What More is There to Say on Gun Laws? (VIDEOS)

by BillMoyers.Com Staff – There comes a point where you feel like there’s nothing more to say about gun violence that hasn’t already been said. Over the years, we’ve done many, many stories on gun violence in America. In the days following the Sandy Hook massacre, Bill Moyers urged us to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre by name. He read out the names of all 26 victims and observed that “laws are hard to come by, civilization just as hard. But democracy aims for a moral order as just as possible — which means laws that protect the weak, and not just the strong.” On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Newtown, we explored the role of guns in America’s national psyche throughout history. And talked to Francine and David Wheeler, the parents of 6-year-old Ben, who died at Sandy Hook. The Wheelers became hopeful activists working doggedly for...

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Congressional Baseball Practice Shooting: Four Wounded, Including Rep. Scalise

by Mark Sumner – As a team composed of Republican Congressmen and staffers were practicing baseball at a field near Alexandria, VA, a shooter fired into the field, wounding Congressman Steve Scalise, along with a Congressional staffer and two Capitol Police officers. The shooter was apparently a white male. According to Congressman Jeff Flake, the shooter was “in his 40s, maybe 50,” white, with dark hair. Several observers noted that he was wearing a blue shirt. At least two Congressman have reported that they spoke with the man they believed to be the shooter before the incident, with Congressman Jeff Duncan reporting that the man asked if the team practicing was Democrats or Republicans. However, Democrats practice at another field. Multiple Republicans had this morning’s practice, which is preparation for a charity game, noted on their calendars. So it’s likely the shooter would not have arrived on the field, armed, without...

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Cop Convicted in Death of Unarmed Black Man

by gossamer1234 – I will keep this fairly brief. I’m sure many of you have heard of the Eric Harris case. An unarmed black man shot and killed by a “reserve” deputy. To be clear, Eric Harris was no saint. He had a rap sheet and was the victim of a sting gone awry.  He was caught on camera illegally selling guns and fled when deputies arrived.  He was eventually caught and cuffed. That’s when the crap hit the fan.  Elderly Robert Bates (72 at the time) shot the handcuffed Harris. Well, he was charged with 2nd degree manslaughter and faced a maximum of four years in prison. He faced a jury of his peers. He was lucky enough that somehow the jury ended up all white. Today he was found guilty, jury recommends 4 years in prison. Elderly white man. Dead scary black man with a record. All white jury. Deep...

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Congressman Slams Planned Parenthood On Live TV During Active Shooting At Planned Parenthood Clinic

by JUDD LEGUM – A gunman at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado left three people dead, including a police officer, and several others injured. The standoff lasted about five hours. While the shooter was active inside the Planned Parenthood clinic, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) went on live TV and blasted the organization. “We saw these barbaric videos, and that was something that many of us have a legitimate concern about,” Kinzinger said. He was referring to highly-edited undercover videos that falsely claim Planned Parenthood was illegally selling body party from aborted fetuses. Kinzinger also criticized a statement from Planned Parenthood about the incident as “very premature.” He said that, if it was later discovered the shooter was not targeting Planned Parenthood he would “fully expect an apology.” (The statement, while criticizing “extremists” for “creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country,” acknowledged that “we...

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None Of The 14 GOP Presidential Candidates Have Responded To The Planned Parenthood Shooting

by EMILY ATKIN – Approximately 10 hours after a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, only two presidential candidates have issued statements expressing support for either the three victims or the women’s health organization. Of the 17 candidates, only former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have put out public statements in response to the massacre, which lasted approximately five hours and resulted in the deaths of one police officer and two civilians. Hillary Clinton ✔@HillaryClinton Today and every day, we #StandWithPP. https://twitter.com/Newsweek/status/670341297601978369 … 5:36 PM – 27 Nov 2015 Bernie Sanders ✔@BernieSanders We proudly #StandWithPP of Colorado Springs and the brave law enforcement personnel who fought to protect it. 11:12 PM – 27 Nov 2015 As of Friday night, none of the 14 Republican candidates had mentioned the shooting. President Obama has also not issued a formal...

