here is a kitty. we hope it makes the gun thing a bit easier to tolerate.

We at Wonkette are sad to tell you about the deaths of two teenagers, Casey Marquez and Paco Fernandez. They were students at Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico, until last week when they were killed by a former student.

William Atchison, 21, planned to kill a bunch of people. He managed two before killing himself. He’d have gotten more, only a substitute teacher had done enough active shooter drills that she got all the kids in the computer lab into the adjoining office and barricaded the door before the shooter could get to them.

The gun was legally purchased by the shooter. There was one gun and multiple magazines. The shooter had been investigated by the FBI for saying stupid shit online. This was planned, and not for revenge so much as because the shooter wanted to die and take people with him.

This was the fifty-seventh school shooting of 2017. 57th.

There have been 57,894 shooting incidents in America this year. That’s 14,602 deaths and 29,583 injuries, although those numbers might be outdated because this is Monday and we don’t know whether the Gun Violence Archive updates every business morning or not. If you assume that each news story takes two hours to write and that each writer was working 40-hour weeks, any single news outlet would need to employ more than 14 writers full-time to cover all the shooting deaths, were each victim given their own story.

The GOP has recently been pushing legislation that would make concealed carry permits transferable across state lines, meaning that someone who’s licensed in Ohio would be legally allowed to carry concealed weapons in any state. It has already passed the House.

You can donate to the funeral funds for the two students who were killed, because in America we don’t have social programs to cover funerals for victims of gun violence and funerals are expensive. Casey Marquez’s family is using YouCaring and Paco Fernandez’s family is using GoFundMe.


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  • Michael Smith
    • wide_stance_hubby


      • Michael Smith

        And everyone is responding with pictures of where they keep their gun using this gadget, including having one on the side of their easy chair, the wall above their bed, etc.

        • wide_stance_hubby

          I suggest the back of their mouths (with votes).

        • WotsAllThisThen

          Baby crib. Gotta protect the infants too!

        • Courser_Resistance

          True story. About 15 years ago, I moved into a place in a slightly-dicey neighborhood. I decided to keep my .38 special in a shoulder holster on my bedpost.

          Couldn’t fucking deal with the constant nightmares of my home getting invading and me shooting and hurting innocents. Put the gun back in it’s lockbox and haven’t had that nightmare again. I’m so glad my brain told me ‘Fuck NO!!! Put it AWAY!’

      • HooverVilles

        Guns everywhere.
        Everywhere guns.
        Good doG this gun fetish is insane!!!!11!!1!1

        • clubseal

          Fear’s a hell of a drug.

          • HooverVilles

            And FOX and the Trumpers sell fear very well indeed!

    • Michael Smith
      • Daniel

        Why are people so apologetic about questioning this immensely stupid shit?

      • NastyBossetti

        “Well I’ve got no kids around so I stay armed to the teeth!”

        Well that’s not terrifying at all!

        • Michael Smith


        • clubseal

          I prefer my own motto – I’ve got no kids around, so I’m not broke and can do whatever I want when I’m off work!

          • NastyBossetti

            This is remarkably similar to my own motto! I have a dog, so I do have to take him for a walk once I’m off work, before I can do anything else.

    • Hollandaise

      If there’s one thing I’ve learned from local hero @TheScottCharles, it’s that we can’t go more than a day or two without some little kid accidentally killing themselves or someone else because of this kind of dumb ass “couldn’t happen to me” bullshit. If you know anyone in Philly who could use a free gun lock let him know.

  • schmannity

    He’d have gotten more, only a substitute teacher had done enough active shooter drills that she got all the kids in the computer lab into the adjoining office and barricaded the door before the shooter could get to them.

    The other only way to stop a bad guy with a gun.

    • jesterpunk

      Cut teacher pay because they are elitists educated people?

  • jesterpunk

    Just wait for the GOP and NRA to solve this problem by making it illegal to report on shootings. They tried to get people to stop reporting on them already and that kind of worked.

  • weejee

    Once again, so often, once again…

  • P’jama Pahnts

    We need the CDC to do a full study and recommend…nevermind

  • freakishlypersistent

    So I just got home from work and it looks like from the news that the World Trade Center got bombed again, wall to wall coverage and yet nothing about this, huh what’s different?

    • cmd resistor

      This was last week, and barely got coverage probably because low body count.

