Entries in gun violence in America (4)


Thoughts and Prayers

I'm beginning to think all those thoughts and prayers have been about as useful as a trapdoor on a lifeboat.

January 2015

1/1/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Memphis, TN",,,,,
1/2/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Savannah, GA",,,,,
1/4/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Dallas, TX",,,,,
1/4/2015,William Christopher Cabbler,2,4,"Roanoke, VA",,,,,
1/6/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Miami, FL",,,,,
1/7/2015,Cortez Sims,1,3,"Chattanooga, TN",,,,,
1/8/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Boston, MA",,,,,
1/9/2015,Unknown,4,0,"San Francisco, CA",,,,,
1/10/2015,John Lee,3,1,"Moscow, ID",,,,,
1/11/2015,Unknown,0,5,"San Jose, CA",,,,,
1/11/2015,Unknown,2,5,"Hope Mills, NC",,,,,
1/11/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Lakeland, FL",,,,,
1/11/2015,Rishod Shermaine Fields,0,5,"Tuskegee, AL",,,,,
1/12/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Wichita, KS",,,,,
1/13/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Portsmouth, VA",,,,,
1/14/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Rockford, IL",,,,,
1/19/2015,Unknown,2,5,"San Antonio, TX",,,,,
1/20/2015,Timothy David Shoffner,1,3,"Clarksville, TN",,,,,
1/23/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Boston, MA",,,,,
1/24/2015,Unknown,3,5,"Omaha, NE",,,,,
1/24/2015,Jonathon Walker,4,1,"Queens, NY",,,,,
1/26/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Stockton, CA",,,,,
1/28/2015,Unknown,1,3,"DeKalb, GA",,,,,
1/29/2015,Thomas Jessee Lee,5,0,"Troup County, GA",,,,,

February 2015

2/1/2015,Michael Morris,0,6,"Syracuse, NY",,,,,
2/1/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Manhattan, NY",,,,,,2/4/2015,Unknown,4,0,"King, NC",,,,,
2/5/2015,Unknown,3,3,"Warrensville Heights, OH",,,,,
2/6/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Tulsa, OK",,,,,
2/7/2015,Cedric G. Prather,5,2,"Douglasville, GA",,,,,
2/8/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Crockett County, TN",,,,,
2/9/2015,Christopher Lee Duncan and Dora Delgado,3,1,"New Port Richey, FL",,,,,
2/15/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Long Beach, CA",,,,,
2/17/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Little Rock, AR",,,,,
2/22/2015,Anthony Giaquinta,3,2,"Habersham County, GA",,,,,
2/22/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Charleston, SC",,,,,
2/22/2015,Atase Giffa,4,1,"Killeen, TX",,,,,
2/25/2015,Unknown,3,2,"Houston, TX",,,,,
2/27/2015,Joseph Jesse Aldridge,8,1,"Tyrone, MO",,,,,
2/28/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Baltimore, MD",,,,,
2/28/2015,Ian Sherrod,4,0,"Tarboro, NC",,,,,
2/28/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Columbia, MO",,,,,

March 2015

3/1/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Tangelo Park, FL",,,,,
3/1/2015,Unknown,1,5,"Detroit, MI",,,,,
3/2/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Santa Ana, CA",,,,,
3/3/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Las Vegas, NV",,,,,
3/4/2015,Unknown,2,5,"San Bernadino, CA",,,,,
3/9/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
3/10/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Columbus, GA",,,,,
3/11/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Aurora, IL",,,,,
3/13/2015,Jimmy Lyons,2,3,"Brookhaven, MS",,,,,
3/14/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Atlanta, GA",,,,,
3/15/2015,Eric Antonio Cannady and Tommy Ray Jackson Jr.,0,4,"Lillington, NC",,,,,
3/15/2015,Christopher Lance Joyner,3,1,"Houston County, AL",,,,,
3/16/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Compton, CA",,,,,
3/17/2015,Unknown,3,4,"Stockton, CA",,,,,
3/18/2015,Unknown,1,5,"Mesa, AZ",,,,,
3/18/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Newark, NJ",,,,,
3/19/2015,Justin Fowler,2,2,"Navajo Nation, AZ",,,,,
3/20/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Columbus, MS",,,,,
3/20/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Oklahoma City, OK",,,,,
3/20/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Joliet, IL",,,,,
3/20/2015,Unknown,1,5,"Lancaster, TX",,,,,
3/21/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Ybor City, FL",,,,,
3/21/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Lehigh Acres, FL",,,,,
3/22/2015,Unknown,1,6,"Albuquerque, NM",,,,,
3/23/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Clarksville, TN",,,,,
3/24/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Indianapolis, IN",,,,,
3/26/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Amarillo, TX",,,,,
3/28/2015,David Jamichael Daniels,0,7,"Panama City Beach, FL",,,,,
3/29/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Stockton, CA",,,,,
3/30/2015,Sudheer Khamitkar,4,0,"Tulsa, OK",,,,,

