For more than a year, the state Department of Public Safety has blocked the release of records that could offer more clarity into the police response.
The agency can appeal the ruling.
This article is about the huge difference of AR-15 bullets in comparison to simple handgun bullets.
The fatal difference is the speed and the amount of impacted tissue.
11 19 2023 Ukraine, #ukrainerussianwar scenario 1, kharkiv, chuhuiv raion scheme part 1 Important
I only just recently realized that when I go somewhere, I choose my footwear based on how public my destination is and how long I’ll be there. I wear only athletic shoes when I’ll be in a public location for longer than a few minutes, in case I have to run away from a mass shooter. I’m slow enough without adding flip flops or heels to the mix. It’s a sad state our country is in that we have to think about stuff like that. #USA #MassShootings
Washington Post A rare look at devastation caused by #AR15 #shootings Editor’s note: The photos, videos and personal accounts below are extremely disturbing and may be too upsetting for some people. Read why The Post is publishing this story. #MassShootings in America are reprehensible and now an accepted way of life - this article and photos make it clear what we are accepting but now why. The harm is heart stopping https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/interactive/2023/ar-15-force-mass-shootings/?itid=hp-top-table-main_p001_f001
A must-read for those in the US: a look at the aftermath of AR-15 mass shootings.
Elon Musk, Twitter's owner, himself an immigrant, makes it clear that he considers all Jews enemies of the U.S. who bring in "hordes of minorities."
It's time to deport this racist.
Elon Musk praises antisemitic replacement theory that motivated a mass shooting as “the actual truth”
📌 NYTimes.com: Army Ammunition Plant Is Tied to Mass Shootings Across the U.S. ⤵️
#Army #Ammunition Plant Is Tied to #MassShootings Across the U.S. The site was built for the #military, but #commercial #sales are booming with little #publicaccountability. Rounds have been bought by #murderers, #antigovernment groups and others. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/11/us/army-ammunition-factory-shootings.html #GunViolence #murder #shootings #guns #rifles #semiautomatic #crime #ar15 #MassShooting #gangs #DoD #defense #accountability
Lake City Army Ammunition Plant Is Tied to Mass Shootings Across the U.S. “The site was built for the military, but commercial sales are booming with little public accountability. Rounds have been bought by murderers, antigovernment groups and others.”
| Ben Dooley, Emily Rhyne, The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/11/us/army-ammunition-factory-shootings.html #MassShootings
A twit on #Twitter (aka a Xit 💩 on #Xitter 🚽) was hoping to start a thread of #AmericanExceptionalism , but instead went viral after #MontyPython founder #EricIdle delivered a ‘punchline’ 🥊 that wasn’t very funny. 👉 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/eric-idle-monty-python-school-shootings_n_65454e12e4b06bc01e2444a8
A letter to the editor:
North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is dangerously disconnected from the reality of American gun violence
As I read about the man "missed red flags" AP finds in the case of Maine mass shooter Robert Card — multiple reports of concerning incidents over a considerable period of time with, as CNN is reporting "lack of follow-through," I wonder if, had Card been a Black man, say, or a man with immigrant background and not a white GOP-supporting man who was a Sergeant First Class in the Army Reserves, so many warning signs would have been missed.
The six in this screenshot are from just the past 24 hours.
Police in Maine said that the man who gunned down 18 people and later took his own life, suffered serious mental health issues, but was able to buy weapons legally because he had never been forcibly committed to treatment. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/10/29/world/crime-legal/maine-shooter-mental-health/?utm_content=bufferec6e9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #worldnews #crimelegal #guns #mentalhealth #maine #us #joebiden #massmurder #massshootings
"There is no solution to the gun problem, and little more to write, because Americans are addicted to firearms….. Americans love guns, and appear willing to pay the price in blood."
~ Stephen King
To be clear:
Allowing weapons of war on our streets is a
by the gun industry and the politicians it has purchased.
With no strategy, no playbook, and no ability by law enforcement to protect people from these weapons.
Vote like your life or your kid's life depends on it.
Because it does.
PS. No hunter needs that kind of weapon. I grew up around hunters.
Here we go again. …
The senseless violence [in Maine] has also tapped into another fruitless round of Republican leaders issuing 'thoughts and prayers' to the families of victims while continuing to pocket large donations from gun lobbyists."
~ Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling
"[Mike] Johnson was elected on the day of the mass killings in Lewiston, Maine. He had nothing to say other than 'Prayer is appropriate in a time like this, that the evil can end and this senseless violence can stop.' No call for legislation. No call for background checks. No call for assault weapons bans. Nothing. His silence and inaction are complicity."
