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Colt Suspends Production Of AR-15 Rifles For Consumers
The Topline: Gun maker Colt announced Thursday that it will stop producing rifles for the consumer market due to weak demand but the move comes as scrutiny mounts over its popular AR-15 gun and its use in several mass shooting incidents.

Colt insisted the move was due to fluctuations in the U.S. gun market despite the national debate about gun control saying in a statement that the company was still “committed to the Second Amendment.”
The West Hartford, Connecticut-based company said it will still produce rifles for the police and military contracts and will sell handguns in the consumer market.
The Colt's AR-15 was the first semiautomatic version of the M-16 assault rifle sold to civilians and after Colt's patents expired the term AR-15 became a generic descriptor for other similar rifles sold by other gun makers.
AR-15 style rifles were used in Parkland, Florida, Pulse Nightclub and the Sandy Hook mass shootings.
Adam Winkler, a gun policy expert, told the Associated Press that with the decision was probably linked to internal company issues; Colt filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015, blaming excessive debt and the loss of military contracts.
AR-15  guns  massacre  solution 
25 days ago by Quercki
Four Mass Shootings Have Been Thwarted Since the El Paso Massacre, Authorities Say – Mother Jones
All four individuals arrested since El Paso for allegedly plotting mass shootings were heavily armed young white men. At least three of the four appeared to harbor hateful far-right views, especially toward Jewish, African American, and LGBTQ people.
massacre  White  supremacy  solution  2019 
7 weeks ago by Quercki
Memo reveals a House Republican strategy on shootings: downplay white nationalism, blame left | Tampa Bay Times
Congressional Republicans recently circulated talking points on gun violence that falsely described the El Paso massacre and other mass shootings as “violence from the left.”

A document obtained by the Tampa Bay Times and sent by House Republicans provides a framework for how to respond to anticipated questions like, “Why won’t you pass legislation to close the ‘gun show loophole’ in federal law?” and “Why shouldn’t we ban high-capacity magazines?" The answers are boilerplate Republican arguments against tougher gun restrictions.

But it also included this question: “Do you believe white nationalism is driving more mass shootings recently?” The suggested response is to steer the conversation away from white nationalism to an argument that implies both sides are to blame.
gun  control  massacre  GOP  points  exposed  White  supremacy 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
Common red flag in gunmen is anger toward women - Marin Independent Journal
The man who shot nine people to death last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, seethed at female classmates and threatened them with violence.

The man who massacred 49 people in an Orlando nightclub in 2016 beat his wife while she was pregnant, she told authorities.

The man who killed 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in 2017 had been convicted of domestic violence. His ex-wife said he once told her that he could bury her body where no one would ever find it.

The motivations of men who commit mass shootings are often muddled, complex or unknown. But one common thread that connects many of them — other than access to powerful firearms — is a history of hating women, assaulting wives, girlfriends and female family members, or sharing misogynistic views online, researchers say.

As the nation grapples with last weekend’s mass shootings and debates new red-flag laws and tighter background checks, some gun control advocates say the role of misogyny in these attacks should be considered in efforts to prevent them.

The fact that mass shootings are almost exclusively perpetrated by men is “missing from the national conversation,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom of California on Monday. “Why does it have to be, why is it men, dominantly, always?”
misogyny  massacre  murder  guns  data 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Classmate Says Dayton Shooter Connor Betts Targeted Her in High School: ‘We Predicted He Would Do This’
Jessica Masseth was months into her sophomore year at Bellbrook High School in Ohio when she started getting disturbing text messages from a freshman named Connor Betts.

Betts texted that Masseth was on his “rape list,” describing in detail “what he wanted to do” to her, she said—even sending her the list of all of his proposed victims to prove she wasn’t the only one.

Finally, Masseth said she had enough and went to the police.

“I was not surprised at all when I heard his name on the news yesterday,” she said. “We predicted he would do this 10 years ago.”
Police said they do not have a motive for Betts’ deadly rampage, but Masseth, other classmates, and ex-girlfriends said he expressed violent attitudes going back a decade.
Police said Betts arrived in Dayton’s downtown entertainment district Saturday night in his father’s car with with his younger sister, Megan, and a male acquaintance. Betts fatally shot his sister and wounded the acquaintance, who survived, police said. The acquaintance is not suspected to have played a role in the attack, officials say.
massacre  domestic_violence  warning  ignored  rape  police  baffled  sister 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
École Polytechnique, Montréal: Remember the 14
n Dec. 6, 1989, the country was forever changed. Fourteen women died at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, killed simply because they were women. They were brilliant students, creative thinkers, beloved sisters, cherished daughters.

Their lives, cut short, became the source of sorrow for a nation.

Their deaths sparked a movement that took direct aim at violence hidden in the shadows for too long. These are the stories of the 14 women, 13 students and one university employee, who lost their lives.

Select a photo below to read more about the victims.
Montreal  women  engineer  murder  massacre  1989 
december 2018 by Quercki
In the United States, right-wing violence is on the rise - The Washington Post
Over the past decade, attackers motivated by right-wing political ideologies have committed dozens of shootings, bombings and other acts of violence, far more than any other category of domestic extremist, according to a Washington Post analysis of data on global terrorism. While the data show a decades-long drop-off in violence by left-wing groups, violence by white supremacists and other far-right attackers has been on the rise since Barack Obama’s presidency — and has surged since President Trump took office.

This year has been especially deadly.Just last month, 13 people died in two incidents: A Kentucky gunman attempted to enter a historically black church, police say, then shot and killed two black patrons in a nearby grocery store. And an anti-Semitic loner who had expressed anger about a caravan of Central American refugees that Trump termed an “invasion” has been charged with gunning down 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the deadliest act of anti-Semitic violence in U.S. history.
violence  massacre  GOP  right-wing  Trump 
november 2018 by Quercki
Chicago Mercy hospital shooting leaves doctor, police officer, pharmacy resident dead - The Washington Post
November 20 at 10:14 AM 2018

CHICAGO — A man showed up at Mercy Hospital on Monday afternoon and opened fire on his former fiancee before turning the gun on others, killing the woman, a police officer and a bystander. The gunman also died at the scene.

The incident, witnesses said, began in the hospital’s parking lot as a domestic argument involving the gunman, identified by police as 32-year-old Juan Lopez, and Tamara O’Neal, a 38-year-old emergency room physician. When a friend attempted to intervene, the gunman lifted his shirt to display a handgun, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.
domestic_violence  massacre 
november 2018 by Quercki
4 Laws That Could Stem the Rising Threat of Mass Shootings - Scientific American
—Require permits to purchase
—Ban individuals convicted of any violent crime from gun purchase
—Make all serious domestic violence offenders surrender firearms
—Temporarily ban active alcohol abusers from firearms
guns  violence  massacre  solution 
november 2018 by Quercki
30 shot over 3-hour span in Chicago, including 11-year-old and at least 11 teens | WGN-TV
Officials said there were ten shooting incidents in a three-hour span in the early hours of Sunday morning alone.
According to police, at least five people were killed and nearly 50 others wounded in shootings in during a 24-hour period from Saturday into Sunday.

"It affects the whole community," Ald. Walter Burnett said. “What can we do? We don’t know what to do.”

The violence included an unheard-of five mass shootings where three or more people were shot. Just after midnight, neighbors left in the street after a block party were targeted in Lawndale. Four were shot, including three teens. Later in Gresham, assailants opened fire on a gathering in a courtyard around 12:30 a.m., wounding eight, including three teens.

During in attempted drive-by shooting in West Humboldt Park just before 1 a.m., four people were injured as someone on the street returned fire and the vehicle crashed. Then around 2:25 a.m., three women standing on a front porch were wounded as two groups of men exchanged gunfire in West Garfield Park.

Then around 2:30 a.m., a group including children and teens were standing on a sidewalk in the Lawndale neighborhood when they were targeted by gunfire. A 17-year-old girl was shot in the face and killed. Five others, including an 11-year-old boy and three teens, were wounded.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the shootings unacceptable, and pledged that the police were doing everything possible to protect all parts of the city.

"We have way too many guns on the street an not enough values," Emanuel said.
Chicago  shooting  massacre 
august 2018 by Quercki
Montreal, December '89
Susannes Folksong-Notizen

[1991:] In December 1989 there was probably the worst or one of the worst incidents of mass murder ever to take place, at the University of Montreal where a young man roamed through the buildings, calling out, 'Bring me the women! I want the women!' In each room he separated the men from the women, and he shot the women. In the end fourteen young women were dead, and he had killed himself.

A couple of days after, the parents of nine of these young women agreed to bring their daughters' coffins back to the university so that anybody who wanted to could come and do whatever they felt was necessary to deal with this horrible thing that had happened in their community. This song is taken from the T.V. news coverage of the vigil of 7,000 people who stood in the snow all day waiting to place flowers and poems and other things on the coffins. This is not a song against men - it's a song against violence. (Judy Small, intro Tønder Festival)

[1996:] Though we have interviewed women [...], our published prison study only involved men. While you find the occasional woman assassin type, you will note that every case of serial murder or lust killing I've mentioned involves a male offender. Our research has shown that virtually all serial killers come from dysfunctional backgrounds of sexual or physical abuse, drugs or alcoholism, or any of the related problems. Women come from these same backgrounds, and if anything, girls are even more subject to abuse and molestation than boys. So why do so few of them grow up to commit the same kinds of crimes as the men? A female serial killer suspect such as Aileen Wuornos, accused of killing men on interstates in Florida, is so rare as to be instantly noteworthy.

