Over the weekend there were once again a plethora of mass shootings….Philadelphia and Chattanooga….
It seems that the news makes competition possible….how can we out do each other in these shootings….the US when it comes to violence is starting to look like some third world nation in its lawlessness.
First a look at Philadelphia….
“Once it started I didn’t think it was going to stop,” said a witness to a mass shooting in Philadelphia late Saturday that left three dead and 11 wounded. The Inquirer reports the shooting, which police say involved multiple shooters, took place just before midnight on South Street, “on legendary blocks that have long been among the region’s most popular gathering places.” Details remain scarce, with police saying a 25-year-old man, a man of unknown age, and 22-year-old woman were killed.
Philadelphia Police Inspector DF Pace said officers saw “several active shooters shooting into the crowd.” One officer who was “within about 10 to 15 yards” of one of the shooters fired at him, reports CNN. “We’re uncertain whether he was struck or not, but the officer was able to get that individual to drop his gun and flee,” said Pace. No arrests have been made, reports the AP, which adds two handguns were recovered; one had an extended magazine. Police intend to obtain more surveillance footage on Sunday from businesses that were closed when the shooting took place.
A shooting near a Tennessee nightclub early Sunday led to three deaths and 14 people suffering gunshot wounds and other injuries, police said. Fourteen people were hit by gunfire and three were hit by vehicles while trying to flee the scene, said Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy. Two people died of gunshot wounds, and one person died after being hit by a vehicle, the AP reports. Sixteen of the victims were adults, and one was a juvenile. Several remained in critical condition, she said.
Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly, who described himself as an avid hunter and gun owner, called on Congress to enact “common sense regulations” to address gun violence. Kelly is an independent. “That doesn’t mean taking guns away from responsible gun owners, but it does mean mandatory background checks and prohibiting high-capacity magazines that allow shooters to hurt dozens of people without even having to reload,” he said at a press conference. Kelly said his administration would announce new steps in the coming weeks aimed at reducing gun violence locally.
Officers responded to a report of a shooting at 2:42am on McCallie Avenue near a nightclub and found multiple victims upon arrival. Murphy said officers immediately began rendering aid. There were multiple shooters, and Murphy asked anyone in the community with information about the shooting to come forward. She said police believe it was an isolated incident. “We’re trying to determine exactly what happened and what led up to this taking place,” she said. Last weekend, six juveniles were wounded during an exchange of gunfire in a downtown Chattanooga business district. “It’s going to be a long summer, and we have got to get out in front of it and put a stop to it,” Kelly said.
How long will the American people believe lies and BS before they take to the streets for an end to this madness?
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There will never be an end to mass shootings in The U.S.A., as long as guns dominate the national dialogue. It is something we all have to learn to live with and to accept. (Or we could all move to Austrailia.
I agree with your assumption……I will be posting different op-eds starting today….let me know what you think. chuq
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Thanx for that…it will be mini series on thoughts…..chuq
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‘Prohibiting High Capacity magazines’.
A standard Glock magazine holds up to 15 rounds.
A Sig Pistol magazine holds at least 10 rounds.
A Colt 1911 magazine holds 8 rounds. (One chambered, 7 in the magazine.)
Someone armed with two of those pistols and NO extra ammunition can still potentially kill 25 people, or 23 people, or 18 people.
It is not the capacity that matters, it is being able to legally buy the guns in the first place that is the problem.
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Great point Pete……thanx for your insights…..chuq