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    Joshua Bessex, File/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.The 19-year-old white man who killed 10 Black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, has pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, and domestic terrorism motivated by hate, which carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. In May, Payton Gendron, then 18, live-streamed his attack on a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo. In a manifesto posted online shortly before the massacre, the shooter reportedly espoused the “Great Replacement” theory, which plays on racist fears that the United States’ white population is being supplanted by people of color. As we noted at the time, similar talking points were espoused on Fox News, among other right-wing outlets. The news comes on the heels of two recent high-profile mass shootings: a massacre at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs that left five people dead, and another at a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart that killed six. Madness. Eleven mass shootings now added to our database since May, including Tuesday...
    US Rep. Lauren Boebert said she is tired of being blamed for the deadly Colorado gay club shooting as the left points to her anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.  The Colorado congresswoman blasted her critics in an interview with OAN, saying she has been long-accused of influencing mass shooters since taking office.  'I have been accused of just about every mass shooting there has been since the Left has learned of my name,' Boebert said. 'Whether it's Uvalde, or the King Soopers shooting in Boulder, Colorado, or the Buffalo, New York shooting.  'Or even Paul Pelosi getting hammered,' she added, referencing the home invasion attack that left the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's husband hospitalized. 'I have been blamed for all of that.'  Nancy Pelosi had prominently laid the blame on MAGA Republicans for the deadly Colorado shooting when Anderson Aldrich, 22, killed five and injured 19 during a drag show on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance.  Following the House Speaker's condemnation, US Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Brianna Titone named Boebert directly for her comments against transgender individuals, and the local...
    CNN analyst Kirsten Powers interrupted network firearms reporter Stephen Gutowski Wednesday to call for a ban on millions of firearms in the wake of a spate of mass shootings. A gunman used an AR-15-style rifle and a pistol when he opened fire on a club for LGBTQ people in Colorado on Saturday. Tuesday night, a Walmart manager allegedly killed six people and himself with a pistol in Virginia. The shooting followed a mass shooting in the state two weeks ago where three University of Virginia football players were killed, allegedly by a former teammate. On CNN Tonight, a panel discussed the shootings and what might or might not have prevented them. Gutkowski explained the nuances in gun laws, which CNN recently hired him to do as part of its new “Guns in America” team. “Something has changed perhaps culturally or otherwise to lead to what we see now,” He said. “There hasn’t been necessarily a huge uptick in the number of public mass killings with a gun since 2006,” he said. Gutkowski cited data from the Associated Press. Host Kasie Hunt noted Gutkowski’s...
    Kendall Warner/ Associated Press Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.In less than 10 days, two mass shootings in two different cities have taken place in Virginia. On November 13, three students at the University of Virginia were killed after a classmate allegedly gunned them down following a field trip. Then on Tuesday, a suspected gunman opened fire inside a Walmart break room, killing at least six people and injuring four, before allegedly killing himself.  But does Glenn Youngkin know any of this?  In several statements responding to the shootings, the state’s Republican governor condemned the acts of violence. He also expressed heartbreak and extended prayers. In one interview with Fox News, Youngkin appeared to blame the scourge of mass shootings on a “mental health crisis,” recycling the familiar Republican talking point. But as many have pointed out, Youngkin appears to have avoided the words gun and gunman entirely when describing both shootings. In fact, a quick search of his tweets revealed that Youngkin has never referred to the words...
    Last night's bloody rampage in Virginia that left seven dead including the shooter when a man thought to be a store manager opened fire in a Walmart brings with it another grim statistic.  There have now been seven mass shootings of such scale in the US this month alone, leaving a total of 32 people dead. The slaughter of innocent civilians in Chesapeake, VA, this week followed six other incidents just this month in which three or more people were gunned down in cold blood.  On November 19, 22-year-old gunman Anderson Aldrich opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle inside a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and leaving 25 injured. Less than a week earlier, a University of Virginia student thought to be Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., also 22, fatally shot three of his former UVA football teammates as they returned from a field trip.  There were also three other mass shootings in Virginia, Maryland and Florida earlier this month. But these tragic attacks constitute just three of 64 mass shootings over the course of the year so far,...