For this subject we're on shakier ground, because there simply haven't been the studies to answer this question definitively. As some have speculated, it may be related directly to testosterone levels and otherwise hormonally and chemically based. The only thing we can say with an experiential authority is that women seem to internalize their stressors. Rather than lashing out at others, they tend to punish themselves through such things as alcoholism, drugs, prostitution, and suicide. Some may repeat the psychological or physical abuse within their own families [...]. From a mental health viewpoint, this is very damaging. But the fact remains, women do not kill in the same way or in anywhere remotely near the numbers men do. (Douglas / Olshaker, Mindhunter 356f.)
Judy_Small  Montreal  lyrics  massacre  mass  killing  women  engineer 
july 2018 by Quercki
Mandalay Bay hotel owner sues more than 1000 victims of the Vegas gunman / Boing Boing
The Mandalay Bay hotel was used by Stephen Paddock as a vantage point to slaughter dozens and hurt hundreds more in October 2017's gun massacre on the Las Vegas strip. Now the hotel's owner, MGM Resorts International, is suing his victims—more than 1000 of them—to warn them off trying to hold it in any part responsible.

Las Vegas attorney Robert Eglet, who has represented several Oct. 1 victims, said the grounds of the litigation are “obscure.”

MGM is a Nevada company, so any lawsuits belong in state court, Eglet said. He viewed the decision to file the complaints in federal court as a “blatant display of judge shopping” that “quite frankly verges on unethical.”

“I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like,” he said. “It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level.”

A failing of the corporate mindset is that once lawyers are consulted, their advice is doomed to be followed. PR, your marketing people and your customers could be screaming in your face that what you are going to do is the stupidest thing in the history of free enterprise, a disaster on an untellable scale. But you've paid for the legal advice so by goodness you're gonna follow it!
MGM  Las_Vegas  shooting  massacre  lawsuit 
july 2018 by Quercki
Lawsuits claim MGM has no liability to Las Vegas shooting victims – Las Vegas Review-Journal
MGM Resorts International has filed federal lawsuits against more than 1,000 Las Vegas mass shooting victims in an effort to avoid liability.

The company, which owns Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue, argues that it cannot be held liable for Oct. 1 deaths, injuries or other damages, adding that any claims against MGM parties “must be dismissed,” according to complaints filed Friday in Nevada and California.

“Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants,” the complaints argue.

The company cites a 2002 federal act that extends liability protection to any company that uses “anti-terrorism” technology or services that can “help prevent and respond to mass violence.”

In this case, the company argues, the security vendor MGM hired for Route 91, Contemporary Services Corp., was protected from liability because its services had been certified by the Department of Homeland Security for “protecting against and responding to acts of mass injury and destruction.”

The lawsuits argue that this protection also extends to MGM, since MGM hired the security company.

They do not seek money from the victims but do ask that a judge decide if the 2002 act is applicable, and if so, determine that future civil lawsuits against the company are not viable.
MGM  Las_Vegas  shooting  massacre  lawsuit 
july 2018 by Quercki
Texas Attack: The Link Between Shooters and Domestic Abusers | Time
There is no explanation for a slaughter in a church. A shooter’s mind is an unsolvable riddle: nobody can predict which odd loner will turn out to be a sociopath, or which angry outburst presages a massacre. But in hindsight, there are often red flags, and Devin Patrick Kelley displayed plenty of them. He had mental-health problems, a history of animal cruelty and a domestic-violence conviction that should have prevented him from getting a gun. But he got one anyway. Actually, he got four.

On Nov. 5, Kelley, 26, drove to First Baptist Church in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, where his wife’s family worshipped. He fired an assault-style rifle into a congregation full of children and grandparents, killing 26 people and injuring 20 more. Survivors said he prowled the aisle looking to shoot crying babies as their mothers huddled under the pews. Among the dead: a toddler, a pastor’s daughter, two first-time attendees and an unborn child. It was a massacre that could never have been predicted. But perhaps it could have been prevented.
massacre  guns  misogyny  domestic_violence 
april 2018 by Quercki
Black Marjory Stoneman Douglas students feel overlooked | Miami Herald
Kai worries that police will racially profile students and treat them as “potential criminals,” particularly students of color.

“It’s bad enough we have to return with clear backpacks,” he said. “Should we also return with our hands up?”

Rev. Rosalind Osgood, a Broward County school board member, said Kai’s comments are exactly why black students’ voices need to be elevated. Without this conversation, she said, she would have never thought of that consequence of heightened police staffing.

Osgood, tapped by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to join a state gun violence task force, said the policy created by adults won’t be effective without input from the students it’s meant to protect. She accepted Wasserman-Schultz’ invitation to the panel with the caveat that she could bring her mentee, Stoneman Douglas student Mei-Ling Ho-Shing.

“I don’t want the minority kids to be angry and feel that they’re being ignored,” she said. “I don’t think anybody’s intentionally excluding them, but nobody’s intentionally including them either.”
Parkland  massacre  Black  minority 
march 2018 by Quercki
Parkland Shooting Survivor Threw Up Mid-Speech, Resumed Victorious, and J.K. Rowling Is Without Words
Rowling was cheering senior Sam Fuentes, a Douglas survivor who was shot in both legs, still has shrapnel lodged behind her eye, and is standing today. Fuentes read a poem about crying tears and blood while hiding behind bookcases during the shooting, and asking lawmakers not to “prioritize their guns over the lives of others.”

Midway through, she ducked and threw up; cameras cut away to the crowd; and then she laughed it off and said:

“I just threw up on international television! And it feels great!”

I am smitten.

She resumed the poem and then added that Saturday was also the birthday of victim Nick Dworet, who, she said, was shot before her eyes. She led the crowd in singing happy birthday to her classmate.
Parkland  shooting  massacre  #MarchForOurLives 
march 2018 by Quercki
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was surrounded by cowering "good guys with guns" / Boing Boing
While a shooter rampaged through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, the school's armed cop (who was a Broward County Sheriff's Deputy) and three of his deputy colleagues were hiding behind a police car outside the school.

Earlier reports mentioned that the school cop, Scot Peterson, had resigned when word got out that he'd done nothing to stop the shooter; but it turns out that it wasn't just him -- literally every "good guy with a gun" at the school hid quietly while the shooter murdered 17 people and injured 15 others.
guns  massacre  NRA  fail 
february 2018 by Quercki
'He Never Went In': BSO Suspends Officer Who Was at Parkland Shooting - NBC 6 South Florida
"After seeing video and witness statements, and Peterson's own statement, I decided this morning ... to suspend Scot Peterson without pay pending an internal investigation," Israel said, adding that Peterson chose to then resign and retire.
When asked what Peterson should have done during the shooting, Israel said he should have "went in, addressed the killer and killed" him.
"Our main goal at this point, absent of helping these families heal and keeping our schools safe, is making sure this killer receives the justice he deserves," Israel previously said.
'Cowardly Killer': BSO Sheriff Discusses Parkland Tragedy
In 2014, the Broward County Crime Commission awarded Peterson with the title of School Resource Officer of the Year for the City of Parkland District.
The group said Peterson proved "to be reliable in handling issues with tact and judgment."
Israel also addressed previous calls BSO received related to the gunman. Two other officers who previously responded to one of the calls related to Cruz have been placed on restrictive duty.
schools  shooting  massacre  guns 
february 2018 by Quercki
Parkland shooting: Armed deputy stayed outside school while mass killing took place - The Washington Post
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday.

Israel said he suspended School Resource Deputy Scot Peterson on Thursday after seeing a video from the Parkland, Fla., school that showed Peterson outside the school building where the shooter was inside and attacking.

“What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of Building 12, take up a position, and never went in,” Israel said.
schools  shooting  massacre  guns 
february 2018 by Quercki
Here's the Emma Gonzalez full speech from the anti-gun rally - HelloGiggles
And in this case if you actively do nothing, people continually end up dead, so it’s time to start doing something.

We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we’re going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America, but because, just as David said, we are going to be the last mass shooting. Just like Tinker v. Des Moines, we are going to change the law. That’s going to be Marjory Stoneman Douglas in that textbook and it’s going to be due to the tireless effort of the school board, the faculty members, the family members and most of all the students. The students who are dead, the students still in the hospital, the student now suffering PTSD, the students who had panic attacks during the vigil because the helicopters would not leave us alone, hovering over the school for 24 hours a day.
schools  massacre  gun  control  solution 
february 2018 by Quercki
The Myth That Mental Illness Causes Mass Shootings - Behavioral Scientist
there is no evidence that Stephen Paddock was any of those things. He had no history of mental illness. He had no criminal record. He was a successful businessman. Relatives and people who know him are in disbelief. Paddock’s father was a notorious bank robber, but the two men never met, and if Paddock inherited violent tendencies from his father genetically, they never manifested until now.

We may never know what motivated Paddock or whether he had a mental illness. However, if we expand out from this specific incident and consider gun violence as a whole, research over the last 30 years has consistently shown that Mr. Ryan’s information is incorrect and that diagnosable mental illness does not underlie most gun violence.

