Rogucki twins cry for slain mom as gun industry continues to recklessly pursue profits
Since the shooting, the 2-year-old Rogucki twins have awakened each morning crying out for their murdered mother.
"They wake up ... saying, 'Mommy!'" their 19-year-old brother, Lorenzo Rogucki, reported.
"I hear them screaming my mother's name."
The twins were still sleeping at 10:30 a.m. Monday and not a sound came from the family's first-floor apartment in Coney Island as I spoke outside with the oldest of Victoria Rogucki's seven children.
"They know, but they don't know know," Lorenzo said of the twins. "They know their mother is not there in the morning."
To the right of the door stood a big floral display that his 9-year-old brother's Little League team sent to their mother's funeral on Friday. Abie Rogucki is a star pitcher.
"He hasn't been going to a lot of games lately," Lorenzo said. "My mother used to take him to all the baseball games. She came home, she knew how many strikes he had, how many hits he had."
"She was a mom. A real mother."
He looked across the small courtyard to where she had fallen after being struck by two of a flurry of bullets on June 9.
"My mom was right there," he said. "I was like 'Mom!'"
Lorenzo told me he got into a fight earlier in the day and his vanquished opponent had returned for a rematch.
His mother had come out to see what was causing all the commotion as one of the opponent's friends, identified by police as 29-year-old Isa Johnson, pulled a gun and started firing.
In an added twist, police say the others who had guns included the murdered woman's 17-year-old son, Ishmel Rogucki. He has been in custody since the night of the shooting and missed his mother's funeral. The grand jury's finding is pending.
"I just wish it was a dream," Lorenzo said.
He went back into the apartment. The twins, Jordan and Jayden, would soon be waking.
I gazed down to where the mother's lifeblood had seeped onto the pavement, and then across Surf Ave., to the Boardwalk, the beach and the water.
The seashore these days brings thoughts of the big oil spill down South, whose root cause is corporate greed, a reckless disregard for the welfare of others for the sake of making a few more dollars.
Corporate greed is also a major factor in the continuing blood spill at shootings across the country, too many here in New York. The leading voice against effective gun control is the NRA, which is a tool of the gun industry.
The primary goal of the gun industry is the same as that of the oil industry: to make money. The NRA's primary goal is to protect the gun industry's profits, however much blood is spilled.
And what profits they are!
One high-end manufacturer, Glock, revealed in a 1994 patent lawsuit that it rakes in 68% profit on each weapon.
BP had a net profit margin before the oil spill of 8.32%.
Google reports only 25%.
Meanwhile, the Rogucki twins cry out each morning.