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Double Shooting in Tampa FL - One Dead, One Critical

Posted on the 19 September 2011 by Mikeb302000
St. Petersburg Times reports
An argument Saturday morning escalated into a shooting that left one man dead and another critically injured after he turned the gun on himself, authorities said.
Jorge Sanchez, 56, and Luis Alberto Fuente, 45, got into a fight at Sanchez's North Tampa home before 9 a.m. Saturday. Sanchez pulled out a handgun and shot Fuente several times, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Rather than be arrested, Sanchez shot himself in the head and is in critical condition. He was "going through a court dispute based on domestic squabbles with an ex-girlfriend." Plus, he'd "been arrested four times in Hillsborough County since 2006 on charges of domestic battery, according to jail records. The last arrest was in January."
I guess it's safe to say Mr. Sanchez was not a lawful gun owner. But he probably wasn't a criminal either, at least in the sense of doing armed robberies and home invasions for a living. He was like many, he did "odd jobs" to support himself and beat up the wife and girlfriend whenever he felt like it.
I'm the first one to decry the terrible problem of domestic violence and how guns make it worse, but I also see a difference between those guys and the ones who use guns in the commission of their crime, the bank robbers, muggers, etc.
The good news is all of them are prohibited from legally owning guns.  The bad news is gun availability is such that any one of them who wants to can easily own a gun anyway.  That's the problem.
The enforcement of proper gun control laws is the solution.
What's your opinion? You know that traditional argument offered by the pro-gun crowd? They say criminals will get guns anyway and there's nothing we can do about that.
To me that is the lamest most self-serving argument I've ever heard. According to them we should do nothing to limit or prevent the gun flow from lawful gun owners to criminals because if the criminals don't get their guns that way, they'll simply find another.
What's your opinion? Is gun violence a serious enough problem that we should take it seriously? Do you agree that my Solution would, at least in some part, eliminate the access of guns to the bad guys?
Please leave a comment.

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