By the time the nation confronted the unthinkable school massacre in Connecticut last December, Mother Jones’ groundbreaking investigation of mass shootings, launched the prior summer, had shown that mass gun violence in America was on the rise. The trend appeared to be no coincidence in light of the proliferation of guns and looser gun laws nationwide. One leading criminologist took issue with our criteria, arguing that mass shootings had not become more common. But now, research from an expert on criminal justice at Texas State University further shows that gun rampages in the United States have escalated.
The research, to be published in a book in July, further confirms that:
Public shooting rampages have spiked in particular over the last few years
Many of the attackers were heavily armed
None of the shootings was stopped by an ordinary citizen using a gun
The author of the study, Pete Blair, advises law enforcement officials and has conducted extensive research on gun rampages in workplaces, schools, and other public locations. He gathered data on 84 “active shooter events” (ASEs) between 2000 and 2010 in which the killer’s primary motive appeared to be mass murder. This chart shows his findings on the frequency of cases:
See the CBS Story
And some commentary from Popehat:
The simulation will take approximately 15-20 minutes, during which time teachers will secure their rooms, draw curtains, and keep their students from traveling throughout the building. Please note that we will be firing blanks in the hallway in an effort to provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire. Our school resource officer and other members of the Cary Police Department will assist us in sweeping the building to ensure that all students are in a secure location during the drill. At the conclusion of the drill, we will take some time to process what occurred and then we will return to our normal classroom routine.
Mass shootings have been increasing even as more NRA members are openly and concealed carrying and even while there are more legal guns on the street than ever before. Something must be wrong with Wayne LaPierre’s “Good guys with guns” hypothesis.
The gut-wrenching shock of the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14 wasn’t just due to the 20 unthinkably young victims. It was also due to the realization that this specific, painfully familiar nightmare was unfolding yet again.
As the scope of the massacre in Newtown became clear, some news accounts suggested that mass shootings in the United States have not increased, based on a broad definition of them. But in fact 2012 has been unprecedented for a particular kind of horror that’s been on the rise in recent years, from Virginia Tech to Tucson to Aurora to Oak Creek to Newtown. There have been at least 62 such mass shootings in the last three decades, attacks in which the killer took the lives of four or more people (the FBI’s baseline for mass murder) in a public place—a school, a workplace, a mall, a religious building. Seven of them have occurred this year alone.
Along with three other similar though less lethal rampages—at a Portland shopping mall, a Milwaukee spa, and a Cleveland high school—2012 has been the worst year for these events in modern US history, with 151 victims injured and killed. More than a quarter of them were young children and teenagers.
The National Rifle Association and its allies would have us believe that the solution to this epidemic, itself but a sliver of America’s overall gun violence, is to put firearms in the hands of as many citizens as possible. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” declared the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre in a press conference a week after Newtown, the same day bells tolled at the National Cathedral and the devastated town mourned its 28 dead. (That day a gunman in Pennsylvania also murdered three people and wounded a state trooper shortly before LaPierre gave his remarks.) LaPierre explained that it was a travesty for a school principal to face evil unarmed, and he called for gun-wielding security officers to be deployed in every school in America.
As many commentators noted, it was particularly callous of the NRA to double down on its long-standing proposal to fight gun violence with more guns while parents in Newtown were burying their first graders.
One of the horrors of the modern internet is that even as the country and the people directly affected are still shocked and grieving over a tragedy other insanely evil populist demagogues are weaving paranoid conspiracies that feed directly to the psyche of the sorts of people who perpetrate monstrous crimes like the Newtown Massacre.
A king toad in the “New World Order” fever swamps, Jones has become wealthy and influential on the loopy fringe, while occasionally poking his head into the mainstream media conversation: in 2011, New York magazine reported that Jones’s radio show boasts “upwards of 3 million listeners” a day; his website is frequently linked to on the Drudge Report, ensuring that he’s read by millions; he recently was a guest on The Joy Behar Show; his radio show features well-known guests like actor Charlie Sheen, Congressman Ron Paul, Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano, and rapper KRS-One. In 2009, the vacuous celebrity duo Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt revealed themselves to be Jones apostles, appearing on his program to “discuss their awakening to the New World Order.” For reasons that elude me, Jones is one of those trolls the media doesn’t mind feeding.