    • dshwa

      It was only two victims so it wasn’t a remarkable occurrence in America, just another day yhat ends in “y”. Not sure it would have been news even if the victims weren’t Hispanic. Although I agree that didn’t help.

    • Courser_Resistance

      Only people with brown-sounding names so who cares? Saves us the trouble of deporting them.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Which well-regulated militia did the shooter belong to?

    • HooverVilles

      And where was the good guy with a gun to stop this from occurring?

    • DainBramage

      The Good Guy Until A NanoSecond Before I Start Murdering People militia.

      • Michael Smith

        He was a cop?

    • schmannity

      The Sons of Wee Weiners?

    • Hardly Ideal

      Word. Name, rank, and serial number, please.

  • elviouslyqueer

    NPR interviewed two Sandy Hook parents this morning. It was absolutely heartbreaking, especially when NPR’s Tovia Smith said, “They were among the many who thought the brutal murder of 20 children would finally be a turning point for the nation.” What the fuck is wrong with this nation that we keep letting this shit happen?

    • wide_stance_hubby

      It rhymes with NRA.

      • TakingAmes

        Also a whole lot of apathy. Too.

        • wide_stance_hubby

          As well.

      • Courser_Resistance

        They’ve become a cult, tantamount to religion. That is all.

        • wide_stance_hubby

          They provide the death to the death cult that is the GOP.

    • dshwa

      I said it then. I still say it now. If Sandy Hook wasn’t the turning point, then nothing is or will be.

      • Courser_Resistance

        Yup, I gave up any hope for anything like real change at that point. They may nibble around the edges if *really* pressed, but nothing truly effective will every be done.

      • Non-Threatening Ron

        Freakin’ Columbine should have been a ‘turning point.’

        • SpideySenser

          But to the NRA it was a marketing tool.

  • Crystalclear12

    We live in a country with active shooter training as part of a teachers job.

    • TakingAmes

      And our kids get lockdown drills in school. And I’ve gone over the three methods to get away from an active shooter (run, hide, fight) with my eight-year-old at our dinner table.

      • wide_stance_hubby

        I am so sorry you have to do this. That is not what 8-year-olds should have to think about, let alone their parent.

    • HooverVilles

      This is insane.

    • Daniel

      You live in a country where some people really believe assuming a school should be gun free is an infringement of their rights.

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        And puts their kids in danger.

    • clubseal

      Hey, they used to practice how to burn to death under a desk survive a nuclear bomb detonation, so, progress, I think?

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Don’t forget, in the gun-nutter’s mind, they want teachers to be trained to shoot students who are active shooters.

    • We live in a country where you can buy bulletproof backpacks for your child.

    • Courser_Resistance

      Not just teachers. Every venue of any size exercises for it. I know because my org plans and runs some of them. We support the others in whatever way necessary. I’ve been an evaluator for video surveillance ops, for example. Other times I’m an actor-victim.

      (yes, this is the same SAR team. We do a lot of things)

    • Sunhead

      a country with active shooter training as part of a teachers job.

      And Priests, cinema ushers, childcare workers, nurses, doctors, conference committees, pretty much anyone who works with people.
      Let’s face it America, you are basically a warzone these days.

  • Gee, Your Hair Smells Horrific

    “Countries with the lowest per capita gun ownership have the lowest gun death rates, whereas countries with the—”
    “. . . yeah, uh, never mind.”

    • HooverVilles

      I can hear it now.
      FAKE NEWS!!!11!11

  • TJ Barke

    Need guns to protect from all the nutters with guns. Vicious circle.

  • Daniel

    This week there will be a significant number of people who consider the second amendment sacrosanct because CONSTITUTION who will vote for a man to defend it who openly disdains all amendments in that same constitution after the tenth.

    They will see no contradiction in this.

    • Bad Scooter

      … not to mention they’ll give him a pass for the two times he was removed from office for being a judge who acted with complete disregard for the law because he thinks he’s above it, his belief that Christianity should order public policy, his publicly stated anti-homosexual and anti-Muslim views, and his past ties to neo-Confederates and white nationalist groups.

      They probably admire Moore as a leading voice in the birther movement against President Obama, and as the founder and president of the Foundation for Moral Law, a non-profit legal organization from which he collected more than $1 million over five years, though a far smaller amount was indicated on its tax filings.