April 2015

4/2/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Baltimore, MD",,,,,
4/3/2015,Vincent Tyrone Smith,0,4,"Daytona Beach, FL",,,,,
4/5/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Louisville, KY",,,,,
4/5/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Indianapolis, IN",,,,,
4/7/2015,Unknown,1,3,"North Rome, GA",,,,,
4/16/2015,Unknown,5,0,"Phoenix, AZ",,,,,
4/16/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Los Angeles, CA",,,,,
4/18/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Paterson, NJ",,,,,
4/18/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Charlotte, NC",,,,,
4/18/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Lumberton, NC",,,,,
4/18/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Williamsport, PA",,,,,
4/18/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Montgomery, AL",,,,,
4/19/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Richmond, VA",,,,,
4/21/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Killeen, TX",,,,,
4/25/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Trenton, NJ",,,,,
4/25/2015,David Alligood,1,6,"Gates, NY",,,,,
4/27/2015,Unknown,2,4,"Brooklyn, NY",,,,,
4/27/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Gila Bend, AZ",,,,,

May 2015

5/1/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Milwaukee, WI",,,,,
5/3/2015,Unknown,4,1,"Menasha, WI",,,,,
5/3/2015,Christopher Lee Accettura,0,4,"South Bend, IN",,,,,
5/3/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Houston, TX",,,,,
5/3/2015,Unknown,1,6,"Dayton, OH",,,,,
5/4/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Bronx, NY",,,,,
5/4/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Buffalo, NY",,,,,
5/7/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Cincinnati, OH",,,,,
5/10/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Jersey City, NJ",,,,,
5/10/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Cleveland, OH",,,,,
5/10/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Newark, NJ",,,,,
5/12/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Capitol Heights, MD",,,,,
5/12/2015,Christopher Carrillo,5,0,"Tucson, AZ",,,,,
5/13/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Anchorage, AK",,,,,
5/16/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Milwaukee, WI",,,,,
5/16/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Baltimore, MD",,,,,
5/16/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Rochester, NY",,,,,
5/17/2015,Unknown,9,18,"Waco, TX",,,,,
5/18/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Miami, FL",,,,,
5/18/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Kinloch, MO",,,,,
5/19/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Arlington, VA",,,,,
5/20/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Baltimore, MD",,,,,
5/23/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Fresno, CA",,,,,
5/24/2015,Unknown,0,4,"St. Louis, MO",,,,,
5/24/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Montgomery, AL",,,,,
5/24/2015,Unknown,0,7,"Flint, MI",,,,,
5/24/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Brockton, MA",,,,,
5/25/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Decatur, IL",,,,,
5/26/2015,Unknown,2,2,"New Orleans, LA",,,,,
5/28/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Omaha, NE",,,,,
5/28/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Chester, PA",,,,,
5/28/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Chicago, Il",,,,,
5/29/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Miami, FL",,,,,
5/30/2015,Unknown,0,4,"San Diego, CA",,,,,
5/30/2015,Unknown,1,3,"North Amityville, NY",,,,,
5/31/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Cleveland, OH",,,,,
5/31/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Conyers, GA",,,,,
5/31/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Springdale, MD",,,,,
5/31/2015,Unknown,0,5,"New Haven, CT",,,,,

