The Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Deval Patrick Boston Marathon

The capture of the second suspect for many closed the first chapter in the mystery surrounding the Boston Marathon Bombing last Monday, but now many not just the government want answers to why and how. As the lone survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing lies in a heavily guarded room recovering from injuries, no one knows what the 19 year old will say or when as on Sunday he was in serious condition after being pulled bloodied and wounded from a tarp covered boat in a Watertown backyard. One thing is for sure, the American Civil Liberties Union and the federal public defender raised concern over the plan to interrogate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev without reading his Miranda Rights. The capture came on Friday night hours after his 26 year old brother Tamerlan died in a gun battle with police. The U.S. official said an elite interrogation team will be used without reading him his rights invoking the exception because of immediate danger to the public such as bombs planted and ready to go off. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero called the legal exception in this case as non-compliant with the rule since the rule states that continued threat to public safety and OT an open ended exception to Miranda rights which guarantees the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. The Massachusetts’ federal public defender’s office said they would represent him once charged, however a lawyer should be give as soon as possible because of issues regarding possible interrogation.

As of right now, no charges have been brought against Tsarnaev as it is unclear what charges will be filed according to Huff Post. The twin bombing injured 180 and killed three which can carry the most serious charge of a possible death sentence because the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, however Massachusetts does not have a death penalty. According to the Associated Press, President Barack Obama said there are many unanswered question about the bombing including whether the brothers had help and to delay judgement about the motives behind it. Gov. Deval Patrick said on Saturday that Tsarnaev is unable to communicate at this time as he is still recovering at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where 11 victims were treated.

The all day manhunt on Friday lead police in Boston to a Watertown neighborhood and left the city for much of the day at a standstill. The break came when a homeowner spotted blood on his boat and pulled back the tarp to see a bloody Tsarnaev hiding inside. After some gunfire, he was seized, taken into custody in an ambulance and to where he currently resides to treat injuries suffered during the battle. During the night, Tsarnaev brothers killed an MIT police officer, severely wounded another lawman and took part in a shootout and car chase hurling explosives at the police reports AP. The explosives were similar to the ones used at the Boston Marathon attack according to authorities who recovered a pressure cooker lid embedded in a car down the street. Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau also confirmed that the suspects tossed two grenades before Tamerlan ran out of ammo and police tackled him. But while handcuffed, officers had to dive out of the way as Dzhokhar drove at them in a carjacked Mercedes, while the SUV dragged Tamerlan’s body down the block. Police were able to track the escaped suspect by a blood trail left after abandoning the Mercedes.

Investigators cannot offer a motive for the Boston attack at this time, however interviews with officials and those who knew the brothers has painted a picture of the older brother as someone embittered with the U.S. becoming increasingly radical in his Muslim faith and influential over his brother. According to AP, the Russian FSB intelligence service told the FBI in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islam two law enforcement officials confirmed Saturday. In an FBI news release, a foreign government possibly Russia said Tamerlan Tsarnaev appeared to be a strong believer and his ideology drastically changed since 2010 as he prepared to leave the U.S. for a region in Russia to join an unspecified group. In response, the FBI interviewed the older brothers and relatives finding no domestic or foreign terrorism activity in phone records, online, his travels or his associations. An uncle of the brothers confirmed a falling out with Tamerlan over increased commitment to Islam and spoke to the fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother, has had his life wasted by his older brother and was used for his brother’s benefit not his own. A neighbor of the older brother in Cambridge said that Tamerlan had strong political views about the U.S. quoting Tamerlan as sating the U.S. uses the Bible as “an excuse for invading other countries” AP reports. As of Saturday, 50 people remain hospitalized and three in critical condition.

Some lawmakers have criticized the FBI for not placing Tsarnaev under watch after questioning him over radical beliefs. According to Huff Post, on Sunday Sen. Lindsey Graham of, R-S.C., felt the ball had been dropped while Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. said the FBI repeatedly overlooked possible links to terrorist activity among a subset of Muslims in America. A mosque in Cambridge, Mass. confirmed Saturday that the Tsarnaev brothers infrequently attend services at the center that was a 10 minute walk from their apartment. According to a statement released by the Islamic Center of Boston, “In their visits, they never exhibited any violent sentiments or behavior. Otherwise they would have been immediately reported to the FBI. After we learned of their identities, we encouraged anyone who knew them in our congregation to immediate report to law enforcement, which has taken place.” The Los Angeles Times reports that Tamerlan was kicked out of the mosque three months ago after becoming argumentative with the imam leading the service who praised Martin Luther King Jr. Becoming enraged, Tamerlan shouted, “you cannot mention this guy because he’s not a Muslim!” There were no more incidence after that. The statement released by the center also  said, “Right now, our focus will remain on grieving for the victims and their families, praying for a speedy recovery for the injured, and offering what support we can to all in need.” The investigation of course is ongoing into the motivation for the crime.