    Share this: Following a report released by their offices, Gov. Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James have called for reforms to social media platforms, which they claim helps to radicalize shooters as well as publicize their violent attacks. Specifically, the Governor and Attorney General would like to see both federal and state reforms made that would criminalize graphic images or videos shared by a perpetrator of a homicide, and are recommending changes to Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act to increase accountability of online platforms that host violent content. They’re particularly concerned with the use of livestreams to publicize violence and encourage copycat attacks.
    FOUR people are dead and 30 others are injured after a spike in gun violence over the weekend, resulting in six horrific mass shootings. The Gun Violence Archive reported six mass shootings - incidents with four or more people shot - in several states on Saturday and Sunday. 4One person died and multiple others were injured after a shooting at a house party in ColoradoCredit: KDVR 4Tyreaf Isaiah Fleming was arrested in connection to a shooting in Virginia that injured eight peopleCredit: Harrisonburg Police Department The deadliest shooting took place in Pittsburgh on Saturday with three people - two women and one man - being fatally shot, said police. One person died at the scene in the East Allegheny section of the North Side while two others died at Allegheny General Hospital. Richard Ford of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police said the shooting happened around 10.05 at night and one wounded man walked into the hospital minutes after the incident. The investigation is ongoing, said Ford, and there are no suspects at this time. READ MORE CRIMEGRUESOME DEATH...
    Gun rights advocates are outraged at a recent decision by major credit card companies to put gun sales into a new tracking category, calling the move an erosion of the Second Amendment. Major credit card companies, including Mastercard, Visa and American Express, announced last week that they would create a new coding system for all firearms purchases in the US.  The move is a win for gun control advocates who argue that the system will help track suspicious purches which could lead to mass shootings. They argued that Uvalde elementary school gunman Salvador Ramos purchased his weapon using a bank card. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock spent $95,000 on guns in the year before the shooting that killed 60 people in 2017. The policy is expected to start in the coming months.  But the NRA said the policy was 'anti-gun' and would target law-abiding Americans who are legally allowed to purchase weapons.  'The industry's decision to create a firearm-specific code is nothing more than capitulation to anti-gun politicians and activists bent on eroding the rights of law-abiding Americans, one transaction...
    GUN violence swept the US during the Labor Day weekend as 15 mass shootings left more than a dozen people dead and 58 injured. From Friday to Tuesday, more than a dozen people were killed across the country in mass shootings, in different states. 3Two people were killed while five were injured following a mass shooting at an off-campus party in Norfolk, Virginia 3Gunfire erupted in Charleston, South Carolina on SundayCredit: WCSC According to the Gun Violence Archive, a total of 18 people died over the weekend due to 15 mass shootings. This weekend's incidents brought the total number of mass shootings recorded in the US in 2022 to 464, the Gun Violence Archive reveals. Over the weekend, mass shootings occurred in Florida, California, Maryland, Alabama, Illinois, South Carolina, Illinois, Virginia, Minnesota, Missouri, Georiga, Ohio, and Pennslyvania. CHARLESTON Five people have been injured after gunshots were heard in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday. Sgt Elisabeth Wolfsen, of the Charleston Police Department, told CNN that the victims all suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Cops have since revealed that two people have been arrested in connection with...
    President Joe Biden this week pushed for a ban on military-style weapons as an answer to the nation’s rise in gun violence. But critics say little evidence supports the notion that such a ban, in force for a decade from 1994 to 2004, would reduce the crime rates gripping most cities in America. And some jurisdictions are struggling to enforce gun laws already on the books, raising questions about how they would find the resources to enforce even stricter ones. “The vast majority of gun murder in the United States involves handguns and has for a very long time,” Stephen Gutowski, founder of the gun policy website The Reload, told the Washington Examiner. “An 'assault weapons' ban is very unlikely to have a significant impact on overall crime, everyday crime.” Guns that fall into the “assault weapons” category are indeed used in just a fraction of crimes, data show. According to an analysis from the National Institutes of Health, “most estimates suggest less than 7%” of the firearms used for “crime in general” were "assault weapons." Most of the violent...