June 2015

6/2/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Anniston, AL",,,,,
6/3/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Wyandanch, NY",,,,,
6/5/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Davenport, IA",,,,,
6/5/2015,Unknown,1,3,"New Orleans, LA",,,,,
6/6/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
6/6/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Buffalo, NY",,,,,
6/7/2015,Michael Augustine Bournes,5,0,"Deer Lodge, MT",,,,,
6/9/2015,Unknown,1,3,"St. Louis, MO",,,,,
6/10/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Cincinnati, OH",,,,,
6/10/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Los Angeles, CA",,,,,
6/11/2015,Unknown,1,8,"Bridgeport, CT",,,,,
6/11/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Houston, TX",,,,,
6/12/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Miami, FL",,,,,
6/13/2015,Patrick Solis & Donald Walters,0,4,"Oklahoma City, OK",,,,,
6/13/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Bronx, NY",,,,,
6/13/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Tulsa, OK",,,,,
6/13/2015,Unknown,4,1,"Columbus, OH",,,,,
6/13/2015,Unknown,0,4,"St. Louis, MO",,,,,
6/13/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Fayette County, GA",,,,,
6/14/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Camden, NJ",,,,,
6/14/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Milledgeville, GA",,,,,
6/15/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Brooklyn, NY",,,,,
6/16/2015,Ivan Clark,0,4,"Miami Gardens, FL",,,,,
6/17/2015,Dylan Roof,9,0,"Charleston, SC",,,,,
6/19/2015,Zackary Alvarado,0,4,"Woonsocket, RI",,,,,
6/20/2015,Unknown,0,10,"Philadelphia, PA",,,,,
6/20/2015,Unknown,1,11,"Detroit, MI",,,,,
6/21/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Lexington, KY",,,,,
6/21/2015,Russell Smith,4,0,"Roy, UT",,,,,
6/22/2015,Unknown,0,7,"Philadelphia, PA",,,,,
6/23/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
6/23/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Breaux Bridge, LA",,,,,
6/24/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Manhattan, NY",,,,,
6/25/2015,Unknown,0,4,"New Orleans, LA",,,,,
6/26/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Detroit, MI",,,,,
6/27/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Greenacres, FL",,,,,
6/27/2015,Roosevelt Holmes,1,3,"Hartford, CT",,,,,
6/27/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Taunton, MA",,,,,
6/28/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Harrington, DE",,,,,
6/28/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Detroit, MI",,,,,
6/28/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Venice, IL",,,,,
6/29/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Opa-locka, FL",,,,,

July 2015

7/1/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Newark, NJ",,,,,
7/1/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Indianapolis, IN",,,,,
7/3/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Philadelphia, PA",,,,,
7/4/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Washington, D.C.",,,,,
7/4/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Pittsfield, MA",,,,,
7/4/2015,Unknown,0,4,"San Antonio, TX",,,,,
7/4/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Syracuse, NY",,,,,
7/5/2015,Unknown,0,9,"Fort Wayne, IN",,,,,
7/5/2015,Unknown,0,8,"Shreveport, LA",,,,,
7/5/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Rock Hill, SC",,,,,
7/5/2015,Unknown,1,3,"East Orange, NJ",,,,,
7/7/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Baltimore, MD",,,,,
7/12/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Jersey City, NJ",,,,,
7/12/2015,Unknown,2,3,"River Forest, IL",,,,,
7/12/2015,Marquiles Whaley,3,1,"Baton Rouge, LA",,,,,
7/13/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Stockton, CA",,,,,
7/14/2015,Unknown,0,4,"St. Louis, MO",,,,,
7/15/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Baltimore, MD",,,,,
7/15/2015,Unknown,4,1,"Holly Hill, SC",,,,,
7/15/2015,Unknown,0,7,"Cleaveland, OH",,,,,
7/15/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Detroit, MI",,,,,
7/15/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Atlanta, GA",,,,,
7/16/2015,Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez,5,3,"Chattanooga, TN",,,,,
7/16/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Dallas, TX",,,,,
7/17/2015,Clement Dwight Cooper and Michael Antonio Long,1,5,"Columbus, OH",,,,,
7/17/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Cincinnati, OH",,,,,
7/17/2015,Anthony Lord,2,4,"Aroostook County, ME",,,,,
7/17/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Washington, DC",,,,,
7/17/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
7/18/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Baton Rouge, LA",,,,,
7/18/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Salem, OR",,,,,
7/19/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Louisville, KY",,,,,
7/19/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Suffolk, VA",,,,,
7/20/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Bronx, NY",,,,,
7/21/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Miami Gardens, FL",,,,,
7/22/2015,Unknown,4,1,"Forsyth County, GA",,,,,
7/23/2015,John Russell Houser,3,9,"Lafayette, LA",,,,,
7/25/2015,Unknown,2,4,"Erie, PA",,,,,
7/25/2015,William Timothy Faust,0,4,"Hopewell, VA",,,,,
7/26/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Indianapolis, IN",,,,,
7/26/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Kansas City, MO",,,,,
7/26/2015,Unknown,0,4,"New Orleans, LA",,,,,
7/27/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Rockford, IL",,,,,
7/28/2015,Harley Wilder,2,2,"West Frankfort, IL",,,,,
7/30/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Pittsburgh, PA",,,,,