As the week came to a close, some of Boston resumed some normalcy with tension still running high and another race pays tribute to the fallen and injured. On Saturday, Governor Patrick of Massachusetts and dozens of local and state police appeared at the first home game for the Boston Red Sox since the bombing on Monday. While at home the streets of Boston began to buzz with life again, thousands of runners participating in the London Marathon on Sunday paid tribute to those killed and injured in the Boston Marathon six days earlier. According to the Associated Press, participants paused for a moment of silence in the beginning wearing black ribbons o their chest in solidarity while two runners finished carrying a banner “For Boston.”  As Valerie Bloomfield, a 40 year old participant from France, put it,”It means that runners are stronger than bombers.” The London Marathon is the first major international marathon since the bombing on Monday and some 35,000 runners took part in the race that drew tens of thousands of spectators turning up to show their solidarity and strength with no fear. Authorities in London boosted security by 40 percent adding in extra surveillance to be safe. Many who were present when the bombs exploded in Boston were determined to run in the London Marathon this year. Yet some did show apprehension and anxiety on Sunday as some feared a copy cat bombing might happen telling friends and family not to come.

As the race began, a moment of silence was given to the city of Boston and many showed support for the bruised city. Many in the crowd wore Boston t-shirts as half a dozen police officers mingled and chatted with the runners. Before the race began, announcer Geoff Wightman announced over the loudspeaker that a moment of silence would be given for the city of Boston as running is a global sport that united people in every continent in a spirit of friendship. During the moment of silence, only the buzz of helicopters and beeping trucks could be heard AP reports. Security was on high alert but not intrusive to the race as marathon staff, officials and journalist were bag checked before the race in response to the Boston attack. Marathon organizers plan to donate money to a Boston fund set up for victims, while in Germany 15,000 runners participated in the Hamburg Marathon wearing armbands with the slogan “Run for Boston.”

Meanwhile back in Boston some groups fear retaliation in the form of hate crimes, while the city braces for a very large bill. In the days after the bombing, the region’s Muslim community has condemned the violence and distanced themselves from the suspects. It is unclear if the possible motives were related to politics, religion or difficulty assimilating after immigrating to the United States nearly a decade ago. The Muslim community faces a hard questions now: Do they accept the men as Muslim despite the allegations against them? If so, will Tamerlan get an Islamic burial? Mosques and Islamic groups fear retaliation if associated with the brother after friends and family identified them as Muslim and their interest in Islamic Chechen insurgency groups according to social accounts. Disagreement about whether to bury Tamerlan as a Muslims have arisen among mosques in the Boston area with the Islamic Institute of Boston claiming the brother does not deserve a Muslim burial and the other Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center saying the brother should be buried according to his religious traditions. No funeral has been set as the body is in the possession of law enforcement for forensic experts, medical examiners and investigators to inspect for more details about his death and actions. Several organizations have released statement appealing for restraint and understanding after the identities of the bombing suspects were publicized and reveled to be of Chechen descent, AP reports. As for the amount of money lost because of the bombing, the numbers are only estimates. Due to closed streets and the increase in state resources used for the manhunt, the estimated bill according to Jim Duffley, chief regional economist at research firm IHS, could be between $250 and $333 million per day for the shutdown Business Week reports. The Washington Post’s WonkBlog according to Huff Post took a shot at calculating the cost and put their estimates closer to a billion dollars a day but the effects could be smaller than that more like a major blizzard.

Cheers and Prayers Erupt Nationwide As the Boston Manhunt Ends Friday

Friday night ended with the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wanted in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing Monday according to Boston Police Department. According to the Associated Press, authorities say the suspect, along with his slain 26 year old brother, killed an MIT police officer, severely wounded another lawman and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle. Law enforcement responded to gunfire around 7 p.m. in Watertown, Mass. an hour after lifting the lockdown on the area where Tsarnaev, 19, was hiding in a small boat. Police cornered the suspect not so far from the shootout the previous night that killed his brother and accomplice, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The AP reports the suspects were identified as ethnic ChenChen brothers living in Dagestan neighboring Chechnya in Southern Russia, but had moved to the U.S. a decade ago living in Cambridge, Mass.

