repair his computer faster:
Mondello, a lobbyist and self-proclaimed “communications expert” (who is unable to fix his own computer) became a bit perturbed when a technician working on his computer said he needed to run out to grab a part he needed for the repairs. According to Arlington County Police spokesperson Dustin Sternbeck, the news that he might have to wait a bit for the Dell technician to get what he needed to do the job “sent our subject over the edge.”
“He became furious and clearly agitated,” Sternbeck said. Mondello told the tech ”you’re not leaving this house until the computer is fixed” — a feat that would be difficult to accomplish without the needed parts. That’s when former Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s one-time Legislative Director decided a Second Amendment Solution was in order. He left the room and returned with a what appeared to be a gun, telling the tech:
”I’m going to kill you slowly.”
Mondello’s wife came downstairs upon hearing the threats and stood between her husband and the man he was terrorizing. The tech then fled the house and called 911 after contacting his office. A SWAT team was sent to Mondello’s residence and search warrants were executed. Eventually, he turned himself in. He was arrested Monday night and charged with abduction. The “gun” turned out to be a replica.
Those GOP types seem to ALWAYS think guns, or gun replicas, can somehow solve any problem.
But at least this one was fake and nobody got shot. That is sadly untrue for the next two examples.
Courtesy of Raw Story:
A Florida woman killed her 27-year-old daughter after mistaking her for an intruder, officials in St. Cloud said on Wednesday.
Police said that the mother was sleeping when she heard something that sounded like an intruder at around 11:51 p.m. on Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
According to police, the woman fired a single shot at the suspected intruder before discovering that she had shot her daughter, who died after being taken to a local hospital by emergency crews.
Before any 2nd Amendment apologists start talking about the need for more training, it should be noted that the mother who shot her daughter was a police dispatcher and her husband, the dead woman's father, was a veteran member of the local police department.
Unfortunately this is not even the most tragic example.
The next one comes from right here in Alaska.
Courtesy of KTUU:
A 4-year-old boy is dead after he accidentally shot himself with a firearm that he found in his Bethel State Trooper Housing home, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch Tuesday.
Bethel police and medics were called to State Trooper housing at about 6:30 p.m. Monday to reports that a child had been injured.
Investigators with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation from Anchorage arrived in Bethel Tuesday.
"Investigation revealed that William Anderson, age 4, was playing by himself in the family living room when he obtained a privately owned firearm and subsequently suffered a fatal gunshot wound," troopers wrote.
The boy's father, a state trooper, was not home at the time of the incident however there were two other adults at the residence, neither of who were capable of keeping this child safe.
Look I pay fairly close attention, and I realize that occasionally there really are incidents of people warding off attackers or stopping a robbery with a handgun. However the overwhelming number of stories we hear about guns in this country involve suicide, accidental shootings, or death from an armed attacker.
THAT is the reality that we live in today. THAT is what we must have the courage to face. And THAT is the problem that we need to find a way to solve.
Everyday people are dying. Every single day. While we sit on our hands and do nothing.
I find it impossible to believe that THIS is what the founding fathers intended.