August 2015

8/1/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Orlando, FL",,,,,
8/2/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
8/2/2015,Unknown,0,9,"Brooklyn, NY",,,,,
8/2/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Savannah, GA",,,,,
8/2/2015,Unknown,0,7,"Baltimore, MD",,,,,
8/3/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Brooklyn, NY",,,,,
8/4/2015,Unknown,1,4,"St. Louis, MO",,,,,
8/6/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Columbia, SC",,,,,
8/7/2015,Jody Herring,4,0,"Barre, VT",,,,,
8/8/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Gastonia, NC",,,,,
8/8/2015,Unknown,1,11,"Blytheville, AR",,,,,
8/8/2015,David Conley,8,0,"Houston, TX",,,,,
8/9/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Forest, MS",,,,,
8/9/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Detroit, MI",,,,,
8/10/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Long Beach, CA",,,,,
8/15/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Pittsburgh, PA",,,,,
8/15/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Orangeburg, SC",,,,,
8/15/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Los Angeles, CA",,,,,
8/16/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Miami, FL",,,,,
8/16/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Fort Worth, TX",,,,,
8/16/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Bennettsville, SC",,,,,
8/16/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
8/19/2015,Unknown,3,4,"Rochester, NY",,,,,
8/20/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Starr County, TX",,,,,
8/21/2015,Unknown,0,8,"Durham, NC",,,,,
8/21/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Roswell, NM",,,,,
8/21/2015,Unknown,2,5,"Cincinnati, OH",,,,,,8/21/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Pine Hills, FL",,,,,
8/22/2015,Unknown,1,7,"Modesto, CA",,,,,
8/25/2015,Unknown,1,3,"New Orleans, LA",,,,,
8/26/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Brooklyn Center, MN",,,,,
8/26/2015,Vester Flanagan (aka Bryce Williams),3,1,"Moneta, VA",,,,,
8/26/2015,Unknown,2,2,"West Palm Beach, FL",,,,,
8/26/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
8/27/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Salinas, CA",,,,,
8/28/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Brooklyn, NY",,,,,
8/29/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Smith County, TX",,,,,
8/29/2015,Robert Seth Denton,3,2,"Bristol, TN",,,,,
8/29/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Macon, GA",,,,,
8/30/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Memphis, TN",,,,,
8/30/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Muskegon Heights, MI",,,,,

