Monday, July 12, 2010

Get mad at Girlfriend, Kill a bunch of people.

It's a common formula. It happened today, here in Albuquerque.  It happens a lot.  Here are some of the most infamous..which is to say, the ones where more than two people died.  The dots on the map of fellows who "just" kill their girlfriend would leave very little white space.  (and there'd be a tiny scatting of pink dots representing gals who killed their boyfriends.  Usually because he abused her.  Has there ever been a girlfriend murdered boyfriend just because he left her?   I can't remember it.

When guns are allowed freely in society, there is nothing you can do to protect yourself from gun violence.   Which is too bad.  In a universe without the current interpretation of the second amendment, this kind of violence would be almost fully preventable.

And you can bet that a man who walked into a crowded office conference room intent on knifing his ex-girlfriend to death would not have been able to do it and would not be now wandering the streets of Albuquerque.

Instead...six dead, four wounded, gunman at large.  What a tragedy.


Christine Robinson said...

Later news: The gunman killed himself at the scene.

In other news, a 9 year old accidentally killed his 2 year old brother while playing with a loaded gun. To quote the story: "No charges are pending."

I suppose that a nine year old can make an honest mistake and kill his brother with a gun. But what about the IDIOT who left a gun around for a nine year old to play with? Isn't that a crime?

Elizabeth J. Barrett said...

It seems like every week in the U.S. a man kills his wife or girlfriend (or ex). I think it shows a dead-seated misogyny. 9 times out of 10, the man then kills himself. WTF? I'm tempted to begin an ad campaign "just kill yourself, not her." Guess I'm angry about all this.

Anonymous said...

Guns!! and lack of judicial support in domestic violence cases--at least in New Mexico. It's been 4-1/2 months since the assault/strangulation I experienced and the temporary restraining order lapsed when the judge did not follow through on his own guidelines for scheduling of the next hearing. Now after two emergency requests over the past three weeks for an order, still no response from the judge's staff to schedule. The other attorney is concerned that the assailant will not be able to hunt this fall if the order is issued! Who cares?? He has not hunted for at least 10 years--and does not need access to rifles!! And he has no consequences. Texas is not the only "good ole boy" state.