gun control.  Second, the contributions they will lose to their next political campaign.  This is in itself a glaring example of why we should have term limits.  Another 38% say the NRA has “too much influence.”  That is the understatement of the century.

The Huff Post laments that the day before president Obama laid out his plans for gun control:

  • A student with mental illness and a violent past shot a downtown St. Louis business official yesterday after he lost his financial aid, before shooting himself, according to authorities.

  • A gunman firing into a parked car at a Kentucky Community College killed a man and woman sitting inside and wounded a girl who was with them. Police suspect it was a domestic dispute, although they haven't made an arrest.

  • A dramatic increase in gun violence in Baltimore so far this year continued with three shootings, including the killing of a 17-year-old girl in an alley. No one was arrested.

A typical day includes 30 gun-related murders and 162 wounded by firearms in this country.  Another 53 commit suicide with a firearm every day.  That breaks down to three people killed by a gun every hour and around 60 people shot during the same time period. The FBI reports that a violent crime occurs every 25.3 seconds.  And I’ve reported these figures before, there were 11,422 homicides and 19,392 suicides in 2010 using guns, according to the CDC, and guns were also used either intentionally or accidentally to wound 59,208 people in 2011.  And we’re supposed to be a civilized country.

There is no excuse for this carnage except an incompetent Congress and an apathetic public that still refuses to pressure Washington to do something about these unnecessary and innocent deaths.  Until they do, there will be more Albuquerques, Newtowns, Auroras, Tucsons and ad infinitum. Contact your congressional representatives: Senate; House of Representatives.

6 comments:

  1. 4 of the 5 murders were not accomplished with the AR-15 but a .22 rifle; one of the most ubiquitous firearms ever made.
    One that very few gun control laws proposed even address.

    So, does it matter that the 5th murder was done with an AR-15?

    In more support figures, 85% to 90% want background checks for everyone, even private sales at gun shows.

    We are not a democracy or have you forgotten that? We are a Constitutional Republic in order to protect the rights of everyone, in a minority.

    With 44% of the public having an unfavorable view of the National Rifle Assn. (NRA), only 36% favorable, you would think that this would give Congress yet another reason to vote for more gun control.

    You fail to mention that Congress has an approval rating of 9 or 10 percent. Far lower than the NRA. Maybe we should disband Congress, eh?

    There is no excuse for this carnage except an incompetent Congress and an apathetic public that still refuses to pressure Washington to do something about these unnecessary and innocent deaths.

    What a crock! You fail to mention that about 50 metropolitan areas account for the vast majority of the crime, including murders. The overwhelming majority of the country is law abiding and non-violent.

    So how do you think yet another law is going to change things?
    Let's restrict firearms - worked wonders for Alcohol and Marijuana and Cocaine and Heroin and so many other 'banned substances' right?

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    1. It does matter because of the lethal nature of being able to fire as many as 100 rounds before reloading. We are a Democracy, with the right of the people not to be shot because there are so many guns on the street. And most of Congress is idiots which is why we won't get the proper gun control until we get rid of the conservative idiots. Most of the rest of your reasoning is also ridiculous.

      Jack E. Dunning
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    2. Jack,

      Civics 101 fail. We are not a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic.

      I like how you have to resort to name calling to avoid discussing the issue. Really adult of you.

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    3. Unfortunately, it is sometimes hard not to use name calling when dealing with gun nuts, especially those who have nothing to say.

      Jack E. Dunning
      Nasty Jack Blog

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  2. Look up “logical fallacy of misleading vividness”. Although tragic, "mass shootings" are extremely rare. 300 TIMES as many children drown in backyard pools each year than people die in "Mass shootings". It;s a matter of perception and emotion. And since Liberals are Ruled by their emotions, that wins out.

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    1. "Look up" how the lives of 20 families of the six and seven year olds killed at Sandy Hook Elementary were destroyed in minutes by a mass killer. And anyone who doesn't generate emotion over an event like this is a mindless gun nut.

      Jack E. Dunning
      Nasty Jack Blog

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