Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Silent and Hidden Victims of Gun Violence


Witnesses report that Monday's fatal shooting of a Farmington man stemmed from a domestic violence situation involving the deceased and his ex-girlfriend.

Christopher Lucero, 34, was shot three times shortly before 3 p.m. inside a residence on County Road 3958, where he went to see the mother of his three children.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Deputies arrested David Markham, 57, who at the time of the shooting told deputies that he was breaking up a physical fight between Lucero and Leandra Tafoya.

The couple's 4-year-old son was present at the time of the shooting.
How many times have we heard about the low percentage of gun deaths and how many ways have we seen that figure manipulated to look even lower? When talking about suicides it's a person's right to do it, or he would have used another means. When it's a criminal doing something wrong, that has nothing at all to do with lawful gun owners.

Even when they talk about the peripheral damage, the woundings and property damage, nothing can trump the god-given, natural-human right to own and carry that inanimate object called a gun.

But, in this story we have a tiny glimpse into a little reported aspect of gun violence. "The couple's 4-year-old son was present at the time of the shooting." Most of the time they don't mention it, but this must be a fairly common situation, an innocent person, not necessarily a child, witnesses the violence and is never the same again. Imagine the Post Traumatic Stress experienced by these innocents. Imagine the cost to society in lost wages and wasted potential.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

1 comment:

  1. Christopher had just walked in the door and was shot through one side and it came out the other and he fell on his face. HE DID NOT TOUCH THAT BITCH.HE DID NOT HAVE TIME TO GET ACROSS THE ROOM..HE WAS SET UP. AFTER HE FELL ON HIS FACE, MARKHAM PUT ANOTHER BULLET IN HIM, WAITED A MINUTE OR SO AND SHOT HIM AGAIN. THIS LEANDRA TAFOYA CHICK WAS COOKING DINNER FOR MARKHAM, WAITING FOR CHRIS TO SHOW UP. SHE HAD CALLED CHRIS TO COME UP TO CROUCH MESA KNOWING MARKHAM WAS GOING TO KILL HIM. THE LITTLE 4 YR OLD SAID HIS DAD WALKED IN THE DOOR AND THEY SHOT HIM.... SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE LOOKING FOR HER FOR CHRIS WAS EXECUTED, STRAIGHT UP. SHE NEEDS TO GET WHAT SHE DESERVES FOR HAVING THE FATHER OF HER CHILDREN KILLED. PREMEDIATED MURDER!!!!!!!!!

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