After the Newtown shootings, Jones, typically unencumbered by facts, contended that “Prozac and its family of psychotropic drugs are at the heart of 99% off mass murder shootings.” Another Infowars.com writer warned that the Obama administration was stocking up on ammunition—because it was actively attempting to foment a civil war: “Why does the Department of Homeland Security—named after Hitler’s “Office of Fatherland Security” [sic]—need 1.6 billion rounds of ammo,” Infowars.com wondered.
I’m convinced that America is indeed overflowing with people who need their heads checked out.
In a fit of extreme profanity, Jones even claimed that certain parents of Sandy Hook victims were involved—wittingly or otherwise—in the conspiracy (without enumerating the goals or perpetrators of the conspiracy). Citing “independent researchers,” Jones pointed his readers to a press conference held by Robbie Parker, father of murdered 6-year-old victim Emilie Parker: “It appears that members of the media or government have given [Robbie Parker] a card and are telling him what to say as they steer reaction to this event, so this needs to be looked into.”
It turns out that Ryan Lanza, earlier misidentified as the Newtown school shooter, was actually the suspect Adam Lanza’s brother.
According to public records searches, Ryan and Adam Lanza have both lived at 36 Yogananda St. in Newtown. A Nancy Lanza is also listed at that address. News reports indicate that Nancy is the mother of Ryan and Adam, that she worked at Sandy Hook Elementary as a teacher, and that she is presumed dead. The Hartford Courant is reporting that, in addition to the 26 victims found at Sandy Hook Elementary School, “another person was found dead at 36 Yogananda St. in Newtown.” The Courant does not identify the person found dead at that address, but CBS News and CNN are now reporting that Lanza’s mother was found dead in her home.
Public records searches also show that the same Ryan Lanza who lived in Newtown has recently shared an address in Hoboken, N.J., with people named Jessica O’Brien and Michael Shapiro. The circulated screenshots of Ryan Lanza’s Facebook account show responses from a Jessica O’Brien and a Michael Shapiro. In response to Lanza posting “Everyone shut the fuck up it wasn’t me,” O’Brien wrote: “Do you need anything ready for when you get home? Can I set anything out for you to grab and go? Anything else I can do L”. In response to Lanza writing “Fuck you CNN it wasn’t me,” Shapiro wrote “this is batshit insane” and “how the fuck do they jump to such a conclusion with zero evidence.”
This makes sense in light of an earlier report that the shooter may have been carrying Ryan Lanza’s ID:
…Former Jersey Journal staff writer Brett Wilshe said he has spoken with Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, who told Wilshe the shooter may have had his identification.
South Africa Union Strike Massacre: South African Police Open Fire On Striking Lonmin Miners Kill Over 30
You can see at 0:09 where the police shot the tear gas and the victims where running from it.
Back in the day they used to use Pinkerton goons on strikers. I went to various right wing web sites and they are praising the mass murder here. I can’t tell if it is because they are glad to see black people killed or because the cops are killing people in labor unions. Probably both.
Blair Mountain, WV: The West Virginia Mine Wars
In the largest uprising in the United States outside of the Civil War, thousands of miners waged armed warfare in Logan County, West Virginia against mine owners, the sheriff and federal troops in an effort to unionize the mines in 1921.
The battle marked the first time U.S. troops were ordered to bomb civilians. The United Mine Workers (UMW) enjoyed widespread support among the general population and were the first industrial union to admit African Americans on an equal basis.
The union leader Bill Blizzard eventually surrendered his army in order to avoid further civilian casulties. Blizzard was acquitted in court of insurrection.
Future UMW & Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) leader John L. Lewis fought alongside Blizzard at the Battle of Blair Mountain and succeeded in getting recognition for the union 14 years later in southern West Virginia.
At the Gilbert home where five people died yesterday in an apparent murder/suicide — allegedly perpetrated by neo-Nazi J.T. Ready — there was a reason the bomb squad showed up: six grenades.
