Another school shooting. This time it took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state. Fourteen-year-old high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg, pulled a gun out during lunch and began shooting, killing two 14-year-old girls, and severely wounding three other students before dying from a self-inflicted gun shot. Like with each school shooting before this one, we all sit back and wonder… why? How?
We can talk about guns as the root of all evil in these instances (Fryberg used a gun that was legally purchased) — and in fact, we should be shouting about the ease of access to guns in this country — but it’s not that simple. Because there’s more to it than just guns. Reports are slowly coming in that Fryberg may have targeted particular students at his school over a recent breakup. While we may never truly know his motivation, many are starting to piece together information gathered from fellow students and Fryberg’s own social media accounts. A student at Marysville-Pilchuk High School told the Seattle Times that Fryberg was “angry about a romantic relationship he was involved in, and that the girl was one of the people shot,” according to a student. Another student spoke about Fryberg and one of the victims, telling Reuters that she “heard he asked her out and she rebuffed him and was with his cousin.” The student boils it down: “It was a fight over a girl.” Keep reading »
Theodore Wafer, the Michigan man who shot unarmed Black teenager Renisha McBride on his doorstep last year, has been sentenced to 17 to 30 years in prison for second-degree murder.
In November, 19-year-old McBride had gotten into a car accident and knocked on the door of Wafer’s Dearborn Heights home in the middle of the night. Wafer responded by shooting the teenager through a closed and locked screen door on his front porch, killing her. Wafer had initially claimed that his gun went off accidentally; he had also claimed he didn’t know the gun was loaded. Earlier this month, a jury rejected Wafer’s claim of self-defense and convicted him of second-degree murder, manslaughter, and one count of felony firearm. [Yahoo; MLive]
When gun violence is addressed, the first thing that comes to mind are horrific mass shootings, but one of the most common victims of gun violence are women with abusive partners. Abused women are five times more likely to be murdered by their abuser if the abuser owns a gun, and more than half of all women murdered by guns in the US are killed by their partners. The nonprofit Everytown put together this powerful ad in support of the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, which would prevent domestic abusers and stalkers from being able to get a gun. It’s hard to think of scenes like this as a reality, but they will continue to happen every day until policy changes are in place to better protect women. Think before pressing play, because it’s a bit disturbing. [Smart Gun Laws, Everytown]
Here’s a story that has me heavy in the heart:
Last night in Spring, Texas, a man looking for his ex-wife — whom he had beaten in the past — tied up and murdered the ex-wife’s sister, brother-in-law, and four of their children “execution-style” after they would not reveal his ex-wife’s location.
Ron Lee Haskell forced himself into his sister-in-law’s house near Houston while looking for his ex-wife Melanie Haskell (who was not there). He reportedly tied up everyone in the family and asked them to reveal his ex-wife’s location. When they couldn’t or wouldn’t answer, he shot six of them to death and wounded another, a 15-year-old girl named Cassidy Stay.
Cassidy told police she played dead until her ex-uncle left, at which point she called 911 and reported that Haskell was on his way to murder her grandparents. That phone call by Cassidy — who is currently in critical condition — appears to have saved her grandparents’ lives. Keep reading »
A lone gunman and a student are dead in a school shooting this morning at a high school about 12 miles outside Portland, Ore., police are confirming, contrary to earlier reports that the only casualty was the shooter. The gunman opened fire at Reynolds High School while classes were in session at about 8am local time, reports the AP; a local police rep confirms to CNN that a semiautomatic weapon was involved. Read more on Newser…
This is Jim Burnworth, from the Outdoor Channel’s manly-men show “Choose Your Weapon,” which is about varieties of hunting weapons and equipment. The pretty girl next to him is his daughter, Kaity. And the young man on the other side is Kaity’s prom date, whom Burnworth is joke-threatening to shoot with his giant-ass guns. “My Daughter Kaity had Prom last night wanted her date to know that I shoot stuff for a living LOL…,” Burnworth posted on his Facebook feed, where it has gotten almost 47,000 likes and 11,000 shares from the Outdoor Channel (which joked, “What time is your curfew again?”).
Only in America would joking about shooting your daughter’s prom date garner laughs, not cringes of horror. Keep reading »