They don’t know the motive and probably will never know. He killed them and himself with a .45-caliber handgun. He has a criminal history so he should not have had a gun. This family has been visited several times by the Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Children and Families. Don Spirit has been diagnosis with bipolar disorder in 2009.
The inquiry chaired by Dame Janet Smith has determined that Harold Shipman unlawfully killed 215 patients, and in a further 45 there were reasons for being concerned about the true cause of death.1 A statistical analysis gives a figure of 236.2 The first definite killing was in March 1975; the last was in June 1998. On average, there were around 10 killings a year, but the number was highly variable. Between 1990 and 1993 he killed only 3 people, but in 1996 he killed at least 30, and in 1997 at least 37, a rate of one killing every ten days. Yet even then, no concerns were raised officially until a courageous doctor from a neighbouring practice, together with her partners, began to think the unthinkable. In March 1998, by which time he had already killed well over 200 people, a police investigation was begun—but quickly abandoned.
He became an alcoholic, lost his job, his family and in 1995, about seven years later, he committed suicide with a shotgun (Lunsford, 2002, Babinek, 1997). Robert Long shot himself some time after helping rescue nine trapped miners in the Quecreek Mine, PA. (Charney, 2003), There were six suicides after the Oklahoma City bombing. These included Terrance Yeaker, the first police officer to arrive on the scene, another police officer as well as a federal prosecutor who was involved in the McVeigh investigation (Hopkins, & Jones, 2004). The less dramatic incidence of incipient depression is more difficult to document. For example, police have an especially high suicide rate after
They also injured 27additional students during this attack. The two suspects later committed suicide. This attack was considered one of the deadliest mass murders committed on an American high school campus until the Virginia Tech shooting in April 16, 2007. These incidents sparked debate over gun control laws, and the availability of firearms to public within the United States. Also, gun violence involving juveniles is one of the current topics on daily news and television.
Some of those reasons being the crime rates, the costs of what could happen, and injuries. Firearm injuries have killed more than 28,000 Americans each year since 1972 (Ruben). In 2007, thirty-one thousand two hundred twenty four Americans died due to homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings. Accidental shootings happen quite often. In 2007, around seventy thousand Americans were hospitalized due to accidental shootings.
Ten others wounded in the attack. On April 26, 2002 in Erfurt, Germany, thirteen teachers, two students, and one policeman were killed, and ten were wounded by Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, at the Johann Gutenberg secondary school. Steinhaeuser then killed himself. On November 7, 2007, an 18-year-old man, who was a former student, shot seven people and wounded eleven others before taking his own life at a high school in southern Finland; this was the first known school shooting in Finland. Gun ownership is fairly common by European standards but shootings are rare (HighBeam Research,
On December 14, 2012 a lone gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, entered Sandy Hook Elementary school and fatally shot twenty children and six adults. This event was the second deadliest shooting in the United States, sparking much controversy over gun control and limitations. Since this tragic event many bill have been created to ban or limit the usage and ownership of gun or more specifically assault rifles. Currently there is one that has been passed onto the senate by a Judiciary Committee vote of 10-8. The bill was introduced by Senator Charles Schumer (D) of New York.
How does it feel to be bullied? Well it does NOT feel very well. For some cases, it leads to suicide. Statistics show that… Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts.
A Series of Unfortunate Events It has been almost a year since a mentally ill youth took the life of twenty innocent children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Last week, the latest news reported a military man, who went on a shooting rampage in Texas at Fort Hood. Other memorable tragedies such as the murders at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises movie in Aurora, the Columbine high school massacre, or even the Virginia Tech massacre bring back to light a highly debated issue, guns and who should possess them. Despite these tragedies, deep division has kept new gun safety laws from passing in congress. A stricter mental and criminal background check system should be put in place before gun purchase to
While it is true that guns are involved in thousands of deaths per year in the United States, there are things that lead to far more deaths than guns. According to Levitt, in 2009, 45,000 people died in autmobile related accidents and only 30,000 died in gun related incidents (151). Using the logic of those against gun rights, it’s the car’s fault not the driver’s fault that 45,000 people die every year. This is just an irrational attempt to shift reponsibility off of the people that actually cause these incidents. Another example that shows that guns aren’t so dangerous is that in any given year there is one drowning of a child for every 11,000 residential pools as compared to 1 death for every 1 million guns, or 175 children killed for the over 200 million guns owned in the U.S. (Levitt 150).