Six people died in separate murder-suicides in Oakland and St. Clair counties over the weekend, police said Monday.
In Milford, investigators said money problems are believed to have led Joe Valentino, 61, to shoot his wife, Lucille Valentino, 60, and the family dog sometime last week before turning the rifle on himself three days later in their upscale subdivision.
Their bodies were found Sunday evening when a daughter went to check on them.
On Sunday morning, Phillip Parsons, 35, killed his wife, Gina Parsons, 32, son Sean Parsons, 14, and stepson Andrew Davis, 14, at their home in rural Columbus Township in St. Clair County, then shot himself with the same large-caliber handgun, St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said Monday.Gina Parsons and the boys, who were from the couple's previous marriages, were shot in their beds at the ranch home on Short Road. She also had an older son who did not live at the home, the sheriff said.
These are people who had guns at home, legally. They had no previous difficulty with the law. So how can we stop incidents like these?
I'll tell you how. We start moving away from the gun-culture mentality which pervades American life. We start recognizing that guns do more harm than good. Guns are too efficient a tool for killing and for killing quickly. We need fewer guns in the homes of people like this.
What's the pro-gun response to this? They continue to say there's nothing you can do about it, there's no way to predict it. They say, not only is this the small price we must continue to pay for our "gun rights," but we should strive to increase the proliferation of weapons in the society because of all the good they do, regardless of the fact that incidents like these are guaranteed to increase.
To me that is unconscionable.
What's your opinion?