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A 34-year-old teacher was shot in the head outside a preschool near Millcreek, Utah, on Friday.  She died that afternoon at the hospital.  I wonder how many preschoolers witnessed such a horrendous shooting.

The shooter, Nance Hanson, has a conceal and carry permit.

The story is linked in the blogroll.

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

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I just realized that the claim in the title is incorrect, as it assumes that the assailant would have to die in the defense of an attack.

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Years 2000 to 2006, United States:

Homicides by firearm = 82,665 or 4.07/100,000 people

Justifiable homicides by firearm = 2,241 or 0.11/100,000 people

RESULT: For every one person a firearm saves, 37 are murdered.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

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Year 1997

Homicide by firearm USA = 6.24/100,000

Homicide by firearm Spain = 0.19/100,000

RESULT:  The USA has 33 times more homicides by firearm than Spain (Firearms are strictly controlled and limited in Spain.  No handguns unless you are a member of the Olympic shooting team.)

Source:  United Nations “Measures to Regulate Firearms” report, 1997.

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Law Officers Killed by firearms: (and they carry a gun!)

2008 = 35

2007 = 55

2006 = 46

2005 = 50

Source:  FBI Uniform Crime Reports

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The above numbers are not about “violent crime” or “crime” or “gun crime,” all of which can include a wide range of offenses.  The above numbers are homicides only.  That means the victim is dead.

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A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in Kentwood, MI for fatally shooting his mother’s fiance.

The boy used his father’s gun.  You know, the one dad bought for protection.

In the United States, the boy’s dad has a legal right to own a firearm.

The story is linked in the blogroll.

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An 80-year-old woman was shot dead in her car in the parking lot of her church after attending Mass in Youngstown, OH.  It appears to be a robbery.  Her name was Angeline Fimognari.

If you read the comments at the end of the article (see blogroll link to the right), many state that the woman could have defended herself if she had been carrying  a gun.  In other words, it is HER fault for not using deadly force and saving herself.

So we live in a nation where 80-year-old women have to “pack heat” to go to church.  The logic of gun-versus-gun is utterly moronic.

As of this writing, police do not have a suspect.  In the meantime, the NRA is working hard to make sure EVERY American can own a gun.

This tragic story of gun rights is linked in the blogroll.

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A nut in McAllen, Texas shot his neighbor in the head with a .45 caliber handgun last week over a broken cell phone.  The victim remains unconscious and in critical condition at McAllen Medical Center.  The story is linked in the blogroll.

The nut has a legal right to own a firearm in the United States.

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I know you don’t want to look, but you owe it to these people and their families.

These are the firearm homicides I could find in a Google search for January 20 – 23, 2010.  It is only a fraction of the total number of firearm homicides for those three – four days in this country.  I cannot keep pace.

Please note some of the ages.  While guns are touted as a defensive weapon, the 11-year-old, for example, did not have that option.

All these people were murdered because someone had a legal right to own a firearm.  Roughly 50 times more people are murdered by guns than are saved.  We only maintain the Second Amendment because it makes some men feel powerful to own a gun.

My sincere condolences to the families.

1.  Nathaniel Jones, 32, of Macon, GA.
2.  Michael Travis, 30, of Detroit.
3.  William Russell Warrick Jr. 18, of Pace, FL.
4.  Tazewell, VA, a man shot and killed his brother.
5.  Sharod Reed, 31, Brinkley, AR
6.  21-year-old shot dead in Minneapolis.
7.  Marvin Ray Maynard III, 16, Minneapolis, MN
8.  Micheal Travis, 29, of Warren, OH.
9.  39-year-old Franco Rodriguez, Miami.
10.  Manual Suarez, 32, Miami
11.  55-year-old Angelo “Nick” Crisafulli. Wisconsin.
12.  15-year-old Jerson Archaga, Dallas
13.  24 year old Francisco Roman , Palm Springs, FL
14.  Keith Neal, 41, Deanwood, VA
15.  GRAYS FERRY – January 22, 2010 (WPVI).
16.  Isidro Madera, 38, Santa Maria, CA
17.  James Anthony Gibson, 21, Pickens, SC.
18.  James Patrick Ahern, 41, of Bella Vista, AR
19.  Reuben J. Jefferson, 48, Memphis, TN
20.Jack Briscoe III, 36, Texas City, TX
21.Morgan L. Dobyns, Appomattox County, VA
22. Lauralee Sipe, 38, Appomattox County, VA
23.  Dwayne Sipe, 38, Appomattox County, VA
24.  Joshua Sipe, 4, Appomattox County, VA
25.  Jonathan L. Quarles, 43, Appomattox County, VA
26.  Karen Quarles, 43, Appomattox County, VA
27.  Emily Quarles, 15, Appomattox County, VA
28.  Ronald I. “Bo” Scruggs II, Appomattox County, VA
29.   Debra Washington, 54, Bellville, TX
30.  George T. Washington, 69, Bellville, TX
31.  Kiana Phearse, 25, Bellville, TX
32.  Khalilah Chambers-Massey, 2, Bellville, TX
33.  Cedric Thomas, 19, Bellville, TX
34.  Osman Jama Elmi, 28, St. Paul, MN
35.  Mohamed Abdi Warfa, 30, Savage, MN
36.  Anwar Salah Mohammed, 31, Brooklyn Park, MN
37.  Joseph L. Davis, 18, St. Louis, MO
38.  Nehemiah McKinsey, 31, Madera, CA
39.  Matthew Bellamy, 11, North Myrtle Beach, SC
40.  Tim Moran, Darlington, SC
41.  Larry Kelly, Darlington, SC
42.  Paul Richey, 40, Franklin, PA
43.  Nancy Frey-Smith, 53, Oil City, PA
44.  Aprile Moore, 46, Oakland, CA
45.  Anthony Shockley, 28, Jacksonville, FL
46.  Phillip E. Adams Jr., 22, Charlottesville, VA
47.  Stanley W. Cooper, 65, Las Vegas, NV
48.  Tawny Jo Tomberlin, 43, Cedar Rapids, IA
49.  Robert Lee Lindsey, 38, of Canton, MS
50.  Brady Lowery, 23 , Oak Grove, MO
51.  Chad Chimento, 41, Jefferson Parish, LA
52.  Franki Jacobson, 53, Wellington, FL
53.  Eric Jacobson, 7, Wellington, FL
54.  Joshua Jacobson, 7, Wellington, FL

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