When children play cops and robbers they make the sound of “bang, bang” when shooting at one another. Yet, as adults we know that when children are actually shot by guns it does not mimic child’s play, but rather real-life drama with catastrophic ramifications.
Six month old Miracle Murray was shot and killed on April 16, 2016 while in her front yard with family members. Witnesses say that it was a drive-by shooting and Miracle died from a gunshot wound to her back (http://detne.ws/1YDwD2P ). The family of Miracle Murray indicates that the baby girl’s mother is inconsolable. “She can’t sleep, she can’t eat,” said Tia Murray, Miracle’s cousin. “She went through hell with that pregnancy…. she was high risk. That’s one of the reason she named her Miracle, because she was a miracle”. Tia Murray was at the house on Winthrop when the shooting occurred.
Hand guns are illegal in the UK, yet this is one of the leading causes of death in the America. More than 2,500 people were shot in Chicago in 2014. What’s happening in Chicago reflects national trends, which find that gunshot wounds and deaths cost Americans at least $12 billion a year in court proceedings, insurance costs and hospitalizations paid for by the government (usatoday.com). The reflection of this national trend is a very sobering reminder that Detroit’s likeness to Chicago is unquestionable.
Bullets are a bit like fireworks and they are arranged in three sections: the primer, the propellant, and the bullet. Bullets travels twice as fast as sound; therefore, a bullet may strike its target before one could even hear the gun fire off.
Chris Woodford reminds us that “…bullets are designed to be (relatively) safe until the moment when you fire them. When you pull the trigger of a gun, a spring mechanism hammers a metal firing pin into the back end of the bullet, igniting the small explosive charge in the primer”.
Former Green Beret, Connor Narciso, is no stranger to fire arms. Narciso maintains that most of what people learn about bullet wounds comes from watching television. Depictions of gun violence in fictional programming is routine, and often [violently] imaginative. The depictions distort the understanding of what bullets can—or can’t—do to bodies (Connor).
Understanding the pain or shock from being shot is something quite rare to most people. Miracle did not even know what a gun was, nor was she personally embroiled in an angry dispute. She was an innocent victim, shot in the back. Shooting someone in the back is mostly a sign of a coward, but to purposely target and shoot a six month hold in the back is beyond comprehension.
Investigators surmise that Miracle was shot in retaliation to the murder of three year old A’Nayia Montgomery on Easter Sunday–indicating that a car circled the block three times in front of Miracle’s home before shots were fired.
If one wants to fathom a slither of what Miracle might have endured, one unnamed victim of gun violence stated that, “It was an excruciating burning sensation, but what I remember most was the horrifying feeling of the hot blood pouring out of my mouth and down my back” https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/15ia7k/gunshot_wound_survivors_of_reddit_what_does_it/
MedlinePlus lists severe bleeding, damage to tissues and organs, and broken bones as injuries sustained from bullet wounds.
Dr. David Newman, the director of clinical research in the department of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City has seen his fair share of lives destroyed by gun violence. He maintains that guns often do too much damage to ever fix. People who die from a gun wound die from internal bleeding. “You can figure it out pretty quickly. Sometimes people are dying and we know there’s very little we can do. But the worst is a wound from an AR-15 or AK-47 — high-muzzle velocity weapons, which impart a tremendous amount of kinetic energy into the body. Those are much more destructive. You’re looking at a wound that, externally, is two, three, four times bigger than any handgun wound”.
Death is usually immediate, with only some reflexive breathing and heaving remaining. Tremendous amounts of blood emerge from the mouth and nose as a result of the wound and bleeding overtakes the airways and the esophagus (Victor Peña-Araujo, M.D.)
The external damage from gun violence continues to fester for decades. It erodes families and communities; as well as severely undermining a civilization. In the real world wolves travel in packs, hunt in packs, and kill as a pack. In the movie “Jungle Book” (story by Rudyard Kipling) the wolves have a mantra: “The power of the wolf is in the pack and the power of the pack is in the wolf”. The human pack has yet to travel with the command and oneness as do animals. It appears that the divisiveness, retaliatory and vindictive nature of humans have propelled them to subsist lower than the four-footed beasts, and there may be no room for any more Miracles.