While we all watched the events unfold in Orlando on Sunday, police in New Mexico were faced with the horrific aftermath of another mass shooting — one that left four children dead.
On Saturday evening, a family member went to a home in Roswell and found five people shot to death. Police believe Juan David Villegas-Hernandez, 34, shot his wife and four daughters — ages 14, 11, 7 and 3 — and then fled the scene in his pickup truck.
In all the chaos of the worst mass shooting in American history, this story has gotten very little media coverage. However, even if the shooting in Florida did not happen, it is likely that we probably would not have seen this flash across our television screens. In 2015, a third of the mass shootings in America were the result of domestic disputes. The Huffington Post reported:
The majority of mass shootings in the U.S. take place in private. They occur in the home, and the victims are predominantly women and children.
The untold story of mass shootings in America is one of domestic violence. It is one of men (yes, mostly men) targeting and killing their wives or ex-girlfriends or families. The victims are intimately familiar to the shooters, not random strangers. This kind of violence is not indiscriminate — though friends, neighbors and bystanders are often killed alongside the intended targets. …
We like to think of mass shootings as an incident that is perpetrated by a stranger because that is what we usually see on the news. Some guy walks into a church and murders nine people after praying with them. Some guy walks into an elementary school and kills 20 tiny humans and 6 educators. Some guy walks into a movie theater and guns down moviegoers. These are the shootings that make it on the news because they seem to be the most shocking, but there are hundreds of murders that are just as devastating that we do not hear about. The New Mexico shooting is an example of that.
Every time someone loses their lives because of our lax gun laws, it’s infuriating. It doesn’t matter if that person died in a club, church, movie theater, or their own home. All of those examples prove that we have a serious problem in this country and it is past time to act. These shootings also demonstrate how important it is to vote as many NRA-loving Republicans out of office as we can in November.
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