A musician appeals for Dayton victims

A musician appeals for Dayton victims


norman lebrecht

August 08, 2019

From Katinka Kleijn of the International Contemporary Ensemble:

My dear colleague Brandon George lost his cousin in the Dayton shootings. These beautiful children, one a newborn, are left without their mother. Please help if you can and please support common sense gun laws.

One of the victims, Lois Oglesby, 27, is the daughter of LaSandra J., who has worked for MVCAP for almost 23 years.

Lois leaves behind two children, a newborn and six year old. Our agency is collecting for the family, not only for funeral costs, but for the long-term care of the children.

You can donate: through our agency Facebook donate button, through PayPal, or by mailing a check to the agency, made out to the agency: Miami Valley Community Action Partnership 719 S. Main St. 45402 on any memo portion please note: F.B.O (for the benefit of) Lois Oglesby Family.

(Please be cautious of any fundraising sites. This fundraiser is approved and with permission of the family.)



  • Der Ongakumann says:

    “…please support common sense gun laws.”

    I do because I support the current laws that are in place.

    • Das Ongakumädchen says:

      If the laws currently in place are sufficient, why are tens of thousands of innocent people getting shot every year? You do realize this is only in the U. S., because the gun lobby controls Republican members of Congress. You’re their uneducated, fearful base.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      “Many Americans can buy a gun in less than an hour. In some countries, the process takes months.”
      No other developed country has such lax laws. Other developed countries have a fraction of the US rate of gun deaths.



      “Stringent gun permit laws may contribute to a drop in the gun suicide rate, according to a [2015] study by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. The study contrasted the gun policies and gun suicide rates in Connecticut and Missouri.

      In 1995, Connecticut began requiring people to pass a background check and 8 hours of gun safety training before they could purchase a handgun. According to the study, Connecticut’s gun law resulted in a 15.4 percent drop in suicides by a firearm in the ten years after the law was enacted.

      Contrast those numbers with Missouri, where gun suicides jumped 16.1 percent after 2007, when the state repealed a 1921 law that required people to apply in person for a gun permit at their local sheriff’s office.”


    • Joe says:

      Ah, I see we’re up to 249 gun nuts reading this blog! No possible way. Even most NRA members support universal background checks. Maybe it’s someone trying to foment discord. For the rest of the world–Americans really aren’t divided over this issue. The votes here are ridiculous.

  • One who resists says:

    These votes are not legit. I watched this happen. This post sat here, chugging along with a few readers, and suddenly–BAM! 143 thumbs up on the first comment. We’re supposed to believe that within an hour, more than a hundred people read and voted favorably on a comment that had thus far received only thumbs down.

    It looks like SD attracted the attention of bots. Attempting to fool SD readers with fake votes doesn’t strengthen the pro-gun position. It just lets us know we got under your skin and you’re trying to mess with us.

    No need to worry, Der Ongakumann, #MoscowMitch won’t let anything come to the floor for a vote. Maybe we can start calling him #MassacreMitch?

  • Sharon says:

    I know that New York City is one of the safest US cities with regard to violent crime per capita. I believe strongly that it is due to gun control. Is it impossible to obtain guns in New York City? No. But because they are less available people are less likely to use them. Indeed, this is true for all non addictive items.

    When I travel to other US cities and see gun shops advertising on public buses I am shocked.

    When the government wanted to reduce smoking it started restricting tobacco usage through various means. Now we have changed the culture on smoking in this country. We could do the same with guns if people have the will. And we SHOULD have the will– this is a matter of life and death