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In 1981, press secretary James Brady was wounded during an assassination attempt on president Ronald Reagan.  Brady was shot in the head and became partially paralyzed; in the years since, he became a staunch gun control advocate.

On Friday, a medical examiner ruled Brady’s death a homicide, caused by the gunshot wounds he suffered more than 33 years ago.  John Hinckley Jr., the gunman, may now be charged with murder.

(Photo: Zebowski [top] and Ron Edmonds / AP via the New York Daily News)

“I wanted justice. You know, looking at him to know that justice needs to be served. You did cold-blood murder. That was murder. That was no accident. That was not self-defense. He did murder.”

MONICA McBRIDE, mother of 19-year-old Renisha McBride, shot to death by Theodore Wafer while she stood on the front porch of Wafer’s home in Dearborn Heights, MI last year.  Wafer, who fired shotgun into McBride’s chest, claimed self-defense in a case likened to the slaying of Trayvon Martin; he faces up to life in prison during his sentencing later this month.

(via the Detroit Free Press)

My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage. … We’re the only developed country on Earth where this happens. And it happens, now, once a week. And it’s a one-day story. There’s no place else like this.

… I have been in Washington for a while now, and most things don’t surprise me. The fact that 20 six-year-olds were gunned down (at Sandy Hook Elementary) and this town couldn’t do anything about it was stunning to me.

… The country has to do some soul-searching about this. This is becoming the norm, and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me. I am prepared to work with anybody — including responsible sportsmen and gun owners — to craft some solutions, but right now, it’s not possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress, and we should be ashamed of that.

PRESIDENT OBAMA, on the (perhaps willing) inability of Congress to address gun violence, at yesterday’s Tumblr town hall in Washington, DC.

There have been 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

The NRA and its members shrug.


“The incident is contained; the shooter is deceased. We are now working on re-unifying students with their parents.”

POLICE OFFICIAL in Troutdale, Oregon, discussing the aftermath of yet another school shooting, at Reynolds High School in a suburb of Portland; the gunman is dead and “others are injured.”

Or, as the NRA calls it, a nuisance.

(quote via CNN)

A man armed with a shotgun opened fire on the campus of Seattle Pacific University on Thursday afternoon, leaving three people wounded and one dead before being taken into custody, the Seattle police said.

The police said that the gunman had stopped to reload before he was pepper-sprayed by a student security guard and subdued at a science and engineering building. Witnesses described scenes of blood and panic, and frantic cellphone calls to loved ones. But the episode was over quickly.

A spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center, Susan Gregg, said a 20-year-old man arrived at the hospital in critical condition and died shortly afterward. A 20-year-old woman was in critical condition, Ms. Gregg said, and two other men, ages 24 and 22, were in satisfactory condition. One of the men’s injuries did not involve gunshot wounds, but no other details were available.

No names were released, and the police did not say what led to the shooting.

Chris Howard, a 22-year-old mechanical engineering student, found himself cradling one of the victims, a young woman he did not know, with her head on his lap as responders surged to the scene. He took her cellphone, he said, and tried to reach her mother and her aunt, but got only voice mail.

“There was a lot of blood on her chest,” he said. “There appeared to be a tourniquet on her arm.”

The school, which was founded in 1891 by Free Methodists and promotes a Christian educational outlook, has about 4,000 students on a 40-acre campus about 10 minutes from downtown. Buildings went into lockdown as emergency responders arrived at the scene, Otto Miller Hall, which houses science, engineering, mathematics and physics classrooms. The police, posting updates on Twitter soon after the shootings, said a second suspect was being sought, but minutes later said there were “no outstanding suspects.”

All classes and activities on campus scheduled for Friday were canceled.

The New York Times, "Shootings Leave One Dead at Seattle Pacific University"

Recently, demonstrators have been showing up in various public places, including coffee shops and fast food restaurants, openly toting a variety of tactical long guns. Unlicensed open carry of handguns is legal in about half the U.S. states, and it is relatively common and uncontroversial in some places.

Yet while unlicensed open carry of long guns is also typically legal in most places, it is a rare sight to see someone sidle up next to you in line for lunch with a 7.62 rifle slung across his chest, much less a whole gaggle of folks descending on the same public venue with similar arms.

Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates.

The National Rifle Association amazingly told open-carry gun nuts to tone it down a bit.  (via Mediaite)

Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians, and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live?

… When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness’? We don’t have to live like this. Too many have died. We should say to ourselves, ‘Not one more!’

RICHARD MARTINEZ, father of Christopher Michaels-Martinez, one of six victims of a mass murdering gunman in Goleta, California; the assailant killed himself following a shootout with police.

The NRA will treat this gun murder as it treats every other gun murder: like a nuisance.

(via the New York Daily News)

A series of drive-by shootings in the Isla Vista area near UC Santa Barbara on Friday night left seven people dead, including a man believed to have carried out the attacks, and seven injured.

The man believed to be the shooter was found dead inside his vehicle with a gunshot wound after engaging in two separate gunfights with deputies, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office said. It’s unknown if the gunshot was self-inflicted or if the suspect was shot by authorities.

The deadly shooting spree started at 9:27 p.m. in Isla Vista. As deputies were tending to the injured in the first round of shootings, reports of gunfire in several other areas of the college community were reported.

Six minutes after the first 911 call came in, the unidentified man began shooting at deputies, who returned fire. He fled and seconds later was spotted by another deputy, prompting another firefight.

He then took off down Del Playa Drive and crashed into a parked vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. When deputies approached the vehicle they discovered the man was dead and recovered a semi-automatic handgun.

He has been preliminary identified, but his name hasn’t been released pending positive identification, authorities said. Investigators believe he acted alone and they’re currently analyzing video and written evidence that suggests the killings were premeditated.

The seven injured people are being treated for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries; their conditions are unknown. At least one of them has undergone surgery.

The identities of the six people killed, possibly by the suspected shooter, are not being released until next of kin are notified.

The Los Angeles Times, "Seven Dead In Drive-By Shootings Near UC Santa Barbara."

Yes, let’s not do anything about guns.