September 2015

9/1/2015,Lyndon Beharry,4,0,"Long Branch, NJ",,,,,
9/5/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Charlotte, NC",,,,,
9/5/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Columbus, MO",,,,,
9/5/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Daytona Beach, FL",,,,,
9/5/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Las Vegas, NV",,,,,
9/7/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Denver, CO",,,,,
9/7/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Washington, DC",,,,,
9/8/2015,Brian Short,5,0,"Minneapolis, MN",,,,,
9/8/2015,Unkown,0,4,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
9/8/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Manson, WA",,,,,
9/11/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Charlotte, NC",,,,,
9/12/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Minneapolis, MN",,,,,
9/12/2015,Undisclosed,0,6,"Minneapolis, MN",,,,,
9/12/2015,Unknown,2,4,"Rochester, NY",,,,,
9/12/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Shreveport, LA",,,,,
9/13/2015,Unknown,1,5,"Ocala, FL",,,,,
9/13/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Los Chavez, NM",,,,,
9/13/2015,Rodney Chemin,4,0,"Baker, LA",,,,,
9/15/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Newark, NJ",,,,,
9/17/2015,Undisclosed,0,4,"Albion, MI",,,,,
9/17/2015,Scott Westerhuis,6,0,"Platte, SD",,,,,
9/19/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Indianapolis, IN",,,,,
9/20/2015,Unknown,1,5,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
9/20/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Tulsa, OK",,,,,
9/21/2015,Undisclosed,2,2,"Sand City, CA",,,,,
9/21/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Philadelphia, PA",,,,,
9/23/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Fort Meyers, FL",,,,,
9/23/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Norcross, GA",,,,,
9/23/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Shreveport, LA",,,,,
9/24/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
9/25/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Danville, IL",,,,,
9/26/2015,James Diaz,2,2,"Banning, CA",,,,,
9/27/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Kansas City, MO",,,,,
9/27/2015,Unknown,0,10,"Greenville, GA",,,,,
9/28/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
9/28/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Cincinnati, OH",,,,,
9/28/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Dayton, OH",,,,,
9/29/2015,Unknown,3,2,"Chicago, IL",,,,,

October 2015

10/1/2015,Chris Harper-Mercer,10,7,"Roseburg, OR",,,,,
10/2/2015,Undisclosed,1,4,"Baltimore, MD",,,,,
10/2/2015,Walter A. Tyson,3,1,"Inglis, FL",,,,,
10/6/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Baltimore, MD",,,,,
10/9/2015,Steven Jones,1,3,"Flagstaff, AZ",,,,,
10/10/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Peoria, IL",,,,,
10/10/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Charlotte, NC",,,,,
10/10/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Memphis, TN",,,,,
10/12/2015,Unknown,0,4,"DeKalb County, GA",,,,,
10/17/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Elkhart, IN",,,,,
10/17/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Fort Meyers, FL",,,,,
10/18/2015,Unknown,0,4,"New Orleans, LA",,,,,
10/19/2015,Unknown,0,7,"Calumet City, IL",,,,,
10/23/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Nashville, TN",,,,,
10/24/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Bamberg, SC",,,,,
10/25/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Washington, DC",,,,,
10/25/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Pheonix, AZ",,,,,
10/25/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Four Oaks, NC",,,,,
10/25/2015,Rashawn Little,2,2,"Pageland, SC",,,,,
10/26/2015,"Marquell Maurice Jackson, Corey James Cain, Diego Thomas",0,5,"Evansville, IN",,,,,
10/27/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Fort Worth, TX",,,,,
10/28/2015,"Elward Williams, Anthony Sylvester",1,3,"Houma, LA",,,,,
10/31/2015,Undisclosed,4,0,"Colorado Springs, CO",,,,,

