It's interesting how George H. Bush sent payments and apologies to Japanese Americans who were wrongfully imprisoned in internment camps but the descendants of people who were driven out of towns and had their land stolen from under them get zilch.
Shhh..... we can't have anything reminding us of America's shameful history when it comes to the treatment of black folks.
Anyway, you are about to see why I call my home state Pistolvania. Besides the shootings that takes place all too often in my hometown of Philadelphia, we have folks the rural areas of our state forgetting that they have their guns for hunting animals and not people.
"PETERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania father shot and killed his 2-year-old son and wounded his estranged wife during a custody exchange before killing himself, authorities said.
Police said Kenneth Ayers also shot at his mother during the altercation Saturday morning at her home in a rural area about 20 miles southwest of State College.
Huntingdon County District Attorney George Zanic said Ayers, 52, was subject to a protection from abuse order filed by his wife but was permitted visits with his son, Michael.
Saturday's visit was to happen at his mother's home in Barree Township. But once at the home, Ayers got into an altercation with his estranged wife, Hollie Jo, and shot her in the legs and arm with a .40 caliber handgun before intentionally shooting his son, police said.
Kenneth Ayers placed the child's body in the back of his vehicle but the wounded woman retrieved the body before Ayers shot her again in the face, police said. He also fired at his mother but missed.
"Words can't describe the scene ... heartbreaking," Zanic told The (Altoona) Mirror outside the home.
Kenneth Ayers' body was found several hours later in his parked truck in a wooded area in Warriors Mark Township. Investigators said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Hollie Jo Ayers was transported to a hospital and expected to survive, according to police."
State police Cpl. Daniel Sneath said investigators are trying to determine what led to the shooting and why Ayers was carrying a gun despite the protection order.
Police will also seek an autopsy to determine whether Kenneth Ayers was under the influence drugs or alcohol. [Source]
Please feel free to insert a cliché here.
Finally, speaking of shootings; it turns out that the daddy of that white supremacist who shot and killed that prison warden in Colorado was friends with the governor of the state.
I guess no matter how hard you try you just can't control who your children chooses to associate with.
Of course we will now here that Evan was a "wonderful and loving" kid, and that the only reason he snapped was because the evil people who run the prisons placed him solitary confinement.
"Attorney Jack Ebel testified before the Colorado Legislature two years ago that solitary confinement in a Colorado prison was destroying the psyche of his son, Evan.
When Jack Ebel's longtime friend, Gov. John Hickenlooper, was interviewing a Missouri corrections official for the top prisons job in Colorado, he mentioned the case as an example of why the prison system needed reform. And once Tom Clements came to Colorado, he eased the use of solitary confinement and tried to make it easier for people housed there to re-enter society.
Now authorities are investigating whether Evan Spencer Ebel, who was paroled in January, is linked to the assassination of Clements, who was shot and killed Tuesday night when he answered the front door of his house in a rural neighborhood. [Source]
I guess Evan wasn't too pleased with the Warden's reforms.