      Also, too, his alleged kid-touching doesn’t seem to phase them.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    This country fucking sucks. We spend all our time listening to the Neanderthals and the backwards, while the despair grows in those who might have a different opinion and they eventually stop paying attention because their souls are dying.

    • Courser_Resistance

      It really does make me feel ill. And yes, it’s killing my soul, day by day.

    • Hiss

      Please stop using Neanderthals as a pejorative. They cared for their sick and disabled and buried their dead. Unlike H. “sapiens” republicanus.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Hopes and Prayers yada, yada, yada.

    Sincerely, NRA

    PS. Now is not the time to politicize this tragedy.

    • elviouslyqueer

      “It’s only two kids with Mexican sounding names. What about all the terrorism in New York and those horrible lying ladies attacking me in their press conference this morning?”

      @realdonaldtrump, just now

      • Bad Scooter

        “sounds like the victims were bad hombres. many people are saying they were out of their classrooms without hall passes.”

        • HooverVilles

          Ah, the old FAUX SPEWS “…some people say…”.

          • Bad Scooter

            they learned that technique from Donny Two-scoops.

    • HooverVilles
  • BearDeLaOursistance

    “This is exactly like it says in Teh Bibble. Suffer the little children, and then they cum unto Me.” — Roy Moore

  • cmd resistor

    One of those kids had the misfortune to go to the restroom, where the shooter was apparently getting ready to start his rampage, so was the first victim. I think the other girl was in the hallway when he came out.

  • Swampay

    Oh dear, was there another one? Jeeves, send the NRA letter to the paper again and do check the spelling this time.

  • I’m sure this problem can be solved with more guns and an upper class tax cut also privatizing public education and letting the free market reward the schools that don’t have mass shootings.

  • Notreelyhelping

    If Steve Scalise won’t flip after getting shot in the pelvis, it’s, sadly, a lost cause until the Congress changes hands and/or the NRA goes bankrupt.

    • cmd resistor

      I had a brief moment of thinking he might, but that was just one more delusion. It was after I read the description of how much worse his injuries were due to either the type of gun, bullets, or both.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “I had my shooting, I’m safe now.”

      • HooverVilles

        Yep. And Lightning never strikes the same place twice. It’s funny how that stupidstition works. Or in the words of many Murikans, doG werks in mysturious ways.

  • William
    • clubseal

      They will tell you it’s because we don’t log as much as we used to. Which is somewhat accurate, if you fail to understand that the policy of stopping wildfires that should have been allowed to burn helped mutate the forests to what they are today: Densely packed and full of dead material just waiting for a spark that will burn right to the canopy.

      • William

        They will also tell you that having a gun is a right, but having a forest fire isn’t. Then they will mutter something about Chicago.

        • clubseal

          And “what about knives?1!!”

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    • therblig

      the problem is, they don’t

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    My son was just telling me about the active-shooter training they had at his FIL’s CHURCH. After Texas, they felt the need. Because heaven forbid you would do something smart like not allowing nutters to have as many guns as they want and to carry them, concealed, in every state.

  • Zonath

    Re the concealed carry legislation: I haven’t read this bill, but cannot imagine how such a scheme would be Constitutionally viable, since it doesn’t seem like this would come under the Commerce Clause or any other empowering clause in the Constitution. So what’s the basis for Congress to be able to step in and require states to honor the concealed carry licenses issued by other jurisdictions?

    • Courser_Resistance

      There’s language in the bill that supposedly strips states’ and cities’ rights to keep them out. And yeah, I don’t see how that doesn’t violate the Constitution. Also too, wasn’t this the same party that was all ‘states rights’ about slavery? Among SO MANY other things?

      • clubseal

        Their states’ rights argument ends where any of those rights would allow what are considered to be liberal ends.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Usually it’s Highway Funds that are on the chopping block if the Feds want the states to do something.

    • satanscheerleadersloveamerica

      I don’t know the article or section but the “full faith and credit” clause regarding states honoring each other’s documents would probably cover this.

      • Zonath

        It really wouldn’t, as far as I know. Heck, drivers’ licenses aren’t afforded full faith and credit – there’s a whole interstate compact just so a license issuance or suspension in one state can carry over to others.

    • Non-Threatening Ron

      ‘The NRA told us to.’

    • Latverian Diplomat

      They are probably counting on the Gorsuch Clause, which, IIRC, reads “Fuck you, that’s why!”

