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October 3, 2012

Sandy asks…

Isn’t it amazing that clinically INSANE individuals are stil able to get dangerous assault weapons?

A mass shootout that took place in New York City, where some of the strictest gun laws in the nation are. This was way back in 1997, before Columbine, VA Tech and James Holmes. 15 years later we still have sick individuals obtaining these weapons.

“”" November 04, 1997 — 26 year old Gregory Flannery of Middle Village, Queens went on a murderous rampage, killing five and wounding fourteen in his six floor apartment building. Flannery, who was months behind on rent was in danger of being evicted. Flannery was hospitalized at least twice for an undisclosed mental illness. Flannery, a graduate of Columbia University and native of Brooklyn was regarded as a quiet and private man. Flannery specifically targeted a large house party several doors down from Flannery’s fourth floor pad, where the majority of the victims were, according to witnesses, Flannery burst into the apartment yelling racial slurs and firing on anyone and anything in sight, even cats, a witness at the party quoted Flannery as shouting “This building is for whites only!”. Flannery also shot several neighbors who heard the commotion. The victims ranged from as young as 19 to as old as 67. The NYPD emergency unit arrived within minutes, a police helicopter was also dispatched. By the time SWAT arrived, Flannery already had murdered five and wounded twelve, four seriously. Snipers were set up on the neighboring buildings rooftop.

51 year old Vietnam veteran, Timothy “Tim” Swanski who lived on the third floor of the building reacted to the mayhem by searching his floor with a loaded M14 rifle. Responding officers and SWAT were unaware of which floor the suspect was on, and did vertical patrol by quickly searching each floor. The officers on third floor saw Swanski scouring the halls of the third floor with a loaded weapon, demanded the man to drop his weapon, Swanski appeared intoxicated and was uncooperative, within several seconds Swanski was fatally wounded by police, with police officers claimed Swanski had aimed his weapon at the officers. Minutes later, the actual suspect, a young man – Gregory Flannery, a rather intimidating individual standing 6’5″ – 220lbs, with long light brown hair with dark brown eyes was shot and killed after firing upon responding officers with an UZI submachine gun which resulted in two officers being critically injured. Officers found the song “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins blasting on Flannery’s boombox. Flannery was a devout Satanist, according to friends.”"”"

Administrator answers:

No laws will ever stop insane or sane people from getting guns. No laws will stop mass shootings. No increase in punishment (as some suggest) will stop the gun violence. It is a product of our society. It will be forever this way. These certainty are tragedies and I wish it would stop. But here is what I will say that will be controversial. You chance of getting shot or killed in one of these types of massacres are very slim. If you put this in prospective, we are in more danger from other sources. Traffic accidents, construction accidents, falling off ladder or your house, many many others. We all get very upset (rightfully) when these massacres occur. But in the whole scheme of things, we have little to fear.

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