Mall shooters, campus shooters, road rage shooters and people who shoot their whole families have one thing in common. They are AWA–armed while angry. As cynics often say–it is a good thing a gun was present or a heated verbal argument could have broken out.
This morning police in the Chicago suburb of Robbins are trying to piece together how a mother and her two children, 15 and 17, were shot to death apparently by the children’s enraged stepfather, who was also found dead in the home. The suspect may have been on psychoactive drugs, he may have been mentally ill but chances are his three victims would be alive today if there had not been a gun in the home for “protection.” It’s the gun, stupid.
Last week, more tragedy was added to the unfolding gun violence at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Even as the campus observed a Day of Healing for the fatal shooting of Purdue teaching assistant Andrew Boldt on Jan. 21, for which student Cody Cousins has been charged, more violence has erupted. College of Education professor Marcia Gentry was shot in a domestic gun violence situation in which her husband William J. Byers, killed himself say police. Also shot and killed in the violence was the family dog, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois. An abused woman is six times more likely to be murdered if a gun is present. A gun in the home is also 22 times more likely to be used in a suicide, homicide or accident than self-defense.
Hours earlier, police on the Purdue campus detained a man with a handgun and several magazines of ammunition on suspicion he was stalking a female student of the school. The suspect, who was in a vehicle parked outside University Village, had a previous relationship with the student.
Purdue shooting suspect Cody Cousins, awaiting trial, shows why guns on the campus (or in the mall or in the movies) increase the murder rate. Cousins was likely a “law-abiding” citizen until he became AWA and now Andrew Boldt is dead. Nor can you find anyone more “law-abiding” than a retired police officer. Yet Curtis Reeves is charged with killing Chad Oulson and wounding his wife in a Wesley Chapel, Florida movie theater last month. He was allegedly AWA because Oulson was texting and threw popcorn.
Days after the lethal Purdue shooting a poster on Reddit wrote, “Please help advocate for campus carry at Purdue University!” Another cop wannabe posted that he informed school authorities “that I was carrying and everyone was happy to have a firearm on our side in that situation.” The poster’s delusion that he was “protecting” people as a volunteer “armed citizen” on the right “side” is likely exactly what Cody Cousins thought too.
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