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Feds Deny Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Protesters’ Demand To Release Shooting Video

by SAMANTHA PAGE – Backing up local and state officials — and rebuffing protesters — federal investigators said Friday they would not release video of Jamar Clark’s fatal shooting last week in Minneapolis. Black Lives Matter activists have been pressuring the police and investigators to release video of Clark’s shooting on November 15, which sparked ongoing protests. Some witnesses allege Clark was handcuffed at the time. “Release of any evidence, including any video, during an ongoing investigation would be extremely detrimental to the investigation,” U.S Attorney Andrew M. Luger, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Vanita Gupta, and FBI Special Agent FBI Richard T. Thornton said in a joint statement. The federal agencies are conducting an independent investigation. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is also investigating the shooting. Local police have said that Clark was “disrupting” their assistance to an assault victim. Police were reportedly called to the scene...

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‘Good Guy With A Gun’ Plays Cop, Judge and Jury – Executes An 18-Year-Old

  By CHARLES TOPHER, Addicting Info – This is a story that is sure to spark lively discussion, if not controversy, over the “good guy with a gun” issue. A man whose friend was working the overnight shift at a gas station in Knoxville, Tennesee on Monday was sitting in his car in the parking lot when he witnessed somebody walk into the store carrying a weapon. Rather than call the police, the man grabbed the gun he kept in his car and took the law into his own hands. When he entered the store, the bad guy was most definitely robbing it, forcing the good guy’s friend to open the register at gunpoint. Without hesitation, the good guy took out the bad guy with one fatal gunshot, and the incident was over. The robber, identified as 18-year-old Tamon Stapleton, won’t be living a life of crime; he won’t be...

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Pastor Who Refused To Reject LGBT Community Shot In Anti-Gay Hate Crime

by RANDA MORRIS – Hartford, Connecticut police are investigating the shooting of a Christian pastor, which took place the day before Memorial Day. The pastor, who is known for  non-judgmental acceptance of LGBT individuals, was shot multiple times, while placing flags in front of his church. According to police, the shooter used anti-gay language and slurs during the attack. Sunday marked Pastor Augustus Sealy’s fifth anniversary as pastor at the Hartford First Church of the Nazarene. As he was preparing for a commemorative service, someone driving a black Nissan or a black Honda Sedan fired a total of seven bullets at the Christian pastor, while shouting anti-gay slurs. Three of those bullets struck him. Two of the shots hit Sealy in the leg, and one penetrated his shoulder. Thankfully, an additional four shots missed their intended target. Dennis Lee was the first person to arrive at the scene. He told Fox Carolina...

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Armed Bikers In ‘F*CK ISLAM!’ Shirts Plan To Mock Islam, Incite Violence At Mosque

by CHARLES TOPHER – A group of ‘Murican bikers has an entire evening of Islamaphobic events planned in Arizona on Friday, gathering for what they call a “response to the recent attack in Texas where 2 armed terrorists with ties to ISIS attempted Jihad.” The two men with “ties to ISIS” were shot and killed when they showed up at an event held for no reason other than to mock Islam wearing body armor and carrying assault rifles. The bikers, determined to further the cause of mocking Islam and inciting violence, have decided to form a protest at a mosque the two men attended, because surely it’s a center for ISIS recruitment and terrorist plots. The mosque, located in Phoenix, is more than a thousand miles from Garland, Texas, where the shooting took place. Such a glorious day of hate they have planned. It will all start at a Denny’s restaurant in...

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Photo Raising Questions About How Police Are Treating White Bikers After A Mass Murder

No one is handcuffed and several people appear to have access to their cell phones By JUDD LEGUM, ThinkProgress – Today, a massive gunfight between rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas left at least 9 people dead and 18 injured. “In 34 years of law enforcement, this is the worst crime scene, the most violent crime scene I have ever been involved in,” Waco Police Sargent Patrick Swanton said. The police have not named the gangs involved, but images taken after the massacre appear to show members of the Bandidos and the Cossacks, among other gangs, who have a history of violent confrontations in the area. The gang members reportedly opened fire on the police when they arrived at the scene. Many of the individuals involved appear to be white, including some with white supremacist tattoos and patches. One image, in particular, is raising question about whether the suspects would...

