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But once in a while there’s good news. August 22, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Slate’s ongoing tally of (reported) gun deaths in America since Newtown, through August 22.

A cross-section of unintentional shootings, from last December through this May. Call them not “accidental” but negligent, the result of someone failing in their responsibilities.

“As Coulter grew closer, Landry said, the [fourteen-year-old] boy made a ‘move, as if to reach for something’ — possibly a weapon — so Landry shot him, according to an NOPD arrest warrant.”

“The pair were shot at 137 times while in their car, parked in a middle school parking lot. No officers were injured in what police called a “full blown-out” firefight. […] [A]fter the chase ended in a gunfight near Heritage Middle School, police checked the car and realized neither Williams nor Russell was armed.

“State law enforcement officials in Florida are investigating the shooting of a 60-year-old man inside his front yard.

“‘I kept screaming for them to “stop shooting, stop shooting, my fiance is pregnant, it’s just a BB gun,”‘ Angel Mendez said.” (Some justice was done: the couple sued, successfully.)

But once in a while there’s good news.

“After several weeks in which Baltimore has seen an alarming upswing in street violence – 22 homicides in the last three weeks, the latest in Greektown last night – “Stop Shooting, Start Coding” provided a welcome change in the narrative.

“Tuesday’s gunman incident at an elementary school near Atlanta ended with no injuries or deaths. This is mainly thanks to Antoinette Tuff, a school clerk who spent about an hour calmly persuading the gunman to put his rifle down and surrender.

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