Last night I first heard the news that an 11-year-old San Tan Valley, Arizona boy whose father was a police officer committed suicide. Samuel Epps, 11, became upset after an argument with his father, went into his parent’s bedroom, locked the door, took his father’s unsecured 9mm handgun and fatally shot himself in the head. Every indication pointed to suicide and not an accidental shooting.
Initial reports stated that there was no known mental health conditions the boy suffered with nor was there ever any indication he had thoughts of hurting himself or thoughts of suicide. Sadly in Arizona there is no law that requires a gun be locked up and kept out of the reach of children. There are laws on neglect though which this case could fall under.
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The fight over whether shoppers should be allowed to tote guns openly in American businesses is about to spill into the aisles of Kroger, the nation’s largest supermarket chain. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national gun control organization backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will kick off a campaign on Monday that seeks to pressure the grocery giant to ban the open carry of firearms in all of its nearly 2,500 stores. The moms’ group decided to take action in response to recent demonstrations by open carry activists in Kroger stores in Ohio and Texas, and after conducting research that identified more than a dozen shootings on Kroger property since 2012, said Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman. “Kroger employees shouldn’t have to determine whether the person holding a gun in the frozen aisle is someone dangerous or someone making a political statement,” Lamb said. Source: www.huffingtonpost.com Remember when 13 year old Andy Lopez was shot DEAD for carrying the same looking TOY. Remember when John Crawford was shot DEAD for carrying the same looking TOY in Walmart?
Police arrested a 54-year-old man after witnesses said they saw him displaying an AR-15 at Sky Harbor.
If he was Black or Brown and brought an assault weapon out in public what would happen?
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Andy was shot 7 times within 26 seconds. The eight bullet missed.
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Chicago’s police superintendent lashes out at what he called lax state and federal gun laws after a violent Fourth of July weekend.