Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This article first appeared in the New York Times. The horror of life in the USA has become the business of the international community.

This is from the Irish Times. If one follows where compassion exists globally, it is Ireland's people that uphold life at every turn.

The extremism the USA is experiencing in their politics as reflected by it's government is now a spectacle to countries that once admired us.

Every St. Patrick's day the USA and Ireland celebrate the occassion with the US President accepting a bouquet of clover representing the luck brought to people in finding a four leaf clover. These young children didn't have that kind of luck. The American people cannot rely on luck to protect the lives of it's people. The American people need sound law and regulations to protect people and hopefully regain it's respect internationally.

May 6, 2016
By Jack Healy, Julia
Bosman, Alan Binder and
Julie Yurkewitz

Zai Deshields, 4, at her home in Stone Mountain, Ga., this week. Last week she pulled a handgun out of a backpack at her grandmother’s home in Arlington, Tex., and shot her uncle in the leg

Sha’Quille Kornegay, (click here) two years old, was buried in a pink coffin, her favourite doll by her side and a tiara strategically placed to hide the self-inflicted gunshot wound to her forehead.

She had been napping in bed with her father, Courtenay Block, late last month when she discovered the 9mm handgun he often kept under his pillow in his Kansas City, Missouri, home. It was equipped with a laser sight that lit up like the red lights on her cousins’ sneakers. Block told police he woke to see Sha’Quille by his bed, bleeding and crying, the gun at her feet. A bullet had pierced her skull.

In a country with more than 30,000 annual gun deaths, the smallest fingers on the trigger belong to children like Sha’Quille. During a single week in April, four toddlers – Holston, Kiyan, Za’veon and Sha’Quille – shot and killed themselves, and a mother driving through Milwaukee was killed after her two-year-old apparently picked up a gun that had slid out from under the driver’s seat. It was a brutal stretch, even by the standards of researchers who track these shootings....

...Gun control advocates say these deaths illustrate lethal gaps in gun safety laws. Some states require locked storage of guns or trigger locks to be sold with handguns. Others leave safety decisions largely to gun owners. Twenty-seven states have laws that hold adults responsible for letting children have unsupervised access to guns, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, though experts say such measures have, at best, a small effect on reducing gun deaths....

The article goes on to talk about the safety of gun ownership. Massachusetts is the only state in the USA that requires guns be kept under lock and key. This is not even background checks, this is good ways to protect human life and it is considered an imposition on gun rights.

April 27, 2016
By Sarah Larimer

A 26-year-old Milwaukee woman (click here) was shot Tuesday morning as she drove down a Wisconsin highway. The person who pulled the trigger in the fatal shooting of Patrice Price, authorities believe, was Price’s toddler, who found a firearm in the car.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified Price as the victim in the incident. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release.
“According to witness accounts, Price’s 2 ½-year-old child was in the back seat, retrieved a firearm that slid out from under the driver’s seat and shot through the seat, striking the driver,” the release stated. “The driver’s mother and one-year-old child were in the front passenger seat.”
Price’s father, Andre Price, told WISN, an ABC affiliate, that his daughter was dating a security guard and was driving that man’s car when the shooting occurred....