I try not to get political on this blog–probably the only place I don’t, if I’m being honest.  Those who know me personally know that I am a liberal Democrat because I do tend to be vocal about what I see as being wrong with this country.  One of the biggest issues I have is the relative ease with which anyone who wants to can access guns legally.  Republicans will argue that if someone wants a gun and is denied by a licensed gun store that they will just get one through the black market.  I don’t believe that is necessarily true.  They’ll also tell you that if they can’t get a gun, they’ll use a knife or some other weapon.  Okay. I can see that, but knives are much more intimate.  You cannot stab someone from 100 ft away the way you can with a gun.  You also cannot stab multiple people at the exact same time the way you can with certain guns–guns like the one used by the Sandy Hook shooter, who killed 20 children at a school in Connecticut in December of 2012.  I would love to wake up one day and find that all guns, legal and illegal, have completely disappeared, but that’s not going to happen.  This country loves its guns and conservatives are so batshit crazy over their guns that they’ll never allow anything like that to happen.  People like NRA President Wayne LaPierre, seem to believe that we still live in the Wild West and that a “Good guy with a gun” will stop mass shooters, despite the fact that there were massacres at several military bases, where there are plenty of good guys with guns, and the fact that at least one person was armed and did nothing during the Umpqua Community College Shooting in fear of being labeled as one of the shooters by the police.  They convince everyday citizens that if they don’t have guns that some random person is going to break into their home while they’re sleeping and shoot them to death and that the only way to stop this from happening is to arm themselves to the teeth.  They’re also able to convince people that the government is going to take their guns away from them after every single mass shooting, sending legal gun sales skyrocketing.  (I wonder if axe sales increased after the murders of Lizzie Borden’s parents because people were afraid that someone was going to come and take their axes.  Probably not.)

I was in 7th grade in April of 1999 when two depressed and bullied kids took the lives of 13 people in their Colorado high school.  I remember watching General Hospital when they cut in with the breaking news report in which they showed one kid climbing out of a window, blood smeared all across the wall.  I was shocked.  I don’t think I’d ever heard of anything so sick in my entire life.  When I went to school the next day, my teacher sat my class down and we talked about our fears and what we thought caused those two boys to do what they did.

Today’s video is I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan.  In 1999, this song was used by Radio DJ’s across the country to memorialize the victims of the Columbine High School Massacre.  I felt that it was perfect for what I wanted to say with this post.  Below the video, I have listed the names of the victims of every major mass shooting since Columbine.  You will notice that I never mention the names of the shooters–they have received enough press and it is better to remember the victims.  They were the ones whose lives were stolen from them.  Please, forgive me if I missed any and let me know, so I can include them.

Columbine High School (April 20, 1999)

Cassie Rene Bernall (17)

Steve Curnow (14)

Corey Tyler DePooter (17)

Kelly Ann Fleming (16)

Matthew Joseph Kechter (16)

Daniel Conner Mauser (15)

Danie Lee Rohrbough (15)

Rachel Joy Scott (17)

Isaih Eamon Schoels (18)

John Robert Tomlin (16)

Lauren Dawn Townsend (18)

Kyle Albert Velasquez (16)

William “Dave” Sanders (51)

Atlanta Day Trading Massacre (July 27-29, 1999)

Leigh Ann Barton (27)

Matthew Barton (11)

Elizabeth Mychelle Barton (7)

Russell J. Brown (42)

Dean Delawall (62)

Joseph J. Dessert (60)

Kevin Dial (38)

Jamshid Havash (44)

Vadewattee Muralidhara (44)

Edward Quinn (58)

Charles Allen Tenenbaum (48)

Scott Webb (30)

Wedgewood Baptist Church Shooting (September 15, 1999)

Kristi Beckel (b. 1985)

Shawn Brown (b. 1975)

Syndey Browning (b. 1963)

Joseph Ennis (b. 1984)

Cassie Griffin (b. 1985)

