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Gun Violence In Madison Underscores Too Many Guns In Society

May 12, 2016

For the third time in the same number of weeks another murder has been committed in Madison with the use of a handgun  Once again the emotional response to a squabble between people was to point a loaded gun at someone else and fire until there is a death.

While all three of the victims are–according to police–connected in some fashion there is a great deal of concern from the average citizen who very well could have been at the scene of any of these senseless acts of violence with a gun.

The third homicide since April 19 happened Wednesday night at a gas station on Rimrock Road in the Town of Madison, when a man was shot and he died later on at UW Hospital.

On Tuesday night, a man identified by his family as Darius Haynes, 38, was shot and killed while inside his car at a BP gas station on Verona Road.

On April 19, Martez Moore was shot and killed outside O’Grady’s Pub on Madison’s Far West Side.

Not only were these gun shootings all conducted in a very public setting but two of the three took place during the daylight hours.  The brazen nature of these shootings is unsettling, even if the ones involved were only targeting each other.  The fact remains that innocent bystanders could very well have been impacted.

In a real sense this whole city are bystanders as we seem too reticent to call out for stronger and much needed gun control legislation.  Why should anyone have such ease to get a weapon, buy ammo, carry it, and think they can lash out with violence even in the light of day?

We need to get serious about gun control and continually press our elected representatives to do the will of the people instead of carrying water for the National Rifle Association.

The element that did the killings will get caught and sentenced to prison for the rest of their lives.  The question for the rest of us is what do we plan to do to help make gun violence less a problem in our society?

There are too many guns in our society.  That is abundantly clear.   Now what is required are too many people making calls to members of congress to make it impossible not to be noticed about our desire for tough gun control legislation.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2016 11:11 AM

    To be so tethered down by the NRA that even logical thought is not possible….wow…….

  2. May 13, 2016 4:33 PM

    That is exactly right Jerry the first 5 stories are not about the good guys with the guns it is almost always bad guys with guns and to think making more laws that only the good guys would follow will make you safer is shockingly naive. if all laws worked the way liberals believe there would be no crime no prisons and no need for police in America but in the real world it does not work that way.

  3. Jerry permalink
    May 13, 2016 11:49 AM

    If the guns weren’t there in the first place there wouldn’t be a trigger for a finger to pull and thus one less death. As for the person with the knife we’ve now made it legal in Wisconsin to carry switch blades, machetes and even swords…stupid!!! At least from these weapons I can run away…I’ve never been able to outrun a bullet! All one has to do is turn on the 10:00 news….typically the first 5 stories are about gun violence and usually not about a good guy with a gun riding to the rescue. We were told that we needed good guys with guns to stop bad guys with guns. At my last count the bad guys are winning and the people who are really winning are the gun manufactures who own the NRA and Congress!

  4. May 13, 2016 10:17 AM


    You rant about the state of our politics and yet fall prey to the special interests of the NRA controlling congress, and applaud the lack of action from elected officials bending over for whatever campaign money demands they do–and you seem gleeful. The facts about gun violence are clear and would be even more clear except we have a congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths. You make a political choice by being a part of the problem–but in so doing lose all credibility about your disdain for the current way the political culture in Washington works.

  5. May 13, 2016 9:52 AM

    Again this is not a gun issue but a criminal issue. The gun does not do the killing the person pulling the trigger does. All more unnecessary laws do is take away from law abiding citizens. I know you have not mentioned the killer in Maryland this week who was stabbing people to death until a armed citizen who was legally carrying put an end to it, this could have been a slaughter but someone was able to put an end to the rampage. I know you will come back telling me how wrong I am but facts are facts and guns do not kill people …people/criminals do.

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