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From 200 Years Ago, a Lesson About Mass Killings

For now, the picture is unquestionably grim. Hundreds of mass shootings occur every year, most of them receiving little or no national attention. Gun Violence Archive, an online tracker of the mayhem, defines that type of shooting as an assault in which four or more people are killed or wounded. The archive recorded 324 such incidents nationwide this year through November, with at least 415 people killed and 1,725 wounded.

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Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/10/us/retro-killers.html

Neighbors Called Sheriff 21 Times To Complain About Tehama Mass Killer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies responded 21 times in the last year to calls involving a Rancho Tehama Reserve man who had been feuding with his neighbors before he committed a shooting rampage last week, killing five people and wounding at least eight others.

The information released Tuesday in response to a public records request details a quickly escalating feud between gunman Kevin Neal and his neighbors in the tiny rural neighborhood of Rancho Tehama Reserve.

Neal’s neighbors, including two of the people killed in the shooting rampage, had called the sheriff’s department at least six times to report that Neal had been firing a gun, sometimes at their homes and cars.

Records show seven calls were initiated by Neal and his wife, Barbara Glisan, often reporting foul odors and neighbors possibly cooking methamphetamine.

Neal screamed out loud that he was going to kill neighbor Danny Elliott and then go to the elementary

Read more at: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/11/21/tehama-mass-killer-had-escalating-feud-with-neighbors/

Twitter Slams Donald Trump For Tweeting Condolences About The Wrong Mass Shooting

The deadly incident at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, took place on Nov. 5. So it appears Trump ― or a staffer ― mistakenly resent a tweet his account shared in the aftermath of that attack:

Read more at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-shooting-wrong-tweet_us_5a0bedf9e4b0bc648a0ebb0a

After a mass shooting, there is no easy answer about what to do with …

It was only a week after a gunman turned a church service into a bloody crime scene, but on Sunday morning the doors of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs were back open. Thanks to a 30-person team working overtime for 72 hours, the Texas sanctuary was completely revamped, offering a simple, whitewashed tribute to the two dozen victims shot by Devin Kelley.

But even as mourners and community members lined up outside for a few quiet moments in the church, the congregation’s leaders admitted they were considering all options about what to do next with the site — tear the structure down? Built a permanent monument? First Baptist has yet to decide, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

The tiny Texas church is not the first place to weigh the heavy question of how best to memorialize an everyday location — from schools to office complexes to nightclubs —

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/11/14/after-a-mass-shootings-there-is-no-easy-answer-about-what-to-do-with-the-site/

After a mass shooting, there is no easy answer about what to do with the site


Marco Quiroga, who works to support social-justice causes in central Florida, stands at a memorials at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on May 30. (AP)

It was only a week after a gunman turned a church service into a bloody crime scene, but on Sunday morning the doors of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs were back open. Thanks to a 30-person team working overtime for 72 hours, the Texas sanctuary was completely revamped, offering a simple, whitewashed tribute to the two dozen victims shot by Devin Kelley.

But even as mourners and community members lined up outside for a few quiet moments in the church, the congregation’s leaders admitted they were considering all options about what to do next with the site — tear the structure down? Built a permanent monument? First Baptist has yet to decide, Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/11/14/after-a-mass-shootings-there-is-no-easy-answer-about-what-to-do-with-the-site/

Almost Everything You’ve Been Told about Mass Shootings and Mental Illness Is Wrong

More fuel for the raging debate over gun violence and mental illness emerged with this week’s news that Devin P. Kelley, who shot up a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas this week, had escaped from a civilian El Paso, New Mexico, behavioral health facility in 2012. He’d been placed there by the military after sneaking guns on to his Air Force base and threatening to kill his superior officers, according to a police report obtained by Houston TV station KPRC. The incident, which was reported to the FBI’s crime information database, occurred in the same year that he was convicted in a November 2012 court martial for assaulting his wife and stepson, then sentenced to a year’s confinement—a domestic violence conviction that the Air Force failed to report to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

It turns out that the Air Force’s foul-up

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/mass-shootings-mental-illness-wrong-708081

Here’s the chilling thing the Texas church shooter said about a racist mass murderer

More of the past history of the Texas church shooter’s life is coming to light since the massacre that took 26 lives, and the latest is something chilling he said about Dylann Roof, the racist mass murderer who also targeted a church.

What did he say?

The Texas shooter told a friend and former Air Force colleague that he admired Dylann Roof after the horrific shooting he committed in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jessika Edwards says she worked with the shooter at Holloman Air Force Base from 2010 to 2012 in New Mexico. She told CNN that he reached out to her for a job reference on Facebook, but she grew uncomfortable with their interactions, especially about the killer Roof.

“He would say ‘isn’t it cool? Did you watch the news?’” Edwards told CNN. “He would say he wished he had the nerve to do it, but all he would be

Read more at: http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/09/heres-the-chilling-thing-the-texas-church-shooter-said-about-a-racist-mass-murderer/

Here’s the chilling thing the Texas church shooter said about a racist …

More of the past history of the Texas church shooter’s life is coming to light since the massacre that took 26 lives, and the latest is something chilling he said about Dylann Roof, the racist mass murderer who also targeted a church.

What did he say?

The Texas shooter told a friend and former Air Force colleague that he admired Dylann Roof after the horrific shooting he committed in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jessika Edwards says she worked with the shooter at Holloman Air Force Base from 2010 to 2012 in New Mexico. She told CNN that he reached out to her for a job reference on Facebook, but she grew uncomfortable with their interactions, especially about the killer Roof.

“He would say ‘isn’t it cool? Did you watch the news?’” Edwards told CNN. “He would say he wished he had the nerve to do it, but all he would be

Read more at: http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/09/heres-the-chilling-thing-the-texas-church-shooter-said-about-a-racist-mass-murderer/

Texas Shooter’s History Raises Questions About Mental Health and Mass Murder

At a press conference in Japan on Monday, President Donald Trump blamed mental illness, not guns, for the Texas massacre.

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