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Post time 2014-1-23 01:24:38 |Display all floors
KIyer Post time: 2014-1-22 05:08
It is not the guns, but what creates the motive in people to go out and shoot someone, that matters. ...

Friend, we'll have another polite disagreement. I think that guns, because they enable killing at a distance, make killing less psychologically stressfull than knives do. And those auto and semi-automatic weapons vastly increase the casualties. I think the motives are pretty standard all over the world (they vary from jealousy to humiliation  to robbery to delusional mental illness). But it is the EASE of killing that increases the American death rate. Canada, which is so similar socially to the US but has far stricter gun control has a MUCH lower death rate.
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Post time 2014-1-25 18:11:27 |Display all floors
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) -

A student who was shot outside a dormitory at South Carolina State University died on Friday as authorities searched for four suspects believed to be involved in the shooting, officials said.

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Post time 2014-1-27 07:00:18 |Display all floors
Three people dead in shooting at Colombia mall

At least three people have been killed in a shooting at a large shopping mall in Colombia, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington.

Police arrived on the scene after reports of gunfire around 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, discovering three bodies.

Customers inside the mall said that the mall was in lockdown Saturday morning and some customers were directed away from the scene of the shooting. Other customers reported hearing gunfire before fleeing the mall.

Authorities reported that they were responding to “an active shooter” on the second floor of the mall in Columbia in Howard County.

One of the victims at the mall was found near a gun and ammunition, Howard County police said on Twitter.

An official tweet said one of the dead was the suspected shooter.

The sprawling mall with about 200 stores is located about 30 miles north of Washington DC.

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Post time 2014-1-28 07:53:10 |Display all floors
This post was edited by buddy1 at 2014-2-4 08:07

10,000 children hurt, killed in school shootings each year

Monday Jan 27, 2014

    Why gun control is bad for America?

10,000 children are either killed or injured in school shootings in the United States each year, according to a new study.

Over 7,000 children, wounded by gunshots, are sent to the hospital amounting to 20 each day, the study published in Pediatrics Monday has found.

“That’s more than 7,000 children injured badly enough to be hospitalized,” said Dr. John Leventhal, the study’s lead author and a professor of pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. “All are unnecessary hospitalizations because preventing gun violence is something that can actually be done.”

Six percent of those who are hospitalized die from serious injuries, the study said.

3,000 die before they can even be taken to the emergency room, Leventhal noted.

In addition, earlier studies, which looked at child mortality related to firearms, confirmed that 3,000 deaths happen a year, according to experts.

“This study reinforces what we know from the mortality data,” said Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. “We have an extraordinary health burden in our youth associated with firearms injuries.”

Reviewing the 2009 Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID), which tracks pediatric hospital stays, the Yale researchers found that 7,391 children under the age of 20 had been admitted to the hospital due to injuries caused by for firearm, of whom 453 died.

The KID’s data was gathered between 1997 and 2009 as part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.

According to an investigation by the Daily Beast, one school shooting has taken place in America every two weeks on average.

Many critics blame the country’s notoriously liberal gun control laws for the high rate of gun violence.

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Post time 2014-2-4 08:06:09 |Display all floors
Two killed in Washington state workplace shooting

Two people have been killed in a shooting incident in an industrial area in the US state of Washington, according to police officials.

The shooting happened just before noon Monday local time at a Benjamin Moore Paint distribution center in Vancouver, Washington.

Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said two people are dead, including the shooter.

The shooter has been described as a man in his 60s. No other details were immediately available.

Vancouver is near Portland, Oregon. It’s the fourth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 161,000.

Critics blame the notoriously liberal gun control laws in the United States for the high rate of gun violence in the country.

A recent poll found that an estimated 40 percent of households in the United States have at least one gun owner.

A scientific study published by the American Journal of Medicine in September found that the rate of gun violence is positively correlated with gun ownership rates.

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Post time 2014-2-9 06:10:29 |Display all floors
Cops who shot innocent women during Dorner manhunt to go back on the job

The eight Southern California police officers who mistakenly fired more than 100 shots at a car being driven by two women during a manhunt for suspected cop-killer Christopher Dorner last year will return to the field, officials now say.

Although both the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and a civilian oversight board agree that eight LAPD officers violated official policy during the one-sided shootout in Torrance, CA last February 7, an internal memorandum obtained by members of the media on Wednesday reveal that those cops will continue to work the streets of Southern California.

Christopher Jordan Dorner.(Reuters / Handout)

Christopher Jordan Dorner.(Reuters / Handout)

"I have confidence in their abilities as LAPD officers to continue to do their jobs in the same capacity they had been assigned," Police Chief Charlie Beck said in a department message to officers on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. "In the end, we as an organization can learn from this incident and from the individuals involved."

For violating department policy, Beck could have — but declined — to terminate those eight officers, although additional, unnamed disciplinary measures are still on the table, the AP reported on Thursday.

"I appreciate that the officers involved in the incident took action with intent of protecting the 'target' and his family; however, the chain of events which unfolded and the extent to which the use of lethal force occurred did not meet my expectations, consequently there were innocent victims wounded," Beck said.

As RT reported earlier this week, both Beck and a civilian review board independently determined that the eight LAPD officers acted improperly last year when they opened fire at a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck presumed to belong to Dorner, a 33-year-old former cop who was suspected of killing four people before being declared dead days later at the end of an intense, multi-state manhunt.

A police officer mistook that vehicle for Dorner’s grey Nissan Titan and then, according to remarks made by Beck during a press conference on Tuesday this week, began shooting when the sound of a newspaper being thrown against the pavement was confused for a gunshot.

Seven other officers then opened fire on the Toyota, injuring both occupants — Margie Carranza, 47, and her 71-year-old mother, Emma Jernandez. They were delivering newspapers at the time of the incident, and were later awarded $40,000 by the city for a new vehicle and an additional settlement valued at reportedly $4.2 million.

"While I certainly empathize and understand the conditions and circumstances that led to this particular officer-involved shooting, I hold our police officers to the highest standards in the application of deadly force," Beck told reporters on Tuesday when the review group’s findings were made public.

Just hours later, though, the internal memo revealed that those officials involved in the shooting won’t be sent off the street, and instead will be asked to endure additional training and then rejoin their colleagues on patrol.

“I trust that the training will be extensive and the department and officers will move forward from this tragic incident stronger and wiser from the lessons learned," Steve Soboroff, the president of the civilian Police Commission, told the AP.

Others — including the attorney for the injured women — disagree.

"If either of the women had been killed, you can bet your bottom dollar somebody would be fired and maybe prosecuted," lawyer Glen Jonas told the AP. "A stroke of luck, firing more than 100 rounds and missing, should not mean the discipline is lighter."

On Thursday, the editorial board at the Los Angeles Times even objected to the LAPD’s decision to allow those officers back on the street.

“It's hard to imagine what could justify firing 28 times at two unarmed women, or that an officer capable of such bad judgment could be trusted in the future. But punishing the officers or their superiors should not end this inquiry, which should additionally determine whether those involved grossly ignored their training or whether the training itself was lacking,” the Times’ journalists wrote. “Beck is right to hold officers to the highest standards and to demand accountability when they misuse deadly force. He and the commission need to evaluate possible shortcomings in training or tactical procedures that were exposed by this event.”
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