Stephen Morgan has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Johanna Justin-Jinich at a Middletown bookstore on Wednesday and is being held on a $10 million bond, Middletown Chief Lynn Baldoni said.
Their acquaintance goes back to before July 2007. At that time, the victim filed a harassment complaint against Morgan while the two were taking the same six-week summer course at New York University, school spokesman John Beckman told CNN.
The complaint, in which Justin-Jinich said she was receiving harassing e-mails and phone calls from Morgan, was filed with the university's public safety department toward the end of the course, Beckman said.
The public safety department brought in the New York Police Department and, after conversations with Morgan and Justin-Jinich, the woman declined to follow up or press charges, Beckman said.
Although this is technically not a school shooting, the book shop's proximity to the college campus does highlight certain questions about allowing guns on campus. On The Gun Guys site there's a comment from The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus.
Sadly, this incident reminds us that we are all at risk of gun violence, even in what should be safe environments such as a university book store. All too often, this is the result when guns are introduced into a confrontational situation.
At first glance I have to admit that statement is not very convincing. But combined with what follows, I had to stop and wonder if they might have a point. From The Gun Guys:
In the universe of gun violence, college campuses are among the safest environments for students – much safer than the communities that surround them. This is due in no small part to the fact that nearly all colleges and universities have adopted policies that severely restrict or prohibit firearms.
What do you think about that? Are they saying the difference between gun violence on campus and off campus in the surrounding community is significant? Are they saying it's partly because of gun laws prohibiting guns on campus? This sounds like the very thing my gun enthusiast friends are always calling for - proof.
What's your opinion?