NATIONAL (BTSNews) Monday, Jan 14, 2013 – Today, President Obama continues to consider gun control measures as a means to reduce gun-related deaths and violence As previously reported by BTSNews, the Obama Administration has been ostensibly taking steps to reduce gun violence through the creation of a “gun safety task force” following the Newtown shooting, which killed 20 children and 6 adults in Connecticut. This task force is expected to propose a ban of assault weapons and high capacity magazines, as well as require comprehensive background checks for gun purchases.
BUT BEHIND THE SCENES, our continuing coverage shows that the casualty list from gun violence continues to mount, lead by California, which ironically is reputed to have the strictest gun control laws in the nation. In the past 48 hours, despite those strict laws, the firearms fatalities, maimings and injuries continue – but do not involve the use of any assault weapons or high capacity magazines.
If gun-related safety is indeed the focus of the Obama Administration, the gun control focus on assault weapons and high capacity magazines appears to be badly – and sadly – misplaced. Here is today’s update:
1. Hollywood, California – A man was shot twice and killed with a concealed handgun in the midst of a massive brawl outside a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday morning. The gunman is not reported to have used an assault weapon or high capacity magazines in the shooting. Police have no suspects. California’s handgun registration, background, testing and public possession laws prohibit the possession and concealed possession of handguns in public.
2. San Diego, California – An armed and apparently suicidal 20 year-old gunman was shot and critically wounded by police in a movie theater on Saturday. After writing a suicide note in his Escondido home, the gunman left for his girlfriend’s workplace to confront her. When bystanders attempted to intervene in the altercation between the gunman and his girlfriend, the gunman threatened them with his handgun. Police responded to the scene, where they found the gunman hiding in a crowded movie theater nearby. When the gunman brandished his weapon at police, then opened fire, striking the gunman twice. The gunman is expected to survive. This is the third shooting in San Marcos county and the second to occur in and around a San Diego, California movie theater in the last two days, despite California’s handgun registration, background, testing and public possession laws.
3. San Diego, California – Two young men and a teenage girl were shot and wounded during a Saturday drive-by shooting around noon. The victims received non-life threatening injuries and are expected to recover. The police are seeking four men in their mid-20s in connection with the shooting. So far, no arrests have been made. The gunmen are not reported to have used assault weapons or high capacity magazines in the shooting. Despite California’s gun control laws, reputed to be the strictest laws in the nation, this marks the fourteenth shooting incident in California since the Thursday Taft High School shooting, maiming or wounding a total of ten and killing seven.
4. Chesapeake, Virginia – A man was shot in the leg while walking in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake at approximate 1am Sunday morning. The man, who heard a single shot and felt a gunshot wound in his leg, was hospitalized, treated for his injuries, and is expected to recover. Police have no motive or suspects for the shooting. The shooting is not reported to involve assault weapons or high capacity magazines. Virginia does not require a permit, registration or licensing to carry a non-concealed handgun. A criminal history record information check is required prior to purchasing any firearm in Virginia. This is the second shooting and the third shooting victim in the greater Norfolk area in the last two days.
5. Houston, Texas – An off-duty police officer working as a private security guard discharged one round Saturday night at a man armed with a handgun, foiling an attempted robbery. Police are searching for the armed suspect and his two accomplices. No injuries were reported. It is a felony to carry a handgun in the State of Texas without a permit. This is the second incident involving the criminal use of a handgun in Houston in the last 48 hours.
6. Jacksonville, Florida – A taxicab driver was shot three times in an attempted robbery Saturday night. The driver received non-life threatening injuries and is expected to recover. Police have recovered the handgun used in the shooting, which was discarded by the suspects, but have not made any arrests. It is a felony to carry a handgun in the State of Florida without a permit. This is the second incident involving the criminal use of a handgun in Jacksonville and the fourth in Florida since Thursday, killing a total of three and wounding two.
7. Charlotte, North Carolina – A person was shot and robbed at an ATM around 1am Sunday night. The victim was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm and is expected to recover. Police have no suspects. It is illegal to possess or carry a handgun in the State of North Carolina without a permit and extensive background check conducted by the county Sheriff’s department. This is the second shooting in North Carolina in the last three days, though neither of the shootings are reported to involve assault weapons or high capacity magazines.
8. Jacksonville, Florida – A 26 year-old man was shot and killed in a church parking lot around 1:30 pm on Saturday. Police are questioning witnesses but do not yet have any suspects. The shooting is not reported to involve assault weapons or high capacity magazines. It is a felony to carry a handgun in the State of Florida without a permit.
9. Cleveland, Ohio – A man was shot in a dispute arising from a lover’s triangle early Saturday morning. The assailant, who carried two handguns at the time of his arrest, shot the victim twice. The victim was hospitalized and is expected to recover. This is the second shooting, and the second person injured, in Cleveland in as many days. It is illegal to possess or carry a concealed handgun in the State of Ohio without a permit.
10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – A man in his mid-twenties was shot once in the chest and killed at or near his home on Saturday afternoon. Police have no suspects. This is the second shooting in Pennsylvania since Friday, resulting in a total of one death and one injury. Pennsylvania State law permits the possession of handguns in one’s home or place of business. The shooting is not reported to involve assault weapons or high capacity magazines.
11. Las Vegas, Nevada – One man was shot and killed, while another was wounded following an argument outside a house party. No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made. The shooting is not reported to involve assault weapons or high capacity magazines. Nevada State law requires the registration of handguns in Clark county (which includes Las Vegas), and a permit to carry a handgun concealed.