      • Shartiblartfat

        Sardonically funny flag!

    • shivaskeeper

      DOA in the Senate. This will need the full 60 votes.

    • wavicles

      That’s sweet Zonath, you still believe that they need a basis.

  • Miles Monroe

    The only way to stop a bad kitteh with a gun is a good kitteh with a gun.

    Or catnip. Catnip will work, too. Also toona.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      I grew up in ‘toona town. Al, not Charlie.

      • mailman27

        I can remember driving the skin bus into tuna town…

  • Hardly Ideal

    Say it with me, everyone:

    Your dead kids don’t trump my constitutional rights.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Pictured: proof that the Beatles were the intellectual Founding Fathers of Icanhazcheeseburger.

  • calliecallie
  • William

    This site lists the latest gun deaths (Scroll down). It boggles the senses.

  • CeeQ

    In America, we don’t have a reasonable health care system or even a reliable social safety network. But don’t you worry because we are almost able to carry our pistols across state lines. FREEDOM. ‘Murca. Etc.

    (😖😖😖😖 everything is awful)

  • Non-Threatening Ron

    Dear America:

    Your country is broken. Please fix it.

    • Raan

      Dear Canada,

      We’re doing our best, but these fuckers don’t listen. We might need help from the UN and the civilized world. Can you let mom know the next time you see her?

      Your loving half-brother,

      • Smoke O’Hontas

        PS: Please don’t give up on us! We’ll pay you back with whatever cakes you like!

    • Suttree

      Dear Canadian friend, no fucking shit. Please help!

    • SpideySenser

      Your country is b̶r̶o̶k̶e̶n̶ fucked. FIFY

  • mancityRed6

    guns are for the weak. underwater knife fights are where it’s at.

    • wavicles

      Sea Hunt reruns, everyday after school. Don’t fuck with me in the pool, man, I got game.

  • mancityRed6
  • chicken thief

    Before I ignorantly share my thoughts on this I’m going to check with Infowars to ensure that it isn’t just another faked incident/false flag operation.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Hey CT, I was wondering where you’ve been. Glad you’re back.

      • chicken thief

        Been wasting my days twitter spamming my rep about his shit votes on the ACA, gun reciprocity, and now the TaxScam…. Surely he’ll listen to my voice of reason. ***eyes rolling****

  • Jennifer Nicole

    ‘Mercuh, where you have the right to kill, not the right to life.

    • brucej

      hey! hey! hey! hey! You gots a ‘right to life’!! Right up to the moment you’re born, then it’s grab yer bootstraps and shooting’ arn, kid! Yer on yer own!

  • Jacob DiCiaula

    Sigh. I thought my party believed in things. A big thing that I thought was a good idea was state and local control as “laboratories” of democracy. Like, we’d see the Kansas tax plan of slashing taxes on the rich led to utopia… ok, bad example.

    But this not only nationalizes policy, it sets gun control at the least restrictive states laws. I’ve said before that I’m pro gun control because I see people trained fuck up with weapons. I wouldn’t want to be near someone untrained.

    But, I think there is some value in local communities determining their own laws. National reciprocity destroys that

    • Sorry, Jacob, but for about 20 years now it has been “Local control!!!!” unless states do something they do not like.
      Basically local control for gays and bortions and religion pushing, but for actual real things like health care and gun control and taxes it is our way or the highway

    • pstokk

      Again, I would like to dispute your very strong implication that your party believed in this (admirable) thing, while the Democrats did not. Simply not true. “Laboratories of democracy” has been a general belief by all parties and in the political culture of the country, generally, probably since the 19th century – history buffs can enlighten us. The phrase itself apparently stems from Louis Brandeis 1932.
      What your party did in modern times, is twist this to become what commenters below describe – a transparent attempt to use “local control” to further a retrogressive partisan agenda, and to stop a progressive partisan agenda.
      I challenge you to find one example in the last forty years of the Republican party championing, on principle, “local control” that conflicted with the aims of the party.
      They have deceived you, and have been doing it for decades. One of their key deceptions is to lay claim to virtuous principles as their sole champion. Like this example, many times they were not even champions at all, but cynical manipulators of their faithful voters.

  • Riley Whodat Venable


    We can’t even keep up with failed terrorist bombers, much less gun deaths.

    Why didn’t CNN stop everything for this story?