In their 2016 edited book Gun Violence and Mental Illness, psychiatrists Liza Gold and Robert Simon summarize the evidence debunking the myth that mental illness is a leading cause of gun violence. As they report, less than 5% of shootings are committed by people with a diagnosable mental illness.
debunk  mental  illness  gun  massacre 
february 2018 by Quercki
150,000 American Students Have Experienced a School Shooting. They Are Our Best Hope.
In 1996, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn't Had a Mass Shooting Since.
Violent crime and gun-related deaths did not come to an end in Australia, of course. But as the Washington Post’s Wonkblog pointed out in August, homicides by firearm plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006, with no corresponding increase in non-firearm-related homicides. The drop in suicides by gun was even steeper: 65 percent. Studies found a close correlation between the sharp declines and the gun buybacks. Robberies involving a firearm also dropped significantly. Meanwhile, home invasions did not increase, contrary to fears that firearm ownership is needed to deter such crimes. But here’s the most stunning statistic. In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, there had been 11 mass shootings in the country. There hasn’t been a single one in Australia since.
Australia  gun  control  massacre  murder  shooting  guns  suicide 
february 2018 by Quercki
Have your representatives in Congress received donations from the NRA? - Washington Post
Have your representatives
in Congress received
donations from the NRA?
Since 1998, the National Rifle Association has donated $4.23 million to current members of Congress. Explore below to see how much money has been donated to members of Congress in your state.

By Aaron Williams
Updated Oct. 5, 2017
gun  violence  massacre  murder  shooting  congress 
february 2018 by Quercki
Las Vegas Is Only the Deadliest Shooting in US History Because Black Lives Aren’t Counted
There are countless incidents in which black and brown people were killed in incidents far worse than what happened in Vegas. Here are some of them:

The Bombing of Black Wall Street

On June 1, 1921, white rioters looted and burned the black area of Tulsa, Okla., known as Black Wall Street. ...
There is no official death toll, but most historians agree that the count was around 250, because many African Americans were buried in mass graves, while others fled the city. No one was ever convicted of a single crime.
The Bloody Island Massacre

In the mid-1800s, Charles Stone and Andre Kelsey began enslaving the Native American Pomo of Clearlake, Calif. They forced the Pomo to bring them their daughters for sexual pleasure. They killed the Pomo for trying to escape. ...
When they found members of the Pomo tribe hiding on Bloody Island, near Clearlake, they slaughtered 60 of the island’s 400 inhabitants. On their way back, they killed another 75 on the Russia River for good measure.
Las_Vegas  massacre  terrorism  history  racism 
november 2017 by Quercki
Tehama shooting is deadly evidence that California needs to reform its bail system - LA Times
The gunman who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Tehama County on Monday apparently had been out on bail after being charged with stabbing a neighbor — an aspect of the grisly crime that underscores a huge but little discussed problem with money bail systems like California’s.

The argument for bail reform is generally couched in terms of justice for people accused of nonviolent crimes who are kept locked up before trial because they don’t have enough money to post bail. The risk that they will flee or commit new crimes might be infinitesimal, but under our bail system, that doesn’t matter. No money, no release.


Alleged killer Kevin Neal’s rampage may illustrate a stronger point: Just having bail money, or being able to raise it, shouldn’t be enough to secure the release of a person who is suspected of a violent crime, has a reputation of being somewhat unhinged and has a house full of weapons.
bail  guns  massacre 
november 2017 by Quercki
What Keeps Happening? White Men With Guns | Bitch Media
Columbine. Virginia Tech. Colorado Springs. Sandy Hook. Aurora, Colorado. Isla Vista, California, Roseburg, Oregon. Orlando. Too many cities in the United States are now indelibly associated with the mass shootings that have become, perhaps more than anything else, a hallmark of life in America. A tweet from journalist Dan Hodges—“In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over”—and the Onion article titled “‘No Way to Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens” surface each time, as chilling as they were the first time. 

Since the devastating day five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary, the nonprofit database Gun Violence Archive estimates that there have been at least 1,518 mass shootings that left at least 1,715 people dead and 6,089 wounded. Repeat: That’s in just the last five years. And this is happening at the same time that Congressional funding for research on gun violence as a cause of death has stalled out. And we all know why that is.
massacre  links  media  white  men  guns  murder  shooting  Las_Vegas  **** 
october 2017 by Quercki
The Right To Bear Arms vs Everything | hoodfeminism
We know the red flags already for these incidents. History of domestic violence? No weapons for you for 5 years. Mandatory therapy & testing. Note, current law requires a conviction, but most cases of intimate partner violence don’t result in even misdemeanor convictions that would trigger the lifetime ban. For every “I would never give up my gun.” person spouting off? You’re part of the problem. You help normalize mass violence because you make it so easy for the tools to commit it to be accessed.
gun  violence  massacre  prevention  control  ** 
october 2017 by Quercki
Stephen Paddock Is a White Male Mass Shooter. That Makes Him Typical.
Stephen Paddock was an angry white man with a gun. Robert Lewis Dear, who killed three people and injured nine at a Colorado Planned Parenthood, was an angry white man with a gun. Dylann Roof, who killed nine people and injured one at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, was an angry white man with a gun. Adam Lanza, who killed 28 people including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary, was an angry white man with a gun. Hell, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed 15 people and injured 24 at Columbine High School, were two angry white boys with guns. The Columbine massacre, which sparked a national conversation about the need for better gun control, was in 1999. It’s been 18 years of angry white men with guns appearing next to ever-more-enormous body counts, every few weeks, ever since.

Sure, there are outliers. Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded 58 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was an angry non-white man with a gun. James Alex Fields, who is charged with killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others at a white supremacist counter-rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was an angry white man with a car. But as a general rule, if you check three out of four boxes on the “angry/white/man/gun” list, you do, indeed, fit the stereotypical profile of a mass shooter. The question is why so many of us refuse to see that.
massacre  anger  White  men  gun 
october 2017 by Quercki
Thoughts on Vegas, and Why Men Keep Doing This – Be Yourself
Whatever the case, these factors about mass shooters are often true:
They are deeply lonely. They have no significant friendships to rely on, and very few quality people to confide in.
They experienced ongoing play deprivation. Their innate ability was crippled, and they struggle to maintain a healthy emotional connection with themselves and others.
They are deeply ashamed. They experienced extreme ridicule, rejection, or humiliation.
Are there other factors at play here?
Absolutely. Mass shootings are complex, and so are people. They don’t fit perfectly into our narratives.
massacre  Las_Vegas 
october 2017 by Quercki
Australia enacted strict gun control laws after a horrific mass shooting in 1996. It worked.
On April 28, 1996, a gunman opened fire on tourists in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania. By the time he was finished, he had killed 35 people and wounded 23 more. It was the worst mass murder in Australia’s history.

Twelve days later, Australia’s government did something remarkable. Led by newly elected conservative Prime Minister John Howard, it announced a bipartisan deal with state and local governments to enact sweeping gun-control measures. A decade and a half hence, the results of these policy changes are clear: They worked really, really well.

At the heart of the push was a massive buyback of more than 600,000 semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, or about one-fifth of all firearms in circulation in Australia. The country’s new gun laws prohibited private sales, required that all weapons be individually registered to their owners, and required that gun buyers present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the time of the purchase. (Self-defense did not count.) In the wake of the tragedy, polls showed public support for these measures at upwards of 90 percent.
gun  control  massacre  solution  *** 
october 2017 by Quercki
Say No to 'The New Normal' -- Five Things You Can Do About Gun Violence |
1) Change Our Culture
2) Stop Investing in Guns

The Campaign to Unload has done a brilliant job of pressuring large private equity firms, hedge funds and other investors to get out of the business of guns
3) Make Corporations Get Off the Sidelines
4) Make Politicians Uncomfortable
5) Use Your Voice
gun  violence  murder  massacre  howto  solution 
october 2017 by Quercki
America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts - Vox
This chart, compiled using United Nations data collected by Simon Rogers for the Guardian, shows that America far and away leads other developed countries when it comes to gun-related homicides. Why? Extensive reviews of the research by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center suggest the answer is pretty simple: The US is an outlier on gun violence because it has way more guns than other developed nations.
gun  violence  murder  massacre 
october 2017 by Quercki
• U.S.: mass shootings by race 1982-2017 | Statista

The statistic shows the number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and 2017, by race and ethnicity of the shooter(s). Between 1982 and July 2017, 50 out of 90 mass shootings were initiated by White shooters. The Orlando nightclub massacre in 2016 had the highest number of victims between 1982 and 2017, with 49 people killed, and 53 injured.

