Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What's Going On

Here's what's going on -

Our 21 year old son was shot at Sunday.  He works as a bartender two days a week at a local pub while in college for engineering.  He and a friend who works there as a waitress opened the door and walked outside because they heard a woman screaming.  She was being robbed in the parking lot at 2:00 p.m..

Someone yelled at the robber to stop - our son is not sure if it was him or not.  The robber walked away from the woman and looked right into our son's eyes and fired two shots.  He missed our son but hit his friend in the legs.  She's ok but won't walk for quite a while.  She was only able to get the most basic medical attention because she doesn't have insurance.  They sent her home with one of the bullets still in her leg.

We had a long talk with the policeman who came to our house.  He's against guns. He's against people being shot.  He's against people being shot by cops.

 He said the stupid argument in favor of guns "if someone there had a gun they could shoot the robber, etc"., is ridiculous and only ever results in more of a mess. This was the third random (as in the people don't know each other) shooting of his shift.

He told us that the open carry law that will go into effect January 1st in Texas will probably be repealed in about 3 years after many shootings and lawsuits but, in the mean time, he expects the police will be 'picking up body parts'.

The policeman had a lot more to say and I don't know what else to say...







13 comments:

Bohemian said...

OMG I'm so sorry to hear of this tragic news... so Glad your Son is Okay... upset that his Friend got only such basic Care due to lack of Insurance... whatever happened to the improved Health Care System for those in Need? I dunno what to even say about all of that either... nor the controversy about guns. All I do know is that Criminals will find a way to obtain them... and if they are the only ones with them, well, that is even scarier to me if only the bad guy has a weapon and all of the good guys are unarmed or unable to protect themselves or anyone else. It is indeed a very complex Issue of which I don't personally have a Solution and opinions seem quite polarized. I Pray your Son and his Friend are able to recover from such a horrendous experience, it must have been absolutely terrifying! A big Virtual Hug to you from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Babylon Sisters said...

Thanks so much Dawn! You're so right that health care and gun control are complex issues. Related issues too, I think. This particular person would probably be in need of mental health help and certainly wouldn't have the gun legally...

No solutions here either...We're more the pacifist hippie types.

Thank you again for your kind words.xoMary

Carol said...

Oh how absolutely horrible, Mary.
Guns and health care - I could rant for hours.
But I won't.
Just know I'm thinking of you all.
And happy new year.
xo

Babylon Sisters said...

Thanks Carol! I know, I could rant too but I guess that would be a whole other blog...

Happy New Year to you too! xoMary

Big Rory Road Creative Thrifty Living said...

How Bizarre. I agree more guns equal more carnage but I'm not opposed to a 'good punch in the head,' as a close friend of mine used to say.

Babylon Sisters said...

It was Cassie. She's getting the bullet out today.

Linda said...

OMG Mary!!! I am so sorry to hear this...I am very glad your son is ok....I do have to say I agree with the guy about the open carry situation...it has gone into effect in Maine...If you look at the situation in the US then low numbers of gun violence in Europe I think the facts are there...when the Fore fathers wrote the Constitution you have to look at the guns at the time & they were talking about militias not private ownership if my understanding is correct......Violence begets violence...I am so glad your son is ok & I hope Cassie is on the mend...this chaos has to end...:(

Babylon Sisters said...

I know Linda, it really has to end. I also think of the desperation of the guy who shot Cassie for no reason and got away with two cell phones from the lady he was robbing. What could that be worth? What awful things must be wrong with him? It's so sad all around.

Trying to start the New Year with hope that peace and kindness will prevail...

Happy New Year friend! xoMary

Tilda said...

Holy crap! I'm so glad your son is okay. Things are really getting weird, aren't they? Here in Oregon, we just had some armed militia types take over the Malheur National Forest offices. It's all too much...

Babylon Sisters said...

It's madness Tilda - and not the good kind!

Michele Wilde said...

How horrible. This event will leave post traumatic stress. Take care to watch for "odd behavior" in your son and friend. Healing energy being sent your way. And to the young man with the gun. Sounds like a drug problem. Of all places - Texas! That's a tough fight for some kind of gun control.

Babylon Sisters said...

Thank you Michele - I always think about how the young people who do criminal things must value their lives so little and that's the saddest thing of all. Our son and his friend will be alright. The man (or boy) with the gun won't be...

Tricia Saroya said...

Oh Dear Lord!!!!
What an awful thing to have happen! I haven't been blogging in a while so I only just saw this. I feel so tender for both your son, his friend AND the poor soul that is so disconnected that he did this. How very sad. I am relieved that your son and friend will be physically ok, psychology, might take awhile. Just as an FYI, I used to teach a very powerful form of self defense called Model Mugging (it is all over the US. It not only gives you the skills to defend yourself in many situations but it is a very good tool for people to heal and feel more in control of their lives. We had many people referred to us by therapists as a way to heal from rape attempts and other violent assaults. It might help your sons friend get through the trauma, in time after her leg heals. Just a thought…. sending you and your family love and healing