Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Yet Another Horrifying Reminder

So it happened again. Yes, sadly, it happened again.

As firefighters made their way to battle the blaze, the police said, a man made his way to a barbershop at the heart of the village and then a carwash, about one mile away, in the neighboring village of Herkimer, killing four people and wounding two others before fleeing and setting off a manhunt that still was unresolved by late afternoon. [...]

"We saw a guy walking around the shop," one woman who was at the gas station told WKTV. She said she saw two people who were shot on the ground.

"Then he took off in a Jeep Wrangler," she said of the gunman, adding, "There were empty rifle shells on the ground."

Greg Beasley, 70, who was near the carwash when the shooting took place, said he heard at least five gunshots around 10 a.m.

"I saw people running out from the one-store building in panic," Mr. Beasley said when reached by phone.

Another day, another mass shooting. This is just so wrong on so many levels.

Just yesterday, a group of citizens from Connecticut rode their bicycles from Newtown to Washington to ask Congress to act on gun violence prevention. One of the riders, Monte Frank, explained to Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC last night why he took part in this.

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Remember, the Newtown massacre happened last December. And since then, we've seen even more gun violence across America. Yes, we've even seen it happen here in Nevada. Just last month, four people died in a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

Yet despite the growing demand for action and the overwhelming public support for expanded background checks, Congress still can't get its act together on even the most basic plank of gun safety reform. Even with the overwhelming supermajority of gun retailers demanding action to curb illegal gun trafficking, Congress still can't get its act together on that, either. See a pattern here? Isn't it looking awfully disturbing?

How many more of these massacres must occur before Congress takes action? How many more shootings must happen in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Southern California, and elsewhere before Congress takes action on gun violence? How many more innocent people must die?

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