September 22, 2013 |
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.
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September 18, 2013 |
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.
September 17, 2013 |
The mass shooting at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard should come as no surprise. Mass shootings are an increasingly recurrent manifestation of life in the United States of America. This one is merely the latest. Certainly, the details always vary. This time the crime scene wasn't a theater or a school. Like the shooting at Fort Hood in 2009, Monday's violence occurred at a military base - in fact, the oldest military installation in America. First opened in 1799, the Navy Yard contains 2 million feet of office space in a phalanx of buildings on the shore of the Anacostia River.
September 17, 2013 |
The man who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday "had a record of misconduct," according to a Navy officer, and apparently struggled with mental health issues. So some readers are asking: How did Aaron Alexis get a gun? So far, the letters sent to us betray a kind of war-weariness among our readers over mass shootings. They also express exasperation with the failure of our politicians to act on gun control even in the wake of tragedies such as the massacre in Newtown, Conn., last year that took the lives of 20 elementary school children.
July 13, 2013 |
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gunfire echoed through the building as office workers pushed a heavy table across the doorway and turned out the lights. They flattened themselves against the wall. One woman hoisted a chair high over her head. Another stood ready to hurl a juice bottle. All eyes were on the door, the only thing separating them from a man with a gun. When he pushed his way into the room, they pounced. One woman used her hand to force the gun's muzzle downward. A colleague kicked the back of the assailant's knees, knocking him to the ground.
June 6, 2013 |
"Hello Herman," a school shooting drama about a Justin Bieber look-alike who murders 39 kids and three adults, opens with the all-too-familiar images: police tape, sobbing students, scrambling news anchors and headline-grasping senators. But Lax Morales (Norman Reedus), a badly named rebel bloggerista still reeling from his time embedded among the Georgia KKK, sees something different - footage emailed straight to him from the killer (Garrett Backstrom). The boy, Herman, wants an interview.