Congratulations, America! You're Now Averaging More Than One Mass Shooting PER DAY

Congratulations, America! You’re Now Averaging More Than One Mass Shooting PER DAY

Let’s have a cheer: USA! USA! We’re number one! Unfortunately, we’re number one in categories that are less than complementary. One of those is the category of mass shootings. According to the Mass Shooting Tracker at the Guns Are Cool sub-Reddit, there have been 249 mass shootings (as of midnight EST, 8/28/2015) in the 238 days of 2015; that’s an average of more than one per day. We should be so…

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Eppstein School Shooting

On June 3rd, 1983, Karel Charva entered Freinherr-vom-Stein Gesamtschule in Eppstein, Germany, armed with a 9mm Smith & Wesson Model 59 semi-automatic pistol and a 7.65mm Astra semi-automatic pistol and opened fire on a sixth-grade classroom. The rampage started at approx. 11 a.m. with Charva firing seven shots at teacher Franz Adolf Gelhaara, who managaed to survive, as he tried to plead with the gunman not to harm the children.  The 34-year-old then proceeded to fire at the children which resulted in the fatalities of three children and injured thirteen others, four of them critically. Teacher Hans-Peter Schmidt and unarmed police officer Gisbert Beck were next to be fatally shot as they ran to the class to help. After hearing responding officers, Charva fatally shot himself in the head. Overall there were six fatalities (including the perpetrator) and fourteen fatalities. It was highlighted during his autopsy report that Charva was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the shooting and, while a motive for the shooting was never confirmed, it was speculated whether it was due to his failure of becoming a teacher.

Mental Disorders and Insanity

Insanity is not to be equated with mental illness alone. A defendant may have been suffering from any number of medically defined psychological disorders at the time of the offence but still not be ‘insane’ for legal purposes. Insanity, then, must be understood as a legal standard, not a medical or psychological standard. Though the presence of mental illness is a necessary prerequisite for legal determinations of insanity, it does not in and of itself constitute insanity. 

In the case of Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children in June of 2001, in Houston Texas, substantial evidence was presented attesting to the seriousness of her mental state at the time she murdered her children. Notwithstanding this evidence, the jury found her to be criminally responsible for her actions.

Just so everyone is perfectly clear:

  • serial killer = killed two or more people, all at separate events/times
  • mass murderer = killed a large number of people (usually 4+) in one event
  • spree killer = killed two or more people in a short time at multiple locations

Because not everybody knows the actual definitions of these terms, and at times I see people misusing them, and I just want the proper information to be known.

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Everything Known About Charleston Church Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof
Seen wearing apartheid flags.

They arrested him, so that’s good, but I wanna draw attention to what a former classmate said:

“I never heard him say anything, but just he had that kind of Southern pride, I guess some would say. Strong conservative beliefs,” he said. “He made a lot of racist jokes, but you don’t really take them seriously like that. You don’t really think of it like that.”

But now, “the things he said were kind of not joking,” Mullins added.

I tell you what, if you “don’t really think of it like that,” you need to START thinking of it like that, because it IS like that. It is ALWAYS like that. White people who tell racist jokes are not joking about their hatred of PoC. They are fully serious and we need to recognize that their overt racism is a sign that they’re potentially dangerous.

Roof’s uncle provided us with the standard “quiet and soft-spoken” take – and no doubt he was, around older white men – but I hope that Mullins’s comments get the attention they deserve. This is how we need to be talking about it: Roof was a racist fuck, and he decided to commit mass murder because he hated black people, not because he was “troubled” or whatever. 

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Every horrible, gut twisting crime of this sort is its own unique tragedy. But as a colleague asked Thursday morning, “Haven’t we been here before? This is not Aurora. This is Birmingham.” The New York Times reported just earlier this week, “Right-wing extremists averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities.” That’s not a failure of immigration law, or an attack on Christianity, or anything else that fits into a convenient to conservatives narrative. This is what hate looks like. This is what terrorism looks like. And as the Times notes, “Right-wing, anti-government extremism is the leading source of ideological violence in America.”

We need to stop scrambling around for explanations other than white extremism

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Dylann Storm Roof has confessed to shooting dead nine people at an African American South Carolina Church on Wednesday. He stated to authorities that he "almost didn’t go through with it because everyone was so nice to him". He had apparently been planning the attack for six months.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said that “we will absolutely want him to have the death penalty,” and his uncle said that if the death penalty is his fate,  he “will push the button myself.”

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April 20, 1999

“It brought the nation to its knees, but now that we’ve gotten back up how have things changed; what have we learned?”

16 years later, the nation is still being brought to its knees only to find itself asking the same questions. 

