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Posted on the 25 July 2011 by Mikeb302000
Although Dog Gone posted this story when it first broke, I found it to be like Joan Peterson said, practically obscured by the news from Norway.
Reuters reports on the horrible multiple-murder and suicide which, had it not been for the tremendous coverage of the story from Norway, probably would have been the at the top.
A man who opened fire on his estranged wife and her relatives at a family birthday party, killing five people and himself and wounding four others, had been having ongoing marital problems, police said on Sunday.

I suppose for a bit of comic relief, the reporter closed the story like this:
The couple's two children were unharmed.
What do you think? Was that 11-year-old boy whose birthday party ended this way really unharmed?
This is a good example of how the pro-gun voices downplay the damage caused by gun misuse. Often they talk only of deaths, and when they do speak of the wounded they'll give you the impression that they're mainly flesh wounds that heal. The reality is many people are left with brain or spinal cord damage. And what's always left out are the relatives, friends and loved ones who are left emotionally and psychologically damaged.
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