What’s going on?

There’s been a slew of mass murders going on since early March. According to the Seattle PI over 45 people have been murdered in mass shootings including children, policemen and the elderly. The latest murders occurred in Graham, Washington where a father murdered his five children after he found out his wife was going to leave him.

Police: Dad killed kids because wife was leaving him

By PHUONG LE
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GRAHAM — A man who fatally shot his five children and killed himself had just discovered his wife was leaving him for another man, authorities said Sunday.

The children, aged 7 to 16, were found shot to death Saturday in the family’s mobile home in Graham, 15 miles southeast of Tacoma. The father, James Harrison, was found earlier in the day, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot behind the wheel of his idling car 18 miles away in Auburn, about 30 miles south of Seattle.

Why couldn’t this fool just take his own life and leave his children out of it?

In last month, mass shootings claim 53 lives

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A string of shootings in the U.S. in the last month alone has claimed the lives of 53 people:

-MARCH 10, SAMSON, Ala. – A gunman kills 10 people and commits suicide in a rampage that spanned two dozen miles across the southern Alabama countryside. Police say Michael McLendon had struggled to keep a job and left behind lists of employers and co-workers he believed had wronged him.

-MARCH 22, OAKLAND, Calif. – A man pulled over in a routine traffic stop fatally shoots two officers and then kills two more in a gunfight in which the suspect was also killed. Relatives say Lovelle Mixon, 26, had been frustrated about not finding work and feared returning to jail.

-MARCH 29, SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A man shoots and kills his two children and three other relatives, then kills himself at a family housewarming party in an upscale neighborhood. Investigators don’t yet know the motive of Devan Kalathat, a 42-year-old engineer at Yahoo.

-MARCH 29, CARTHAGE, N.C. – A man opens fire in a nursing home and kills seven elderly residents and a nurse who cared for them. Investigators say Robert Stewart, 45, apparently had targeted an estranged wife, a nurse’s assistant who escaped by hiding in a bathroom.

-APRIL 3, BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – A gunman bursts into an immigrant center and kills 13 people before killing himself. Police say Jiverly Wong, a 41-year-old Vietnamese immigrant, was apparently upset about losing his job and about people picking on him for his limited English.

-APRIL 4, PITTSBURGH – A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest opens fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call, killing three of them. Police say Richard Poplawski, 23, had been upset about losing his job and feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

-APRIL 4, GRAHAM, Wash. – A man fatally shoots his five children in their mobile home and then takes his own life in his car miles away. Relatives identified the father as James Harrison. A motive was not yet known.

Anger towards others and lack of employment seem to be two of the main reasons for these murders. Looks like this country could be in for a long year if this keeps up. With unemployment reaching 8.5%, you’re looking at alot of folks taking their anger out on others including their own families.

2 responses

  1. Thanks for the additional information.

  2. Besides this gun violence, there was also the stabbing and decapitation murders by Kerby Revelus of his two sisters: Samantha, 17, and Bianca, 5.

    Another contributing factor in several of these cases is domestic violence, often long-standing. Family members will be especially at risk when the additional stressors of untreated mental illness, alcoholism and other substance abuse, and job loss/economic woes are added into the mix.

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