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Headline: NIU Shooter Identity Revealed

Authorities are now releasing the identity of the gunman in yesterday's Northern Illinois University shooting. It was Steven P. Kazmierczak of Champaign, Ill. Kazmierczak shot 21 people before shooting himself. Though previous reports announced six fatalities, it's now being reported that five people were killed in addition to the shooter.

The identities of the victims are now known as well, all Illinois residents: Daniel Parmenter, 20, of Westchester; Catalina Garcia, 20, of Cicero; Ryanne Mace, 19, of Carpentersville; and Julianna Gehant, 32, of Meriden; and Gayle Dubowski, 20, of Carol Stream.

Tributes to those affected in the tragedy are cropping up online. A Facebook community called "Pray for Northern Illinois University Students and Families" currently has more than 34,000 members.

javsmav javsmav 9 years
It's a good thing we're not debating gun laws, Bettyesque, so you can just call people names when they disagree with you. I don't blame the inanimate objects for horrors like this, I blame the people who kill with inanimate objects, and that's why I don't think they should have them.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Yeah lets not debate gun laws. Why is that the narrow minded people continue to blame an inadament object. Its so naive. How about for once you blame the obvious mental case. Who would want to own a gun ... hmm ME and we have several. Shooting for sport. Yes I own a gun, to I go around shooting people because I do, absolutely not. Thank you Grandpa by the way ... I think I will change my avi now.
Grandpa Grandpa 9 years
Dang it, a double post. I HATE VISTA.
Grandpa Grandpa 9 years
Mexico has a virtual ban on owning a rifle or a shotgun; it is easier for the average citizen in NYC to get a “concealed carry permit”, then for the average Mexican to own a shotgun or a rifle. A handgun in private hands is and has been for a very long time illegal. Yet the crime rate in Mexico is out of sight. It is so bad, there are travel advisories issued by the U.S. Gov’t to its citizens traveling in Mexico. In Switzerland EVERY adult male is REQUIRED to have a firearm and ammunition in their homes, because they are all in the reserves from ages 20 to 52. That is a reserve of 400,000 out of a population of some 6 million. When an officer reaches age 52, he keeps his sidearm as his own. Yet Switzerland has the lowest crime rate in the civilized world. Israel, similarly has a citizen army with firearms (mainly automatic weapons to boot) in their homes, and carries them routinely on the streets of their cities. Violent crime is virtually non existent there. I think you would be hard pressed to find a case anywhere in the U.S. where a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm, used it to commit a crime. Here in The U.S. you find that the highest crime rates are in areas where there are the most restrictive gun laws. Criminals by their very nature do not obey laws, honest citizens do. Now less you try to make the argument that it is the availability of firearms that is the problem, I refer you to Great Brittan. This is an Island, with a navy, and a prohibition against private ownership of hand guns. If an island country like Great Brittan can’t disarm its criminals, we as sure as hell can’t. The crime rate per capita is higher there then in NYC. There is a reason for all of this. A 100 lb 5’2 woman, has little chance against even a 5’6” 150 lb man, let alone some 6 footer weighing 200 lb. The same is true with age. A 65 year old man is no match for an 18 year old guy, and probably would have the same trouble with an 18 year old girl. Now put something as small as a Kel-Tec .380auto (it weighs 11.1 oz. loaded, is 5.2” long, 3.5” in height, and .77” wide in the hands of 20 year old coed, and I don’t care if it is a 6’8” 280 lb linebacker assaulting her. At up to 15 feet the coed wins every time. This is ideal for a lady with a purse, or with a clip that attaches to the weapon can be attached to the inside back of her pants or shorts, and be virtually unnoticed.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
Freedom of speech, freedom of religion these are all basic rights that I think people should have and should always have had since the beginning of time. A weapon of violence created centuries after the evolution of humankind? um, not so much. I wouldn't give away my right to free speech for anything, but when a constitutional "right" is really a constitutional wrong, then yes, I would give it up in a flash. But like I said, it's too late for that.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
Wow seriously, lets not debate about what the gun laws should or shouldnt be in Illinois...I like 30 min away from Dekalb in Rockford , IL and this has put a serious damper on my and my friends' week. I knew a few people that were in the class at NIU that witnessed the entire thing. We should all be keeping these families in our prayers and throughts. The man that shot these young adults was obviously screwed up and ended lives that had so much potential and so much life ahead of them. I just keep thinking, what if it had been my college, what if he had only driven 30 min further and open fired in my classroom....its all just so f-ed up....My condolences are with the witnesses and the families of those who didnt make it....
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
What a coward. I hope he rots where he belongs. I will not give up my right to own a gun just because some psycho people have ruined the image for those of us who are responsible.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
piper- i love it! we have a sticker on our house that says "this home protected by sig sauer" it makes me feel safer!
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
They say he went off his meds before this shooting. These shootings are all the more terrible because there is just no reason for them. He wasn't hurt by anyone there, he probably didn't even know those he killed. It is such a tragedy
piper23 piper23 9 years
There's this business in my city that has been robbed twice in the last year. The owner has posted an almost billboard-size picture of himself and his employess holding guns and the poster reads - "Theives, there's nothing in this store worth dying over." They haven't been robbed again.
marcella marcella 9 years
LibertySugar -- This picture creeps me out too! Even if I didn't know that he was a seriously messed up killer, I still think he looks so freaky. It makes me sick to even look at his pic.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