    President Joe Biden on Tuesday pushed for stricter gun laws and more police funding as the answer to gun violence as Republicans paint the Democratic Party as soft on crime. Speaking about his "Safer America Plan" in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Biden used the speech to call for a ban on assault-style weapons to address mass shootings and sought to portray Republicans as opposed to the law enforcement resources needed to stem the crime wave gripping many major cities. Here are three checks on the claims Biden made during his remarks. “For 10 years, mass shootings were down. Ten years in a row, since I passed that legislation in 1994 as a senator. But in 2004, Republicans let that ban expire. What happened? Mass shootings in America tripled.” Biden is referring to the 1994 ban on assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines that Congress allowed to expire 10 years after its passage. Biden supported the bill as a senator from Delaware. The effectiveness of the legislation in reducing mass shootings and gun violence more broadly has long been scrutinized. Northeastern University professor James...
    By Scottie Andrew | CNN Ozzy Osbourne is a Brit by birth and a Californian by choice, but after spending decades in the Golden State, he’s ready to leave the US. Osbourne and his wife Sharon are returning to their Buckinghamshire residence after spending more than 20 years living in Los Angeles, the Black Sabbath singer told the Observer in a wide-ranging interview. Osbourne’s family life in California was famously documented on the MTV reality series “The Osbournes” in the early 2000s. Gun violence in the US is part of what convinced him to return to the UK full-time, he told the Observer. “I’m fed up with people getting killed every day,” he said of American gun violence. “God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert … it’s f*****g crazy.” He also noted that he didn’t want to die in the US. “I’m English. I want to be back.” There have been more than 440 mass shootings in the US in 2022, according to the Gun...
    Alex Jones predicted on Monday the Democratic Party will use mass shootings, poisonings, and more to bring about a full dictatorship before the midterms. While most political forecasters see the Republican Party taking a majority in the House, Jones said he sees only death and enslavement – and all in the next 71 days. Jones, who tormented grieving families by calling the Sandy Hook school massacre a hoax, warned his viewers the end is near for those who do not align with the party agenda. “In the next 71 days, we’re going to see some very violent fireworks,” Jones said on his InfoWars stream. “I would predict racially-motivated mass shootings, bombings, poisonings – attacks on power supplies being blamed on the right wing. They intend to bring in a full dictatorship in the next 71 days.” Jones warned his viewers they, like him, are “strapped” in for a coming civil war, which he said will be “dangerous.” The conspiracy theorist also warned the “globalists” will attempt to overthrow all order as we know it. Jones added the globalists, whom he...
    (CNN)Ozzy Osbourne is a Brit by birth and a Californian by choice, but after spending decades in the Golden State, he's ready to leave the US. Osbourne and his wife Sharon are returning to their Buckinghamshire residence after spending more than 20 years living in Los Angeles, the Black Sabbath singer told the Observer in a wide-ranging interview. Osbourne's family life in California was famously documented on the MTV reality series "The Osbournes" in the early 2000s.Gun violence in the US is part of what convinced him to return to the UK full-time, he told the Observer. "I'm fed up with people getting killed every day," he said of American gun violence. "God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert ... it's f*****g crazy."He also noted that he didn't want to die in the US. "I'm English. I want to be back."Read MoreThere have been more than 440 mass shootings in the US in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which updated its data on...
    Alex Pantling/Getty Images Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne are done with the U.S., with the rocker specifically taking issue with recent mass shootings. In a new interview, Ozzy Osbourne said school shootings and the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017 have him thinking the U.S. is “fucking ridiculous” and he’s not looking to die here. Speaking with The Guardian, the former star of The Osbournes said, “Everything’s fucking ridiculous there. I’m fed up with people getting killed every day. God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert… It’s fucking crazy.” His wife Sharon revealed recent health troubles with her husband, who has Parkinson’s, is not the reason behind their move, taking equal issue with the U.S. “I knew people would think that. It’s not. It’s just time. America has changed so drastically. It isn’t the United States of America at all. Nothing’s united about it. It’s a very weird place to live right now,” the former co-host of The Talk said. Ozzy Osbourne insisted he...