Gilbert police said this morning that “hazardous chemicals and military grade munitions” were found by investigators once a search warrant was obtained, and Nick Martin from Talking Points Memo found out those munitions were anti-tank grenades.
U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent Tom Mangan confirmed this to New Times, telling us that it’s definitely illegal for regular citizens to have those devices, which are designed for use in military combat.
TPM says the grenades are typically fired from a launcher, which was not found at the home.
Anders Breivik wont get his wish for the death penalty or acquital, despite the fact that his claims that he was acting in self defense simply don’t pass the smell test.
Norweigan law permits only a maximum of 21 years in prison. If he’s found insane, he’d be locked away for as long as necessary to keep him from being a menace to society.
Consider that in his statements and evidence proferred, he doesn’t consider the court to have proper jurisdiction, he claims that he was acting in self-defense, and that he justifies the murder of 77 people to be in defense of the creeping multiculturalism and influence of outsiders on Norway.
Part of the problem in determining his sanity and his political claims is that he’s refusing to give any information that might reveal the identities of the Knights Templar and other like-minded individuals with whom he’s had contact and might confirm his claims that he’s part of a wider right-wing white nationalist group intent on fighting against multiculturalism and igniting a race war in the process. Thus far, police have been unable to corroborate his claims of other cells in Europe or Norway though he’s using a vocabulary common to those on the far right and many of these extremists are shifting away from politics towards a potential military solution.
It’s also interesting that he considers al Qaeda to be methodological role models, even though Breivik claims that his goals are isolationist in nature. He’s also claimed that he was inspired by Serbian nationalists, not Nazis, even though Serbian nationalists were inspired by Nazi ideas of ethnic nationalism, racial purity, and unabashed brutality.
Ultimately, his views were inspired by hate and fear of the other - people who didn’t look or act in a manner that he considered to be traditionally Norwegian. They practice different religions - Muslims, or spoke or came from different countries.
Breivik differs from other white supremacists and right wingers only by degree - in acting on his hate and fear, he went beyond what other white supremacists and right wingers have thus far engaged in by murdering dozens of people in the process all because they subscribed to a different political agenda than his own.
His is an outcome resulting from an ideology whose goals are ultimately achieved not through politics, but by violent confrontation and eliminating the political regimes that encourage and protect multiculturalism.
You have to understand the “logic” that these people (white supremacists) use and what passes for “facts” within their circle.
Premise: All other races are intellectually inferior to the white race.
Premise: All other races are developmentally (mental/emotional stability) inferior to the white race.
Premise: The white race is solely responsible for the development of Industrial civilization, the advancement of science, and the concept of the rule of law.
Premise: Races other than the white race have been unable (even given thousands of years to try) to develop “stable” and “enlightened” governance/civilization based on the “sanctity of individual rights.”
Premise: The white race is declining in numbers, mainly due to the availability of contraception and abortion.
Premise: The worldwide population of non-whites is growing exponentially and the white race is now an ever shrinking minority.
Premise: The loss of white majority control in Europe/Canada/United States will quickly result in a second “dark age” period as traditional society completely breaks down into multicultural/theocratic dominated anarchy.
Premise: The white race is actually threatened with extinction due to widespread interbreeding with other races due to immigration of non-whites into traditionally white race populated countries.
Premise: Large scale immigration of non-white races into traditionally white countries has subverted the political process and created laws and regulations designed solely to give non-whites “special rights” and oppress those attempting to support the rights of the white race.
Premise: Ineffectual and weak leftist/multiculturist Governments are now actively the enemy of those who believe that the white race is threatened with extinction.
Premise: By being a non-white in a traditionally white race dominated country you are helping to encourage interbreeding, subversion of the political system, destruction of the existing culture, and taking job opportunities away from whites.
Therefore: Non-whites are committing genocide against the white race simply by living in traditionally white regions, and any response, including violence, by white race loyalists is therefore entirely justifiable as self defense against the white race’s future extinction.
This is exactly what these people believe, it really is, you don’t have to spend much time reading the threads and the comments on the sites inside their ever growing and self re-enforcing circle of hatred and paranoia for proof.