August 10, 2012 |
It is not too much of a stretch to say the National Rifle Assn. profits from mass killings like the slaughter at the theater in Aurora, Colo., and the killings at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. The NRA is, after all, a fundraising machine that runs on fear and a sense of crisis, even when the fear is false and the crisis manufactured. A former Republican lawmaker has made public a four-page fundraising letter from the NRA's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, that was sent out to gun enthusiasts just three days after a young man styling himself as the Joker turned a showing of the new Batman movie into a bloody massacre.
March 22, 2012 |
French investigators Thursday were trying to establish whether a gunman killed by police after a 32-hour siege had accomplices still at large or was a lone assassin acting out his own bitter agenda. They also want to determine how Mohamed Merah, 23, amassed an arsenal of weapons while reportedly under surveillance by France's intelligence services after he spent time with Islamic extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Merah, who police say confessed to gunning down seven people in a nine-day rampage and told them he was linked to a fringe Al Qaeda group, died late Thursday morning with a shot to the head after battling the French equivalent of a SWAT team.
February 17, 2012 |
An immigrant from Morocco armed with a jammed automatic weapon and wearing a suicide vest packed with what he thought were explosives was arrested Friday near the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, officials announced. Amine El Khalifi, 29, who allegedly had overstayed his visa after arriving in the U.S. when he was 16, was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against government property. FBI agents had been closely monitoring him for more than a year in an undercover sting operation.
April 13, 2009 |
About 150 militants armed with rockets and automatic weapons attacked a transport terminal in a northwestern region that lies along a key supply route used by U.S. and NATO troops, wounding three guards and setting fire to eight cement trucks, police said. Militants frequently attack cargo terminals and other stops used by vehicles taking supplies to Western troops in Afghanistan through the legendary Khyber Pass. Scores of trucks have been damaged and several people have died, adding urgency to U.S. efforts to find safer supply routes.
March 3, 2008 |
A former policeman suspected of wounding East Timor's president last month has surrendered to police, military officials said. Amaro da Costa turned himself in late Saturday, handing over two automatic weapons and some ammunition, Lt. Col. Filomeno Paixao said. President Jose Ramos- Horta is still recovering from the Feb. 11 shooting outside his home. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao escaped unharmed from an ambush on his motorcade the same day. Da Costa told reporters that the suspect "was involved" but provided few other details.
October 14, 2007 |
Federal agents arrested leading rapper T.I. on charges of buying illegal machine guns, hours before he was due to star at a major hip-hop awards ceremony. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they arrested the rapper at his home in southwest Atlanta as he took delivery of three machine guns and two silencers. T.I., born Clifford Harris, was arrested the day he was due to perform at the BET Network's awards ceremony in Atlanta.