Monday, July 6, 2009

Busy Weekend in Buffalo

The Buffalo News reports on several shootings which took place over the weekend leaving two dead.

Two young men were killed Saturday in separate shootings in Buffalo.

In both cases, gunfire appears to have been used to settle a dispute.

David D. Price, 18, of Dartmouth Avenue, was fatally shot early Saturday during an argument on the first block of Schreck Avenue in the city’s Bailey-Delavan area, police said.

More than 12 hours later, Jamal Palmer, 22, of Bissell Avenue, was fatally shot in the head while sitting on a porch in the Genesee-Moselle area.

In addition to the two fatalities, there were a couple others wounded.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, two young men were wounded while sitting on a porch at 59 Emerson Place, between Michigan and Masten avenues in the Masten District.

DeGeorge said Eric Hemphill, 20, who was struck in the upper body, remained in critical condition Saturday in ECMC. Marcus Young, 19, also of Buffalo, was treated in ECMC for a wrist wound.

To me it sounds like there are too many guns in the hands of too many people who shouldn't have them. What do you think? If gun control people had their way, and the availability of firearms were severely diminished, do you suppose the results would have been the same? Would these bad boys have done as much damage with knives, as has been suggested around here?

Where do you suppose the guns are coming from? Don't you think they started out in the legal market, owned legitimately by some lawful gun owner and then somehow transferred into the criminal world? Isn't that how it happens? Wouldn't that implicate the foolish gun owners who allow their guns to become part of the black market? Would this sharing of guilt and responsibility only apply to those who exercised negligence, for example, the guy who doesn't secure his guns properly and as a result they get stolen too easily?

What's your opinion?


  1. Jamal Palmer was my little brother and because of that I'm extra sensitive on the subject right now. I do feel that guns are everywhere but I truly can't pinpoint who the responsible party is. I don't think it comes down to lawful gun owners that are just being careless. There is more to it. We need to figure out where all of the guns are coming addition to teaching our loved ones early to value human life.

  2. Dear Tanika, I'm so sorry about your brother. Were you close as brother and sister? Were you physically there when it happened?

    I think you're absolutely right about finding out where the guns come from combined with teaching the young people.

    May Jamal Palmer rest in peace.