Connecticut police arrested 22-year-old Shawn Cummins for firing a gun into an apartment building’s bathroom because he thought someone was taking too long in there.
A highly intoxicated Cummins went to his neighbor's apartment to hang out around 2 a.m and became upset when the guy using the friend’s bathroom wouldn't get out. He took out a 9mm handgun he had concealed in his waistband and fired one round into the closed bathroom door. Luckily, he missed the person inside.
He then left the apartment and fired a second shot into the outside wall of the apartment complex.
His permit was seized by the police.
The incident is additional fodder for fire against the NRA, which touts the motto "guns don't kill people."
They were fortunately right in this case, the guy in the bathroom was lucky enough to escape unscathed. But not everyone is so lucky.
Over the past 25 years, more domestic violence related homicides of this nature have been committed with guns than with all other weapons combined. In fact, every 16 hours or so, an ex or an intimate partner guns down a woman.
More seriously, our children are not safe. Following are just some of the incidents that made it to the news:
“A loaded handgun fell out of a student's pocket onto the lunchroom floor and discharged wounding him and two other kindergartners in a Houston elementary school.”
“4-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Twin Sister”
“Boy, 12, fatally shot by brother while playing with gun.”
“A 2-year-old Port Richey girl is in critical condition after accidentally shooting herself with a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun.”
In an experiment carried out by Fox 49, a hidden camera captured exactly what kids would do if they found a gun near their toy box — and the results were mind-blowing.
Whatever the statistics may be, a lot of U.S. states have made the availability of guns much easier — a win for the National Rifle Association.
Arkansas passed a law in April 2013, allowing citizens to carry a handgun openly almost anywhere.
In Texas, lawmakers approved a bill in June 2013 that would permit people to carry concealed handguns on campuses, despite criticism and opposition from university leaders and Democrats.
In Kansas, a number of new laws were passed including the “constitutional carry” law that allows people to carry a concealed gun without a permit or proper training.
Alas, it seems like we are still a far way from learning our lessons. And people are paying for it with their lives every day.