~ Robert B. Hubbell
10-26-23 Nicole Sandler Show – Thursdays with Howie Klein
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Howie Klein, your host at DownWithTyranny.com and the Blue America PAC is my standing guest every Thursday, today introduces us to the newest Blue America endorsee... Zach Shrewsbury! The Marine veteran who served as a member of the Fleet Anti Terrorism Security Team (FAST) i
#NicolesBlog #HowieKlein #Manchin #MassShootings #senate #WestVirginia #ZachShrewsbury
Gongressman #JaredGolden represents #Lewiston , #Maine , and was one of the few Democrats who voted *against* an #AssaultRiflesBan. His name is 💩 now. https://www.bangordailynews.com/2022/07/30/news/nation/jared-golden-semi-automatic-gun-ban-vote/
Lucian K. Truscott on how we, American voters, are responsible for the madness of mass shootings by how we choose to cast our votes:
"It’s madness, sure, but it’s our madness because citizens of this country have elected the politicians who put the jurists on the court who make these things legal, and the same voters put the legislators in their seats who refuse to pass laws to make AR-15s illegal."
Newly elected #House #Speaker #MikeJohnson is a hardcore #ChristianNationalist who has a history of spouting #extreme #RightWing views — including on #MassShootings. The #Louisiana #Republican’s record on #guns has come under scrutiny in the wake of a shooter killing ≥18 people in #Maine on Wed, & in addition to opposing #GunControl legislation, the man who is now 2nd in line for the presidency has blamed #MassShootings on both teaching #evolution & #abortion.
Yet I'd say 95+% of such shootings end with the shooter killed by their own hand or by law enforcement.
So how the fuck is your performative state killing policy actually going to stop this gun-driven violence, Mike?
As I'm reading through the (potentially triggering) statistics in this article, I'm struck by how much is relevant to me and my circle directly, and it's staggering to realize it all at once. #Pandemic #Covid #COVID19 #Trauma #GunViolence #MassShooting #MassShootings #OpioidCrisis #ClimateChange #NaturalDisasters #HurricaneHarvey #USPolitics https://newrepublic.com/article/175311/america-polarized-traumatized-trump-violence
Texas Wanted Armed Officers at Every School After Uvalde. Many Can't Meet That Standard
> A vision of armed officers at every school in Texas is crashing into the reality of not enough money or police as a new mandate took effect Friday, showing how a goal more states are embracing in response to America's cycle of mass killings is proving unworkable in many communities. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/texas/articles/2023-09-01/texas-wanted-armed-officers-at-every-school-after-uvalde-many-cant-meet-that-standard #Texas #guns #gunviolence #massshootings
Community condemns DeSantis' presence at vigil for victims of racially motivated shooting
Mourning Jacksonville needed a leader. Instead, it got Ron DeSantis
[2017-06-14; separate shooting] DeSantis talked with gunman just before shooting started
Congressman DeSantis laments increased threats, lack of civility
"Hurricane of Racism:" Racial Terror in Jacksonville f. Recent Shooting to 1960 Ax Handle Saturday
* as 1,000s gathered in Washington D.C. to mark 60th anniversary March on Washington/MLK “I Have a Dream” speech
* Jacksonville FL activists commemorated of Ax Handle Saturday: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ax_Handle_Saturday
* white mob/KKK violently attacked Black civil rights protesters 1960-08-27
Addendum 1 cont'd
Why Ron DeSantis Was Booed at a Vigil for Jacksonville Shooting Victims
Black Floridians see the shooting as a direct result of the governor’s policies
Jacksonville Shooting: Rep. Maxwell Frost Blasts DeSantis for Pushing Bigotry & Ignoring Gun Violence
* Republican efforts to loosen gun laws, racist rhetoric f. GOP leaders part of problem of far-right violence
@StillIRise1963 White or Aryan supremacy ideology is an expression of depraved indifference to & contempt for human life & humanity. As are (mass) shootings.
Guns don't belong into the hands of domestic extremists & terrorists.
Allowing them to purchase & possess guns means facilitating crimes.
No matter how the 2nd Amendment is interpreted.
#DrainRacism #SaveLives #Jacksonville #MassShootings #WhiteSupremacy #Terrorism #EnemiesOfTheConstitution #EnemiesOfThePeople #GunControl #GunReduction
#AccountabilityMatters #JusticeMatters #Freedom #Justice #Equality #UnitedInDiversity #StrongerTogether
DeSantis booed at Jacksonville shooting vigil
3 Black people murdered by white man
* DeSantis loosened gun laws in Florida; antagonized civil rights leaders by deriding "wokeness"
* loudly booed as he addressed vigil
'You're not welcome here!' DeSantis booed at vigil for Jacksonville victims
* someone shouted "Your policies caused this"
2023 Jacksonville shooting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2023_Jacksonville_shooting
* 3 people fatally shot in mass shooting, Jacksonville FL
Jacksonville killings/hate crime
* white man, weapon w. swastika, murdered 3 Black persons
* shooter, who posted racist writings, killed himself
Racist Shooting in Jacksonville
* DoJ investigating as hate crime
Biden says ‘no place’ for white supremacy in US after Florida racist attack
@stux actually no.