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George Zimmerman Injured In Road Rage Shooting Through Car Window

by JOHN PRAGER – Ever since he evaded a conviction in the murder of Trayvon Martin after he stalked, attacked, and ultimately murdered the unarmed African-American teenager, George Zimmerman has been getting away with a lot — including numerous incidences of domestic violence and threats and a road rage incident in which he stalked then threatened, a driver who irritated him. Unfortunately for Zimmerman, Karma may finally be catching up with him. On Monday, Zimmerman was involved in yet another instance of violence — this time on the receiving end. Zimmerman was reportedly involved in a dispute with another driver on Lake Mary Boulevard in Florida when the other driver fired a shot through Trayvon Martin’s killer’s passenger-side window: Officers and witnesses on the scene says that Zimmerman escaped with a minor wound. “He walked normally into the ambulance, so he wasn’t being helped or nothing,” witness Ricardo Berrare told WESH. “They...

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3 Men In Ski Masks Open Fire On LAPD Days After Police Kill Unarmed Homeless Man

By John Vibes, The Free Thought Project – Los Angeles, California – This week, Los Angeles Police shot and killed an unarmed homeless man named Africa, sparking large protests throughout the city. Police claim that the man reached for the officer’s gun, but video evidence does not confirm these allegations and many witnesses say that the officers were unjustified. As tensions were high, around 6AM on Tuesday, three men in ski masks allegedly opened fire on police in Southern Los Angeles. Police chased after the suspects and eventually found three people who they said were the shooters. However, there are conflicting reports as to whether or not the police were able to recover a weapon. The shooting seemed random, and there is no indication that the suspects had any ties to the protests that have been taking place throughout the city. Some protesters have even speculated that the shooting...

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Deadly Attack at Denmark Free Speech Event

Police say at least one man killed and three policemen wounded after several shots fired by lone gunman in Copenhagen At least one man has been killed and three policemen were wounded after several shots were fired at a cafe in the Danish capital, where a meeting on freedom of speech was being held, police said. Danish police said late on Saturday that just one gunman was involved in the attack in Copenhagen. They released a photo of the suspect in a dark jacket and a maroon hat carrying a black bag. Police initially said there were two gunmen. The gunman, who remains on the run, reportedly used automatic weapons in carrying out the raid. As of late Saturday, a getaway car has been recovered, police said. The event was organised by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced numerous threats for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad in 2007. Police confirmed...

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Darren Wilson, Officer who Killed Michael Brown, Resigns from Ferguson PD

The white police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after he shot dead a black 18-year-old, fueling protests that have rocked the St. Louis suburb and the nation. Darren Wilson, 28, has been on administrative leave since the shooting on Aug. 9. His resignation was announced Saturday by one of his attorneys, Neil Bruntrager. The resignation is effective immediately, Bruntrager said. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Wilson cited security concerns as a reason behind his resignation. A grand jury spent more than three months reviewing evidence in the case before declining in November to issue any charges against Wilson. He told jurors that he feared for his life when Brown hit him and reached for a gun. The U.S. Justice Department is still conducting a civil rights investigation into the shooting and a separate probe of...

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BREAKING – Gunman Terrorizes Canadian Parliament, Killing One (VIDEO)

by NATHANIEL DOWNES – Ottawa is in lockdown after one or more gunmen shot a soldier guarding the National War Memorial before entering the Canadian Parliament building. The police have managed to kill one gunman, but do not know if he was acting alone or with others at this time, so are continuing their search. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in the building at the time the gunmen entered the building, but was evacuated quickly. There is a report that the gunmen used a shotgun style weapon, which the sound of the gunshot in the above video does support. According to Reuters, the gunman who killed the soldier at the memorial was dressed in black, and sporting a scarf over his face. It is reported that the gunman had carjacked a vehicle in order to get to the Parliament building. In addition, this gunman appeared to have a clear target, as...

