Monday, August 15, 2005

The Tragedy of War at Home

Earlier today I was browsing the news and saw a headline on MSNBC about a Marine arrested for opening fire on a crowd. I clicked on a different headline and when I clicked back to check that one, it was gone (hmmm)... Hat tip to Tay Tay on DU for posting this story about a "Marine of the Year" who opened fire on a small crowd last night in Lawrence, MA.

Decorated Marine opened fire on noisy crowd

A man who was named "Marine of the Year" last month for his service in Iraq injured two people when he fired a shotgun from his apartment window at a group of revelers leaving a night club, police said.

A 15-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man were injured by bullet fragments when Daniel Cotnoir, 33, of Lawrence, allegedly fired a bullet at the crowd outside his second-floor apartment early Saturday.

Minutes before the shooting, Cotnoir called police to complain about the noise coming from the street around 2:50 a.m., The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune reported.

Cotnoir, whose wife and two daughters were home at the time of the shooting, later told police he feared for his family's safety because someone threw an empty juice bottle through his bedroom window.

Cotnoir was arrested and held on $100,000 bail. He was to be arraigned Monday in Lawrence District Court on attempted murder charges.

Clearly, Daniel Cotnoir needs help. "Cotnoir, now a Marine reservist, was a military mortician in Iraq. During his deployment last year, he was responsible for preparing soldiers for open-casket funerals."

The article notes that in an interview last month with the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, "Cotnoir said the job took a heavy psychological toll. At the time, he was getting counseling at a veterans hospital in Bedford."

We can only begin to imagine the horrors that Daniel Cotnoir experienced in Iraq. I have a dear friend who recently explained to me the duty's of Marine "Bone Detail", when he served in Vietnam.

This highlights yet another view of the tragedy of the Iraq war striking here at home. While Cindy Sheehan
continues her vigil outside of Bush's Crawford ranch, others across the country struggle daily with assimilating back into daily lives after serving in Iraq. We need to do more to help these people. We need to bring the troops home.

Daniel Cotnoir was honored by John Kerry for receiving the "Marine of the Year"
award on July 14th.


Anonymous Kimberly said...

I can tell you myself the kind of man Sargeant Cotnoir is. He is what everyother man strives to be. Strong, vallant, heroic, and most of all compassionate. There are so many elements that lead up to the events that night. Where was the response to the call that Sargeant Cotnoir had made? Why was there a crowd of people out partying at 3:00 a.m.? This is a large city here, was anyone on duty? They sure came running when these so called peaceful partygoers called to say shots had been fired.... The city NOW says they will look into the clubs closing times more closly, maybe place police there to dufuse the crowds. Well it only took 7 years of complaints and a decorated war hero in shackels to get them all to wake up. This Marine deserves nothing but our undying respect.

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