Additional information on mass shooter profiles in the United States
a look at mass shootings in the United States by gender shows a great majority of mass shootings are carried out by men.
murder  massacre  statistics  graphs 
october 2017 by Quercki
Why the Texas Shooting Is a Deadly Symptom of Male Entitlement and a Gender Issue | Alternet
It’s a sad sign of the collective learned helplessness of Americans when it comes to gun violence that the recent shooting in Plano, Texas — which left nine people dead, including the shooter — has barely registered on the national consciousness. That the murderer was a domestic abuser who was motivated by rage at his wife for leaving him just adds to the collective national shrug. Sure, feminist journalists and bloggers will dutifully note the role that domestic violence plays in mass murders, but beyond that there’s no larger discussion about why so many men get so resentful and angry at women that they lash out, often killing themselves and others in the process.
massacre  murder  domestic_violence  Texas  20170911 
september 2017 by Quercki
The San Bernardino gunman had a history of domestic abuse, like most U.S. mass shooters.
in 57 percent of U.S. mass shootings that occurred between January 2009 and June 2014, the perpetrator killed an intimate partner or family member. (Update, April 12, 2017: This week, Everytown reported an extension of the analysis through the end of last year, showing that the total is 54 percent for the 2009-2016 period.) In other words, the average mass shooter in America is a domestic abuser.

Indeed, the world has gotten used to hearing from the U.S. that the shooter had a history of violence against women after yet another horrifying shooting spree. Cho Seung-Hui, the Virginia Tech shooter, was investigated for stalking two female students. Elliot Roger, who killed six people in Isla Vista, California, in 2014, tried to shove several women off a 10-foot ledge at a party and claimed in a “manifesto” that his violence was part of his “war on women.” Esteban Santiago, who killed five people in the Fort Lauderdale airport in January, was charged with assault and accused of choking his girlfriend in two separate domestic-violence complaints in the year before his mass attack. Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people and injured 53 at the Pulse gay club in Orlando last summer, reportedly physically abused and falsely imprisoned his ex-wife, Sitora Yusifiy. As Rolling Stone pointed out soon after the massacre, news outlets’ claim that Matten had “no record of previous hate crimes” betrayed a very narrow definition of hate crime—when men abuse their wives, girlfriends, and exes, the violence is inherently misogynist.
domestic_violence  misogyny  massacre  murder  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
A Brief History of Female Rampage Killers - VICE
While news about the motive for Sunday's lunchtime cop-killing rampage in Las Vegas paints the two shooters as deranged, right-wing racists, that kind of early speculation has been way wrong in the past. One detail that's consistent across all reports, however, is that the perpetrators in this rampage were a man and a woman.

While it can't be said that the first post–Elliot Rodger killing spree had a female perpetrator—killing sprees are just too common for that—the fact that one of these killers wasn't a dude makes for at least an interesting footnote.

If you're a men's rights advocate, I'd advise strongly against starting some kind of #SeeIToldYouNotAllMen hashtag. Instead, maybe look into the history of why and when women snap and get all murdery. Who knows, you just might relate to them the way you related to Rodger.

I. Vehicular Homicide

While we shouldn't forget the carnage men, including Elliot Rodger himself, so often create with well-aimed automobiles, it's still worth noting that out of the handful of female spree killers, cars were the weapon of choice for two, and the body counts were shockingly high in both cases:
female  mass  murder  massacre  killing  woman 
february 2017 by Quercki
White Terrorists Kill More Americans than Jihadists
While Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are using the Brussels attack to foment Islamophobia amongst their respective bases, it’s important to note that white terrorists have killed more Americans on U.S. soil than Muslim terrorists since the 9/11 attacks.

The New America Foundation (NAF), a think tank funded by prominent universities and foundations, has been keeping track of all terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11, and found that not only have white terrorists killed more Americans than jihadists, but attacks by white terrorists are also twice as frequent, with 18 homegrown terror attacks between 2004 and 2015, and just 9 terror attacks rooted in Islamic extremist ideology.
White  terrorism  massacre  facts  islam 
february 2017 by Quercki
Top 20 Evil Bible Stories
11. A tribe slaughtered and their virgins raped for not showing up at roll call.
In Judges 21:1-23, a tribe of Israelites misses roll call, so the other Israelites kill them all except for the virgins, which they take for themselves. Still not happy, they hide in vineyards and pounce on dancing women from Shiloh to take them for themselves.

12. 3,000 crushed to death.
In Judges 16:27-30, God gives Samson strength to bring down a building to crush 3,000 members of a rival tribe.

13. A concubine raped and dismembered.
In Judges 19:22-29, a mob demands to rape a godly master’s guest. The master offers his daughter and a concubine to them instead. They take the concubine and gang-rape her all night. The master finds her on his doorstep in the morning, cuts her into 12 pieces, and ships the pieces around the country.

14. Child sacrifice.
In Judges 11:30-39, Jephthah burns his daughter alive as a sacrificial offering for God’s favor in killing the Ammonites.
God  evil  death  massacre  child  sacrifice  Christian  Jewish 
august 2016 by Quercki
The Right-Wing Doesn’t Want to Talk About Christian Atrocities, So Let’s Talk About Christian Atrocities
The right-wing’s been freaking about Obama bringing up the crusades and the Inquisition, to show that Christianity doesn’t have a blood-free history. Whether it’s posting videos with skewed definitions of the Crusades or claiming Islam is still worse because reasons, they’re in a blind rush to defend the tribe and, in the process, they’re not orchestrating a very effective defense.

History is full of atrocities committed by Christians for Christ, against not just other religions but against Christians themselves. Let’s take a look at some of them, shall we?

11. Central African Republic Genocide (2012 – Present)
Christian  genocide  massacre  murder  terrorism 
august 2016 by Quercki
It's Time To Recognize What Many Mass Murderers Share In Common
In the U.S., most mass shootings are related to domestic violence. Last year, Everytown for Gun Safety examined five years’ worth of data on shootings in which at least four people were killed with a gun (a common definition of mass shootings), and found that in 57 percent of the attacks, the perpetrator targeted either a family member or an intimate partner.

These acts of carnage, in general, do not make front-page news. They might not seem as scary to the public, because they don’t involve random targets or typically occur in public places. But it’s important to recognize that in these shootings, the victims are predominantly women and children.
massacre  domestic_violence 
july 2016 by Quercki
One group is responsible for America’s culture of violence, and it isn’t cops, black Americans, Muslims or rednecks. It’s men - LA Times
When you look at the numbers, one thing emerges over and over: Violent female offenders are unlikely to kill people they don’t know. Most mass shootings are committed against strangers, although there are notable exceptions, such as in San Bernardino. When women commit murder, their victim is a stranger only 7% of the time. When men commit murder, their victim is a stranger 25% of the time.

If women are less likely to kill strangers, could increasing the number of women on the police force reduce officer-involved killings? A 2002 study by the National Center for Women and Policing shows that, although women comprise 12.7% of sworn police personnel in urban centers, only 5% of citizen complaints for excessive force involve female police officers. The average male officer is two to three times more likely to be named in an excessive force complaint.

“That was nearly 15 years ago,” you may say. “Let’s see some newer data on the role of gender in policing.” I agree. You might also wonder whether male officers are far more likely than female ones to choose assignments in which drawing a weapon is a real possibility. 

It’s a significantly under-studied area
murder  massacre  gender  men  women 
july 2016 by Quercki
What Mass Killers Really Have in Common -- The Cut
But if Trump and Gingrich are truly looking to stem terrorism and mass violence of the sort that happened in Nice, they might do better to look to a different kind of litmus test: domestic violence and grievances against women. Early reports suggest that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who drove a rented truck through a crowd of Bastille Day revelers on Thursday night, killing more than 80 including at least ten children, may not have been devout, but he did have a criminal record of domestic violence. A neighbor claimed he would “rant about his wife,” who left him two years ago.

This history of domestic violence puts Bouhlel in the horrific company of many mass murderers. Omar Mateen, who last month killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay club, had an extensive history of domestic abuse.
massacre  domestic_violence  misogyny  men 
july 2016 by Quercki
Was The Murder Of California Indians A Genocide Or Tragedy?
An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873, by Benjamin Madley and just published by Yale University Press, is the latest installment in an on-going controversy stretching back decades. The facts of the events are not in dispute.

Between 1846 and 1873, the first 27 years that California belonged to the U.S., the Indian population in California went from 150,000 to 30,000, an 80% decline. In the 1880 census, there were 16,277 Indians. The preeminent historian of California, Kevin Starr, wrote in California: A History, “60 percent of the deaths [were] attributable to disease, the rest to murder.” (He adds that already California Indians “had been reduced by 90 percent since the arrival of the Spanish.”)

Madley quotes Indian Affairs commissioner John Collier from 1935, “The world’s annals contain few comparable instances of swift depopulation - practically, of racial massacre - at the hands of a conquering race.” The murders were committed by, among others, the army, ranchers, volunteer militias (roving death squads), and bounty hunters who were paid for Indian heads and scalps. (There was also a thriving slave trade in women and children.)
California  Native_American  genocide  massacre 
july 2016 by Quercki
In addition, timelines released by several news outlets showed that an armed off-duty Orlando police officer was working at the club, and engaged in a shootout with Mr. Mateen before Mateen entered the nightclub, and that two on-duty officers entered the club within minutes and exchanged gunfire with the shooter, forcing him to retreat to a bathroom.

