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Delaware courthouse bloodshed unnerves folks; extends guns debate

Of course, we're giving you continuing coverage of the shootings at the courthouse in downtown Wilmington -- apparently the very public bloody end to a domestic, extended family dispute.

It's significant to note the carnage occurred in the area BEFORE the metal detectors. No doubt some thought will be given to moving the metal detector zone closer to the front door.

And the sides in our never-ending gun debate are so entrenched, the predictable reactions have been registered on blogs: From the Right, that the presence of armed security may have minimized the carnage (assuming the gunman didn't shoot himself in the end); from the Left, that this entire episode underscores a gun culture where too many people - including some mentally impaired people - have weapons.

Look at the comments on these Delaware blogs:

Delaware Politics (Conservative):


Delaware Liberal:


Posted at 1:18pm on February 11, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 3:04pm
This tragedy is a textbook illustration of how it's too easy for people to get guns.

The shooter in this case had been imprisoned on kidnapping charges, had a long, simmering domestic dispute with his estranged wife --- yet he was able to obtain a gun and kill two people, plus wounding two security personnel (who were saved by their bullet proof vests).

The progressives, for the most part, do not disagree with the notion that security guards need weapons to provide security. The progressive view is simply that those who are a threat to society (criminals and the mentally unstable) find it so easy to get guns.

If we had the gun background check that Obama is pushing for, the suspect in this Wilmington shooting would've never had the firepower to kill two people and wound two more. Let's pass the background check legislation before any more lives are lost.

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 3:20pm
If it weren't for the NRA, these people would still be alive. These officers would not have been shot...

The NRA will never take responsibility. It is time for all citizens to vociferously demand their politicians disregard everything the NRA says or does and vote what necessity demands. After all, no one cares what Krusty the clown says on the Simpsons' animated Fox Network show. Put the NRA in the same boat.

These guns were bought in a gun show without a background check. There is no way this felon could have gotten guns through a federal background check... He was already certified to be nuts.

Brush the NRA off like a gnat. They are worthless and a bane to modern society.

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 3:46pm

So first the News Journal reported that the shooter was the ex-optometrist involved in a custody battle with his estranged wife.

Then, just a few hours later, the News Journal comes back and says the shooter was the FATHER of the ex-optometrist.

Now, WDEL is reporting that the shooter hasn't been identified.

What gives? There's something wrong with the information pipeline here!

Allan Loudell
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 5:07pm
That's why we're holding back: Too much contradictory info.

Allan Loudell

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 5:31pm
I too got confused because the father and son had the same name. I think the announcement's holdup is over the identity of one of the victims, apparently a bystander, who had empty pockets to facilitate getting through metal detectors.... Next of kin must be notified before any announcement can be made and finding them has been difficult.

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 6:46pm
This event just gives the members of the Left another excuse to further advance their attack on the Second Amendment, which if they succeed at their goal, then nobody will be safe because only criminals and the criminally-insane will have guns.

My condolences to the victims' families.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 6:48pm
Teatime and Kavips: Well said.

Allan, who are the Capitol Police? This isn't Dover. Shouldn't that be city, county, or state police?

Heard Melanie Armstrong's feed on CBS at 1 p.m. and WDEL being mentioned. Sad it's for this type of story.

There's seems to be a bunch of contradictory info.

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 6:58pm
I've been advised that Thomas Matusiewicz, the shooter, was a retired Hare's Corner post office employee, who worked as a maintenance mechanic and retired 7 or 8 years ago.

When the maintenance manager showed me his picture, I did recognize him although I never personally had any interaction with him.

Allan Loudell
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 7:32pm
Mike from Delaware...

The Capitol Police handle security for state-owned properties in all three counties and for all branches of government (executive, legislative, & yes, judicial), including security screening & patrol services.

So yes, they would have first jurisdiction, although now, other law-enforcement has joined in since the Capitol Police don't ordinarily investigate crimes of this kind.

In this unique case, the shootings "count" as having occurred within the City of Wilmington, but outside the normal jurisdiction of the Wilmington Police Department.

Allan Loudell

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 10:01pm
Thanks Allan for the clarification.

Tue, Feb 12, 2013 9:31am
One thing that I didn't see or hear reported is where is the father; and are the children safe? Obviously, the kid's father and grandmother conspired to kidnap the kids, so I wouldn't put anything past this lunatic family.

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