Category: Mass Shootings

45 mass killings leave 211 dead as United States hits horror high mark in 2019 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Trump has torn up the record books when it comes to mass- shootings and numbers killed during his term in office. (ODT)

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Guns were the weapon used in all bar eight of the mass killings to take place
The number of people killed was 211, just 13 shy of 2017 when the worst massacre in US history took place
The Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas saw more people killed than any other mass killing this year

via 45 mass killings leave 211 dead as United States hits horror high mark in 2019 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA—In the hours following a violent rampage in Virginia in which a lone attacker killed 12 individuals and injured four others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Wednesday that there was no way to prevent the massacre from taking place. “This was a terrible tragedy, but sometimes these things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them,” said Michigan resident Mark Butler, echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations. “It’s a shame, but what can we do? There really wasn’t anything that was going to keep this individual from snapping and killing a lot of people if that’s what they really wanted.” At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past eight years were referring to themselves and their situation as “helpless.”

via ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

Mass Shooters Have Exploited The Internet For Years. New Zealand Took It To A New Level. | HuffPost Australia

The Christchurch massacre was built on existing far-right memes that fueled a live-streaming gunman’s viral aspirations.

Mass Shooters Have Exploited The Internet For Years. New Zealand Took It To A New Level. | HuffPost Australia

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Maryland newspaper shooting: At least five people shot dead at Capital Gazette building, authorities say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Police vehicles line a road.

For now, the Annapolis shooting is being treated as a local incident and not one that involves terrorism, a law enforcement official said.

via Maryland newspaper shooting: At least five people shot dead at Capital Gazette building, authorities say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Pro-gun lobby blames ‘drugged’ students and abortion for shootings

It’s as if the NRA is one step from saying ‘schools are the problem in America close them’. All the paid for Right solutions can be heard on FOX NEWS. Leave the  other media what’s Left. (ODT)

In a tweet at the time of his election, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch called North a “total warrior for freedom” and “the last person that anti-gun advocates would want as the new president of the NRA board.”

via Pro-gun lobby blames ‘drugged’ students and abortion for shootings

Hours After Texas School Shooting, Students Detained for Peacefully Protesting Outside Paul Ryan’s Office

As Capitol Police arrived in the hall and told the students they would be arrested unless they left, one protester replied, “We don’t mind getting arrested.”

“One arrest, four arrests, a thousand arrests isn’t going to stop us until no more children are dying in their schools because of unnecessary guns in the hands of wrong people,” said one student as the police detained four members of the group who had refused to disperse.

via Hours After Texas School Shooting, Students Detained for Peacefully Protesting Outside Paul Ryan’s Office

Multiple fatalities after shooting at Texas high school

Days after the Parkland shooting, Trump said that elected officials should be ready to “fight” the powerful NRA lobby group. Early this month he embraced that group, telling its annual meeting in Dallas “your Second Amendment rights are under siege” and, as long as he was President, their guns would never be taken away.

via Multiple fatalities after shooting at Texas high school

Massive manhunt for Waffle House shooting suspect – CNN

The Waffle House shooting suspect thought Taylor Swift was stalking him and showed other signs of delusion

Gunman kills 4 at Waffle House near Nashville

 

(CNN)A massive manhunt is underway for the gunman accused of killing four people early Sunday at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added 29-year-old Travis Reinking to its “Top 10 Most Wanted” list after he allegedly opened fire at the restaurant in Antioch, southeast of Nashville at 3:19 a.m.
Reinking’s alleged motive is unknown and authorities warn that he may still be armed with a rifle and a hand gun.

 

Massive manhunt for Waffle House shooting suspect – CNN

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Not your imagination: mass shootings now happen more frequently in the US | US news | The Guardian

Frequency of shootings.

It is worth considering the broader context of gun violence in the US. Large-scale mass shootings make up a small fraction of that violence. Of the approximately 33,000 gun violence deaths each year, only about 1.5% come from mass shootings. Two-thirds of gun violence deaths are from suicide. This chart does not show the people who are injured by guns each year in the US – more than 70,000 of them.

via Not your imagination: mass shootings now happen more frequently in the US | US news | The Guardian

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Devin Kelley, Texas church shooting suspect, was court-martialled by air force | US news | The Guardian

Law enforcement officials gather near First Baptist Church following a shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Officials have said they found the suspect dead in his car surrounded by multiple weapons. US federal law bans people who have been dishonourably discharged from buying a firearm.

