Guns in America: 5 percent of the world’s population, 31 percent of the mass public shootings. One Nation Under The Gun, Divisible, With Mourning And Pain For All. Before I went to bed last night, the news broke: Someone had opened fire at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and several people had been shot.
I shook my head, turned off the TV, and went to bed. How sad it is that in this nation we have become so overwhelmed with news of mass shootings that we merely put the thought out of our minds and make our way along to other things? Shortly after waking this morning, I again turned on MSNBC and saw that nine people had been killed by a man we now know as Dylann Roof. Roof allegedly believed that black people in America are the problem and even told one woman at the church where he committed this act of hatred and terror: “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country — and you have to go.” And then he opened fire with a handgun he received for his birthday in April. Today, he has extinguished the lives of nine innocent people who had gathered to study the Bible. Did you hear that NRA?
States (N-Z) Senator shames GOP’s empty prayers following mass shootings: “Your ‘prayers’ should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again” Since 20 school children and six adults were gunned down in their classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy has been the loudest critic of congressional inaction on gun violence and after yesterday’s deadliest gun massacre since Newtown, Murphy has proven he has no intentions of piping down.
Authorities in San Bernardino, California, say at least 14 people were killed and 17 wounded in at least the 355th mass shooting of the year. Unlike the Black Friday attack on a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, Republican presidential candidates and congressional lawmakers alike rushed to send out their thoughts and prayers even while the gunmen remained on the loose Wednesday afternoon.
Mass shootings since Sandy Hook, in one map. In December 2012, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children, six adults, and himself.
Since then, there have been at least 1,044 mass shootings, with shooters killing at least 1,327 people and wounding 3,784 more. The counts come from the Mass Shooting Tracker, a crowdsourced database that tracks shootings since 2013 in which four or more people were shot. As with any crowdsourced database, it’s likely missing some shootings, and some of the shootings are missing details. Vox’s Soo Oh created an interactive map with data from the Mass Shooting Tracker. It shows the mass shootings tracked in the database that have been verified with news reports since the Sandy Hook shooting: Map Data Map data ©2016 Google, INEGI Fullscreen Are these types of shootings increasing?
But not everyone agrees with this definition. But why does the US have so many more gun homicides than other advanced countries? 994 mass shootings in 1,004 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like. There Have Been 274 Days in 2015: There Have Been 294 Mass Shootings. Open Letter To America About Mass Shootings. The U.S. has experienced a massive increase in the number of mass shootings the last 30 years, with a mass shooting defined by the Mass Shooting Tracker as four or more people shot in one event.
As The Washington Post reported last July: The Mass Shooting Tracker is different from other shooting databases in that it uses a broader definition of mass shooting. “The old FBI definition of Mass Murder (not even the most recent one) is four or more people murdered in one event,” the site’s creators explain. “It is only logical that a Mass Shooting is four or more people shot in one event.”
Looking at 2015, as of October 3 there were 294 mass shootings and there have been 878 people killed by police officers and we were only 276 days into the year so far. The problem is escalating, and there are clear reasons why an objective understanding of those reasons will bring us answers. Mass Shootings: Another Conservative Talking-Point Debunked! Photo Credit: Christopher Dombres/Flickr available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.
So, once again, here we are. Mass Killings in the U.S.: Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity. This article was first published by The Huffington Post Schools in Philadelphia are currently on high alert because of a threat of violence made against “a university near Philadelphia.”
Barbaric Oregon Gun Zealots Politicize Presidential Meeting To Comfort Grieving Families. It never ceases to amaze how much animus targeting President Barack Obama exists in the population; particularly that segment of the population that lacks compassion and loves guns.
After last week’s routine mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Oregon, the President planned to meet privately, behind closed-doors, with victims’ families to offer the nation’s condolences and show some human compassion by comforting the grieving Americans. Upon learning of the President’s intended visit to express something lacking in Americans, compassion, a gun-loving group decided to issue a warning to the President of the United States that not only was he not welcomed in their community, if he did show up, they were showing up armed and dangerous to protest his compassionate visit with the families grieving the loss of their loved ones.
The local gun maniacs followed through on their threat. Oregon college shooting is all the more reason to carry guns, say local residents. The deadliest mass killing in the state’s history had taken place a few miles away and to the staff and customers of the Roseburg Gun Shop it was clear they faced a grave threat – from Barack Obama.
Authorities had just discovered a cache of 13 weapons possessed by the shooter, Chris Harper Mercer, but the man they feared was thousands of miles away in the White House, plotting, as they saw it, to confiscate their weapons and leave them defenceless. “I’ve just ordered some more ARs,” said the owner, Candi Kinney, referring to assault rifles. “There’s always a rush on them after a big shooting. Oregon College Massacre Is a Product of the NRA-Republican's Structurally Violent America. The shooting massacre on Thursday morning at Umpqua Community College in Oregon was, as President Obama noted, a routine event that “means there’s another community stunned with grief, and communities across the country forced to relieve their own anguish, and parents across the country who are scared because they know it might have been their families or their children.”
However, one wonders how, or why, any American or American community could possibly be stunned with grief over a “routine event.” The truth is that because it is a routine occurrence, by next week all will be forgotten. President Obama did what many Americans do when they feel helpless to stop a “tragedy” and offered prayers and thoughts for the community. He also reminded Americans that these mass shootings are borne of “a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America.”