Moms Demand Action is planning another media event in Seattle next Wednesday, April 16, and if they are really an anti-violence group, instead of a gun prohibition lobby, perhaps they will focus on today’s bloody knife attack at a Pennsylvania high school.
Reports from several news agencies say at least 20 people, including 19 students, were stabbed in this morning’s incident, adding credence to the contention that someone intent on causing harm to lots of people will find a way to do it, even when firearms are not involved. The suspect reportedly is a 16-year-old sophomore who used two knives.
Today’s incident could put anti-gun Moms and their partners at Mayors Against Illegal Guns on the spot. They will be unable to exploit Franklin Regional High School’s attack. The e-mail announcing next week’s gathering does exploit Fort Hood, as did an appeal over the weekend from the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the group pushing Initiative 594.
Next Wednesday’s event is being pandered as a networking effort aimed at “Winning the battle for comprehensive gun laws…and we’re going to rely on you to keep making change block by block, city by city.”
The Moms group claims. “There’s a lot left to do…” without explaining just what that might include.
Meanwhile, the Seattle P-I.com reported this morning that there probably will not be a murder charge in the March 19 shooting death in White Center of 17-year-old Reuben Castillo. The 18-year-old felon who apparently fired the fatal shot may have done so in self-defense after one of Castillo’s companions in a car fired a shot at him.
Charles Moimoi, who apparently fired that shot, could not legally possess a firearm due to a previous conviction. But if he was shot at first, he would have essentially been acting in self-defense.
Two teens in the car with Castillo, identified as Josue Grados Sanchez, 18, and Jose Bedolla-Mendoza, 17, have now been charged in relation to the fatal shooting. Moimoi does face charges of unlawful possession of a firearm. Apparently, Bedolla fired the shot that brought return fire from Moimoi that hit the car’s brake light and went through to hit Castillo.
When Moimoi was arrested two days later, police found a gun in his backpack. Wherever he got that gun, it’s a safe bet no background check was involved, and none would ever be.
And the Seattle Times this morning notes that 69-year-old Lovett “Cid” Chambers was convicted yesterday of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Michael “Travis” Hood more than two years ago in West Seattle.
Chambers was a small business owner, according to the story. He was also a convicted felon who had a .45-caliber pistol.
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