May the Victims Never Be Forgotten:

Cassie Bernall   Steven Curnow           Dylan Klebold
Rachel Scott       Lauren Townsend      Eric Harris
Isaiah Shoels     Dan Rohrbough
John Tomlin       Kyle Velasquez
Daniel Mauser   Corey DePooter
Kelly Fleming     William Sanders
Mathew Kechter            

The most distressing part about this whole Elliot Rodger case is that for 2 - 3 weeks of my first time at university I was being followed around by a guy that I was trying really hard to avoid. He made no clear sexual advances but he was bothering me nonetheless and I don’t know how I could have smiled less, engaged in conversation less, nodded less, looked less impressed or walked faster to my next class.

Whether or not ‘it [was] nice to see a girl take up programming’ wasn’t the point. I told my mother and she said, “maybe you should be nice to him and just talk to him and he’ll go away.”

That’s the upsetting part about this: when I objected, because I knew that the reason he was following me is because I was nice when he talked to me for the first time, my mum looked almost worried.

Am I not allowed to not be nice to people who I don’t like or who are bothering me? Why should I have to be nice? Why should I have to smile? My own mother was unknowingly teaching her daughter that this isn’t my space and I don’t have the right to defend it; that I should just 'be nice’ because who knows what could happen if I wasn’t?

I wasn’t scared of this guy and that’s not the point.

In high school, for over a year, I was hassled by teachers, 'friends’ and classmates alike for not dating my best friend. I was made to feel like shit. I was pressured into saying and doing things I didn’t want to do. I had to throw him a bone, lest I was a prude bitch. I couldn’t be mean to him, not after all he had done for me or all the times he stood up for me or all the times he looked after me when I was sick but you know what? That didn’t warrant sex.

I had female teachers telling me to just give him a chance. I would be emotionally blackmailed by this person every time I said no. And I don’t know about you, but that is abuse and it lead me to a place where I honestly believed that I had an obligation to cave in to this person’s emotional blackmail and 'let them off gently’ or not say no clearly enough. And I’m glad I stayed strong and didn’t cave in but I really wasn’t far off. And that’s really fucking emotionally damaging. And if he were a short temper instead of serial 'self-pity-ist’ it all would have panned out completely differently.

And even now the amount of guilt that is washing over me while typing this is truly unhealthy. That person didn’t care about me, they were putting kindness coins in until a prize came out.

So I guess what I am saying is that I am sick to fucking death of this pity fest that society feeds men when their entitlement to sex for being a nice guy isn’t met. You don’t get a prize for being a nice fucking person and if you’re getting so close to someone that they genuinely think that you’re their only true friend in order to get what you want then that makes you the opposite of a nice guy: that makes you a jerk.

So I am furious that this man can shoot people because he didn’t get what he wanted. He wasn’t mentally ill and he isn’t someone to feel sorry for. He is  fucking crybaby who had a tantrum when he didn’t get what he wanted and he murdered innocent women because he could not own them and could not control them.

Do not teach your daughters to smile and be friendly

Do not teach your classmates and students to 'give him a chance after all he’s done for you’

Do not teach your sons to 'keep trying because one day she will turn around and realise all that you’ve done for her and finally appreciate you more than those other jerks’

It breeds anger.
It breeds hate.
It breeds guilt.
It breeds a sense of entitlement.

And it’s gotten women AND men murdered.

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On December 5, 2007, 19-year-old Robert Hawkins entered the Von Maur department store at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska killing six employees and two customers. Several others were injured, and the rampage lasted six minutes before Hawkins shot himself in the head near the clerk‘s desk. Hours before, he had left a three page suicide note at his home addressed to his family and friends. In the page addressed to his friends, he writes:

“I just want to take a few pieces of shit with me.” 

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A former News Anchor has shot dead two Journalists live on air.

The attack took place at a large shopping centre - the Bridgewater Plaza - in Bedford County, about 120 miles (190 km) from the Virginia state capital of Richmond. Victims, Parker and Ward were filming for their morning news show at the shopping and recreational centre.

The shooter was Bryce Williams aka Vester Lee Flanagan. Flanagan tweeted videos of him murdering the two journalists on his Twitter account, which has now been suspended. Minutes ago he committed suicide.  [MORE DETAILS HERE] (X)

On February 2, 1996, Barry Loukaitis entered Frontier Junier High School in Moses Lake, Washington and murdered three people, including one teacher.

For an English assignment, he submitted a poem title “Murder.” It reads as follows:

It’s my first murder
I’m at my point of no return
I can’t let him live now
He’d go to the cops for sure
So I finish.
I look at his body on the floor
Killing a bastard that deserves to die
Ain’t nothing like it in the world
But he sure did bleed a lot.