Students in Oregon - Oct 3 2015

People — I will not name the shooter.  There is no need to pray for the dead.  There is great need to first mourn for and with the families – all of them.    But then, I am so angry that it took 9-years (+/-) for an assault weapon ban to pass and that was after a sitting U.S. President was nearly assassinated.  The fact it would take me an hour to recount the names and dates of all the other victims of mass shooings in the last ten-years is not a good thing. But that being said, I have included ‘in total’ CNN’s reporting on who the dead in the Oregon shooting this week were.  Past tense.  They are our Citizens and we as a Nation do nothing.  Links to your elected officials in Washington are shown below

Comprehensive background checks?  Closing the gun show sale loop-hole?  Anyone?  The 2nd Amendment provides for the right of a well regulated militia to bear arms.  The overwhelming majority of NRA members express being troubled that what their Organization is doing does not match what the beliefs and convictions of the rank-and-file dues-paying member.  What’s going on here?

Live from Chicaago — another war zone…I’m mad.



Updated 9:06 PM ET, Sat October 3, 2015

(CNN)A quadruplet, an aspiring pediatric nurse and a man who had finally found his path in life. Recent high school graduates experiencing their fourth day of college. Beloved sons and daughters.

They were among the nine people killed Thursday when a gunman stormed the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin gave their names and ages along with brief family statements. Here is more about them:

Lucero Alcaraz, 19

Lucero Alcaraz was from Roseburg and graduated from Roseburg High School this year.

Lucero Alcaraz

She was one of 87 students who qualified to become UCC Scholars, according to a release from the college.

According to a post on her sister Maria’s Facebook page, it appears Lucero wanted to be a pediatric nurse.

“I’ll miss her making fun of me when I would attempt to say the Starbucks cup sizes, getting pissed when I would tackle her with kisses or photograph the heck out of her,” her sister wrote. “Sister, I miss you, I love you, and I wish I could see you walk through the front door right this second. I don’t know how I will make it through this …I don’t know if I can ever relieve this pain. Rest in (peace) sister … I’ll see you soon.”

Treven Taylor Anspach, 20

Treven Anspach was from Sutherlin, just north of Roseburg. Chief Greg Marlar of the Douglas County Fire District No. 2 said Anspach was part of the fire and EMS family, though his exact role wasn’t immediately known.

“Obviously we are family, and this hurts,” Marlar said.

Treven Anspach

Anspach’s family thanked the public for their support.

“Treven was one of the most positive young men, always looking for the best in life,” they said in a statement. “Treven was larger than life and brought out the best in those around him.”

Anspach, his parents said, “was a perfect son.”

The 20-year-old was a very talented athlete with a “steady head on his shoulders,” said Brody Jansen, who knew Anspach from high school sports.

Anspach was always “a nice, respectful guy that always seems to have his friends and family’s back,” Jansen told CNN.

“He was just genuinely a rock-solid kid,” he said, adding that it is tough to “see such a good one go.”

Rebecka Carnes

Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18

Rebecka Carnes had the kind of smile that made you smile, her family said in a written statement, and she wanted to keep people smiling.

She had just started college with hopes of becoming a dental assistant.

Carnes could make you think that she was a quiet and serious girl, but the twinkle in her eye gave it away — it was a hint that silliness and laughter were about to come, her family said.

They praised Carnes as “loving, compassionate, dedicated, and strong.”

The 18-year-old enjoyed the outdoors. She hunted, camped and rode all-terrain vehicles in the mountains. She played soccer and softball throughout high school.

“She was special and unique but she was also just like your daughter, sister, or friend,” her family said.

In a Facebook post, cousin Lisa Crawford wrote: ” I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have watched Becka grow up. She had just started a new job and college classes. This isn’t how life is supposed to work and I am struggling to wrap my mind around the entire situation.”

Quinn Glen Cooper, 18

Quinn Cooper was from Roseburg, the sheriff’s office said. His family said he graduated in June from Roseburg High School. Thursday was his fourth day of college.

“We are in shock this happened,” the family said in a statement.

Quinn Cooper

“Quinn was funny, sweet, compassionate, and such a wonderful loving person. He always stood up for people.”

He and his brother Cody were inseparable, the family said. They loved playing the video game Ingress together.

Cooper loved dancing and voice acting and was going to take his brown belt test in martial arts on October 10, the family said.

“I don’t know how we are going to move forward with our lives without Quinn,” they said. “Our lives are shattered beyond repair.

“We send our condolences to all the families who have been so tragically affected by this deranged gunman. No one should ever have to feel the pain we are feeling.”

Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59

Kim Dietz was from Roseburg, the sheriff’s office said.

Her husband, Eric, is the manager of Pyrenees Vineyard in Myrtle Creek, according to a post on the vineyard’s Facebook page. The couple were caretakers at the vineyard for many years, it said.

Kim Dietz

Their daughter is a student at the college but was unharmed in Thursday’s shooting, according to the post.

A GoFundMe page to raise money for the funeral expenses included a comment from someone who said she knew Dietz from the college.

“I met with her on her first day at UCC and she was so scared to come,” Hanna C. wrote. “I told her she could do it. Since then, she excelled in school. Everytime I saw her on campus she made a point to stop and thank me and tell me how well she was doing.

“I just saw her this week and she thanked me again and updated me on all her accomplishments.”

