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Mass Shooting Victims: Remember the dead but fight for the living

1) Empire State Building Shooting on 8/24 - 2 dead, 9 wounded

Killer: Jeffrey Johnson, 58

Extremely gruesome picture of a victim: https://twitter.com/alexgoldmark/status/239053359292772352/photo/1

2) Wisconsin Sikh Temple Mass Shooting on 8/6 - 7 Die

Killer:  Wade Michael Page, 40

Victims who died:

  1. Sita Singh, 41
  2. Prakash Singh, 39
  3. Ranjit Singh, 49
  4. Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65
  5. Subegh Singh, 84
  6. Parmjit Kaur, 41

3) Colorado Movie Theater Shooting on 7/20: 12 Dead, 71 Victims The Largest Mass Shooting

Killer:  James Holmes, 24

Victims who died: 

  1. Jessica Ghawi, 24
  2. Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6
  3. John T. Larimer, 27
  4. Alexander J. Boik, 18
  5. Jesse E. Childress, 29
  6. Jonathan T. Blunk, 26
  7. Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32
  8. Alex M. Sullivan, 27
  9. Gordon W. Cowdon, 52
  10. Micayla C. Medek, 23
  11. Alexander C. Teves, 24
  12. Matthew R. McQuinn, 27


My heart goes out to all the victims and their families. This madness has to end. It’s insane. Why do we need assault weapons which are intended to fire a hundred bullets in a matter of minutes? They have no purpose other than to kill a large number of people. Military and police need AK47s. You and I don’t.

We need gun control laws to make it difficult for such psychopaths to own guns. If the idea behind the relaxed gun laws is to allow citizens to defend themselves in such situations, then let it be on record, not a single shot was fired in defense. Such incidents will happen again but let’s do our part to educate & raise awareness of the consequences of lax gun laws. The voice of reason needs to be vocal and loud to match the pitch of those who oppose gun control. Enough people have died already. No more.

Meanwhile, here’s a chilling perspective from someone who survived the Toronto shooting last month but, sadly, not this one:

I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.

I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.

I feel like I am overreacting about what I experienced. But I can’t help but be thankful for whatever caused me to make the choices that I made that day. My mind keeps replaying what I saw over in my head. I hope the victims make a full recovery. I wish I could shake this odd feeling from my chest. The feeling that’s reminding me how blessed I am. The same feeling that made me leave the Eaton Center. The feeling that may have potentially saved my life.

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