    More On: ozzy osbourne Ozzy Osbourne vowed to never take acid again after talking to a horse for one hour Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne kiss in rare PDA pic while vacationing in Hawaii Ozzy Osbourne returns to stage for first time after ‘life-altering’ surgery Ozzy Osbourne gushes over daughter Kelly’s pregnancy: ‘She’s big and beautiful’ Ozzy Osbourne is “fed up” with violence in America, and has made plans to move back to his homeland with wife Sharon Osbourne, the rock icon has revealed. “Everything’s f–king ridiculous there,” Osbourne, 73, told The Observer (as per Bloomberg). “I’m fed up with people getting killed every day. God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. “And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert… It’s f–king crazy,” he added, referencing the tragic 2017 event where a gunman killed over 20 people during a country music festival at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. “And I don’t want to die in America. I don’t want to...
    The AR-15 is one of the most controversial weapons in America. Lightweight and easily customizable AR-15 style weapons have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, taking center stage at gun ranges and shooting competitions across the country. Advocates say the weapons are a symbol of freedom, and important for personal safety. "I am smaller and less capable to handle violence, and a firearm is the great equalizer," said Dianna Muller founder of the DC Project, which advocates for firearm education. "I go to bed comfortably and do not worry about it at all because I have an AR-15 beside my bed." As of 2018, there were an estimated 393 million civilian-owned firearms in the U.S., according to the Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey, a government-backed global organization. As of 2020, there were about 20 million AR-15-style weapons in the country, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association. Firearm manufacturers have seen revenue surge, taking in about $1 billion from the sale of AR-15 style weapons in the past decade. The weapons have been involved in a number of...
    Gun violence in America is a huge issue. There have been around 200 mass shootings and 27 school shootings in the United States this year alone. Sadly, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have a connection to one of the many mass shootings or incidences of gun violence in America. There are currently more guns in America than there are people, and the U.S. is already an outlier among countries for gun ownership and mass shootings, as well as other gun-related deaths among countries with a similar economy. Furthermore, during the pandemic, around 3.7 million people bought guns in March, 3.9 million in June, and 3.6 million in July. Source: DW News/Youtube For years, we’ve witnessed these shootings and then demanded stricter gun control laws, yet almost no meaningful legislation has passed. The federal government needs to put more effort into holding gun manufacturers accountable and making it more difficult for people to own guns. Sign this petition to demand President Joe Biden and Congress work together to finally pass stronger gun control legislation! Demand That Congress...
    Pennsylvania State Representative Emily Kinkead (D-Pittsburgh) announced on Friday that she will sponsor a bill to require residents to obtain permits to buy guns.  Her legislation is a companion to a Senate measure authored by Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia). The senator began touting his legislation the day after the May school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which an 18-year-old killed 19 children and two teachers.  Kinkead and Haywood are seeking to amend Title 18, Pennsylvania’s criminal code, to stipulate that anyone preparing to purchase a firearm to apply for a police- or sheriff-issued permit. The state already administers licenses that allow a resident to carry guns they possess; anyone aged at least 21 years who has a clean record can acquire the latter. The purchasing permit would apply to those who are at least 18 years old.  “We must act to #EndGunViolence but my #GOP colleagues are instead playing games with people’s lives,” Kinkead tweeted on Friday.  In that post, she retweeted an assertion by Governor Tom Wolf (D) that the Keystone State suffered a “mass shooting” once every 10 days...