 But even though some of this information was available within hours of the first reports of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting, it was ignored in many minds because it included facts that conflicted with convenient conclusions already drawn.
news  media  Orlando  bias  guns  massacre 
june 2016 by Quercki
(28) Marlene McCall - This may be familiar to some of you. I'm going to...
1. Require registration, owner licensing, and liability insurance on every single firearm, just like cars. If you sell the gun, you have to tell the government to whom you sold it, just like you notify the DMV when you sell a car, and the new owner has to register it. ...
2. Ban all assault weapons and automatic weapons, under all circumstances. Their purpose is to kill people, lots of people, quickly. Yes, some people will be unhappy. Too bad. These weapons are simply too dangerous. Those unhappy people will have to get their rocks off some other way. How to implement such a prohibition? I'm not sure, but a three-step approach, probably. Outlaw their manufacture and importation as of a certain date. Outlaw their sale a year later, and during that year, implement a buy back program. After they are totally illegal, apply strong criminal penalties against those who manufacture, import, sell, or posses them. Criminal penalties, not civil penalties. There is too much profit in the arms industry for civil penalties to be effective in curtailing the business of those who would continue to operate illegally. Lock them in jail.
3. Require proof of legal gun ownership and a license to operate a gun in order to purchase ammunition. No gun (even an illegal gun) or gun owner (even a person without legal ownership of a gun, or without a license to legally operate a gun) can do harm if they don't have ammunition.
massacre  shooting  guns  solution 
june 2016 by Quercki
The Role Of Toxic Masculinity In Mass Shootings | ThinkProgress
Between 2009 and 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings started with a shooter targeting his girlfriend, wife, or ex-wife. Last year alone, nearly a third of mass shooting deaths were related in some way to domestic violence. And when you look beyond public shootings, the majority of mass shootings in this country actually take place inside the home, as men target the women and children they're intimately related to.
Employing harassment, violence, and coercion against women has long been considered a normal way for men to behave in romantic relationships, as deeply ingrained gender norms teach men that they're entitled to women's bodies. This toxic approach to masculinity has been directly linked to the sense of entitlement that drives many mass shooters to commit their crimes.
men  murder  massacre  domestic_violence 
june 2016 by Quercki
Pulse nightclub shooting: what we know so far about the gunman | US news | The Guardian
Mateen, 29 and from Fort Pierce on Florida’s Treasure Coast, was killed by police after a three-hour standoff. He was a US citizen, born on Long Island, New York, to parents who emigrated from Afghanistan.

Mateen is believed to have voluntarily informed G4S of his contact with the FBI. In 2013, he worked as an armed security guard for a courthouse in Port St Lucie, Florida. His last role with the company, held until his death, was as an unarmed guard of a gated retirement community.

At a press conference in Colorado on Sunday, Sitora Yusifiy recalled her ex-husband’s temper, saying Mateen had beaten her regularly after they were married in Port St Lucie in 2009.

“A few months after we were married I saw his instability, I saw his bipolar, and he would get mad out of nowhere, and that’s when I started worrying about my safety,” Yusifiy said. “Then after a few months he started abusing me physically, very often, and not allowing me to speak to my family, and keeping me hostage from them.”


She said Mateen, whom she divorced in 2011, had aspired to be a police officer and had applied to the police academy. He was “mentally unstable and mentally ill [and] obviously disturbed, deeply, and traumatised”, she said, adding that she had not had contact with him for seven or eight years.

He “did follow religion, he did practice and he had his faith”, Yusifiy said, but he showed “no sign” of radicalism.
Orlando  massacre 
june 2016 by Quercki
Profile of a Murderer
The bad news is that the group that belongs to this profile of violence is so large. The good news is that there are so many who belong to the group that if the men who are offended by their association with violence step up, the world could be a radically different place.
I wish I could offer a solution, but the problem is so pervasive it’s hard to even know where to start. The only entry point I see is with the men who are willing to own the problem, who understand that it isn’t enough just to not rape or murder anyone. Maybe they can model for their brothers how you go about admitting that you might not know, or might not need to be at the head of the table or the center of the conversation. Maybe they can choose to lay down arms and publicly declare that the ability to do harm does not define them. Maybe they can hold their brothers accountable for violent speech as well as violent actions. Maybe they can start sentences with “I may be wrong, but it seems to me that….” Maybe they can practice naming their emotions without feeling that they need to act on them. Maybe they can practice listening—just listening to what the other person has to say without the need to impose their own opinion or knowledge.
men  murder  massacre  violence 
june 2016 by Quercki
The gun used in the Orlando shooting is becoming mass shooters’ weapon of choice - The Washington Post
Last night in Orlando, a man armed with an assault-style rifle killed at least 50 people and wounded 53 others in a crowded nightclub.

Six months ago, in San Bernardino, Calif., a man and woman armed with assault-style rifles killed 14 people and wounded 20 others at a holiday party.

In 2012, in Aurora, Colo., a man armed with an assault-style rifle killed 12 people and wounded 58 others in a crowded movie theater.
massacre  murder  assault  rifle 
june 2016 by Quercki
David Lenio Reloaded? - Flathead Beacon
After David Joseph Lenio tweeted threats to shoot up a grade school in Kalispell, and put two bullets in the head of a rabbi, law enforcement agencies from three states plus the FBI mobilized to identify and stop him – and they did. He faces one felony count of intimidation.

When Lenio was arrested on February 16, Police Chief Roger Nasset told the Flathead Beacon that he posed “a very real threat” to Kalispell’s grade schools and Jewish community. He said, “I did not want children’s blood on my hands because I didn’t do everything I could.”

Each of us writing this piece knows what it is to be threatened by Lenio. One of us (Francine) is one of only two Flathead Valley rabbis and has kids in the local schools. Lenio tweeted to the other of us (Jonathan) to ask where his kids go to school.

Lenio crossed the line between hate speech and hate crime. When he moved to Montana in December 2014, he repeatedly tweeted his intent to shoot up a Kalispell grade school. From then until his arrest, his threats escalated – repeating his intentions with more details and further revealing his hate-filled motivations.
murder  massacre  White  male  terrorism  solution 
march 2016 by Quercki
50 years of U.S. mass shootings: The victims, sites, killers and weapons - Washington Post
the weapons are the common denominator.

Mass killings in the United States are most often carried out with guns, usually handguns, most of them obtained legally.

There is no universally accepted definition of a mass shooting, and different organizations use different criteria. In this piece we look at the deadliest cases, beginning Aug. 1, 1966, when ex-Marine sniper Charles Whitman killed his wife and mother, then climbed a 27-story tower at the University of Texas and killed 14 more people before police shot him to death. The numbers here refer to 121 events in which four or more people were killed by a lone shooter (or two shooters in three cases). An average of seven people died during each event, often including the shooters.

[The number of ‘mass shootings’ in the U.S. depends on how you count]

This data — compiled from Mother Jones; Grant Duwe, author of “Mass Murder in the United States: A History,” and Washington Post research — does not include gang killings, shootings that began as other crimes such as robberies, and killings that involved only the shooter’s family.

794 victims
Each gun was used to kill an average of three people, not counting shooters. The 794 people came from nearly every imaginable race, religion and socioeconomic background, and 134 were children or teenagers.
guns  data  massacre  shooting  killing 
december 2015 by Quercki
Men and mass murder: What gender tells us about America's epidemic of gun violence
And as far as I'm concerned, the most disturbing (and also least discussed) aspect of America's epidemic of mass shootings is the fact that they are almost invariably committed by men.


Our sick political climate

Righteous tweeting is a dumb way to combat gun violence
Murder is an overwhelmingly male act, with the offender proving to be a man 90 percent of the time the person's gender is known. When it comes to mass shootings, the gender disparity is even greater, with something like 98 percent of them perpetrated by men.
Setbacks and failures will always be painful. But they needn't be viewed as a sign that an existential promise has been betrayed — or treated as moral justification for a testosterone-fueled homicidal temper tantrum.

massacre  men  killing 
october 2015 by Quercki
Mass Killings in the US: Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity | Soraya Chemaly
School's in Philadelphia are currently on high alert because of a threat of violence made against "a university near Philadelphia." The threat was posted on 4chan, an anonymous message board, on Friday, the day after a murder-suicide that left 10 people dead in yet another campus shooting. Today's threat, echoing other comments, praised the Oregon shooter for being part of a "Beta Rebellion," a beta being a weak, unattractive man who lacks confidence and can't get a girl. An unnamed police official described the Oregon shooter this way, "He didn't have a girlfriend, and he was upset about that. He comes across thinking of himself as a loser. He did not like his lot in life, and it seemed like nothing was going right for him."

Prior to last week's mass shooting, the gunman allegedly also wrote a 4-chan warning, "Don't go to school tomorrow if you are in the Northwest." Among the responses, many encouraging him or glorifying mass killing, was the comment "You might want to target a girls (sic) school which is safer because there are no beta males throwing themselves for their rescue." Another read, "//r9K needs a new martyr alongside our hallowed Elliot," a reference to Elliot Rodger.  Like Rodger, it appears the Oregon school shooter felt let down by life and women.
massacre  misogyny  murder  toxic  masculinity 
october 2015 by Quercki
Armed vet proves NRA wrong, explains why he didn't confront Oregon shooter with his 'good guy' gun
But the fact is that Oregon does have a concealed-carry law, and that technically it supersedes the "gun free zone" requirement. In fact, there were multiple students on campus at Umpqua Community College who were in fact legally armed and carrying, including veteran John Parker [pictured above] who was on the scene and carrying his weapon. But Mr. Parker had various reasons for not drawing his weapon and charging into the fight. The first among them was that he very well could've have been a target for S.W.A.T. and a distraction from the real shooter.
It's not like the "bad guys" running around with guns have a big sign that says "Shoot Me" pinned on their back.  Police are going to think anyone who's armed is probably the bad guy.

