He Shot First: Yet More Senseless Shootings of Kids

Abby Zimet

With Senate hearings on gun violence still underway, more horrific stories of senseless gun deaths. Rodrigo Diaz, a 22-year-old native of Colombia studying to be a mechanic in Georgia, was shot in the head and killed after he committed the unspeakable crime, en route to ice skating with friends and thanks to a flawed GPs reading, of mistakenly pulling into the driveway of an armed 69-year-old Vietnam veteran and Christian missionary, who without asking questions shot first, because he could. Law enforcement officials called the shooting "not a question of race (but) a tragic event dictated by fear.” Also guns. And Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago girl of whom her godmother said, "Good opportunities were coming her way," was randomly shot and killed while hanging out with her volleyball team in a park in the middle of the afternoon. She had just returned the week before from performing as a majorette at Obama's inauguration. Today, Gabby Giffords,  testifying deliberately and powerfully in the Senate, proclaimed, "Too many children are dying. You must act now." Yes.

Surreal Update: Shortly after Giffords testified, several people were reportedly  shot at a Phoenix office complex.

Surreal Etc: And another one, at an Atlanta middle school.


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