    For years, people have asked Mark Follman, who covers mass shootings at Mother Jones, when he would write a book on guns. That didn’t interest Follman, who says hundreds of books already exist about guns and the politics around them. Instead, he wrote Trigger Points: Inside the Mission to Stop Mass Shootings in America, about the field of threat assessment, where people with expertise in law enforcement and mental health look at the behaviors leading to these acts of violence and try to intervene. The subject, little-known when Follman started working on it, was thrilling for him as a journalist, he says—to study human behavior and a way to stop horrific events. “We don't have to be resigned to the idea that this problem is just going to go on forever,” he said on a video call. “We spend a lot of energy and resources and build policy on reacting to shootings. We’re responding to what do we do when the mass shooter comes in. Why don’t we say, “How about let’s get in the way of the person who’s...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House oversight panel on Tuesday subpoenaed gunmaker Smith & Wesson for documents on the manufacture and sale of AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles after its CEO refused to appear for a hearing on the firearms frequently used in mass shootings. The House probe found that five major gunmakers took in a combined total of $1 billion in revenue from the weapons over the last decade, and they were at times marketed as a way for young men to prove their masculinity even as they became a “weapon of choice” for mass shooters. A mass shooting that killed seven people and injured three dozen others at a July 4 parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park was carried out with Smith & Wesson’s M&P 15 semi-automatic rifle. CEO Mark P. Smith originally agreed to testify last week before the Committee on Oversight and Reform along with the heads of two other companies, but pulled out five days before, Democratic Chair Carolyn Maloney of New York said in a statement. The company also hasn’t provided all the information and...
    (CNN)At least seven shooting victims were hospitalized Sunday after a melee in downtown Orlando, Florida. The violence erupted around 2 a.m. ET Sunday after a large fight broke out, Orlando Police Chief Eric D. Smith said.An unidentified assailant pulled out a handgun and fired into the crowd, injuring seven people. All seven victims were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were listed in stable condition, Smith said. Authorities do not immediately have a description of the shooter. Read MoreAccording to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive, the US has had at least 381 mass shootings this year. That's an average of more than 1.7 mass shootings every day. Both the Gun Violence Archive and CNN define a mass shooting as one in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House votes to ban semi-automatic weapons after 18-year lapse; response to mass shootings likely to stall in Senate. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is preparing to vote Friday to revive a ban on semi-automatic guns, the first vote of its kind in years and a direct response to the firearms often used in the crush of mass shootings ripping through communities nationwide. Once banned in the U.S., the high-powered firearms are now widely blamed as the weapon of choice among young men responsible for many of the most devastating mass shootings. But Congress allowed the restrictions first put in place in 1994 to expire a decade later, unable to muster the political support to counter the powerful gun lobby and reinstate the weapons ban. Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed the vote toward passage in the Democratic-run House, saying the earlier ban “saved lives.” The House legislation is shunned by Republicans, who dismiss it as an election-year strategy by Democrats. It will likely stall in the 50-50 Senate. The bill comes at a time of intensifying concerns about gun violence and shootings — the supermarket shooting in Buffalo, N.Y.; massacre of school children in Uvalde, Texas; and the July Fourth...
    Mother Jones illustration; Getty Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.The devastating events of May 24 in Uvalde, Texas, are still in some ways hard to fathom. For an unbelievably long hour and 13 minutes, legions of law enforcement officers at the scene failed to stop a gunman who murdered 19 children and two teachers inside Robb Elementary School. Police eventually entered the classroom where the 18-year-old perpetrator was hunkered down amid the dead and dying and ended his life in an exchange of gunfire. The slow, confused, and ineffectual response undoubtedly worsened the toll, which included dozens of others injured and traumatized. That catastrophic breakdown remains subject to multiple state and federal investigations and the acute sorrow and outrage of the public. Such intense focus makes obvious sense—and yet, thus far, it has obscured another part of the story that is profoundly tragic. The Uvalde massacre never should have happened at all. It could have been prevented long before the perpetrator spiraled deep into crisis and...
    (CNN)For months leading up to the Parkland massacre, Nikolas Cruz searched the internet for information and videos about mass shootings, leaving behind YouTube comments expressing his desire to "kill people," according to testimony in the penalty phase of his trial. Broward County Sheriff's Office Detective Nick Masters, an electronic data analyst, took the stand Wednesday, where he read aloud dozens of Cruz's Google searches, some of which included broad, generic search terms like "murder" or "shooting people." These are the victims of the Florida school shootingBut Cruz also sought information about specific mass shootings, including those at Virginia Tech, in Las Vegas and at Columbine High School, and the people who carried them out, according to Masters' testimony and a list of posts and searches released by the court. Cruz searched for how many rounds were fired in different mass shootings, as well as information about the weapon used in Las Vegas, Masters testified. Some of the evidence revealed in court Wednesday was previously known. But the testimony gave jurors tasked with deciding if Cruz is sentenced to death a...
