Monday, January 17, 2011

Colleagues, family and friends honor fallen Lakewood police officer with candlelight vigil |

Note: In the days since the massacre in Tucson we've been told countless times that the gun laws in America are sacrosanct, and will not and cannot be changed by our elected leadership. No one is saying take all guns away, and I am not either. But something dark and evil grows like a cancer in America.  According to The Brady Campaign the United States of America had 9,484 gun murders last year; Canada was second among Western nations with 200, and England and Wales had 39 gun deaths. The United States leads developed nations with 9.42 gun deaths per 100,000 persons. Switzerland is second with 6.20, Canada is way down the list at 3.20, and the UK failed to chart.

As I type this on January 17, 4,532 have been shot in the United States in 2011.

And 244 Americans have been shot today.

Yet the answer to ending the gun violence in America from our leaders has been simply this to the public......just buy more guns.

Since this blog has found readership in 177 nations I've decided to link with stories of those who's lives were snuffed out too soon courtesy of the gun. Starting this chronicle on the day we remember Dr. Martin Luther King seems entirely appropriate.

The link below will take you The Star-Ledger, where you'll read the story of Lakewood (NJ) police officer Christopher Matlosz, who was shot three times and killed after a routine stop on patrol last Friday night.

Colleagues, family and friends honor fallen Lakewood police officer with candlelight vigil |


Sue said...

Gun violence in America, it's such a huge problem nobody wants to tackle it. It's a national embarrassment, something has to be done, but fear of guns being taken away from law abiding citizens is fearmonger number one. We have to get around that.

Hugh Jee From Jersey said...

Sue- as I type this at about 11:00AM EST 123 people have been shot so far today, and we have not even reached the halfway point of January 19.

Think about it....more people in the United States are shot by firearms in ONE DAY than in many countries in an ENTIRE YEAR.

The solution from the gun industry and their congressional lackies is "we'll all be safer with more guns".

And (according to Albert Einstein) the definition of madness is doing the same thing again and again and again and expecting a different result.

Using that premise.....the shooters aren't the only crazies in the US. They have enablers in positions of power and authority.

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