cabaker, I too have a friend with a concealed gun permit, he too carries his gun with him everywhere he goes. And 3M, I read an article a while back about the car jacking in Florida decreasing because of the concealed gun permit.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Mariner - Thanks for the info. Its sad in these days an email can make it to someone else in 3 seconds but we can't get this important information online and available as quickly? I'm hesistant to place further restrictions on a person's rights when it comes to gun ownership, but maybe there should be stricter rules for those with mental health problems... so far thats been the only common denominator here. KD - For the record, I have a friend who has a concealed carry permit and he carries his gun with him everywhere he goes, his arguement is that its like a cell phone, it doesn't do any good in an emergency if you leave at home. :)
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
"3M, I think she maybe going with the people kill people logic, that I too was going with." I agree with this whole heartedly, I'm just saying that you can't say guns had NOTHING to do with the situation. When people started killing people by driving drunk, they made laws about driving a car while drunk. It is not the cars fault, yet it still played a part in the matter. Again, I agree it is the person not the gun, but you can't say it has NOTHING to do with it. It is a part of the equation, though should be looked at as a very minute part.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Thank you, Cine, that was what I was saying. Duh, these things don't happen with pocket knives, but if anyone out there thinks that tougher gun laws will stop it from happening I have to disagree. It is symptomatic of a much larger problem. Technically, gun shops do check mental health facilities. The problem is that the information is not updated quickly enough with the FBI. I believe there is a bill, stemming from VA Tech that addresses this. Plus, if you check yourself in to a mental health facility, you are not barred from buying a gun. Basically it only counts if you're declared crazy against your will.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
"Who is seriously going to carry a gun to oceanography class?" It's not necessarily about the "would you" as much as the possibility "is someone" carrying a gun. If you know there is no gun in a situation and you have a gun, then you have less to consider or fear, but if there is a possibility of someone else having a gun, it changes the dramatics of the situation. Just food for thought.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
M3 - Regarding you comment on no gun zones, I have thought of that same thing so many times! Look at DC and NYC where you aren't even allowed to have a gun in city limits. I'm sorry, but how is that a good law? If you look at the states with the most lenient gun laws ( ie. NH, Texas, VT - surprisingly) they have some of the lowest crime rates. Even criminals will tell you that they won't commit crimes in areas where they know people might have a gun! I understand the debate of not answering violence with violence (ie. more guns arent the solution), I can kinda see that side. But you really can't argue against the logic that if any of those students in Illinois or Virginia had a concealed carry permit, a lot of lives could have been saved. PS - Why the hell have we not passed a bill that requires gun shops to cross check background checks with mental health facilities?? Thats what angers me most about this, because thats what happened in Virginia and now it's happened again...
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
3M, I think she maybe going with the people kill people logic, that I too was going with.
KDwxgirl KDwxgirl 9 years
Okay, let's say there were no anti-gun legislation in Illinois, and it was perfectly legal to carry a handgun onto the NIU campus. Who is seriously going to carry a gun to oceanography class? When you were in college, would you have strapped on a holster every day? And what is being reported is that he bought the shotgun legally in Champaign, just like anyone who was going hunting or wanted one for home protection would have. There was no good reason for anyone not to sell him a gun. So both sides of this argument, pro- and anti- gun control, are moot points.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
creepster, and probably because he was off his meds. sadness all around.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Why do people seem to think it is the guns that are killing these innocent people? The second amendment is there to protect us, and I am not giving up my right. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the families.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
"To politicize this too quickly" - I don't believe discussing gun policy is jumping to politicize too quickly. This situation has been occurring over and over again for years, so it's like this is a single incident and people are now looking to ban guns, but guns were involved and thus they will be discussed. "In the end though, this has NOTHING to do with guns or any other weapon." - You can not say this has NOTHING to do with guns as guns were involved. If he used a pencil instead, a person might be slightly injured, if a knife, possibly one or two people, not the extent of injuries there are. I am not big on quick or obnoxious gun laws, but it is quite insane to say that guns had nothing to do with this event.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
It really irks me that as soon as tragedies like this happen, everyone is all over the guns. The pundits interview experts on both sides - pro gun and anti gun - and everyone copes by throwing their two cents in. I think we all need to keep our eye on the ball here. People were injured, people were killed, families destroyed, lives changed forever. To politicize this too quickly is like Charlton Heston in Dever shortly after Columbine shouting, "From my cold dead hands!" Even if you agree, it leaves (or at least SHOULD leave) a bad taste. Of course the lessons we learn from the motivation for the shooting and how the weapons were obtained can be used to tweak laws and perhaps make it more difficult for this to happen again. For example, VA Tech brought to light the mental illness issue in federal background checks. In the end though, this has NOTHING to do with guns or any other weapon. There is something seriously wrong that things like this keep happening. It's no longer some fringe wackadoodle, it's the kid sitting next to you in class. To blame this phenomenon on one thing is ridiculous.
foxie foxie 9 years
If you outlaw guns, then only the outlaws will have guns. Sounds like a real barrel-of-monkeys.
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