So, for those who actually read my posts, I know i have been on quite a long hiatus. I broke up with one girlfriend, got together with some other girl, broke up with her and I am now dating her. And I had to devote most of my school year to Precalculus and am only now able to relax. But anyway, I thought I would make a post today.
This post is about the current talk about gun control. A lot of people are moving towards the point of getting rid of guns in this country completely. I mean, between the Newtown shooting and all the other shootings that have spiderwebbed off of it, people are getting scared.
But I would like to shine light on a few shootings that no one ever pays attention to when talking about gun control.
My first story is quite an old one. It is the Pearl River, MS shooting at Pearl High School and happened in 1997.
Luke Woodham had just broken up with his girlfriend. So, he walks into his high school carrying a rifle, making no attempt to hide or conceal it. He shoots his ex-girlfriend and her friend in the head and then starts to shoot randomly. Assistant Principal Joel Myrick ran to his truck and grabbed his .45 caliber handgun. He then confronted Woodham in the parking lot and subdued him until police arrived. Only 2 people were killed (the ex-girlfriend and her friend).
(could only find a picture since it happened so long ago. Sorry. :( )
Yet, this story was never featured on national news. Ever. The media let the story fade into ancient history. Just one example of how the media manipulate the information you hear everyday. Don’t believe me? Don’t worry I have more modern examples.
On April 23, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, a man opened fire outside a church before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him. The only other person killed was the mother of the church’s pastor.
How about this one?
On Dec 23, 2012, in California, a man defended himself and several children that were having a sleepover at his house, when 3 men tried to break into his house. The homeowner shot at them, killing one and injuring the other two. The homeowner was also shot, but it was non-fatal.
Think about this for a second. What would have happened if this homeowner didn’t have the gun? We would be talking about a mass murder of children here. But, as it stands, the only person killed from this incident was one of the men trying to break in.
One last example, that also happened very recently.
On December 17, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas, a man walked into a restaraunt to kill his ex-girlfriend. He shot her and then started to shoot randomly. Many restaraunt patrons ran into the movie theater next door. The gunman followed, where he was shot by an off duty police officer who was at the theater. She shot at him 4 times and obviously struck him. No one was killed and only the gunman and his initial victim were wounded. The city is going to award the off duty police officer a medal, and I think the country should too.
Yet despite the fact that these last two shootings were less than a month ago, they were not featured on any major news outlets. The shooting in San Antonio was only debuted locally and so was the shooting in California. I have no idea if the Pearl River shooting was debuted on national news because it was so long ago, but most likely it wasn’t.
And there are more stories of this nature. Many, many more. This site (with a petition if you would like to sign) mentions many more of these kinds of stories
Yet, despite a mountain of evidence that the only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man (or woman) with a gun, the major media outlets continue to ignore these stories and refuse to feature them, and a lot of people, only fueled by the stories of tragedies brought on by firearms, start to fight for the complete ban of them.
And, to end this post, I would like to post a few national statistics about guns.
Thank you and goodnight.