Wednesday, September 11, 2013

For Non-US Readers: This is Why Politicians Don't Vote For Gun Controll

Colorado - the state - passed some very basic gun control laws last year.  This is the state which saw a lone killer break into a theater and murder 12 people July of last year.  70 others were injured and one mother miscarried after being injured.  The lawmakers were recalled for the first time in Colorado history.

If there was a state where gun control laws might be acceptable, this should be it.
Instead, 2 of the politicians that passed very limited gun control measures - limited magazines to only 15 rounds, and use of background checks for private sales at gun shows. Moreover, these elections were a gigantic waste of money to show politicians how much power the NRA has.
One of the representatives recalled was due to be term-limited out next year (i.e. - he couldn't run for election) and the other was up for re-election net year anyway.  But the NRA (National Rifle Association) wanted to scare other lawmakers.
So if you ever wonder why we can't pass gun control laws - n ow you know.  Politicians are, rightfully, petrified.

Victims[edit source | editbeta]

Eighty-two people were shot or otherwise wounded,[40][41] reported by mainstream news as the most victims of any mass shooting in United States history.[42][43] Among the victims were four people who suffered from chemical irritation caused by the tear gas grenades, and eight others who injured themselves while fleeing the theater.[2] The massacre is also the deadliest shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999.[44]

Fatalities[edit source | editbeta]

Twelve people were killed in the shooting. Ten died at the scene and two more in local hospitals. Those killed were:[45]
  • Jonathan Blunk, age 24
  • Alexander J. Boik, age 18
  • Jesse Childress, age 29
  • Gordon Cowden, age 51
  • Jessica Ghawi, age 24
  • John Larimer, age 27
  • Matt McQuinn, age 27
  • Micayla Medek, age 23
  • Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age 6
  • Alex Sullivan, age 27
  • Alexander C. Teves, age 24
  • Rebecca Wingo, age 32
Almost two months earlier, Ghawi narrowly avoided a shooting at the Eaton Centre in Toronto, which killed two people and injured several others.[46]

Injuries[edit source | editbeta]

The youngest injured shooting victim was three months old.[47] Ashley Moser, Veronica Moser-Sullivan's mother, was critically injured in the shooting and suffered a miscarriage a week after the attack.[48]
The injured were treated at Children's Hospital ColoradoDenver Health Medical CenterThe Medical Center of AuroraParker Adventist HospitalRose Medical CenterSwedish Hospital, and University Hospital, as well as at a makeshift hospital set up at the scene of the attack.[47] On July 25, three of the five hospitals treating victims announced that they would limit medical bills or forgive them entirely.[49]

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