David Henneberry was not trying to be a hero when he spotted the 19 year old suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, near his boat following a shootout earlier on Friday. Henneberry tipped off police leading to the capture of the suspect Friday night. Speaking to the “Today” show, family spokesman Robert Duffy described how his stepfather came across the wanted suspect in his 20 foot boat in the backyard. Duffy explained that his mother and David stepped into the backyard to get some air after the ban was lifted and noticed the tarp over the boat was flapping in the wind. He decided to take a closer look at saw the retention strips were cut not worn, so he decided to take a closer look inside the boat noticing a small amount of blood. He knew something was wrong, backing off, and calling the police. The family was moved to a safe location while the police investigated the tip  leaving the family with no way to communicate with their family that they were safe.

Soon after the suspect was taken by ambulance to be treated for his wounds, the streets of Watertown erupted with cheers as the manhunt ended with the suspect alive. According to Huff Post, residents were relieved to see the heavily armed ambulance headed east on Mount Auburn Street even though it was unclear who was inside, but the sense of danger was over. A Justice Department Official, according to Huff Post, says the Boston Marathon suspect will not be read his Miranda rights as the government was invoking a public safety exception. Two officials came forward saying the 19 year old will be questioned by a special interrogation team for high value suspects. The public safety rule allows law enforcement to engage in a limited and focused interrogation of a suspect and allows the government to introduce the statement into evidence in court. The rule may be used when police officers find objectively reasonable need to protect the police or public from immediate danger.

Within the few minutes of the news reaching stadiums, televisions and radios around the country, people began to cheer and shout in elation as the bombing suspect was captured alive. When the news finally sunk in about the second bomber being captured in Watertown, the town and crowds around the country cheered with excitement as police radios echoed the words “suspect in custody.” Sports fans rejoiced after learning Friday night of the capture at stadiums around the country. New York’s Citi Field, home of the Mets, saw fans jump to their feet and cheer at the news during the game with the Washington Nationals chanting “USA!USA!” and similar reactions in Houston, Cincinnati and at the St. Louis Blues’ home game against the Dallas Stars. In Watertown, church bells rang as crowds lined the streets with teenagers waving flags, cars honking, and loud cheers as emergency vehicles went by. Hundreds of people marched down Commonwealth Avenue, chanting “USA” and singing the Red Sox Anthem “Sweet Caroline” heading toward Boston Common as the police blocked off traffic to accommodate the impromptu parade. Fans in Arlington, Texas, Anaheim, California, and San Fransisco Giants sang along with the Rangers, Angels and Giants  to the tune also between innings breaks. In Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, where an 8 year old boy killed in the bombing lived, people set off fireworks in celebration on Friday night.

As people continue to celebrate the capture of the second bomber, many in Boston and around the country are praying not only for the victims of the bombing but for the suspects as well even echoing this sentiment in social media. Prayers for the victims can be seen on twitter, but prayers of another kind are being posted, according to Huff Post, for Tsarnaev. Reverend Manny Alvarez, a preist for the Archdiocese of Miami, tweeted shortly after the arrest that, “A wise young lady just reminded me that as we pray for everyone in Boston, we must pray for this 19 year old too…because we’re Catholic.” CatholicOmnia tweeted from their twitter account: “We also need to remember to pray for the suspect, because we are Catholic. He is also a child of God, after all.” @OpenlyCatholic wrote,”While you’re praying for the suspect, also keep the petitions to heaven going for all the victims of the #BostonBombers , alive and dead.” Besides the clear religiously connected prayers, many other people offered up their elation over the capture even offering up prayers for the suspect as well. In a sleepy town in Kyrgyzstan, where the two brothers lived previously, former neighbors were greeted with shock and disbelief as they recall a quiet family that was never in trouble and two decent, obedient boys.

Tensions Rise as the Manhunt Leaves Boston A Ghost Town

As the manhunt continues for the second suspect, Boston remains more of a ghost town rather than bustling metropolis. Mass transit to and from Boston has come to a stand still on Friday as police conduct a massive manhunt for the remaining suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing with the exception of air travel through Logan International Airport. Authorities have indefinitely suspended mass transit taking to twitter to inform people to “Go/ stay home.” As the manhunt stretched into the afternoon, Amtrak stopped all trained between New York and Boston as well as intercity bus lines  to the area. Passengers were allowed a refund or rebook for travel at a later date, while airline allowed customers to change plans without fees. In, Somerville, populations 75, 000, authorities told people to stay inside and lock their doors. The city went on lockdown Friday while the police continue their search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. Photos like the one above appeared online demonstrating the eery ghost town that is now Boston.