  • Suttree

    KM, we refuse to keep statistics of such things because it would be sad to gun nuts. It’s the same bullshit like we aren’t allowed to have a nationwide database on police shooting either. It makes manly men’s peeners soft apparently.

  • House0fTheBlueLights
  • richardgrabman

    While we have way too many shootings here in Mexico, the last school shooting was (predictably, perhaps) in a US style prep school about two years ago. Before that, the last one I could remember before that was almost 15 years ago. It was a accidental shooting (a kid had his grandfather’s gun in his backpack, dropped the pack, and winged another kid in the leg). The gun’s owner was jailed for not keeping the weapon safe, and the whole country was in “moral panic”…having security guards or police at every school checking every kid’s backpack.

    • Hesavebread!

      I don’t think we have had one in the UK since 1996 at Dunblane and that lead to tightening already tight gun laws.

  • fawkedifiknow

    Well, at least Congress has banned bump stocks. Right?

    • brucej

      only talked about it…and they’re really hoping you haven’t noticed that…

  • Sunhead

    The only option left is mandatory carry.
    Everyone MUST carry a gun at all times.
    Rescind the ban on firearms in congress too.
    Tourists should get issued with a gun after passing through customs.
    Ramp the insanity up to 11.
    The last thing the NRA wants to see is colored people with exercising Open Carry.

    • Every minority (of every kind the GOP hates) should go and apply for a gun permit. Whether they need a gun or not. Whether they even intend to buy a gun or not. Let’s see what the NRA does then.

  • Delu

    You know what’s the most scary thing of all?

    That something like this flies completely under the news radar.

    1.) It means there’s far BIGGER shit happening and that’s scary in of it self.

    .) It also means news like this isn’t quite that important enough today that people would pay at least EQUAL attention to it than say Roy Moore. That’s also scary.

    The 2nd amendment continues to demand its mandatory blood tribute. America keeps paying that tribute.

  • Margaret Lamont

    The mind boggles.

  • Shartiblartfat

    I have resumed wondering what has to happen before we get some gun control. Churches, schools, and concerts are now fair game for the ammosexuals and gun fondlers.

    Maybe an NFL tailgate party zone? Perhaps.

    What about revisiting the 1954 shootout orchestrated by Puerto Rican Nationalists?

    • Enter Ranting

      If guns are my god-given right, why can’t I sit in the public gallery overlooking a session in the House of Representatives with my AR-15? Why can’t I go to a Drumpf rally with an arsenal in my overcoat?

  • SeeTrainOffTheRails

    The Onion’s go-to headline for these is “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens”

    My go-to is simpler. “Another day ending in ‘Why?'”


  • Zyxomma

    Thanks, killermartinis. I’ve lost count.

  • Greg Comlish

    You’re never going to believe Rep Pearce (R-NM) was advocating for when this was happening …

  • Molon Labe

    There are good arguments about the problem of gun violence. However, if the issue is “keeping track”, the argument presented here is actually more about the problem of agreeing on what a “school shooting” actually is. I think for most people the label “school shooting” invokes the horrific targeting of children/students/teachers by a gunman who deliberately chooses a school to target those victims.

    The cited number of “57” school shootings however includes more of a literal interpretation of “school shootings” to mean anytime a gun was discharged on school property or even in the vicinity of a school.

    Certainly there needs to be a distinction somewhere between Columbine type horrors and someone shooting themselves in the foot while showing off their gun in the school parking lot. Or, a malicious shooting that transpires as a result of an argument which could have transpired anywhere but happened to be at a school. Or, even an accidental discharge of a gun that neither kills nor injures anyone. All of these however are lumped together without distinction to produce “57” “school shootings”.

    • Hesavebread!

      The information is all in the link, go through them and come up with a number for the shootings you think qualify.

      • HooverVilles

        Thank you!

      • Molon Labe

        I already went through the information at the link. That was how I recognized the broad criteria they used and was able to offer specific examples of that criteria.

        Quantifying a number for you negates the point of discussing methodology. You are welcome to conflate the issue to the point that it becomes difficult for people to “keep track” off it. However, I don’t believe that such a methodology presents the best data to argue your position with. If you do, then run with it.

        • Hesavebread!

          I’m happy with the number given, thanks.

  • Enter Ranting

    Expansion of conceal and carry laws? But, state’s rights, amiright, Republicans?

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