Devin Kelley, Texas church shooting suspect, was court-martialled by air force | US news | The Guardian

Las Vegas shooting: Six things to know about mass shootings in America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas, a criminologist reviews recent research to dispel common misconceptions about mass shootings.

Source: Las Vegas shooting: Six things to know about mass shootings in America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

22 guns, 10,000 bullets: How a killer got his arsenal of firearms into a Las Vegas hotel

Stephen Paddock’s arrival at the Las Vegas hotel wouldn’t have surprised anyone. Four days later, more than 59 people would be dead at the music festival outside his hotel room.

Source: 22 guns, 10,000 bullets: How a killer got his arsenal of firearms into a Las Vegas hotel

Orlando shooter Omar Mateen ‘seeking revenge on HIV lover’ claims ‘Miguel’ on Univision

A man who says he was Omar Mateen’s lover has claimed the mass murderer acted out of “revenge” after finding out one of his partners was HIV positive.

Source: Orlando shooter Omar Mateen ‘seeking revenge on HIV lover’ claims ‘Miguel’ on Univision

After Orlando, The Danger Of Pauline Hanson Becomes Apparent – New Matilda

Radicalised and radicalising, Hanson represents a crop of anti-Muslim agitators currently running for Parliament. Incredibly, in a video released in the wake of the Orlando tragedy, her rhetoric has extended anti-Muslim politics to an even darker place, writes Max Chalmers. If Pauline Hanson was brown, there would be government taskforces trying to make connections withMore

Source: After Orlando, The Danger Of Pauline Hanson Becomes Apparent – New Matilda

CIA Director: No “Direct Link” Between Omar Mateen and ISIS | Democracy Now!

CIA Director John Brennan has told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen had “no direct link” to the self-proclaimed Islamic State or any other extremist network, although Brennan said Mateen was inspired by ISIS. Meanwhile, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has asked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for data from multiple Facebook accounts allegedly associated with Omar Mateen. In the letter, Senator Johnson claimed Mateen had posted on Facebook calls for the U.S. and Russia to stop bombing campaigns against ISIS.

Source: CIA Director: No “Direct Link” Between Omar Mateen and ISIS | Democracy Now!

Report: Orlando Shooter Frequented the LGBT Club He Targeted | Democracy Now!

The FBI investigation into the Orlando shooting massacre that left 49 people dead at an LGBTQ club has taken an unexpected twist after evidence emerged the gunman was a regular patron of the club. On Monday morning, FBI Director James Comey said the shooter, Omar Mateen, was likely radicalized online, but that no evidence has emerged he received outside help in the attack. Comey said the FBI first interviewed Mateen in 2013 after co-workers said he made “inflammatory and contradictory” remarks about terrorism.James Comey: “We then interviewed him twice. He admitted making the statements that his co-workers reported, but explained that he did it in anger because he thought his co-workers were discriminating against him and teasing him because he was Muslim. After 10 months of investigation, we closed the preliminary investigation.”During a phone call to police on Sunday morning, Mateen expressed support for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, but Comey said at other times he also expressed solidarity to groups fighting against ISIS, including Hezbollah and al-Nusra Front. Witnesses who were trapped in the club’s bathroom with Mateen during the attack said he also spoke about a need to stop the U.S. bombing in Syria. The FBI has begun investigating multiple claims that Mateen might have been gay himself and frequented the Pulse nightclub. The claims have come from numerous people, including his ex-wife, a former high school classmate and several club patrons. Meanwhile, solidarity vigils have been held across the country and around the world for the 49 victims of the attack, most of whom were young and Latinx. We’ll have more on the massacre after headlines.

Source: Report: Orlando Shooter Frequented the LGBT Club He Targeted | Democracy Now!

Orlando attack: Omar Mateen’s second wife tells FBI she tried to talk gunman out of attack | Americas | News | The Independent

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The second wife of the Orlando gunman has reportedly told federal agents she knew in advance about the attack that left 49 people dead and tried to talk her husband out of going ahead with it.

Source: Orlando attack: Omar Mateen’s second wife tells FBI she tried to talk gunman out of attack | Americas | News | The Independent

When It Comes to Orlando Massacre, Domestic Violence is the Red Flag We Aren’t Talking About | Democracy Now!

