Gun Violence In Madison Underscores Too Many Guns In Society
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.