Lucas Eibel, 18

Lucas Eibel

Lucas Eibel was a quadruplet with two brothers and a sister. According to the Roseburg News-Review, the quadruplets graduated from Roseburg High School this year.

Eibel, who graduated with high marks, was studying chemistry, his family said. Like Alcaraz, he was selected as a UCC Scholar.

“We have been trying to figure out how to tell everyone how amazing Lucas was, but that would take 18 years,” his family said in a statement.

Eibel loved the Future Farmers of America, volunteering at the Wildlife Safari animal park in nearby Winston and a local animal shelter, his family said. He was “an amazing soccer player.”

Jason Dale Johnson, 34

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson was from Winston, just south of Roseburg, the sheriff’s office said.

His family said in a statement that Johnson “was proud to be a Christian” and had only recently enrolled in school.

“Jason’s mother said that Jason was proud of himself for enrolling in school, and so was his mom. They felt that Jason had finally found his path.

“His family says that he will be loved and missed.”

Lawrence Levine, 67

Lawrence Levine

Lawrence Levine, from Glide, about 16 miles northeast of Roseburg, was the teacher in the classroom that was attacked, the sheriff’s office said.

He was an assistant professor of English, according to the school’s website.

Levine grew up in Beverly Hills, California, but moved to Oregon after graduation, according to The Oregonian newspaper. He lived in a rented cabin on the North Umpqua River and loved fly fishing, the paper said.

Levine loved the blues and other types of music and was a writer, having penned many novels, though none was published, the paper said.

Sarena Dawn Moore, 44

Sarena Moore was from Myrtle Creek, the sheriff’s office said. She was a member of Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grants Pass, about 70 miles south of Roseburg, the church said.

Sarena Moore

“It’s been … reported that one of Sarena’s last posts on Facebook was an affirmation of her desire to stand up for Jesus and Christianity,” Pastor Christian Martin wrote on Facebook.

Moore was the mother of two adult sons whom she loved dearly, Martin told the Adventist Review magazine.

She was a student at the college, in her third semester studying business, the magazine reported.

“She was thrilled to enroll,” Martin told the magazine. “She counted it as a direct answer to prayer. She praised the Lord for opening doors for her to pursue a degree in business.”

Moore was known as a strong believer in the power of prayer, he said, and often wrote messages about her faith on her Facebook page.


ASSAULT INDEED – published Mar 24, 2013

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In the 100-days since Newtown, more than 3,000 Americans have been killed by gun violence.  On May 23, 2013, we will surpass the number of American casualties in the Iraqi war.  By the time the 2014 Congressional Elections (November 4, 2014) roll around, the death toll will have risen to 17,700 of our family, friends and neighbors.

Even if you accept the NRA‘s position that going against the gun lobby is political suicide (and I don’t), isn’t voting ‘Yes‘ for the Assault Weapons ban more important than getting re-elected?

If it isn’t, why are you in Congress at all?

Do your job.  Vote ‘Yes‘. 

If not now, when?



 Capital Hill Switchboard  (202) 224-3121







Tom Clements,

Aged 58 – Murdered on March 19, 2013 – Buried Sunday, March 24, 2013

 MONUMENT, Colo. — Colorado’s top state prison official was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his house…, setting off a hunt for the shooter and raising questions about whether the attack had anything to do with his job…The killing stunned officials in both states.

“Tom Clements dedicated his life to being a public servant, to making our state a better place and he is going to be deeply, deeply missed,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who planned to go to Monument to meet with Clements’ family after signing gun-control bills….

Clements, was married with two daughters and described as dedicated, funny, caring and an expert on the latest and best methods in his field who chose the Colorado job over retirement.

Excerpts from article by P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press

Sources: and and




Children return to school in Newtown -ABC_net_au

Click on the album cover and listen as Billy Gilman sings his haunting ballad, ‘One Voice’, about school gun violence from his album of the same name.

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PHOTO CREDITS and ATTRIBUTIONS: New York Times (front page) March 20th, 2013:; Gun Death Statistics:; Senator Dianne Feinstein:; Tom Clements:; Child Returns to Newtown:; One Voice. By Billy Gilman © 2000 Epic

Children return to school in Newtown - Inset



Students in Oregon - Oct 3 2015



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Born and raised in the Midwest, Dan lives in the Chicagoland area. With a grown son from a previous marriage, he has since built a committed relationship of 34 years with his partner Rick, the Love of his Life. Having written his whole life, he blogged the past 7-years because he has to write…he can’t help it. Know the feeling? There’s ‘good‘ to be found in all of it. “If all I do is leave someone (or something) better than I found them, then I’ve done my part. Thanks for letting me grace your screen, if only for a little while.”
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8 Responses to DEAD – AT SCHOOL

  1. V.E.G. says:

    Remember Chris Mintz! He is worth a mint! The happiest moment is he is still living.

  2. V.E.G. says:

    Treven Anspach is a hero. Due to his love of fishing, he is the Huck Finn of Roseburg.

  3. purplemary54 says:

    Personally, I think the 2nd Amendment needs to be repealed, all guns outlawed, and the NRA declared a terrorist organization. Since that’s probably not going to happen, we need to limit the insanity a little by instituting some sane gun control laws. And provide more funding for decent mental health care. And educate our citizens on things like empathy and compassion. And about a million other things to end this horror.

    • dan4kent says:

      Amen to every Damn word you said. I get so angry when we can’t seem to turn our stupid-light off. Really glad you shared. I don’t feel like I’m by myself. Travel well.

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