November 2015

11/1/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Pendleton, SC",,,,,
11/3/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Jacksonville, FL",,,,,
11/3/2015,John Howell,2,2,"Harris County, TX",,,,,
11/4/2015,Herman Derico,4,0,"Oakland, ME",,,,,
11/6/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Tallahassee, FL",,,,,
11/6/2015,Darius Ratcliff,1,3,"Denver, CO",,,,,
11/6/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Bakersfield, CA",,,,,
11/8/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Des Moines, IA",,,,,
11/8/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Warren, MI",,,,,
11/9/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Indianapolis, IN",,,,,
11/13/2015,Gawain Rushane Wilson,4,1,"Jacksonville, FL",,,,,
11/14/2015,John Revels,3,2,"Los Angeles, CA",,,,,
11/14/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Johnstown, PA",,,,,
11/15/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Philadelphia, PA",,,,,
11/15/2015,William Hudson,6,0,"Anderson County, TX",,,,,
11/16/2015,Donnie Lee Abernathy,3,1,"Round Mountain, AL",,,,,
11/16/2015,Daniel Harris,1,5,"Youngstown, OH",,,,,
11/17/2015,Pascasio Arellano,4,0,"Murray, KY",,,,,
11/18/2015,Unknown,5,0,"Fresno, CA",,,,,
11/20/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Pittsburgh, PA",,,,,
11/21/2015,Unknown ,1,3,"Baltimore, MD",,,,,
11/22/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Newburgh, NY",,,,,
11/22/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Seattle, WA",,,,,
11/22/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Chicago, IL",,,,,
11/22/2015,Marcos Antonio Hernandez,0,4,"Brownsville, TX",,,,,
11/22/2015,Unknown,0,17,"New Orleans, LA",,,,,
11/23/2015,"Allen Lawrence Scarsella, Nathan Gustavsson, Daniel Macey, and Joseph Backman",0,5,"Minneapolis, MN",,,,,
11/23/2015,Barry Kirk,4,1,"Columbus, OH",,,,,
11/23/2015,Undisclosed,1,3,"Houston, TX",,,,,
11/24/2015,Undisclosed,0,4,"Conway, SC",,,,,
11/26/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Boston, MA",,,,,
11/27/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Sacramento, CA",,,,,
11/27/2015,Robert Lewis Dear,3,9,"Colorado Springs, CO",,,,,

December 2015

12/2/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Savannah, GA",,,,,
12/2/2015,Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik,14,17,"San Bernardino, CA",,,,,
Data provided by Shooting Tracker.

The NRA's Gifts to America

On the twelfth day of Christmas,

t’NRA gave to us:

Twelve school shootings,[1]

Eleven assault weapons,

Ten armor piercing,

Nine million dollars,[2]

Eight men a-killing,[3]

Seven vigilantes,[4]

Six background checks,[5]

Five extended clips,

Four homicides,[6]

Three suicides,[7]

Two smoking barrels,

And pols in the lobby’s pocket!


[1] Of the sixty-two mass shootings that have occurred since 1982, 12 have taken place in schools. (See Mother Jones.)

[2] The NRA PAC spent over nine million dollars ($9,493,815 to be exact) on independent expenditures in the 2012 election. Another $7.5 million was spent by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, and the National Rifle Association (501c) spent $682,595 on communication costs. 91.3%  of the $17.6 million the NRA spent was done so in the general election. $6 million was spent supporting Republicans and $11 million fighting Democrats. How successful was the NRA? Not very. Only 50.4% of NRA backed candidates won. And only 5.5% of the money the NRA spent resulted in their preferred candidate winning. Maybe there is a Santa, after all. (See Open Secrets.)

[3] 8 in 10 of firearm deaths among 23 populous, high-income countries occurred in the U.S. Homicide rate in America is 6.9 times higher than rates in 22 other populous high-income countries combined. (See Brady Campaign.)

[4] Seven out of ten defendants in Florida went free in the nearly 200 cases where the Stand Your Ground law has played a factor since going into effect in 2005. The law removes a person’s duty to retreat before using deadly force against another in any place he has the legally right to be so long as he reasonably believes he faces imminent death or great bodily harm. (See ProPublica.)

[5] An estimated forty percent of gun acquisitions occur in the “secondary market”, taking place without a Brady background check. Only six out of every ten guns are bought in the U.S. are done so with Brady background checks. (See Brady Campaign.)

[6] 4 out of 10 homicides. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, “an estimated 41% of gun-related homicides and 94% of gun-related suicides would not have occurred under the same circumstances had no guns been present (Wiebe, p. 780.)” (See Brady Campaign.)

[7] There are about three suicides and attempted suicides a day in the U.S. involving guns. A gun owner is more likely to shoot and kill himself than shoot an intruder. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for So much for having a gun to protect oneself: ”A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used in a completed or attempted suicide (11x), criminal assault or homicide (7x), or unintentional shooting death or injury (4x) than to be used in a self-defense shooting. (Kellermann, 1998, p. 263).” (See Brady Campaign.)


Second Amendment Lite

   On December 15, 1791, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted, along with the other nine amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights. It stated, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.