Keep reading.
massacre  guns 
october 2015 by Quercki
Anger causes violence: Treat it rather than mental illness to stop mass murder.
Violence is not a product of mental illness. Nor is violence generally the action of ordinary, stable individuals who suddenly “break” and commit crimes of passion. Violent crimes are committed by violent people, those who do not have the skills to manage their anger. Most homicides are committed by people with a history of violence. Murderers are rarely ordinary, law-abiding citizens, and they are also rarely mentally ill. Violence is a product of compromised anger management skills.

We are a culture awash in anger.
In a summary of studies on murder and prior record of violence, Don Kates and Gary Mauser found that 80 to 90 percent of murderers had prior police records, in contrast to 15 percent of American adults overall. In a study of domestic murderers, 46 percent of the perpetrators had had a restraining order against them at some time. Family murders are preceded by prior domestic violence more than 90 percent of the time. Violent crimes are committed by people who lack the skills to modulate anger, express it constructively, and move beyond it.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, the reference book used by mental health professionals to assign diagnoses of mental illness, does very little to address anger. The one relevant diagnosis is intermittent explosive disorder, a disorder of anger management. People with IED tend to come from backgrounds in which they have been exposed to patterns of IED behavior, often from parents whose own anger is out of control. But the DSM does not provide a diagnostic category helpful for explaining how someone can, with careful advance planning, come to enter an elementary school, nursing home, theater, or government facility and indiscriminately begin to kill.
massacre  murder  anger  mental  illness 
october 2015 by Quercki
What Makes American Men So Dangerous? - Pacific Standard
Mass shootings are also almost universally committed by men. So, this is not just an American problem; it’s a problem related to American masculinity and to the ways American men use guns. But asking whether “guns” or “masculinity” is more of the problem misses the central point that separating the two might not be as simple as it sounds. And, as Mark Follman, Gavin Aronsen, and Deanna Pan note in the Mother Jones Guide to Mass Shootings in America, the problem is getting worse.
shooting  massacre  men  guns  sexism  racism 
august 2015 by Quercki
How The Charleston Shooting Is Linked To The Confederate Flag, According To A South Carolinian | ThinkProgress
It doesn’t matter how many times you tell the average Confederate flag-waver that, yes, the Civil War was about slavery — specifically the state’s right to own slaves — because leaders of South Carolina said as much in their own articles of secession back in 1860, which mentioned slavery no fewer than 18 times. It doesn’t matter how delicately you explain that this fact makes the flag inherently offensive to African Americans, because it represents a time when South Carolina was willing to go to war just to retain the right own people as property. It also doesn’t matter how fervently you insist that after the war, the flag was consistently used as a rallying cry for racists, with Klan members, vigilantes, and segregationists waving it proudly as the they beat, terrorized, and murdered black people across the state — just like Roof allegedly did on Wednesday evening.
The status quo is to worship the ghosts of soldiers past instead of dealing with the harsh realities of the present.
And it definitely doesn’t matter how desperately you remind them that the flag didn’t even go up over the State House until 1961 — coinciding with both the centennial anniversary of the war and the early stages of the African American Civil rights movement — where celebratory ceremonies were racially segregated, and where famous Dixiecrat/segregationist/South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond told the all-white crowd that nowhere in the U.S. Constitution “does it hint a purpose to insure equality of man or things.”
It often doesn’t matter if you say any of these things, because support for the flag isn’t about logic, or even morality. It’s about culture, specifically one where the status quo is to worship the ghosts of soldiers past instead of dealing with the harsh realities of the present.
The Southern obsession with the Civil War shores up a society that, if not always physically segregated, is clearly ideologically so: According to a 2014 poll commissioned by The State, 61 percent of South Carolinians think the flag should continue to fly, while only 33 percent say it should be taken down. Things get even worse when you break the results down by race: 73 percent of whites in South Carolina support flying the flag, but 61 percent of blacks say it should be removed.
Yet despite all of this, there is potential for change, because South Carolina need not be defined by monsters like Roof. The Palmetto State really is home to some of the best people in the world, and if there is one thing we love more than the Civil War, it’s Jesus.
confederate  flag  racism  Charleston  massacre 
june 2015 by Quercki
The Charleston shooter killed mostly black women. This wasn't about 'rape' | Rebecca Carroll | Comment is free | The Guardian
Before opening fire – and reportedly reloading five times – the man who killed nine black people at the historic Emmanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night, reportedly said: “You rape our women. And you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” (Dylann Roof has been arrested in North Carolina and is expected to be charged with the crime.) According to police, three of the people who died were male, including South Carolina state senator Clementa Pinkney, who served as the church pastor, and six were female.

The Charleston shooting victims: a poet, a politician, a librarian, women of faith
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Six black women were shot to death during a community prayer service by a young white man who allegedly declared: “You rape our women.”

These women and men welcomed a white man into their close-knit church, and likely encouraged others in their community to join and listen and pray and let God into their hearts. Black women, who are said to be the most religious demographic in America, have long been considered the backbone of black church – our backs are precious and sturdy, but have been weighted down for decades. You don’t attend Wednesday night services if you aren’t a devout churchgoer; you don’t go to Wednesday night services with a gun and the intention to murder if your true goal is to kill as many black men as possible.

There is something inconsistent with the Charleston shooter’s alleged evocation of the historical myth of black man as beast and rapist of white women, and the fact that he killed mostly black women. Did he only shoot black women because there were no more black men to kill? Because black women birth, care for and love black men? Or because he didn’t see black women as women at all, and, as something less than women (and certainly lesser than white women), felt us undeserving of the same valiance he conjured on behalf of the women he claim to be protecting?


The shooter allegedly used the salvation of white women’s bodies as a motivation for his acts, an old trope that was once used to justify the lynching of black men and the denial of rights to all black people. The idea that white women’s bodies represent that which is inviolable while black women’s are disposable hasn’t changed enough since it was first articulated by white men; but again, aimed at black men on Wednesday night, it was predominately black women who suffered by their invocation.
gender  violence  rape  lies  massacre  racism  Charleston 
june 2015 by Quercki
Prosecutors rest their case in Colorado theater shooting - Las Vegas Sun News
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting trial rested Friday, concluding their argument that James Holmes methodically planned and executed the 2012 massacre in a case that relied heavily — over defense objections — on victims' recollections of the carnage he inflicted inside the darkened cinema.

Over the past eight weeks, prosecutors weaved the testimony of experts and psychiatrists with the personal stories of survivors to try to convince jurors that Holmes was sane when he opened fire on a midnight showing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." The former neuroscience student killed 12 people and wounded 70.

The prosecution called as their last witness Ashley Moser, who was paralyzed and suffered a miscarriage in the attack. Her 6-year-old daughter, Veronica, was killed.

Moser came to the witness stand in a motorized wheelchair. She described hearing what she thought were kids setting off fireworks in the theater, and wanting to leave. She reached for her daughter's hand, but it slipped away.

Moser then recalled standing up and getting hit in the chest. "I remember falling and landing on her," she said.

Holmes' lawyers will now begin calling their own psychiatrists and presenting other evidence to argue Holmes was in the grips of a psychotic episode at the time of the shootings and should be found not guilty by reason of insanity. They plan to begin their case Thursday.

The defense says Holmes' mental illness distorted his sense of right and wrong, a key factor the jury must consider in determining if he was sane. Holmes' attorneys say he should be committed to the state mental hospital.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Holmes abandoned a prestigious graduate program at the University of Colorado-Denver before he opened fire at the suburban Denver movie theater where more than 400 people were watching the midnight premier.

Prosecutors showed jurors nearly 21 hours of Holmes' videotaped interviews with a state-appointed psychiatrist who concluded Holmes was seriously mentally ill but legally sane at the time of the shooting.

On the video, Holmes said he felt nothing as he took aim at fleeing moviegoers. Halting and awkward, he blurted out that he feared being stopped from committing what he acknowledged was a crime.
massacre  Colorado  movie  shooting 
june 2015 by Quercki
Dylann Roof charged with murder after Charleston church massacre | MSNBC
Roof allegedly attended the church’s regular weekly Bible study and sat with Pinckney and churchgoers for about an hour before opening fire.

Roof, 21, told police he “almost didn’t go through with [the shooting] because everyone was so nice to him,” sources told NBC News’ Craig Melvin. But he ultimately decided to “go through with his mission.”

Roof was taken into custody Thursday in Shelby, North Carolina, nearly 250 miles from the scene of the deadly shooting. He confessed shortly after being captured. 
Charleston  massacre  racism  church 
june 2015 by Quercki
We Were Never Meant to Survive: A Response to the Attack in Charleston
We were never meant to survive. We argue that Roof's actions are not isolated, are not easily and dismissively attributed to mental illness but instead are reflections of a disease that plagues this country - racism. And we argue that until we grapple, as a nation, with the racist violence that infects this country, we will only see such acts increase.

