We’re number one. No, not in education, health or any other social programs, but in gun crimes. As of June 10, 2014, there have been 117 mass shootings in the United States this year. The second to last was in Las Vegas, Nevada. And today, according to The Los Angeles Times, we have this:
Student killed, shooter also dead, at Oregon high school, police say
One student has been killed and the gunman is also dead at Reynolds High School near Portland, Ore., police said Tuesday morning.
At a televised news conference, Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson told reporters the violent situation, which began at 8 a.m., was contained and over.
The chief said one student was fatally shot in the campus attack. No names were given.
According to Reddit.com, there were 116 shootings (Oregon makes 117) in the United States. There was another story in Florida of a man with a gun on campus. Luckily no one was killed or injured. Here is the beginning of the list of shootings in the U.S.:
Number 1: 1/1/2014, Unknown, 2 dead 2 injured, Norfolk, VA
Number 2: 1/3/2014, Unknown, 1 dead 3 injured, New York (Queens), NY
Number 3: 1/4/2014, Leonard “Frank” Harris Jr, 2 dead 2 injured, Rock Falls, IL
Number 4: 1/5/2014, Unknown, 1 dead 3 injured, Erie, OH
Number 5: 1/5/2014, Unknown, 0 dead 4 injured, Atlanta, Ga
Number 6: 1/12/2014, Unknown, 0 dead 5 injured, Elgin, Il
Number 7: 1/12/2014, Unknown, 0 dead 5 injured, Huntsville, AL
Number 8: 1/12/2014, Unknown, 0 dead 4 injured, Portland, OR
Number 9: 1/14/2014, Unknown, 0 dead 4 injured, Los Angeles, CA
Number 10: 1/16/2014, Unknown, 1 dead 4 injured, Ardmore, OK
These are just the first 10 of 117 incidents of mass shootings. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is alleging that the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada that left two police officers and another victim dead was “absolutely staged” by the federal government according to Media Matters. That Senator Harry Reid was behind this in order for the U.S. government to grab our guns…not the NRA and their lobbying to promote guns and cut mental health care, no. It’s all the Democratic Party’s fault.
Liberal gun owners, though promoters of the right to have a firearm, are alarmed by the shooting and are promoting a more stringent firearm laws…like stricter background checks. On a scarier note, this madness leading is leading to, according to Raw Story:
The Ku Klux Klan plans to begin military-style combat training under the direction of military troops returning home from overseas deployments, according to a Barcroft Media report.
The notorious hate group has been attempting to recruit new members – children, in particular – in recent months, and the Loyal White Knights faction has begun preparations for a long-awaited race war.
The Las Vegas shooters Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller shot and killed two Metro Police officers at a pizza restaurant in Las Vegas and killed another person at a nearby Wal-Mart according to the Las Vegas Sun. According to the Sun, the duo also told people they planned to commit a mass shooting…they were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine.”
According to CBS.com, “The couple bragged about their gun collection and claimed to have spent time at Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s property during a standoff with federal government agents in April.”
So are all the shooting race related? No. Many are mentally ill. Suffice it to say, the Millers were also sick and needed mental health care badly…there are also witnesses who said that they couple placed the Gadsen flag on the dead officer’s body as a sign of resistance against the “man”.
Still, after all the shooting, more than 110 and counting, just during 2014 alone, there still is no gun control. There is no thorough background check and unlike California, the pro-carry states still do not require gun owners to go through a federal firearm license dealer during a private party purchase.
Will these common sense laws reduce crime and mass shooting? The shooter in Santa Barbara had a history of mental illness but legally bought firearms because he was not deemed mentally unstable just before his killing spree. Many on the right are critical of any legislation and the shooters were deemed by them mentally ill, but the right fall short of saying take their firearms away. As for the third victim in Las Vegas, the third person who was shot and killed was ambushed from the rear as he confronted one of the killers with his firearm. The lack of real training resulted in his death.