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Mass Shootings: Five Years After Sandy Hook

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 America thinks about school safety. It helped usher in an era of “active shooter drills” and difficult conversations about safety for even the youngest kids.

Five years on, the gun debate remains as contentious ever, and deeply partisan. On the anniversary of Sandy Hook, CBS News took a poll on on attitudes to guns in America. The results were striking, if unsurprising. Americans who own guns see gun ownership as making America more free safe. Americans who don’t own guns feel the opposite, and are far more likely to describe gun violence in the United States as a crisis. 

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy represented Newtown five years ago, and he challenges the new narrative that in the days after

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mass-shootings-five-years-after-sandy-hook/

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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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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50 Years Since Mass Shooting in Clinton County

LOCK HAVEN — It happened decades ago, but the story is still difficult for many people in Clinton County.

Monday marks 50 years since a man went on a shooting rampage in Lock Haven, killing six coworkers and wounding several others.

“We all want to forget it. It was a bad time, real bad.”

Retired State Trooper John Keeler didn’t know it at the time. It was early on in his 28-year career with the Pennsylvania State Police, but on October 23, 1967, he was dispatched to a tragedy he would never forget and many others would never come to understand.

“I went immediately to the entrance of the Hammermill Paper Company and witnessed my first victim. He had been shot in the back of the head,” Keeler recalled.

For many people who live in Lock Haven and nearby Loganton, the memory of that day 50 years ago is one of loss.

The shooter, 39-year-old Leo

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Mass shooting at Azana Salon and Spa: 5 years later – Part I

Saturday marks the 5-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Azana Salon and Spa in the city of Brookfield. 

The shooter, Radcliffe Haughton, killed four people, including himself, and injured four others. 

As time passes… the healing process continues but the pain is still present. 

WTMJ’s Melissa Barclay spoke with Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto about a day and where he was when he found out about the tragedy. 

“My wife and I were in church in Brookfield and toward the end of the service, we began getting cell phone calls from our daughters which we returned as soon as the service was over. Both of them had been watching pre-game highlights for a Packer game that day, the television program had been interrupted to say there had been a shooting at Azana Spa,” said Ponto. 

Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto praises the actions of the first responders that October day.

“We had three squad cars there within

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Four more years for mass murderer Raymond Ratima

Raymond Ratima, centre, is escorted from court after his third appearance in July 1992.

Raymond Ratima, centre, is escorted from court after his third appearance in July 1992.

One of New Zealand’s most notorious murderers will remain behind bars for at least another four years.

Last month the parole board declined to release Raymond Ratima, who is serving seven life sentences after the 1992 murders of seven people in Masterton, as well as 10 years for murdering an unborn child, and seven years for attempted murder.

Ratima did not seek release but opposed a postponement order. However, the board ruled he should spend at least a further four years in prison before being considered for parole again.

Piripi Ratima (pic taken 1991), 6, was killed by his father Raymond Ratima.

Piripi Ratima (pic taken 1991), 6, was

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35 years later, mass murderer George Banks remains on death row – Wilkes Barre Times

The first call was chilling enough: Two lay shot on a Wilkes-Barre street.

But as Robert Gillespie headed to the scene where George Emil Banks began his massacre 35 years ago this week, the scope of the situation began to mount as the bodies piled up. Gillespie was on Interstate 81 when the next call from a detective informed him of a second crime scene, in Jenkins Township.

Four shot dead.

When Gillespie arrived in Wilkes-Barre, he learned that not only were the two there shot outside a home on Schoolhouse Lane — one fatally — but eight more bullet-riddled bodies were inside.

Four were children. The two youngest were 1.

Decades later, Gillespie can still see them.

“You never forget seeing a child that has been brutally murdered,” said Gillespie, the former Luzerne County district attorney who prosecuted Banks.

Thirty-five years later, Gillespie and Al Flora Jr., one of the attorneys Gillespie battled in the courtroom

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25 years after Ruby Ridge, our divisions have grown – The Spokesman

Twenty-five years ago this summer I sat in a trailer in North Idaho trying to convince a white separatist holding a gun that I was not an FBI agent.

I explained that I was a reporter from Spokane looking for insight into his old neighbor, Randy Weaver – the figure at the center of the shootout and 11-day standoff at Ruby Ridge.

His eyes narrowed. I didn’t “look like a reporter.” And how did I explain the “fed car” I was driving? (It was a company car, a Ford Tempo checked out from The Spokesman-Review garage.) And what about my “fed haircut?” (My dad cut my hair then and he had only two styles: crew cut and flattop.)

But nothing I said could convince him.

I find myself thinking about that frustrating, surreal conversation, and about Ruby Ridge, more and more lately, as I watch our country riven by these deep divisions –

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25 years after Ruby Ridge, our divisions have grown | The … – The Spokesman

Twenty-five years ago this summer I sat in a trailer in North Idaho trying to convince a white separatist holding a gun that I was not an FBI agent.

I explained that I was a reporter from Spokane looking for insight into his old neighbor, Randy Weaver – the figure at the center of the shootout and 11-day standoff at Ruby Ridge.

His eyes narrowed. I didn’t “look like a reporter.” And how did I explain the “fed car” I was driving? (It was a company car, a Ford Tempo checked out from The Spokesman-Review garage.) And what about my “fed haircut?” (My dad cut my hair then and he had only two styles: crew cut and flattop.)

But nothing I said could convince him.

I find myself thinking about that frustrating, surreal conversation, and about Ruby Ridge, more and more lately, as I watch our country riven by these deep divisions –

Read more at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/20/25-years-after-ruby-ridge-our-divisions-have-grown/