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First Responders to Mass Shootings Speak Up

“When we hear about the next [mass shooting] tragedy, it’s heartbreaking, and it rips open the scabs from December 14,” says Dr. William Begg in Kim A. Snyder’s We Are All Newtown. Begg was a first responder when—five years ago today—a gunman took the lives of 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “I want to recognize the valiant efforts of the first responders,” Begg continues, “and the families whose loved ones actually made it to the ER….We all tried our best.”

Snyder’s three-film series follows doctors with mass-shooting experience who are “investigating the issue of gun violence as one of a public health crisis,” Snyder told The Atlantic. “We have heard the rising voices of emergency health workers who are on the front lines of gun violence each day. They are the ones who spend sleepless nights replaying moments of trying to stop bleeds and informing

Read more at: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/548231/newtown-mass-shooting-first-responders/

5 Years After Sandy Hook Mass Shooting, Denverites Hold Vigil

When Is It a Good Time to Talk About Gun Safety? The Sandy Hook Elementary School Mass Shooting – Five Years …

Today is the 5th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. So, is today a good time to talk about gun policy? Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) interviewed on CBSN: “We have to be talking about policy change every single day in this country or we’ll never end up doing anything about the 90 people a day who die.”

Vox.com has a site which tracks gun violence and mass shootings since Sandy Hook. The site includes an interactive map displaying the dates and locations of mass shootings since Sandy Hook.

 

We at San Diego Free Press love watching all kinds of video. Those short visual stories entertain, inform, and agitate in a way completely different from the written word.

Since our platform is about expressing ideas and ideals instead of cash flow, clicks, or fundraising, we have the freedom to include a wide range of topics and formats that

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Five Christmas movies that go bump in the night

1. “It’s a Wonderful Life.” By far the most terrifying movie on the list and, quite frankly, one of the scariest, darkest Really Famous Movies ever made. It is terrifying because it is extremely plausible. Show me an adult with a family who hasn’t been scared of being busted out financially through no fault of his or her own, and I will show you a very rich person indeed. Content warning for suicidal ideation, financial ruin, childhood trauma and the idea that life without you REALLY MIGHT BE AWESOME. (Pottersville looked kind of fun, let’s face it.)

Read more at: http://www.austin360.com/entertainment/movies/five-christmas-movies-that-bump-the-night/AUKTd7JSNX1kj4rlm2FarM/

How Sandy Hook changed America’s schools

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 students and six educators dead, along with the gunman and his mother, left a lasting mark on the way students, parents and officials around the country view school safety. In addition to reigniting debates over gun control and mental health care, it helped usher in an era of “active shooter drills” and difficult conversations about safety for even the youngest kids.

In the days leading up to the fifth anniversary of the attack in Newtown, Connecticut, CBS News producer Christina Ruffini facilitated a series of conversations with residents of Colorado, a state where gun issues have remained divisive, even after two infamous mass shootings of its own at Columbine High School and an Aurora movie theater.

In one conversation, Daniel and Jessica — parents of young children who came to the

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-sandy-hook-changed-americans-schools-2-parents-discuss/

How Sandy Hook changed Americans schools

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 students and six educators dead, along with the gunman and his mother, left a lasting mark on the way students, parents and officials around the country view school safety. In addition to reigniting debates over gun control and mental health care, it helped usher in an era of “active shooter drills” and difficult conversations about safety for even the youngest kids.

In the days leading up to the fifth anniversary of the attack in Newtown, Connecticut, CBS News producer Christina Ruffini facilitated a series of conversations with residents of Colorado, a state where gun issues have remained divisive, even after two infamous mass shootings of its own at Columbine High School and an Aurora movie theater.

In one conversation, Daniel and Jessica — parents of young children who came to

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-sandy-hook-changed-americans-schools-2-parents-discuss/

Bucks County mass murderer Cosimo DiNardo faces death penalty

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — The suspect in the murders of four men, whose bodies were found buried on a Bucks County farm this past summer, may end up facing the death penalty after all.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, had previously made a deal with prosecutors that would allow him to avoid the death penalty if he helped investigators.

On Wednesday, the Bucks County district attorney’s office filed a notice in court that indicates prosecutors may seek the death penalty if DiNardo is convicted.

DiNardo along with his cousin and alleged accomplice, 20-year-old Sean Kratz, are due in court for an arraignment Thursday.

A separate court filing on Wednesday indicates Kratz still faces the death penalty

Read more at: http://www.yc.news/2017/12/13/bucks-county-cosimo-dinardo-sean-kratz-solebury/

Jacksonville mass shooting suspect pleaded not guilty …

The man accused of plotting a mass shooting at a Jacksonville Islamic Center has pleaded not guilty in court.

Bernandino Bolatete, 69, is accused of plotting a mass shooting at the Islamic Center but is in FBI custody and he’s been charged with knowingly receiving and possessing a silencer not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The investigation is ongoing.

During meetings with the undercover officer, Bolatete repeatedly expressed his hatred for Muslims and told the officer about a medical condition involving his kidney. The suspect said he used to a be a “Rangemaster” at a shooting range in the Philippines. Years ago, someone accidentally shot the suspect in the back while he was working at the range, resulting in the loss of a kidney, a criminal complaint said.

On Nov. 10, the undercover

Read more at: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/data/crime/jacksonville-mass-shooting-plotter-pleaded-not-guilty/498858409

Can schools prevent mass shootings? Sandy Hook parents train teachers to help at-risk students

Michelle Vigoa-suarez:

Before they came, I didn’t really value what I could do. It was kind of like, I thought of it as, well, it’s a society problem, and let’s just pray.

But when Sandy Hook came, they gave us the power to say, wait a minute, we can stop this. Why are we going to sit back and say, well, we will react when it happens?

Read more at: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/can-schools-prevent-mass-shootings-sandy-hook-parents-train-teachers-to-help-at-risk-students