The hunt for 19 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev piked up late Thursday night after the shooting at MIT, while the other Boston suspect identified as his 26 year old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a police shootout. Sean Collier, a 26 year old Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, was shot and killed on Thursday night during a confrontation with the two suspects. Officers responded to a disturbance when multiple shots were fired according to Middlesex Acting District Attorney Michael Pelgro and Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas. Collier was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to the Associated Press, the two suspects not only killed the officer, but injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence leaving one of the suspects dead and the other at large on Friday. The authorities classify the 19 year old as a dangerous terrorist and according to the Associated Press comes from the Russian region near Chechnya, a region plagued with Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars.

On Friday at 3:15, according to eye witnesses, more than a dozen police cars were speeding to the UMass Dartmouth campus about an hour south of Boston adding to the strong police presences at the school where one suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, was a registered student. The authorities evacuated the campus Friday afternoon and announced the campus would be closed on Saturday after the manhunt for one of the suspects consumed the school. Students report seeing Tsarnaev on campus this week after Monday’s bombing as a result UMass Dartmouth announced the relocating of students to a nearby high school where transportation to and accommodations would be made.

The family of both men have spoken out for the two suspect brothers in disbelief condemning the police for such quick action without cause. Anzor Tsarnev, the father of Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnev, said according to Lifenews.ru, “My children were simply framed, they [the police] should have simply waited. I am worried for the second.” When asked if his children had seen guns, he responded, “My children in their eye have never seen guns, if only on television. We went to America because of the political system.” Maret Tsarnev, the aunt of the two brothers, revealed the elder brother killed by police last night has a young child. Defending both young men to the Canadian Press on Friday, she said, “I do not believe these two boys have done that act of atrocity killing those people on the street and I will not believe that until, until I get evidence.”

In many cases when these acts of atrocities occur, the increase in hate crimes is likely to follow against groups believed to be involved. Muslim, Sikh, South Asian and Arab Americans tried to head off the backlash  that comes after such an act of terrorism by releasing a statement on Friday asking the country not to scapegoat innocent people. The collective statement read as follows:

Our thoughts and condolences continue to be with the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. We are grateful to the brave first responders and law enforcement officers, who endangered their own lives in pursuit of the suspects and to keep the people of Boston safe.This is a time for us to come together as Americans during a sad and difficult moment. As information continues to emerge, we urge the media and the public to refrain from scapegoating or turning against our fellow Americans based on their racial, ethnic, religious or immigrant identity.

Incidences of violence against such groups has already occurred with a Muslim woman being attacked in the Boston area on Wednesday. The woman wearing a hijab was attacked by a man shouting that Muslims had perpetrated the twin bombing killing three people and wounding 170 Monday. Heba Abolaban, a Palestinian doctor who came to the United States from Syria, said she was punched in the shoulder in Malden, Mass. by a man who shouted “F*** you Muslims!” and “You are involved in the Boston explosions” according to the Malden Patch. The man a white male in his 30s shouted at the woman for two minutes before leaving the Patch reports. Polis Cheif Kevin Molis stated to the Boston Globe that, “No investigative strategy will be overlooked in order to determine who’s responsible for this. This is something that as a city and as a police department we take seriously.” While conservative commentators, like Glenn Beck, speculate Monday’s attack was perpetrated by Middle Easterners, the nationalities of the marathon bombers were still not know as of Thursday afternoon. However, the FBI on Thursday released photos of the suspects and enlisted the public’s help to track them down leading us to the manhunt in progress now.

Boston Marathon Blast Rocks City, State and Country to Its Core.


Front pages from across the globe and photos/stories of the victims.
As a huge billboard towers over the city of Boston reading just one word…COWARDS, the victims of Boston Marathon blast and the entire city tries to deal with the questions why and who after Monday’s tragedy. Not since 9/11, has there been such an attack on American soil by terrorists or alleged terrorists. Security questions, the who and the why, have always been in the back of American’s mind since 9/11 and now resurface as the volatile climate escalates around the world. As Americans, we are not immune nor removed from the problems around the world. My heart goes out to the city of Boston especially those present that fateful Monday, victims and families included, when lives were lost and changed forever. This country has always been resilient in the face of tragedy not because of government but because the strong will of everyday people who decide to with risk to themselves to help others. It is in those precious moments where we realize humanity has been restored.