Guns ain't the problem but people.
Sandy Hook Families Say Alex Jones Cannot Hide Behind Bankruptcy
Jones should not be allowed to use Chapter 11 filing to skirt more than $1 billion in damages awarded for his lies
Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hook_Elementary_School_shooting
§ Alex Jones: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hook_Elementary_School_shooting#Alex_Jones
https://persagen.com >> search: "alex jones"
Basically the kind of shitheads that get banned from #4chan and #MumsNet for being more hateful and iredeemable than #LilyCade as they not only endorse #MassShootings and driving their harrassment victims into #suicide , but actively celebrate it!
THE JULY 4TH DELUSION (WE ARE NOT OK)
In 2012, neuroscientist Sam Harris wrote an op-ed called "The Fireplace Delusion." You should look it up and read the whole thing. But I'll summarize it briefly here:
Combustion always produces harmful byproducts. And the combustion of wood indoors is particularly harmful, being 30 times as carcinogenic as cigarette smoke. Not only is having a fire in a fireplace harmful to the occupants of the home, it's harmful to all nearby residents!
What's also universally true is that people love fires in fireplaces. It feels--literally warm and fuzzy. It ties us back to our primal roots. No one wants to hear that the practice is harmful. And they will fight you tooth and nail about it.
Harris' op-ed was an obvious allegory for "god" belief. In it he recommended the cleaner alternative of fake logs and a gas fireplace. This is a bit like switching over from religion to "spirituality." Demonstrably less harmful. But still not harmless.
As we've now found out, even gas stoves produce elevated levels of toxic benzene that have measurably negative health effects, especially for children!
The analogy maps almost perfectly onto religion and spirituality.
Phasing out gas stoves is the next step to improve indoor air quality. Predictably, the same usual suspects who love combustion--and worship "gawd" or the "universal spirit"--are furious.
Combustion hits all the same notes as religion. It makes people feel good, it's deeply embedded in cultural tradition, and it's massively harmful not only to practitioners, but also children and bystanders.
Which brings me to July 4th.
You know where I'm going with this. Same issue, same cultural pushback. "How dare you question our most important national holiday?!? What's wrong with you?!? If you don't love America, GET OUT!!"
But what is July 4 really about?
Well, first, it's about nostalgia. The ultimate nostalgia, really. Since it commemorates the very first event in the history of our nation. The problem is, the nation we built following the July 4, 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, was wildly unjust. It may or may not have been an improvement over British rule. Consider a living example of what might have been:
Canada represents the alternative road not taken by the US, as a nation that remained a British colony. I think the outcome speaks for itself. Canada has a parliamentary system of government that is far more proportionally representative than the US Electoral College, and especially our malapportioned Senate. Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms is far superior to the US Bill of Rights in many ways. But chiefly, it was updated in 1982 to reflect modern realities, including an explicit non-discrimination clause. It also applies equally to all provinces, not just the federal government. So the "state's rights" argument is moot. Canada also gained universal health care in several stages in the years between 1962 and 1984.
It also bears repeating here that the United Kingdom abolished slavery in stages between 1807 and 1838, decades earlier than the United States.
Following the Revolutionary War, the American people gained their freedoms in fits and starts, with many significant reversals. The Bill of Rights wasn't adopted until 1791. And it contained no language of non-discrimination. As such, it only applied to white men. Equal Protection was established by the 14th Amendment, which wasn't ratified until 1868, *nearly a century after the Declaration of Independence.* Women didn't get their turn at citizenship for another 52 years!! The 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote in 1920, but the proposed Equal Rights Amendmend (which would have been the 27th Amendment) languished from when it was first proposed in 1923, to 1982 when it passed its final deadline for ratification, unratified.
It's such a simple thing, really. "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."
Why is this controversial? We know why. The religious patriarchy. The most important "freedom" on which the US was founded, is the "freedom" to discriminate. Every other modern democracy recognizes female equality, but for the USA, that has always been a bridge too far.
Over the past 60 years we've tried to build legislative and judicial frameworks to support civil, women's, and LGBT rights. Brave Americans have fought and died and dedicated their lives to these pursuits: The Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Voting Rights Act of 1965, Griswold v. Conneticut in 1965, The Fair Housing Act of 1968, Roe v. Wade in 1973, Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015.
