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December 18, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
As Howard B. Unruh barricaded himself in his home against the police -- after finally running out of ammunition -- he got a call from an assistant city editor at a local newspaper who had looked up his phone number. “Why are you killing people?” asked the editor, Philip W. Buxton. “I don't know,” Unruh replied. “I can't answer that yet. I'll have to talk to you later. I'm too busy now.” It was 1949 in Camden, N.J., and Unruh had just killed 12 people and injured four others with a Luger pistol, including women and children.
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April 7, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - As soon as Suzy Sanders got word of the shooting at Ft. Hood on Wednesday, she began frantically texting her 21-year-old stepson, a soldier stationed at the Army post. His first chilling reply landed more than an hour later, at 5:22 p.m. "It happened right in front of me Suz," Pvt. Jacob "Jake" Sanders texted. "I watched my sergeant die. I tried to revive him. I'm fine. I love you. " Jake Sanders, a former varsity basketball player from a small town in Indiana, has a brown crew cut, square jaw and wide smile.
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NEWS
November 4, 2013 | By Joel Silberman, guest blogger
LAX is not trending on Twitter. Seventy-two hours after a man opened fire on our gateway to the world, there is no discernible outcry for action, little apparent conversation at all. As I write these words, the latest mass shooting is not on the front page of the left-leaning Huffington Post or the right-leaning Drudge Report. It's not lighting up the social media outlets where average people exchange points of view, or the op-ed pages where our nation's elite do the same. The president called the head of the TSA to express condolences, but there will be no presidential visit to console the families of the victims.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Ft. Hood has demolished the building where Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and injured more than 30 in the worst mass shooting at a military base.  Hasan, a military psychiatrist who considers himself a militant waging war against the U.S., was convicted in August and is awaiting execution. On Nov. 5, 2009, Hasan walked into Building 42003, one of five structures at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at the Texas base, and opened fire. His court-martial included dramatic testimony from the survivors.  Ft. Hood's Directorate of Public Works said Tuesday that it had finished tearing down the building.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013
Join Times staff writer Robert J. Lopez for a discussion Monday morning on Los Angeles fire officials dramatically changing how rescuers respond to mass shootings. The move comes after the shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month in which a gunman with a high-powered rifle mortally wounded a federal security officer. Lopez reports that the " new goal is to have Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and firefighters, protected by armed law enforcement teams, rapidly enter potentially dangerous areas during active shooting incidents to treat victims and get them en route to hospital trauma centers.
NATIONAL
December 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A gun-carrying student who was arrested at the University of New Haven kept newspaper clippings about mass shootings in his home and a large ammunition cache in a padlocked bedroom, police said Wednesday. William Dong, 22, of Fairfield, Conn., was charged with illegal possession and transport of an assault weapon as well as breach of peace after officials said he was seen getting out of his sport utility vehicle with a rifle Tuesday and walking toward the university campus in West Haven, Conn.
NEWS
August 5, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
The city ground to a halt at midday Wednesday as leaders of this bustling, fractious urban center issued a call for unity and denounced violence in memory of the victims of the worst mass shootings in its recent history. "An entire city desperately wants to know, why do bad things happen to good people, why no one, including our innocent children, is immune from the evil of violence," Mayor Bill Campbell said during a memorial service at the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
NATIONAL
July 22, 2012 | By Ashley Powers and Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
AURORA, Colo. - It was 12:39 a.m. Friday when the normal rhythms of Aurora went horrifyingly awry. The first inkling came in a dispatcher's message, spoken as if the events unfolding at the Century 16 theaters were somehow matter-of-fact. "They are saying someone is shooting in the auditorium. " Police cars roared into the parking lot of the suburban Denver theater minutes later to find moviegoers splayed outside, sobbing and screaming for help, their arms and faces caked in blood.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Adam Lanza studied other mass killers before he stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December, killing 20 students and six adults, officials said. Officials had previously disclosed finding materials pertaining to Norwegian mass-killer Anders Breivik -- a right-wing ultranationalist who killed 77 people in July 2011 -- in Lanza's home, where he lived with his mother, Nancy Lanza. Breivik's shooting rampage on Utøya Island, which followed a bombing near government offices in Oslo, targeted teenagers belonging to a left-leaning political party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013
Should California tighten gun-control laws in California in response to mass shootings? State lawmakers advanced a dozen measures Wednesday that would toughen some of the strictest gun-control laws in the nation. Under a bill passed by the Senate, ammunition buyers would would have to submit personal information and a $50 fee for a background check by the state, Times Sacramento reporter Patrick McGreevy reported.   The state Department of Justice would determine whether buyers have a criminal record, severe mental illness or a restraining order that would disqualify them from owning guns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013
Join Times staff writer Robert J. Lopez for a discussion Monday morning on Los Angeles fire officials dramatically changing how rescuers respond to mass shootings. The move comes after the shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month in which a gunman with a high-powered rifle mortally wounded a federal security officer. Lopez reports that the " new goal is to have Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and firefighters, protected by armed law enforcement teams, rapidly enter potentially dangerous areas during active shooting incidents to treat victims and get them en route to hospital trauma centers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles fire officials are dramatically changing how rescuers respond to mass shootings after a gunman with a high-powered rifle mortally wounded a federal security officer in a shooting rampage last month at LAX. The new goal is to have Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and firefighters, protected by armed law enforcement teams, rapidly enter potentially dangerous areas during active shooting incidents to treat victims and get them en...
