Monday, January 21, 2013

In America, Every Day Is Gun Appreciation Day

Saturday, as you might well have been aware, wa the official NRA Gun Appreciation Day. Every once in a while, gun fanciers will point out the the odd case where someone actually used a gun responsibly. But well, welly, welly, well, they rarely ever take notice of the majority of the cases of things going a wee bit wrong. I was going to compile a list of things that went wrong on 2013 Gun Appreciation Day USA, but  Gawker already did it, I might as well point you to their "Gun Appreciation Day" casualties:
Saturday was deemed
a day to appreciate your guns in America, and boy did we. Five people were shot at gun shows in North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana. These were not, however, the only instances of gun violence yesterday.
As happens everyday, numerous people were either injured or killed by guns on "Gun Appreciation Day," be it on purpose or accidentally. Spanning Alaska to Florida, here are those people:
A 14-year-old suburban Atlanta boy
shot and killed his 15-year-old brother while playing with their mother's handgun.
A 26 year old was
shot and killed while driving in San Francisco.
A man was
found dead from a gunshot wound in his home in Kansas City, Kansas.
A woman in an El Paso County, Texas shooting range was 
hit in the knee by a bullet that ricocheted off a trash can.
Two women were
shot to death in a Dallas-area home.
Two women were injured after someone
opened fire at a crowded soccer field in Las Vegas.
A 15-year-old girl was
shot while sleeping in her bed when her Anchorage home was shot at.
A 7-year-old boy in Tallahassee
shot a 5 year old with a gun he found in a 22-year-old relative's room.
A Huntsville woman
shot her boyfriend after the two had an argument.
A 23-year-old man died after being accidentally shot in a Greshman, Oregon home.
A Cleveland father has been charged in connection with the death of his 6-year-old daughter from a
self-inflicted gunshot wound.
One man was shot in
Elyria, Ohio, just west of Cleveland, early Saturday morning.
A man was found
shot dead in a parking lot in Greenville County, South Carolina.
Two people were
shot and killed outside an inn in Hampton, Virginia.
At least
10 people were shot in Chicago, at least two were fatal.
A Colorado Springs man was driven to the hospital with a 
gunshot wound.
A Jackson, Mississippi police officer
was shot while responding to a disturbance call.
One man was
shot at a Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Jackson.
Two men and one woman
were shot at a home in Oakland.
An 11-year-old boy
was shot in an Oklahoma City apartment complex.
Police in Richmond, Virginia are
looking for three menwho shot another man in his thirties.
Police believe
gang violence is to blame for the shooting death of one man in Santa Ana, California.
early morning shooting in Tuscaloosa injured two teenagers.
Oh, and here's another one: Father shoots wife and then himself at daughter's 16th birthday party.
And, since in America, everyday is Gun Appreciation Day, this afternoon, shortly after the Martin Luther King Day Parade in New Orleans, a late model Nissan or Pontiac drove up the route and shot 5 people on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and LaSalle Street.

Have you hugged your gun lately?

1 comment: said...

The historic rise in gun sales after the Connecticut massacre emphasizes a level of societal fear we haven't seen since Jaws hit the theaters. The second amendment has been tweaked in the past and as a result we don't see kids running around with rocket launchers or housewives driving tanks to the mall. Perhaps the fear that Big G. won't make us feel safe could be replaced by a greater effort to work together.