Boston Marathon Bombing

As the world remains dumb founded by the tragedy, the FBI, local police department, and White House begin to piece together Monday’s events with no clear suspect as of yet. An Atlanta news stations obtained the first close up of one of the two bomb’s that went off in Monday’s blast which killed three and injured 180 people. Crime photos posted by Fox 5 Atlanta show the mangled pressure cooker used to make a homemade explosive device. This type of bomb is more commonly used in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, however was used in a domestic terror attacks and attempted bombing in Time Square in 2010. Doctors are treating the wounded at local hospitals finding some victims had BB pellets and nails lodged in their bodies leading authorities to believe that these items were placed inside the pressure cooker with the bomb itself. The FBI would not comment on the picture according to Huff Post. Authorities have recovered a piece of a circuit board believe to be a part of the explosive device and found the lid of the pressure cooker on a roof of a nearby building officials reported Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation confirmed the recovery of some parts of the explosive devices, but were not authorized to publicly discuss evidence in an ongoing investigation. The person close to the investigation told AP the bomb was made up explosives in a 1.6 gallon pressure cooker with shards of metal and ball bearings,while the second bomb had nails placed with the explosives. Investigators in white jumpsuits searched the streets, rooftops and awning around the blast site in hope of finding clues Wednesday. They combed debris , trash cans and sleeves of plastic cups at the marathon’s finish line. Doctors at Boston Medical Center on Wednesday said two patients are in critical condition and dozens are being released from hospitals around Boston. Law enforcement agencies on Tuesday asked publicly for people with photos, videos or any other information to come forward in order to help solve the twin bombing. Investigators spread information about the bomb  and have yet to find information on who may be responsible. Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, said in a news conference that,”Someone knows who did this. Importantly, the person who did this is someone’s friend, neighbor, co-worker or relative.” President Obama publicly called this an act of terror and will attend services on Thursday for the victims’ of the tragedy in Boston.

Meanwhile, conspiracy theories are floating around the web and some are receiving public backlash for insensitivity toward the victims. As with any major tragedy in this country, conspiracy theorist are not too far behind. One person however is trying to prevent another Sandy Hook conspiracy theory from happening to Monday’s bombing. According to the Huff Post, “theorists attempting to use the domain, BostonMarathonConspiracy.com, will find themselves too late. The URL has already been secured by a person concerned it could be used to host conspiracy theories.” The message that appears at the site is as follows “I BOUGHT THIS DOMAIN TO KEEP SOME CONSPIRACY THEORY KOOK FROM OWNING IT. PLEASE KEEP THE VICTIMS OF THIS EVENT AND THEIR FAMILIES IN YOUR THOUGHTS. THANK YOU.” Of course this small act of kindness might be in vain as less than 24 hours after theories are circulating about a man photographed on a nearby roof and a memorial website set up before the bombing happened. Alex Jones’ infamous conspiracy site Info Wars has already suggested it was orchestrated by the American government as a way to infringe on civil liberties. According to Huff Post, “two similar domains, bostonmarathonconspiracies.com and bostonconspiracies.com, have now also been bought up by people attempting to keep them out of the hands of real conspiracy theorists.”

Sequester Could Put Gun Background Checks At Risk, Officials Warn

Las Vegas Strip Shooting

Sequester Could Put Gun Background Checks At Risk, Officials Warn.

Today, I am going to talk about two related topics…gun control and gun violence since we are still talking about an issue that really doesn’t have a grey area but the government and pro second amendment supporters believe does. If the sequester happens, a direct effect of it will be background checks for people wanting to buy guns. It will actually cause more problems like the one that happened this morning in Las Vegas, where it started with a shoot out at a stoplight, then a car crash, and finally like a scene out of our favorite action movie an explosion of a cab that ended with three people dead and many injured. I cannot make this stuff up people this really did happen. Police believe it began in a hotel with an altercation that ended with six vehicles involved in the crash with the potential culprit of the explosion a propane powered taxi. This country, since the Newtown shooting that left many dead and many more questioning why no one has stepped in to alleviate the latest string of deadly violence across nations, has marred this country and raised the concern about gun laws and gun control. The worse part is yet to come if the sequester happens on March 1 according to government officials.