Kim Jones (b. 1976)

Justin “Steggy” Ray (b. 1982)

Xerox Killings (November 2, 1999)

Christopher Balatico (33)

Ford Kanehira (41)

Ronald Kataoka (50)

Ronald Kawamae (54)

Melvin Lee (58)

Peter Mark (46)

John Sakamoto (36)

Wakefield Massacre (December 26, 2000)

Janice Haggerty (46)

Jennifer Bragg Capobianco (29)

Cheryl Troy (50)

Rose Manfredi (48)

Louis Javelle (58)

Paul Marceau (36)

Craig Wood (29)

Lockheed Martin Shooting (July 8, 2003)

DeLois Bailey (53)

Sam Cockrell (46)

Micky Fitzgerald (45)

Lynette McCall (47)

Charles J. Miller (58)

Thomas Willis (57)

Living Church of God Shooting (March 12, 2005)

Pastor Randy Gregory (50)

James Gregory (17)

Harold Diekmeier (74)

Gloria Critari (55)

Bart Oliver (15)

Richard Reeves (58)

Gerald Miller (44)

Red Lake High School Massacre (March 21, 2005)

Daryl “Dash” Lussier (58)

Michelle Sigana (32)

Neva Wynkoop-Rogers (62)

Derrick Brun (28)

Dewayne Lewis (15)

Chase Lussier (15)

Chanelle Rosebear (15)

Thurlene Stillday (15)

Alicia White (14)

Goleta Postal Shooting (January 30, 2006)

Beverly Graham (54)

Ze Fairchild (37)

Maleka Higgins (28)

Nicola Grant (42)

Guadalupe Swartz (52)

Dexter Shannon (57)

Charlotte Colton (44)

Capitol Hill Massacre (March 25, 2006)

Melissa Moore (14)

Suzanne Thorne (15)

Justin “Sushi” Schwartz (22)

Christopher “Deacon” Williamson (21)

Jeremy Martin (26)

Jason Travers (32)

Virginia Tech Massacre (April 16, 2007)

Ryan Clark (22)

Emily Hilscher (19)

Minal Panchal (26)

G. V. Loganathan (53)

Jarrett Lane (22)

Brian Bluhm (25)

Matthew Gwaltney (24)

Jeremy Herbstritt (27)

Partahi Lumbantoruan (34)

Daniel O’Neil (22)

Juan Ortiz (26)

Julia Pryde (23)

Waleed Shaalan (32)

Jamie Bishop (35)

Lauren McCain (20)

Michael Pohle Jr. (23)

Maxine Turner (22)

Nicole White (20)

Liviu Librescu (76)

Jocelyne Couture-Nowak (49)

Ross Alameddine (20)

Austin Cloyd (18)

Daniel Perez Cueva (21)

Caitlin Hammaren (19)

Rachael Hill (18)

Matthew La Porte (20)

Henry Lee (20)

Erin Peterson (18)

Mary Karen Read (19)

Reema Samaha (18)

Leslie Sherman (20)

Kevin Granata (45)

Crandon Shooting (October 7, 2007)

Jordanne Michele Murray (18)

Katrina Lee McCorkle (18)

 Lianna Faye Thomas (17)

Bradley Steven Schultz (20)

Aaron Edward Smith (20)

Lindsey Lou Stahl (14)

Westroads Mall Shooting

Gary Scharf (48)

John McDonald (65)

Angie Schuster (36)

Maggie Webb (24)

Janet Jorgensen (66)

Diane Trent (53)

Gary Joy, (56)

 Beverly Flynn (47)

The Carthage Nursing Home Shooting (March 29, 2009)

Jerry Avant Jr. (39)

Louise DeKler (98)

Lillian Dunn (89)

Tessie Garner (75)

John Walter Goldston (78)

Bessie Hedrick, (78)

Margaret Johnson (89)

Jesse Vernon Musser (88)

The Binghamton Shootings (April 3, 2009)

Parveen Ali (26)

