Mass Shootings in America and Innocent Lives Lost. Why are they on the rise? With Newtown behind us, and others just tailing that horrific event, we know have in this past week, 12 navy yard workers killed and eight others injured. Right after that in Chicago, home of Barry aka Barack Obama, 3 were killed and 23 wounded 3 days ago followed d up 2 other shootings leaving 4 dead and others wounded including children . Chicago police were pleased to announce that their homicide rate was down 21% form 389 dead last year to only 305 this year so far. Well, I guess that is something to be proud of. That is just over 1 dead per day.
With the ever tightening of gun regulations and the shredding on the 2nd amendment, prolonged waiting times, detailed background checks, what is being missed and violated? Do criminal offenders wait around for the aforementioned and even fill out a basic application? The ones who went on rampages have not.
Some say that if putting guns in civilians hands to deter violence is that civilian shooters are less likely to hit their targets than police in these circumstances.” A chaotic scene in August at the Empire State Building put this starkly into perspective when New York City police officers trained in counter-terrorism confronted a gunman and wounded nine innocent bystanders in the process. I know for a fact, that the best trained marksman in the world are not law enforcement but professional civilians. In a certain sense the law was on their side: nearly 80 percent of the killers in our investigation obtained their weapons legally. Some will argue that there is no evidence indicating that arming Americans further will help prevent mass shootings or reduce the carnage in this country but without allowing the use of arms and protecting our 2nd amendment rights, are we just lying down and waiting to be slaughtered?
Are you letting the government decide your fate or take away your god given right of your choice to live or to die? Your right to defend yourself, your property or more importantly your family. There is a set of classification; a mass murderer is someone who kills four or more people in a single incident, usually in one location. (As opposed to spree or serial killers, who strike multiple times.) You can exclude cases involving armed robberies or gang violence; which drop the number of fatalities by just one, or including those motives, would add many, many more cases. While access to weapons is a crucial consideration for stemming the violence, stricter gun laws are no silver bullet.
To me, the key factor is mental illness. A major New York Times investigation in 2000 examined 100 shooting rampages and found that at least half of the killers showed signs of serious mental health problems. Data reveals that the majority of mass shootings are murder-suicides: about half of shooters kill themselves. Others may have committed “suicide by cop”— in which what I found seven died in police shootouts. Mental illness among the killers is no surprise, ranging from paranoid schizophrenia to suicidal depression. But while some states have improved their sharing of mental health records with federal authorities, millions of records reportedly are still missing from the FBI’s database for criminal background checks. If the government really wants to curb gun violence in this country, they first need a strong wake-up call and understand that mass shootings need to be scrutinized as a public health emergency so that policy makers can better focus on controlling the epidemic of violence. It would be no different than if there were an outbreak of Ebola virus. As I always have stated. Guns do not kill people, people kill people and they are generally not of sound mind.
“Memories are hard to forget. Caring for someone is hard to regret. Losing someone is hard to accept but even with all the hurt I’ve felt letting go and moving on is the most painful yet.”