In a new article for Rolling Stone, journalist Soraya Chemaly writes, “The Washington Post reported Monday that ‘although family members said [Omar] Mateen had expressed anger about homosexuality, the shooter had no record of previous hate crimes.’ But that depends on how you categorize domestic violence.” Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, has come forward to describe how Mateen beat her and held her hostage. ThinkProgress reports that between 2009 and 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings started with a shooter targeting his girlfriend, wife or ex-wife. Just this month in California, a UCLA doctoral student gunned down his professor, prompting a lockdown on campus. But first, Mainak Sarkar allegedly killed his estranged wife in Minnesota, climbing through a window to kill her in her home. Last year alone, nearly a third of mass shooting deaths were related in some way to domestic violence. We speak to writer Soraya Chemaly. Her recent article in Rolling Stone is called “In Orlando, as Usual, Domestic Violence was Ignored Red Flag.”

Source: When It Comes to Orlando Massacre, Domestic Violence is the Red Flag We Aren’t Talking About | Democracy Now!

American crime: Maybe Omar Mateen used “radical Islam” as an excuse, but his heinous actions are all too familiar – Salon.com

Even if the Orlando shooter embraced the ideology of ISIS, the pattern of his atrocity is distinctively American

Source: American crime: Maybe Omar Mateen used “radical Islam” as an excuse, but his heinous actions are all too familiar – Salon.com

Orlando massacre: ‘ISIS capitalizing on lone-wolf attacks inspired by terror propaganda’ — RT Op-Edge

Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for the Orlando mass shooting may be nothing more than a propaganda move to capitalize on a massacre perpetrated by a lone-wolf attacker who could have had no direct links to the terror group, security experts told RT.

Source: Orlando massacre: ‘ISIS capitalizing on lone-wolf attacks inspired by terror propaganda’ — RT Op-Edge

Ex-wife of Orlando nightclub shooter: ‘He abused me, had bipolar disorder & anger towards gays’ — RT America

The ex-wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen said he repeatedly abused her, was emotionally unstable and displayed signs of bipolar disorder. She added that he sometimes expressed anger towards gay people.

Source: Ex-wife of Orlando nightclub shooter: ‘He abused me, had bipolar disorder & anger towards gays’ — RT America

An act of hatred in Orlando | The Monthly

Late last year my partner and I were travelling overseas for work. One night, with an early train booked for the next morning, we were out, and feeling lazy. We decided to take an Uber back to the apartment we were renting. I pulled out my phone, which told me I had received a message from a friend: “You kids still in Paris? Mass shootings happening in the 10th. Stay safe.” We were in Paris, and we were about to head back to just near the 10th arrondissement, where we were staying.

Source: An act of hatred in Orlando | The Monthly

Omar Mateen: Orlando gay night club gunman worked for global security firm G4S | Americas | News | The Independent

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The global security firm and employer of the man who killed at least 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando has said it is “shocked and saddened” by the mass murder and is working with law enforcement. Omar Mateen worked with private security group G4S Secure Solutions as a private security officer in Florida. The role requires 28 hours of classroom training by a licensed instructor. Officials said he had two firearms licenses, a security officer license and a statewide firearms license, all expiring in September 2017.

Source: Omar Mateen: Orlando gay night club gunman worked for global security firm G4S | Americas | News | The Independent

Here’s A Map Of All The Mass Shootings In 2015: What’s Really Going On In The United States? | Collective-Evolution

Using data from shootingtracker.com, PBS recently updated a map which documents all of the mass shootings that occurred in the United States in 2015. They define mass shootings as “incidents when at least four people are killed or wounded, including the gunman.” It’s a pretty disturbing sight. This type of gun violence seems particular to […]

Source: Here’s A Map Of All The Mass Shootings In 2015: What’s Really Going On In The United States? | Collective-Evolution

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San Bernardino shooting: No indication attackers ‘part of organised group’, White House says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

There is no indication that the shooters who killed 14 people in California are part of a larger terrorist group, the White House says.

Source: San Bernardino shooting: No indication attackers ‘part of organised group’, White House says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

We Have Too Many F*cking Guns | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Another. The latest sick and blood-soaked manifestation of American “liberty” – this one in San Bernardino – was the second mass shooting in a day, the third since Planned Parenthood, the 355th in the year’s 336 days, and the 1,042nd since Sandy Hook; we have a Mass Shooting Tracker to tell us. Skip the hollow thoughts and prayers. We will be steeped in murderous death, abetted by a “toxic infatuation” with guns and too many lying, craven, NRA-funded politicos, until gun control controls guns.

Source: We Have Too Many F*cking Guns | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

‘Another mass shooting in America’: Oregon killings a grim familiarity for US | US news | The Guardian

As many as 10 people killed and 7 more injured at Umpqua community college in Roseburg as President Obama gives exasperated appearance at White House

Source: ‘Another mass shooting in America’: Oregon killings a grim familiarity for US | US news | The Guardian