Almir Olimpio Alves (43)

Marc Henry Bernard (44)

Maria Sonia Bernard (46)

Li Guo (47)

Lan Ho (39)

Layla Khalil (53)

Roberta King (72)

Jiang Ling (22)

Hong Xiu “Amy” Mao Marsland (35)

Dolores Yigal (53)

Hai Hong Zhong (54)

Maria Zobniw (60)

Fort Hood Massacre (November 5, 2009)

Michael Grant Cahill (62)

Libardo Eduardo Caraveo (52)

Justin Michael DeCrow (32)

John P. Gaffaney (56)

Frederick Greene (29)

Jason Dean Hunt (22)

Amy Sue Krueger (29)

Aaron Thomas Nemelka (19)

Michael S. Pearson (22)

Russell Gilbert Seager (51)

Francheska Velez (21)

Juanita L. Warman (55)

Kham See Xiong (23)

Hartford Beer Distributor Shooting (August 3, 2010)

Francis Fazio, Jr. (57)

Douglas Scruton (56)

Edwin Kennison (49)

William Ackerman (51)

Bryan Cirigliano (51)

Craig Pepin (60)

Louis Felder, Jr. (50)

Victor James (61)

Tucson Shooting (January 8, 2011)

Christina Taylor Green (9)

John Roll (63)

Gabriel Zimmerman (30)

Dorwin Stoddard (76)

Dorthy Morris (76)

Phylis Scheck (79)

Seal Beach Shooting (October 12, 2011)

Michelle Marie Fournier (48)

Victoria Buzzo (54)

David Caouette (64)

Randy Lee Fannin (62)

Michelle Daschbach Fast (47)

Lucia Bernice Kondas (65)

Laura Webb (46)

Christy Lynn Wilson (47)

Oikos University Shooting (April 2, 2012)

Tshering Rinzing Bhutia (38)

Doris Chibuko (40)

Sonam Chodon (33)

Grace Eunhae Kim (23)

Katleen Ping (24)

Judith Seymour (53)

Lydia Sim (21)

Aurora Theater Shooting (July 20, 2012)

Jonathan Blunk (24)

Alexander J. Boik (18)

Jesse Childress (29)

Gordon Cowden (51)

Jessica Ghawi (24)

John Larimer (27)

Matt McQuinn (27)

Micayla Medek (23)

Veronica Moser-Sullivan (6)

Alex Sullivan (27)

Alexander C. Teves (24)

Rebecca Wingo (32)

Sikh Temple Shooting (August 5, 2012)

Paramjit Kaur (41)

Satwant Singh Kaleka (65)

Prakash Singh (39)

Sita Singh (41)

Ranjit Singh (49)

Suveg Singh (84)

Accent Signage Systems Shooting (September 27, 2012)

Reuven Rahamim (61)

Keith Basinski (50)

Rami Cooks (62)

Ronald Edberg (58)

Jacob Beneke (34)

Eric Rivers (42)

Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting (December 14, 2012)

Nancy Lanza (52)

Rachel D’Avino (29)

Dawn Hochsprung (47)

Anne Marie Murphy (52)

Lauren Rousseau (30)

Mary Sherlach (56)

Victoria Leigh Soto (27)

Charlotte Bacon (6)

Daniel Barden (7)

Olivia Engel (6)

Josephine Gay (7)

Dylan Hockley (6)

Madeleine Hsu (6)

Catherine Hubbard (6)

Chase Kowalski (7)

Jesse Lewis (6)

Ana Marquez-Greene (6)

James Mattioli (6)

Grace McDonnell (7)

Emilie Parker (6)

Jack Pinto (6)

Noah Pozner (6)

Caroline Previdi (6)

Jessica Rekos (6)

Avielle Richman (6)

Benjamin Wheeler (6)

Allison Wyatt (6)

Hialeah Apartment Shooting (July 26, 2013)

Italo Pisciotii (79)

Camira Pisciotii (69)

