Sep 3, 2014

More than 50,000 Gun Deaths Since Newtown

The estimate of 55,000 gun deaths since Newtown is based on real CDC figures for 2010 (two years before Newtown) estimated for January 2013 – through August 2014.  This is not an unrealistic figure.  In 2010, the CDC said that among those killed by guns were 2,964 children and teens.  In Chicago alone, there have been more than 1300 shootings this year, on track to be down between 15% and 20% since last year, but not nearly good enough.  At the bottom of this blog are the number of school shootings in 2013.  (chart from Salon).  There were 26 or one every other week.  How many did you know about?

After Newtown, I decided to write(every day)  about a real person killed by a gun on a given date.  I researched their death and anything I could find out about their family.  One was headlined “His Mother named him Rayshine.”  I don’t know if the mother meant the connection that I made to the rays of the sun.  I could feel all the hope imbued in this child, only to be cut down in his youth by America’s favorite toy.

Last week, at a shooting range, a nine year old (9 year old!) girl shot and killed her instructor accidentally with an uzi.  It is hard to imagine a shooting range where 9 years olds can shoot an uzi.  And who, in fact, is the victim here?

More than two dozen states have weakened their gun laws since Newtown, the most heinous being Georgia’s.  According to a post be Aljazeera America : Georgia’s new gun rules kicked in Tuesday, allowing residents to carry firearms into bars, nightclubs, classrooms and government buildings in a measure slammed by anti-weapon activists as a “dangerous kill bill.”

The law, which critics are calling the “guns everywhere” law, is considered one of the most extreme pro-gun bills in the country. Under its provisions, residents with a proper gun permit will be allowed to carry guns at a number of previously off-limits places.The carry laws even extend to allowing people to cross Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport checkpoints with a gun.

A few states, most notably Connecticut and Colorado, have tightened their gun laws.  More anti-gun groups have been formed, most notably Gabrielle Giffords’ and Moms Demand Action.  Bill Gates just gave $1,000,000 to fight the NRA.  But it’s far from enough. The NRA continues to be one of the richest lobbying groups in our country.   With the second anniversary of the Newtown shootings right around the Christmas corner, domestic gun violence has taken a back seat to shootings and beheadings in the Middle East.  But not because it has gotten better.  We can’t forget about it.  We can’t let it go.

School Shootings in 2013

Jan. 7, 2013 – Apostolic Revival Center Christian School, Fort Myers, FL – Kristopher Smith, 27, a student’s parent, was killed.
Jan. 10, 2013 – Taft Union High School, Taft, CA – one injured.
Jan. 11, 2013 – Osborn High School, Detroit, MI – one injured.
Jan. 15, 2013 – Stevens Institute of Business and Arts, St. Louis, MO – two injured.
Jan. 15, 2013 – Hazard Community and Technical College, Hazard, KY – Taylor Jade Cornett, 12, Caitlin Cornett, 20, and Jackie Cornett, 53, were killed.
Jan. 16, 2013 – Chicago State University, Chicago, IL – Tyrone Lawson, 17, was killed.
Jan. 22, 2013 – Lone Star College, Houston, TX – three injured.
Jan. 31, 2013 – Price Middle School, Atlanta, GA – one injured.
March 18, 2013 – University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL – The gunman, James Oliver Seevakumaran, 30, killed himself.
March 21, 2013 – Davidson Middle School, Southgate, MI – Tyler Nichols, 13, killed himself.
April 18, 2013 – MIT, Cambridge, MA – MIT police officer Sean Collier, 27, was killed.
April 29, 2013 – La Salle High School, Cincinnati, OH – one injured.
June 7, 2013 – Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA – several were injured and six people were killed: Marcela Dia Franco, 26, Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, Margarita Gomez, 68, John Zawahri (the shooter), 23, Samir Zawahri (the shooter’s father), 55, and Christopher Zawahri (the shooter’s brother), 24.
June 20, 2013 – Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL – Christopher Marhsall, 48, and Ted Orama, 56, both custodians, were killed.
Aug. 20, 2013 – Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, Decatur, GA – a gunman fired shots and barricaded himself in an elementary school; no one was injured.
Aug. 23, 2013 – North Panola High School, Sardis, MS – two were injured and Roderick Bobo, 15, was killed.
Aug. 30, 2013 – Carver High School, Winston-Salem, NC – one injured.
Sept. 28, 2013 – Gray-New Gloucester High School, Gray, ME – Gaige McGue killed himself.
Oct. 4, 2013 – Agape Christian Academy, Pine Hills, FL – two injured.
Oct. 15, 2013 – Lanier High School, Austin, TX – Adrian Alvaresz, 16, killed himself.
Oct. 21, 2013 – Sparks Middle School, Sparks, NV – two were injured and Mike Landsberry, a teacher and Afghanistan veteran, was killed. The shooter, 12-year-old Jose Reyes, killed himself.
Nov. 2, 2013 – North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC – one injured.
Nov. 3, 2013 – Stephenson High School, Lithonia, GA – one injured.
Nov. 13, 2013 – Brashear High School, Pittsburgh, PA – three injured.
Nov. 21, 2013 – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, SD – a professor, Alberto Lemut, 37, killed himself.
Dec. 4, 2013 – West Orange High School, Winter Garden, FL – one injured.

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Gloria. Circa 1955.



Gloria. Circa 2012.




Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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