Roof's words remind us that Black people in this country cannot consider ourselves safe anywhere. We cannot expect protection from the police. We cannot expect to be safe in swimming pools, in churches, in stores, on buses, in our communities or even in our homes. Black children are not safe. And we cannot consider ourselves safe from the daily trauma of witnessing the violence exacted against our communities. In this case, a young Black girl played dead underneath her grandmother's dead body in order to stay alive. Roof left one woman alive, telling her that he wanted her to tell the story of what happened that night.

The truth that needs to be told is that even our nation's first Black President has yet to face the fact that violence against Black people is an epidemic of epic proportions. As the demographics of this country shift to that of majority people of color, there exists both a rational and irrational fear that the very people who have and continue to bear the brunt of such blatant and brutal violence will, at some point, resist. Roof's words, "You're taking over our country. And you have to go" reflect the fear that the right has capitalized on since the 1970s - the fear of the majority becoming the minority.
Charleston  massacre  racism  BlackLivesMatter  Alica_Garza 
june 2015 by Quercki
Racism Is Not A Mental Illness
When white people go on shooting sprees, their actions are frequently attributed to mental illness and, thus, they’re not considered fully accountable for the harm they’ve inflicted. This narrative -- which is not afforded to people of color -- feeds into the assumption that incidents like what happened at Emanuel AME Church are isolated tragedies executed by lone gunmen. Essentially, it excuses the system that allows racialized terrorism to keep happening.

In 1999, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, a black psychiatrist, wrote in The New York Times about why he believed racism should be considered a mental disorder. "Like all others who experience delusions, extreme racists do not think rationally," he wrote. But the American Psychiatric Association decided not to recognize the phenomenon as such -- and ultimately opts to focus on the impact of racism on people's lives -- because racism's presence in the U.S. makes it normative, and because the organization "expressed their concern that if racism was to be classified as a mental disorder, racists would perceive an inability to control their beliefs and, therefore, not be inclined to challenge and change their racist beliefs." Some psychiatrists also attempted to get "pathological bias" into the DSM-V in 2012, but its inclusion was ultimately rejected.

Racism is not a mental illness. Unlike actual mental illnesses, it is taught and instilled. Mental illness was not the state policy of South Carolina, or any state for that matter, for hundreds of years -- racism was. Assuming actions grounded in racial biases are irrational not only neutralizes their impact, it also paints the perpetrator as a victim.

Black people, on the other hand, do suffer actual mental health issues due to racism.
racism  mental  illness  massacre  Charleston 
june 2015 by Quercki
It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males -
I get really really tired of hearing the phrase “mental illness” thrown around as a way to avoid saying other terms like “toxic masculinity,” “white supremacy,” “misogyny” or “racism.”

We barely know anything about the suspect in the Charleston, South Carolina, atrocity. We certainly don’t have testimony from a mental health professional responsible for his care that he suffered from any specific mental illness, or that he suffered from a mental illness at all.

We do have statistics showing that the vast majority of people who commit acts of violence do not have a diagnosis of mental illness and, conversely, people who have mental illness are far more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators.

We know that the stigma of people who suffer from mental illness as scary, dangerous potential murderers hurts people every single day — it costs people relationships and jobs, it scares people away from seeking help who need it, it brings shame and fear down on the heads of people who already have it bad enough.

But the media insists on trotting out “mental illness” and blaring out that phrase nonstop in the wake of any mass killing. I had to grit my teeth every time I personally debated someone defaulting to the mindless mantra of “The real issue is mental illness” over the Isla Vista shootings.
massacre  mental  illness  racism  sexism  misogyny 
june 2015 by Quercki
The Incredible History of Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E.: The Bravest Church in America - The Daily Beast
The church was leveled by an earthquake in 1872. Brick and marble rose to take its place and became known as “Mother Emanuel.” Its pulpit was visited by a succession of black leaders.

Booker T. Washington spoke there in 1902. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech in 1962 and said the vote was the key to achieving the American dream for all. A year after King’s assassination, his widow, Coretta Scott King, stood in a hospital worker’s blue-and-white paper hat and addressed a rally of those who wore it every day and were now attempting to unionize with the hope of earning more than $1.30 an hour.

And through the decades that followed, the faithful continued to come, described by Rev. Stephen Singleton in The Washington Post as “just God-fearing people. People who lived in modesty in light of the history of the congregation they called home.”

Singleton was pastor until 2010, when the honor was bestowed upon Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who is said by the church website to have “answered the call to preach” when he was just 13. Pinckney had been elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives when he was 23 and to the state Senate four years later. He continued to pass the Confederate flag flying out front whenever he entered the Statehouse.

On January 1, 2013, Pinckney led a service at Mother Emanuel marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

“It’s not just an African-American celebration; it’s an American celebration,” Pinckney announced from the pulpit. “It’s freedom come full circle.”

A measure of how far we have progressed came in February 2014, with the unveiling of a statue of Denmark Vesey in a Charlestown park. A measure of how far we still have to go came this past April, when an unarmed black man named Walter Scott was shot to death while running away from a white North Charleston cop named Michael Slager.

In the aftermath, Pinckney led a prayer vigil and assembled his fellow clergy to formulate a response. He delivered a memorable call to action in the Senate.

“Today, the nation looks at South Carolina and is looking at us to see if we will rise to be the body and to be the state that we really say that we are,” Pinckney told his fellow legislators.
massacre  Charleston  church  AME  history  african-american 
june 2015 by Quercki
No safe place to be black: Charleston and America’s gut-wrenching racial truth -
When the news broke about the tragic Charleston shooting, in which a young white man named Dylann Storm Roof is suspected of shooting at least nine African Americans as they prayed, I regret to say I thought about Rachel Dolezal, the center of the racial drama that had taken over the news before this awful massacre.

It reminded me that Dolezal didn’t need to lie about her race to gain entry to black communities; black America has been welcoming white people in its midst for years.

Marginalized, oppressed, fighting to survive; black communities have nonetheless always welcomed strangers and outcasts: those rejected by whites for having “one drop” or more of black blood; the white men or women who married African Americans, and their children shunned by white families; black people who look white, like NAACP leader Walter White and Homer Plessey; as well as white allies in the struggle for racial justice, like Rev. James Reeb, the young white minister murdered in Selma after marching for voting rights. I think of all the times I’ve been welcomed into African American spaces without question, because I wanted to be there.

Then I think of that young white killer sitting in the Mother Emanuel prayer circle for an hour, welcome because he seemed to want to pray. Then he shot at least nine of the people he’d been sitting with; six of them died, including the church leader Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who also served as a South Carolina state senator and had championed police reform after the recent shooting death of unarmed African American Walter Scott in nearby North Charleston.
racism  massacre  Charleston  church  friendly  welcome 
june 2015 by Quercki
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Philadelphia
Garretson, like many
of the early Methodist preachers, had adopted an anti-slavery stance and he
reminded Sturgis that he couldn’t get to Heaven owning slaves. This ultimately led
Sturgis into a deal that allowed the Allen brothers buy their freedom. Allen earned
2,000 Continental dollars over the next few years by working extra jobs and hauling
salt for the American Army during the Revolutionary War, thus earning his

Allen was now free to go and do what his heart truly wanted, to preach the Gospel.
He began traveling in 1783 and set about preaching in Delaware, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania and Maryland. He often walked so much from one place to another
that his feet would become severely blistered. In the winter of 1784, Allen attended
the “Christmas Conference” of Methodists in America. This historic event was held
in Baltimore, Maryland and the Methodist Church established itself as a separate
denomination from the Church of England. Allen turned down an invitation by
Bishop Francis Asbury to travel with him to preach in the southern states, choosing
instead to continue preaching in the northeast.

