Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Update, 2nd Student Dies in Ohio School Shooting

Another gun death.  We need to be asking why it is people who shoot others did so, but more important is how did they get the guns with which to kill, wound, or threaten.

From MSNBC.com:
Second teen confirmed dead in Ohio school shooting
By NBC News and msnbc.com

A second teen was confirmed dead after a shooting at a high school in Chardon, Ohio, the medical examiner's office said Tuesday.

Russell King Jr., 17, was flown to Cleveland's MetroHealth Medical Center where he was treated but pronounced brain dead on Monday, NBC News reported.

Sixteen-year-old Daniel Parmertor also died when a teen opened fire inside a high school cafeteria at the start of the classes on Monday.
But hey - Wal Mart was a good corporate citizen.  It made money selling guns and ammo that winds up killing people in the communities where it operates.  Wal Mart sold Jared Loughner the ammo he used to shoot Gabby Giffords and so many others.  Why? Because there is money in selling ammo, no matter who uses it or what they use it for, so Wal Mart makes big donations to those who promote buying, selling, and using guns and ammo.  Legislators who make it easier for those sales to take place, and easier for people to shoot - including shooting other people -  get big donations from the Waltons and Wal Mart.  Fewer restrictions, less regulation, less accountability translates into private and corporate profits.

It makes big donations to ALEC and right wing politicians who promote easy guns and write laws like our own Shoot First legislation.  And then it allowed their local parking lot to be used to medivac the dead and dying and injured to the local hospitals by helicopter.

You can't criticize that kind of corporate responsibility can you? I think you can.  I think you should.

And we should criticize the gun culture and the right wing politicians as well as the individual shooter; they are all part of this shooting; some of them are simply more indirectly so than others.  These occurrences are far less frequent where there is more effective and more stringent gun regulation.

Also from MSNBC.com and the news services, more evidence that gun violence is learned, that it is a part of our gun culture we can choose not to embrace or to legitimize, including with our shoot first laws that leap too quickly to a deadly force solution.  Violence begets violence, and everyone who uses violence has some kind of justification for it, some excuse, even when it is not justified.  Shoot first legislation gives the emotional need to justify an importance, a validity, whether it is right or not, over the legitimizing of force by more objective criteria.  That criteria condemns the actions of this shooter, and would condemn the actions of other shooters if they did not conform to that objective, rather than a subjective criteria, in shootings.  It is no coincidence that it is the sellers of guns and ammo who want more lax standards for acceptable shootings. It makes them money, bloody money.  Follow the money.

Report: Teen in frame for Ohio shooting came from violent family
By msnbc.com staff, NBC News and news services

The teen who authorities believe was behind a shooting Monday in Chardon, Ohio, that killed two students and wounded three others had violence in his life from early on, Cleveland's Plain Dealer newspaper reported.
Court records showed that the suspect's father, Thomas Lane Jr., had been arrested several times for abusing women he had children with, including the teen's mother, the newspaper reported. The father had been warned to stay away from the teen's mother at least once, the records reportedly showed.

The suspect's family said through an attorney that they were struggling to comprehend what had happened a day after the worst U.S. high school shooting in nearly a year. Students at the high school outside of Cleveland were told to stay home Tuesday.

Police have not formally identified the suspected gunman, but students, parents of students and local media said his name was T.J. Lane, which was confirmed by NBC News.

It was not clear if T.J. Lane and his father had any contact, the newspaper reported.
Sketchy reports emerge on alleged high school gunman

Officials believe T.J. Lane opened fire inside a high school cafeteria at the start of the classes on Monday, killing 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor and wounding four others, police said.

Seventeen-year-old Russel King Jr. was pronounced dead on Monday, the medical examiner's office said Monday.

Second teen confirmed dead in Ohio school shooting
Three other teens were wounded in the shooting.

The suspect was taken into custody near his car a half-mile from the suburban Cleveland school after a teacher chased him from the building, according to FBI officials.

'Good kid'

When asked about the suspect, his lawyer called him a "good kid," according to NBC News' WKYC.

"By all accounts T.J. is a fairly quiet and good kid. His grades are pretty impressive," Bob Farinacci told WKYC. "He's a sophomore. He's been doubling up on his classes with the intent of graduating this May. He pretty much sticks to himself but does have some friends and has never been in trouble over anything that we know about."

Some fellow students called the 17-year-old quiet and sweet, although others said he had a temper, the Plain Dealer reported.

His now-deleted Facebook page showed one picture of him bare-chested and glaring at the camera, and another behind a huge teddy bear that bore a heart and the words "Be Mine," according to the newspaper.

He listed "primitive hunting" among his interests, the newspaper said.

The suspect's family said they were struggling to comprehend what had happened.

"The family wanted me to convey to the citizens of Geauga County and Northeastern Ohio that the family is devastated by this most recent event," Farinacci said in a statement. "They want to give their most heartfelt and sincere condolences to the family of the young man who passed and their continuing prayers are with all those who were injured. This is something that could never have been predicted. T.J.'s family has asked for some privacy while they try to understand how such a tragedy could have occurred and while they mourn this terrible loss for their community."

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Dog Gone:


    "The suspect's family said through an attorney that they were struggling to comprehend what had happened a day after the worst U.S. high school shooting in nearly a year."

    LEAPS off the page.

    "...nearly a year.", wtf?

    No matter how many times I say it, the fact that I am NOT "anti-gun" but "anti-shitheads with guns", never penetrates the skulls of the gunzloonz.

    These school shootings are not "unavoidable tragedies that nobody could have foreseen". They are crimes. They are crimes on the part of the shooter and on the part of the cold-blooded scum who make death a business.