Carlos Javier Gavilanes (33)

Patricio Simono (64)

Merly S. Niebels (51)

Priscilla Perez (17)

Washington Navy Yard Shooting (September 16, 2013)

Michael Arnold (59)

Martin Bodrog (53)

Arthur Daniels (51)

Sylvia Frasier (53)

Kathy Gaarde (62)

John Roger Johnson (73)

Mary Francis Knight (51)

Frank Kohler (50)

Vishnu Pandit (61)

Kenneth Bernard Proctor (46)

Gerald Read (58)

Richard Michael Ridgell (52)

Charleston Church Shooting (June 17, 2015)

Reverend Clementa Pickney (41)

Reverend Sharonda Singleton (45)

Reverend DePayne Middleton-Doctor

Reverend Daniel Simms Sr. (74)

Tywanza Sanders (26)

Ethel Lance

Myra Thompson (59)

Umpqua Community College Shooting (October 1, 2015)

Lucero Alcaraz (19)

Treven Taylor Anspach (20)

Rebecka Ann Carnes (18)

Quinn Glen Cooper (18)

Kim Saltmarsh Dietz (59)

Lucas Eibel (18)

Jason Dale Johnson (34)

Lawrence Levine (67)

Sarena Dawn Moore (44)

I originally wanted to include every victim of a mass shooting over the last 16 years, but there are just too many.  I have since decided to list the names of the victims of mass shootings in which more than 5 people died.  Below are the names given to the massacres with 5 or fewer victims.  They do not matter any less than the victims listed above and all deserve to be remembered.

Hotel Shooting (Tampa, FL–December 30, 1999)

Navistar Shooting (Mellrose Park, IL–February 5, 2001)

Damageplan Show Shooting (Columbus, OH–December 8, 2004)

Trolley Square Shooting (Salt Lake City, UT–February 12, 2007)

The Kirkwood City Council shooting (Kirkwood, MO–February 7, 2008)

Northern Illinois University Shooting (Dekalb, IL–February 14, 2008)

The Atlantis Plastics Shooting (Henderson, KY–June 25, 2008)

Coffee Shop Police Shooting (Pierce County Washington–November 29, 2009)

IHOP Shooting (Carson City, Nevada–September 6, 2011)

Su Jung Health Sauna Shooting (Norcross, GA–February 22, 2012)

Seattle Cafe Shooting (Seattle, WA–May 30, 2012)

Mohawk Valley Shooting (Herkimer, NY–March 3, 2013)

Pinewood Village Apartment Shooting (Federal Way, WA–April 21, 2013)

Santa Monica Rampage (Santa Monica, CA–June 7, 2013)

Alturas Tribal Shooting (Alturas, CA–February 20, 2014)

Marysville-Pilchuck High School Shooting (Marysville, WA–October 24, 2014)

Chattanooga Military Recruitment Center (Chattanooga, TN–July 16, 2015)

Compiling this list took me about 6 hours, spread out over 2 days.  How many more people have to die before we actually do something?  Why is it that we can place limitations on Freedom of Speech, Press, and Expression, but not the Right to Bare Arms?  Why is it that we can regulate who can buy cigarettes and alcohol as well as who can obtain a driver’s license, but not who has access to guns?  We need background checks, age restrictions, and psychological assessments of anyone who wants to get a gun.  Until we do, this list is only going to get longer.

May All The Victims Rest in Peace and May No One Else Join Them!


Romance novels have been a part of my life since I was 14 years old and one of my neighbors dropped off a laundry basket full of Harlequins. From that day on, my nose was always in a book. I started my first review site in 2013, but took some time off for personal issues in 2018.

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  1. I didn't say that I believe guns should be illegal–just that there should be some common sense regulations on who should have access to them. There is no logical reason why this can't be done.

  2. I too believe guns should be illegal. I didn't realize there were so many victims. It's so sad to see the ages of those who lost their lives. Then never had a chance to live.

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