Two people were injured and one killed at the hands of a gunman in Phoenix today just hours after former Arizona Senator Gabrielle Giffords – who was shot in 2011 while speaking to her constituents – testified at a Senate hearing about gun control. According to Fox News, “A gunman opened fire at a Phoenix office building near 16th Street and Glendale …. The suspect is described as a white male in his 60s and was last seen driving away from the scene in a white Kia Optima.”
No motive for the shooting has yet been identified, but one of the wounded is known to be a lawyer with the firm Osborn Maledon named Mark Hummels. Hummels was representing a client in a mediation when he was shot. Fox reports, “Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson says police do not believe the shooting was a random act.”
The Phoenix shooting took place as Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly gave his statement to Senate members. CBS News says Kelly “made an impassioned entreaty for bipartisan action to curb gun violence.” The husband and wife team recently started a PAC with that same goal, and Kelly says “his first priority is fixing the nation’s background check system.”
CBS notes, “Today’s congressional hearing marks the first on gun control since President Obama’s proposals, and the Senate Judiciary Committee’s first legislative hearing in the new Congress.” During the hearing, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre told those assembled that “efforts to curb gun violence should be focused strengthening school security and mental health resources,” according to CBS. “He also stated his opposition to closing gun show loopholes, arguing that criminals won’t submit to background checks anyway.”
Additionally, Gayle Trotter of the Independent Women’s Forum argued that “assault weapons provide a woman with peace of mind because knowing she has a scary looking gun gives her more courage.” She added, “An assault weapon in the hands of a young woman defending her babies at her home becomes a defense weapon.”
I can’t even. I just can’t. But you know? Maybe I’m the idiot here. Maybe guns ARE the answer. After all, if the bus driver in the abduction/hostage case currently wearing on in Alabama had a gun, that little 6-year-old boy wouldn’t be in a bunker right now, right? Maybe 6-year-olds should just carry guns. In fact, when are we gonna learn that we have to start making school buses out of guns in order to protect our kids? I mean, really! Enough is enough! It’s time we stop gun violence with more gun violence, dammit!
Oh – did I mention that “a teenage girl who attended presidential inauguration activities in Washington earlier this month was shot to death at a Chicago park” yesterday? Okay, cool. Just wanted to be sure we’re all on the same page.
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