Friday, March 1, 2013

The saddest story ever

Kyle Thacker
These two young men are -- were -- Kyle (top) and Kody Thacker.  On Saturday, Feb. 23, Kody, 19, took his own life after accidentally shooting and killing his brother Kyle, 24, with a shotgun, according to a Lexington, Ky., TV station.   Here is the transcript of the Lex18 TV news story.
Apparently police are satisfied it was an accident and can take no further action, leaving their family to grieve and bury their dead.  All over some mindless tomfoolery with a shotgun in a situation where there was no threat, no home invasion and no need to protect a family member.
They are just two of the 2,392 people who have died from gun violence in this country since Newtown/Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, 2012, according to a gun deaths chart being maintained on  On this chart you can see exactly how many were men, how many were women and how many were children.   If you click on each figure, it will tell you the victim's name, age and location.  Take a look.  That's an average of 18 Americans a day dying from gunshots.
David Waldman on Daily Kos has been running a different tally, of headlines involving gun deaths and injuries each week called GunFail.   Here's his latest one, number 7.  Waldman's list includes idiots who accidentally shoot themselves, dogs that accidently shoot their owners' guns and the like so it's a less depressing list. He's also including some pretty amusing photos and videos.

But it is still a sad roster of people who would be alive, who would not be in pain, who would not be maimed, disfigured, scarred for life, if there had not been a gun close at hand, in their hands or the hands of loved ones, at some supremely dumb moment.
Here's what I don't get:
Every time I hear a Second Amendment fanatic says, "We don't need more gun laws, we just need to enforce the ones we have," I have to wonder in a case like the Thackers, exactly how would greater enforcement of existing gun laws have prevented this tragedy? And how can any sane person conclude that it is safer for his or her family to have guns in the house than not?
Now we learn that certain technically inclined gun nuts are perfecting the manufacturing of the guts of assault weapons on 3D printers so that there will be no controlling of, or even knowing about, such guns because there will be no buying or selling of them, no registrations or background checks, no serial numbers, just the running of a printer in somebody's basement.
For the last 15 years Congresshas  prohibited federal government agencies from researching the causes and extent of gun violence for fear that would lead to -- gasp -- regulation.
The government does research on traffic accidents, on air crashes, on boating accidents, even on bicycle and skateboard accidents, all of which leads to better laws and regulations (like no texting while driving), better education and better designs to make all of these things safer.  Research on the health hazards of smoking led to profound changes in public opinion about tobacco and a drastic reduction in the number of smokers in the U.S.
But no, we can't research the health hazards of guns, because James Madison and few other founding fathers 214 years ago badly worded one sentence in the U.S. Constitution. 
What a bats__t crazy country.

1 comment:

  1. as a former infantryman and was in the last draft i and my family were the victims of gun violence look up the year 1968 a mother of ten kids suffer i to this day from ptsd from her dying in my arms and serviced related please look up in the delaware county court or news archives why i agree with gun control i don`t keep one in my house due to the fact i had enough of weapons in the service and what my father did sorry for my diction but i`m getting more and more upset because out leadership doesn`t have the backbone to do the right thing any sane person who ever saw what an automatic weapon can do to a person should know they `auto weapons` should be banned the reality of life is you take the guns people will still kill each other but at least one item will be some what hopeful out of the game just remember people have been killing each other since cain and able and i`m afraid that it will keep on and on