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Damning New Facts: White Cop’s Murder of Black Wal-Mart Shopper

by bobswern – Sunday’s Guardian story on the Beavercreek, Ohio police murder killing of 22-year-old Wal-Mart shopper John Crawford, on August 5th, brings to light new facts about the case which should make any reader’s blood curdle. Here’s the excerpt of the opening of the story… Doubts cast on witness’s account of black man killed by police in Walmart Alleged to have threatened customers, John Crawford, 22, was having a phone conversation while holding an unloaded BB gun Jon Swaine in New York theguardian.com Sunday 7 September 2014 10.37 EDT When Ronald Ritchie called 911 from the aisles of a Walmart in western Ohio last month to report that a black man was “walking around with a gun in the store”, he said that shoppers were coming under direct threat. “He’s, like, pointing it at people,” Ritchie told the dispatcher. Later that evening, after John Crawford III had been shot...

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Republicans Find It ‘Disgusting’ that Blacks Could Vote

By kos, Daily Kos – (Daily Kos) Diarist librarisingnsf covered this yesterday: In an interview with Breitbart News, Missouri RNC Executive Director Matt Wills expressed outrage about the reports of voter registration booths popping up in Ferguson, Breitbart reports.“If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is,” Wills said, “I think it’s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.” Wills explained that the shooting death of Michael Brown was a tragedy for everyone. “This is not just a tragedy for the African-American community this is a tragedy for the Missouri community as well as the community of what we call America,” he said. “Injecting race into this conversation and into this tragedy, not only is not helpful, but it doesn’t help a continued conversation of justice and peace.” I’ve been giving this some serious thought, because it’s so much crazy, packed into so little space. “If that’s not fanning the political...

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Cop Shoots 17-Year-Old Boy Who Answers Door, Nothing Else Happens

by Ed Krayewski – In February, Beth Gatny of the Euharlee, Georgia, police department fatally shot 17-year-old Christopher Roupe after the boy opened the door for the officer. Gatny was at the residence to serve a probation warrant for Roupe’s father. Police claimed the 17-year old pointed a gun at the officer but the family insisted he was holding a Nintendo Wii controller.  One witness said she saw the cop sobbing into her hands after the shooting. In April, a grand jury recommended the District Attorney, Rosemary Greene, take action, finding the use of deadly force was not authorized. The DA’s office said it would collect additional evidence and return to a grand jury. Unfortunately you can probably guess what happened next. Via WSB-TV in Atlanta: The District Attorney’s Office for the Cherokee Judicial Circuit presented a proposed indictment charging Gatny with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. However, the grand...

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Study Reveals Police Are 10 Times More Likely To Shoot African Americans

By PBSpot Admin – It’s official: African American residents are 10 times more likely than Caucasians to be shot by police. At least that’s what one study found for residents of Chicago.? In an analysis of recent data from the City of Chicago Independent Police Review Authority, “In black and Latino, lower-income neighborhoods you will see police officers who are instructed to stop and frisk and aggressively search every day,” civil rights attorney Craig Futterman told the Chicago Reporter, which first crunched the data. Futterman founded the University of Chicago’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project. He explained that, “These opportunities for conflict to escalate present themselves. And they often do.” The Chicago Reporter’s analysis also revealed that while African Americans residents are less than a third of Chicago’s total population, three-quarters of the city’s police-involved shooting victims were in fact members of the African American community in such incidents spanning 2009-2013....

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Border Patrol’s Rapid Expansion Fueled Abuses, Critics Say

Customs defends program yet increases training days by 20% By Tom A. Peter,  Al Jazeera –  SAN DIEGO — Valentin Tachiquin first learned that something might have happened to his daughter Munique when his 12-year-old granddaughter recognized her mother’s car, riddled with bullets, on the local TV news. When Tachiquin called the police for information about his daughter’s shooting, they told him the incident involved Border Patrol, not the police. The Border Patrol officer he spoke to on the phone refused to give his last name, claimed to have no supervisor and referred the distraught father to an automated hotline. Tachiquin, a corrections officer in the California prison system, had to learn from TV news and the Internet that a Border Patrol agent had shot his daughter nine times in an incident whose cause remains contested nearly two years later. Now, Tachiquin has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit for the September...

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