NATIONAL
December 16, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce
Alert: Unconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever and Emerson. Evacuate those buildings now. Harvard University issued that warning Monday morning, and police swarmed the Cambridge, Mass., campus for several hours. The bomb threat proved false, but Harvard was not alone in seeing its final exams disrupted: That afternoon, the University of Massachusetts Boston evacuated a building after reports of a gunman, which also turned out to be unfounded.
NATIONAL
December 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A gun-carrying student who was arrested at the University of New Haven kept newspaper clippings about mass shootings in his home and a large ammunition cache in a padlocked bedroom, police said Wednesday. William Dong, 22, of Fairfield, Conn., was charged with illegal possession and transport of an assault weapon as well as breach of peace after officials said he was seen getting out of his sport utility vehicle with a rifle Tuesday and walking toward the university campus in West Haven, Conn.
NEWS
November 4, 2013 | By Joel Silberman, guest blogger
LAX is not trending on Twitter. Seventy-two hours after a man opened fire on our gateway to the world, there is no discernible outcry for action, little apparent conversation at all. As I write these words, the latest mass shooting is not on the front page of the left-leaning Huffington Post or the right-leaning Drudge Report. It's not lighting up the social media outlets where average people exchange points of view, or the op-ed pages where our nation's elite do the same. The president called the head of the TSA to express condolences, but there will be no presidential visit to console the families of the victims.
WORLD
September 26, 2013 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - Four men were killed and five people seriously injured early Thursday at a bar outside the northern city of Monterrey when assailants burst in and opened fire on patrons, officials with the state government of Nuevo Leon said. The shooting in the Monterrey suburb of Santa Catarina comes a little more than three days after gunmen killed 10 people, including a young girl, at a party celebrating the victory of a baseball team near the border city of Ciudad Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua.
OPINION
January 3, 2013
Re "Lifeline for worried parents," Column, Dec. 30 The cause of the recent mass shootings perpetrated by mentally ill gunmen is not the guns themselves but our government, which has antiquated laws that make it extremely difficult for family members who try to help their loved ones with serious mental illness to get well. Fifty percent of those with serious mental illness have no reasoning ability, nor are they in touch with reality. The National Institute on Mental Health says this is the reason people are not capable of seeking or staying in treatment.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
The family of 23-year-old Micayla Medek went through an almost unimaginable emotional torture Friday. They knew she'd been wounded in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting shortly after midnight Thursday; her friends who'd accompanied her to “The Dark Knight Rises” told them as much. But it took nearly 20 hours after the gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 others to get the awful news. Late Friday, they learned that Cayla, as they called her, was one of 10 people who died in the movie theater.
NATIONAL
September 22, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - An anguished President Obama called on Americans on Sunday to transform the nation and find a way to limit gun violence. Speaking at a memorial for 12 workers who died in the Washington Navy Yard rampage last week, he urged the U.S. not to accept mass shootings as routine. This, Obama noted, is the fifth time he has grieved with communities "ripped apart by mass violence" since taking office in January 2009. "Once more our hearts are broken," he told the more than 5,000 people who attended the service at the Marine Barracks Washington, a few blocks from the Navy Yard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
We're all feeling a little desensitized now, aren't we? Another mass shooting. Ho hum. Nothing will change, so why bother making noises about the gun sickness that pervades this country? Congress won't do anything to tighten up gun regulations. Politicians who advocate for stronger gun measures will be tossed out of office . The mentally ill will continue to fall through the cracks ( with or without Obamacare ). Background checks for military contractors will never be up to par . Young men who tell police they hear voices, are being followed or sent vibrations through microwaves will never be forced into 72-hour mental health holds.
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