With no hope of a deal to avoid sequestration, the looming automatic spending cuts may become a reality leaving many Americans to brace for the worse. If Congress and the president cannot come to a solution about the $85 billion across the board spending cuts that take effect March 1 then the federal background check system for approving gun buyers could face cuts according to a letter FBI officials sent to lawmakers earlier this month. FBI director in a letter told the Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) that the spending cuts would cause the agency to furlough more than 2,000 workers which would greatly effects the bureau’s ability to process and adjudicate NICS requests increasing the risk of firearms being transferred to convicted felons and other prohibited persons. In a speech Tuesday, Obama urged Congress to pass a plan that combines spending cuts and tax increases on the wealthy to avoid sequester however the Republicans refuse to raise taxes. And the Republicans wonder why their approval rating is so low…maybe because they don’t really care about 99% of the population who happen to put them into office. Hey I am not a big fan of Democrats or Republicans because let’s face it both parties have made mistakes, but the Republicans are not helping their own cause by protecting the wealthy of this country.

The demand for guns came soon after the Newtown shooting causing background checks for gun purchases to jump to record levels in December according to the FBI. In correlation with the rise in background checks, many gun owners cannot meet the demand of guns causing many to sell out of guns and ammunition. The gun background check is one of many programs that will be hit hard by the sequester if it does happen on March 1. The Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has said his agency would be force to furlough nearly one third of its workers that would cause the meat industry to shut down for up to two weeks for lack of inspectors. Looking at the much larger picture, the sequester could cost the U.S. economy 750,000 jobs by some estimates and up to 1 million jobs by others. What is the government doing? Nothing. Will they do something? I hope so and I hope soon before we all crash and burn due to the inability of the government to act for the people not for themselves. I hope they prove me wrong.

 

 

 

Orange County Shooting Spree: Several People Dead After 25-Minute Ordeal, Police In California Say

Orange County Shooting Spree: Several People Dead After 25-Minute Ordeal, Police In California Say.

As the debate over gun control heats up between second amendment protectors and gun control supporters, another shooting has happened in California just days after a young girl was shot after attending Obama’s speech about gun violence in Chicago. Is there really a debate when it comes to protecting the people who live in any country? Compromises will have to be made in order to fix the growing gun violence problem which is only one of several problems the government needs to fix. Whether in favor of gun control or not, these shootings should be few to non existent with the appropriate gun measure put into place.

A woman in Tustin, California just 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, was shot to death in her home Tuesday by a young man who then went on a carjacking shooting spree across Orange Country killing two more people and wounding three others before killing himself. According to Tustin Lt. Paul Garaven, many were shot out but no one was hurt. The motives of the shooter were unknown and could only be described as in his 20s. The connection between the victims and shooter are unclear at this time said Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino. The shooting happened at 4:45 a.m. when a call came in about a woman shot multiple times in a house in Ladera Ranch about 55 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Several shootings occurred over the next hour at other locations including a carjacking on interstate 5 which left the carjacking victim uninjured and left an innocent bystander shot and taken to the hospital. The gunman also fired at several other vehicles on the freeway. The gunman soon ran out of gas in the pick up truck he carjacked, so he then stopped on Route 55 and McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana and executed another victim before taking the man’s BMW. The shooter then drove to a Tustin business and carjacked a utility type pickup after wounding one person and killing another. When officers tried to stop him in the city of Orange he got out of the vehicle and killed himself. The southbound 55 McFadden Avenue off ramp was closed til further notice.

Chad Littlefield’s Family Defends Fatal Gun Range Outing

Chad Littlefield’s Family Defends Fatal Gun Range Outing.

Sad that when someone tries to do good something bad happens. We can all learn something from this.  On Friday, in Midlothian, Texas the relatives of the man killed alongside a former Navy SEAL sniper at a Texas shooting range said that he was trying to help his friend who was a troubled war veteran and the outing was for “therapeutic purposes.” Hundreds turned out for Chad Littlefield’s service who was fatally shot alongside his friend American Sniper author Chris Kyle. The Authorities have confirmed that the man the two men were trying to help suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. Littlefield’s father-in-law defends the idea of helping veterans through target practice as his son-in-law would assist Kyle in his efforts to help veterans. Police say the suspect 25 year old Eddie Ray Routh shot both men multiple times before fleeing on Feb. 2 and even told his sister as well as brother-in-law he couldn’t trust the men so he had to kill them before they killed him. Routh is in jail on a $3 million bond. Besides the hundreds who turned out for the funeral, hundreds of people lined the street to watch the procession pass. Both men became friends a few years ago as soccer dads and their families vacationed together on occasion. A memorial for Kyle is set for Monday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.