Allen’s choice would prove to be providential. In 1786, the pastor of St. George’s
Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) in Philadelphia invited Allen to begin preaching
a 5am worship service. Allen accepted and as a result, the attendance of Black
worshipers at St. George’s began to increase. However, the hostile attitude of the
White officers and members also began to increase. Although St. George’s began as
a church where Blacks and Whites worshiped together without regard to race,
attitudes began to change quickly with the influx of new Black converts.
history  African_Methodist_Episcopal  church  Charleston  massacre 
june 2015 by Quercki
What We Know About the Charleston Gunman -- NYMag
Scott Roof, who identified himself as the suspect's cousin, told The Intercept that "Dylann was normal until he started listening to that white power music stuff." He claims that "he kind of went over the edge when a girl he liked starting dating a black guy two years back." He added, "Dylann liked her ... The black guy got her. He changed. I don’t know if we would be here if not …" then hung up the phone.
Roof's roommate, Dalton Tyler, told ABC News, "He was big into segregation and other stuff. He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself ... [He'd been] planning something like that for six months." In an interview with the Times, Tyler recalled that one time Roof saw a black woman, used a racist word, and said, "I’ll shoot your ass." "I was just like, 'You're stupid,'" Tyler said. "He was a racist; but I don’t judge people."
Joseph Meek, 20, a childhood friend who reconnected with Roof earlier this year, told the Times that recently his friend had started ranting about racist ideas and talking about wanting to "hurt a whole bunch of people." "He was saying all this stuff about how the races should be segregated, that whites should be with whites," Meek said. "I could tell there was something inside him, there was something he wouldn’t let go. I was trying to tell him, 'What’s wrong?' All he would say was that he was planning to do something crazy." At first Meek thought Roof was joking, but at few weeks ago he got worried and hid Roof's .45-caliber handgun. Then Meek returned it at his girlfriend's insistence because he's on probation and didn't want to get in trouble. Now they both feel guilty that they didn't stop the shooting. "I feel we could have done something and prevented this whole thing," Fry said.
massacre  Charleston  racism  misogyny 
june 2015 by Quercki
What to Read: The Charleston Massacre | The Marshall Project
NewsRace, Hate, Death, and Charleston. The victims. The New York Times Lives Interrupted. How a florist shop worker helped track down a mass murder suspect. The State More: What we know about Dylann Storm Roof. New York Magazine How many attacks on black churches in the past 20 years? Mother Jones Still more: The deadliest hate crime in a state with long history of racial violence. Post and Courier This: The long, rich, violent, tragic history of Emanuel AME Church. ETV Radio This: Federal probe won’t necessarily lead to hate crime charges. Wall Street Journal This: Is the local prosecutor up to the task? Buzzfeed And finally: The loophole that allowed him to get a gun. Washington Post CommentaryCharleston in Black and White. Of course it was racism. Post and Courier If Clementa Pinckney had lived. The New York Times Speaking the unspeakable, thinking the unthinkable. Esquire More: The growing right-wing terror threat (posted days before the shooting). The New York Times Still more: When there is no place to hide from “racial terrorism.” The New Republic This: A stream of consciousness about race, policing, and white supremacy. PSMag This: Charleston and the Age of Obama. The New Yorker This: Jon Stewart is all out of jokes. Comedy Central And finally this: The photo that captures the madness of the gun culture in America. Washington Post
massacre  Charleston  racism  news  commentary 
june 2015 by Quercki
Charleston Shooting: A Closer Look at Alleged Gunman Dylann Roof - ABC News
Dylann Roof, the alleged gunman authorities say is responsible for killing nine people in a predominantly black Charleston, South Carolina, church Wednesday night, had been “planning something like that for six months,” according to his roommate.

Dalton Tyler, who said he has known Roof for seven months to one year, said he saw the white, 21-year-old suspect just last week.

“He was big into segregation and other stuff,” Tyler said. “He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.”

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Tyler said he met Roof, a Lexington, South Carolina native, through a good friend. He also said Roof’s parents, with whom he said the suspect was “on and off,” had previously bought him a gun but never allowed him to take it with him until this past week.

Dylan Roof’s grandfather, Joe Roof, declined to comment to ABC News.
PHOTO: Dylann Roof is seen in this undated mugshot from a prior arrest.
Police said Roof was arrested today at a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina, about 250 miles north of Charleston.

A citizen saw the suspect’s car and reported it to police, who responded and made the arrest, police said. Roof cooperated with the officer who stopped him, according to police.

Officials said they believe Roof acted alone.
massacre  shooting  Charleston 
june 2015 by Quercki
How to Stop Mass Shootings - Why Mass Shootings Keep Happening -how to stop them. Threat assessment
SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, according to the START terrorism database, there have been twenty lethal terrorist attacks in the United States, resulting in the deaths of forty-six people. There have been, at most, a handful of assassinations. According to the FBI, from 2001 to 2011, there have been nearly 250 mass shootings, defined as the death of four or more people. According to USA Today, whose data on mass shootings is considered at least as reliable as the FBI's, there have been 191 mass shootings since 2006, with 34 described as "public" shootings—seemingly random events, stranger to stranger. Nearly a thousand people have died; many more have been wounded.
massacre  murder  terrorism  solutions  mass  shooting 
june 2015 by Quercki
Charleston Shooting: We Need to Talk About This
What happened in a Charleston church on Wednesday night is a lot of things, but one thing it's not is "unspeakable." We should speak of it often. We should speak of it loudly. We should speak of it as terrorism, which is what it was. We should speak of it as racial violence, which is what it was.

We should speak of it as an attack on history, which it was. This was the church founded by Denmark Vesey, who planned a slave revolt in 1822. Vesey was convicted in a secret trial in which many of the witnesses testified after being tortured. After they hung him, a mob burned down the church he built. His sons rebuilt it. On Wednesday night, someone turned it into a slaughter pen.

We should speak of it as an assault on the idea of a political commonwealth, which is what it was. And we should speak of it as one more example of all of these, another link in a bloody chain of events that reaches all the way back to African wharves and Southern docks. It is not an isolated incident, not if you consider history as something alive that can live and breathe and bleed. We should speak of all these things. What happened in that church was a lot of things, but unspeakable is not one of them.

Not to think about these things is to betray the dead. Not to speak of these things is to dishonor them.
Charleston  massacre  racism  terrorism 
june 2015 by Quercki
Shooters of color are called ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs.’ Why are white shooters called ‘mentally ill’? - The Washington Post
listen to major media outlets and you won’t hear the word “terrorism” used in coverage of Tuesday’s shooting. You won’t hear the white male shooter, identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, described as “a possible terrorist.” And if coverage of recent shootings by white suspects is any indication, he never will be. Instead, the go-to explanation for his actions will be mental illness. He will be humanized and called sick, a victim of mistreatment or inadequate mental health resources. Activist Deray McKesson noted this morning that, while discussing Roof’s motivations, an MSNBC anchor said “we don’t know his mental condition.” That is the power of whiteness in America.
racism  massacre  Charleston  terrorism 
june 2015 by Quercki
Peter MacKay's comments on Montreal massacre set off Twitter furor - Politics - CBC News
With the anniversary of the 1989 Montreal Massacre just days away, Justice Minister Peter MacKay set off a political firestorm on Tuesday afternoon when he told the House of Commons that "we may never understand ... why these women were singled out for this horrific act of violence."

The comment prompted New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair to make a rare mid-question period intervention to point out to the minister that, thanks to the manifesto penned by shooter Marc Lepine before the attacks, we know why these women were singled out:

"It's because they were women."

MacKay acknowledged Mulcair's point, but said it was "deeply disappointing" for Mulcair "to try to make this a partisan issue on such a day."
Montreal  massacre  2014  sexism 
december 2014 by Quercki
Do Armed Civilians Stop Mass Shooters? Actually, No. | Mother Jones
In the wake of the unthinkable massacre in Connecticut, pro-gun ideologues are once again calling for ordinary citizens to arm themselves as a solution to mass shootings. If only the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School had possessed a M-4 assault rifle she could've stopped the killer, they say. This latest twist on a long-running argument isn't just absurd on its face; there is no evidence to support it. As I reported recently in our in-depth investigation, not one of the 62 mass shootings in the United States over the last 30 years has been stopped this way. More broadly, attempts by armed civilians to intervene in shooting rampages are rare—and are successful even more rarely. (Two people who tried it in recent years were gravely wounded or killed.) And law enforcement overwhelmingly hates the idea.
guns  murder  massacre  data  solutions  selfdefense 
december 2012 by Quercki
A Guide to Mass Shootings in America | Mother Jones
Since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass murders* carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. We've mapped them below, including details on the shooters' identities, the types of weapons they used, and the number of victims they injured and killed.
The killers: Half of the cases involved school or workplace shootings (12 and 19, respectively); the other 31 cases took place in locations including shopping malls, restaurants, government buildings, and military bases. Forty four of the killers were white males. Only one of them was a woman. (See Goleta, Calif., in 2006.) The average age of the killers was 35, though the youngest among them was a mere 11 years old.
guns  murder  massacre  statistics 
december 2012 by Quercki
The Global Sociology Blog - On the Guns Thing, I would Just Like to Point Out…
See the differences? See the statistically significant correlation between homicide by firearms and ownership of firearms? See the massive difference between the United States and other developed countries?
guns  murder  statistics  massacre 
december 2012 by Quercki
Making Light: Guns, police, class, society
#77 ::: Mary Aileen ::: (view all by) ::: December 16, 2012, 03:33 PM:
fidelio (71): The Long Island Railroad shooting in 1993 featured a similar scenario: the shooter was stopped when unarmed passengers tackled him as he stopped to reload. From Wikipedia: "While reloading his third magazine, somebody yelled, "Grab him!" Passengers Michael O'Connor, Kevin Blum and Mark McEntee tackled Ferguson and pinned him to one of the train's seats. Several other passengers ran forward to grab his arms and legs and help hold him pinned."
murder  massacre  solutions  guns 
december 2012 by Quercki
Making Light: Guns, police, class, society
#71 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: December 16, 2012, 02:22 PM:
Sarah @67--This also happened in the case of the Gifford shootings. To quote the Wikipedia article: "[the gunman]stopped to reload, but dropped the loaded magazine from his pocket to the sidewalk, from where bystander Patricia Maisch grabbed it. Another bystander clubbed the back of the assailant's head with a folding chair...The gunman was then tackled to the ground by 74-year-old retired US Army Colonel Bill Badger, who himself had been shot, and was further subdued by Maisch and bystanders Roger Sulzgeber and Joseph Zamudio. Zamudio was a CCW holder and had a weapon on his person, but arrived after the shooting had stopped and did not use the firearm to engage or threaten the gunman."

Not one of these people used a gun, but they stopped the shooter with what they had, most importantly their wits. The same applies to Oliver Sipple. He reacted mindfully and effectively, which is what you need in that sort of situation.
massacre  solutions  violence  guns 
december 2012 by Quercki
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