Each and all of these acts and decisions have come under furious assault from conservatives. In 2013, SCOTUS invalidated key portions of the Voting Rights Act, and only a year ago overturned Roe v. Wade. Last week, SCOTUS gutted affirmative action and ruled against key non-discrimination precedent for public accommodations.
This is infamy of the highest order. Which is why there is absolutely nothing to celebrate this July 4th.
What does celebrating July 4th actually mean? A quote from Don Draper in the TV series Mad Men, sums it up best:
"Teddy told me that in Greek, 'nostalgia' literally means 'the pain from an old wound.' It's a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn't a spaceship, it's a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards... it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It's not called the wheel, it's called the carousel. It let's [sic] us travel the way a child travels - around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved... It's not about what happened, what's going to happen. No, it's about... it's about when you -- It's not about technology, it's about the human heart, about the desire to go back home again."
And that's the whole enchilada, right there. July 4th is an orgy of nostalgia for an America that never actually existed. For that fireplace that's actually poisioning you. For that religion that makes you believe you can survive death. That you are OK, that everything is going to be OK.
Don Draper continues:
"Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It's freedom from fear. It's a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you're doing is OK. You are OK."
But we're not OK. We're a nation that routinely hates half its population. We're hurtling headlong into climate disasters for which there is no longer any solution. We're facing an armed citizenry that routinely commits public slaughters of children while continuing to insist that gun ownership is "OK."
And here's the final irony: Mass shootings peak every year on July 4th and 5th. That's "OK," because we can't hear the carnage, over the din of millions of exploding fireworks.
"Freedom has been under assault in this country..." - #RhondaSantis at a July 4th Parade today.
He's right. BY *HIS* PARTY!
This is why #MassShootings in the #USA are rampant, because #Mainsteam #MassMedia are depend on #ratings for #advertising and rewarding #StochasticTerrorism in the form of "#AdvancedSuicides" will keep people tuned in on said linear broadcasting "news" channels...
That's why this is basically exclusive to the #US despite it neither having the most [il-]legal weapons per capita in circulation nor having the most relaxed laws by a long shot.
GOP’s booming support for guns is turning off millennial, Gen Z Republicans
A social media profile linked to the shooter features neo-Nazi images and posts that suggest he researched the mall’s peak hours before the shooting.
#News #texas #MassShootings #allen #outletmall #neo-nazis #WHITESUPREMACY #NickFuentes #elonmusk #gunviolence #extremism #MauricioGarcía
North Carolina Lieutenant, Governor #MarkRobinson, the current #Republican favorite to be the party's nominee for governor in 2024, has a long history of remarks viciously mocking and attacking teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting for their advocacy for gun control measures.
In the 107 days of 2023 so far, there have been at least 163 #MassShootings.
There have been 12,393 deaths for all cause #GunViolence.
@Radical_EgoCom Last night's Network news opened with the words:
"*Another* #MassShooting today."
Only in the United States where a minority of crazed lethal gun nuts are in control would you hear such a sentence uttered.
US right exploits Nashville school shooting to marginalise trans people.
OPINION: Right encourages hate towards trans community to avoid focus on gun control – but not everyone is fooled.
Mass shootings are currently occurring at a rate of about 1.5 per day in the so-called “land of the free”.
So #MassShootings being rampant in the #USA has nothing to do with #guns or their availability but the #LackOfAccountability & #LackOfConsequences re: #media and the fact that they #reward said mass-murderers with #screentime...
Uvalde District Attorney Fights Release of Public Records Against Wishes of Most Families
Uvalde’s DA has joined the TX Dept of Public Safety in fighting the release of public records related to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary, arguing that all of the families who lost children want them withheld.
But attorneys for a vast majority of the families are refuting that claim, saying that the information should be made public.
How many more have to die before we do SOMETHING??
#GunViolence #MassShootings #GunControlNow
@rbreich Two school shootings in Michigan in the last 6 months, and people are besides themselves trying to figure out what to do.
There IS something we can do NOW to reduce #MassShootings that doesn't infringe on anyone's right to bear arms or turn us into a police state with guards on every door. #StopMassShootings #TaxGunpowder #TaxCordite
More mass shootings in 2023 so far than at this point in any year since at least 2013.
#GunViolence #guns #MassShootings
California’s strict gun laws have worked to give the state a 40% lower per capita death rate than the national average.
We hear a lot more about mass shootings than about the far more deadly daily toll of guns in homicides, suicides and accidental shootings. Politicians respond with proposals like an assault weapons ban.
Reframing the gun debate to look at what really does work might lead to more effective lawmaking.
This apartment building is on the route that my wife, the baby, and I walk multiple times every week, and is very close to my wife's office.
Please carefully consider who you vote for because we can elect whoever we want in California, but what happens in other states and across the country can have an impact here. Thanks.