   Considering that James Holmes, who shot fifty-two people at a movie theater on Saturday night, 12 of whom died, reportedly bought all four[1] of his weapons, ammunition and ballistic gear legally[2], it seems to me that now is as good a time as ever to remind Americans what the Founding Fathers had in mind when it came to arms and a well-regulated militia.

   At the time the constitution was written, the most common rifle was the flintlock musket, a muzzle-loaded five-foot long rifle. The gun fired a single lead ball about 3/4 of an inch in diameter. Between each shot, gunpowder and lead had to be dropped down the barrel. A flint struck the part called the frizzen, which caused the gunpowder in the barrel to ignite, propelling the lead ball. Muskets had an effective range of about 100 yards, but because it took so long to reload, many soldiers would have to rely on the bayonet once the enemy got too close.

   Another fairly common weapon at the time was the flintlock pistol. A good soldier could only get off two or three rounds a minute. These pistols, which were used primarily by officers, had a reliable accuracy of only about fifteen feet. According to the Revolutionary War Antiques website, “Pistols were also used as a dueling weapon during early American History. Duels relied on the inaccuracy of these flintlock pistols for survival.”

   As for the “well-regulated militia”, the Economist magazine published an entertaining and enlightening article on July 1st, 1999, featuring the findings of Michael Bellesiles, a professor at Emory University.   

   According to the article, “Most militias were a joke. Describing a shooting competition at a militia muster in Pennsylvania, one newspaper wrote cruelly: ‘The size of the target is known accurately, having been carefully measured. It was precisely the size and shape of a barn door.’ The soldiery could not hit even this; the winner was the one who missed by the smallest margin. No wonder the militias of Oxford, Massachusetts, voted in 1823 to stop their annual target practice to avoid public humiliation . . .

A well-tailored militia    "Militias, it seems, were neither adept nor well-armed. In 1775 Captain Charles Johnson told the New Hampshire Provincial Congress that his company had ‘perhaps one pound of powder to 20 men and not one-half of our men have arms.’ The adjutant general of Massachusetts complained in 1834 that only ‘town paupers, idlers, vagrants, foreigners, itinerants, drunkards and the outcasts of society’ manned his militias . . . In the 1830s, General Winfield Scott discovered the Florida militia to be essentially unarmed—and this was during a war against the Seminole Indians.”

   The article is worth reading in its entirety.

   By the way, 55,846 people have been shot so far this year in the United States, 226 people have been shot today.[3]

   The NRA will argue, of course, that the solution to gun violence is to have more law-abiding citizens packing heat. As crazy as that sounds, the argument was convincing enough to the many Colorado residents who flocked to their local gun shop to purchase firearms.

   According to the Denver Post, “Background checks for people wanting to buy guns in Colorado jumped more than 41 percent after Friday morning’s shooting at an Aurora movie theater, and firearms instructors say they’re also seeing increased interest in the training required for a concealed-carry permit. ‘It’s been insane,’ Jake Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain guns and Ammo in Parker, said Monday.”

   It is insane.

[1] “[Holmes] chose the [Remington 870] shotgun, which you know the expression the ‘shotgun effect’—it’s blasting out. That is one weapon, but he transitioned neatly from that to the AR-15 [semi-automatic assault rifle], which had that drum magazine of 100, which we believed jammed. And then he transitioned from that to the [two Glock] pistol[s] until he was out of that ammunition,” reported CBS News senior correspondent John Miller.

[2] There is currently no system in the U.S. tracking whether an individual is stockpiling weapons and ammunition. The only restriction in the U.S. is on the sale of armor-piercing bullets.

[3] For more gun facts visit the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.



   ‎9/11, on which 2,623 Americans died, lead to America's invasion of two countries, and militarty operations in a handful of others. Combat soldiers are fighting in Afghanistan today.

   In the past decade since 9/11, however, over 300,000 Americans have been killed and over 650,000 injured by firearms and yet Americans still refuse to do anything about it. Instead of much needed restrictions on concealed weapons, extended clips, assault weapons, and gun shows, we get "right to carry" and "stand your ground" laws that have only served to make neighborhoods more dangerous. This uniquely American brand of insanity needs to be cured.