    The CEO of an AR-15 manufacturing company testified on Wednesday that mass shootings are "pure evil" -- but he said that it was the future of assault-style rifles that really "concerned" him. In his opening remarks to the House Oversight Committee, Daniel Defense CEO Marty Daniel began by acknowledging that mass shootings like the one at a school in Uvalde, Texas were "evil acts." "I am concerned, however, that the stated implied purpose of this hearing is to vilify, blame and try to ban over 24 million sporting rifles already in circulation that are lawfully possessed and commonly used by millions of Americans to protect their homes and loved ones," the CEO said, "to safely sport shoot with family and friends and to put food on the table as licensed hunters." He added: "I believe in God and my faith guides me and my family. Fundamentally, I also believe there is good and evil in our lives and what we saw in Uvalde, Buffalo and Highland Park was pure evil." Daniel asserted that the assault-style rifles sold today are "substantially...
    The House Committee on Oversight and Reform released a report Wednesday detailing profits by the gun industry on AR-15-style rifles, calling these firearms “the weapons of choice for murderers responsible for America’s deadly mass shootings.” The report coincided with a hearing by the committee on the "practices and profits of gun manufacturers” featuring industry executives. ​​HOUSE DEMOCRATS PUNT PLAN TO BRING UP POLICE FUNDING BILL AND ASSAULT WEAPON BAN The report said five major companies — Daniel Defense, Smith & Wesson Brands, Sturm, Ruger, & Company, Sig Sauer, and Bushmaster Firearms Industries — “collected more than $1 billion over the last decade from [the] sale of military-style assault weapons to civilians, as gun violence and mass shootings surged across the United States.” “Our investigation shows that five major gun manufacturers collected a total of more than $1 billion from the sale of assault rifles over the last decade,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chairwoman of the committee, said during the hearing. Maloney said the gun industry should be held accountable for when its products cause damage, “just...
    PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images. A House Oversight Committee report offered a scathing critique of manufacturers of AR-15 rifles, calling them “the weapon of choice for mass murderers” and collecting the data on the mass shooting death toll attributed to guns from each manufacturer along with the companies’ sales revenues. The 23-page report was released in advance of a Wednesday morning committee hearing titled “Examining the Practices and Profits of Gun Manufacturers,” which is being live-streamed on YouTube: The committee launched an investigation into the leading manufacturers of AR-15 style rifles, the report said, and sent letters to five companies — Bushmaster, Daniel Defense, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, and Sturm, Ruger & Company — that had made and sold AR-15 rifles used in mass shootings. “AR-15-style rifles have been the weapon of choice for the killers responsible for the deadliest mass shootings in American history, including the recent mass murders in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas,” the report noted. “These companies sell weapons to civilians that are engineered to kill many people as fast as possible,” said...
    Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Classic rock icon Pat Benatar is no longer singing her hit song “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” following the country’s recent spate of mass shootings. Benatar, 69, spoke to USA Today in a recent interview about her long career and a recent tour. Asked specifically about recent sets and song lineups, Benatar divulged she has axed her 1980 hit song and one of the tracks that will soon land her in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “We have what we call the ‘holy 14,’ songs that if we don’t play them, you’ll give us (a hard time),” she said. “And we’re not doing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ and fans are having a heart attack and I’m like, I’m sorry, in deference to the victims of the families of these mass shootings, I’m not singing it.” Benatar added: I tell them, if you want to hear the song, go home and listen to it. (The title) is tongue-in-cheek, but you have to draw the line. I can’t say those words out loud with...
    Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Pat Benatar announced she has quit singing "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" in light of recent mass shootings. The 69-year-old Grammy Award-winner will no longer sing the song as a form of protest against gun violence, Benatar said in a recent interview. "I'm not going to sing it," she said. JOE ROGAN JOKES ABOUT 'SHOOTING HOMELESS PEOPLE,' PAYS THE PRICE ON TWITTER "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" was meant to be about resiliency and strength, but times have changed, according to Benatar. "You have to draw the line," she said. "I can't say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I just can't." Artists have to be aware of their lyrics, and Benatar said not singing her 1980 classic is a "small contribution to protesting." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The song reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980, and it was Benatar's first top 10 hit. Music Protests Gun Violence News
    More On: mass shootings Rachel Brosnahan reacts to mass shooting in hometown of Highland Park, Ill. Shaq to donate proceeds from Buffalo gig to shooting victims’ families ‘RHOC’ alum Kelly Dodd slammed for comparing Texas school shooting to 9/11 Candace Cameron Bure cries on Instagram after being ‘silent’ on Texas shooting Pat Benatar is refusing to perform her hit 1980 song “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” in the wake of the horrific mass shootings across America this year. Speaking to USA Today, the rock singer said she will avoid performing the track during her current tour in “protest” of gun violence. Instead, the 69-year-old singer will perform her other classics, including “Love Is A Battlefield” and “We Belong.” This year alone, the country suffered high-profile gun-related attacks, in places such as Uvalde, Texas; Buffalo, New York; and Highland Park, Illinois. “We’re not doing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ and fans are having a heart attack,” Benatar told the outlet. “And I’m like, I’m sorry, in deference to the victims of the families of these mass shootings, I’m...
    Benatar previously penned a feminist anthem in order to protest the election of former President Donald Trump. The Rolling Stones made a similar decision when they stopped playing their very popular song, "Brown Sugar." The song is intended to document the horrors of the slave trade, but the tone of the lyrics is too celebratory. Benatar is featured in the docuseries "Women Who Rock" by Epix, airing at the end of July. She is also going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats began pushing ahead Wednesday with legislation that would ban certain semi-automatic weapons as they considered their most far-reaching response yet to this summer’s spate of mass shootings. Democrats hope that the 100-page bill moving through the Judiciary Committee will pass the House before the August break. But that is far from assured, with moderates in the party, especially those hailing from politically divided swing districts, wary of a vote on sweeping gun controls ahead of the November midterm elections — especially when the bill has little chance of becoming law due to opposition in the Senate. The renewed push for a ban on assault-type weapons comes nearly two decades after Congress allowed similar restrictions to lapse. The original ban passed in 1994, led by then-Sen. Joe Biden, and banned certain semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines, though it exempted an estimated 1.5 million of those weapons and 25 million that were already owned by Americans. In the nearly three decades since, mass shootings have become chillingly commonplace in the United States, with semi-automatic weapons often used...
    (CNN)Americans' belief that society and government can do something about mass shootings is at a new high, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS. Most of the public favors stricter gun laws, the survey finds, with more than 4 in 10 saying that recently enacted gun legislation doesn't go far enough to change things.The survey was conducted June 13 to July 13, a few weeks after the mass shootings at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. That field period spanned additional acts of gun violence, including a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, as well as the passage of the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades. Nearly 7 in 10 US adults (69%) say that government and society can take action that will be effective in preventing shootings like the one in Uvalde from happening again, with 30% saying that shootings like the one in Uvalde will happen again regardless of what action is taken by government and society. The share of Americans...
    WASHINGTON (WLS) -- The mayor of Highland Park will be among those testifying at a hearing in Washington Wednesday about ways to prevent mass shootings like the Fourth of July parade shooting.It is the Senate Judiciary Committee's tenth hearing on gun violence in America.ISP changes how clear and present danger reports impact FOID card applications after Highland ParkLawmakers will focus on the issue of mass shootings and the growing dangers of widespread access to high-capacity, assault-style weapons, which the panel says can be used to kill large numbers of people in a matter of seconds.Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering will testify, as well as Senator Tammy Duckworth.Cooper Roberts update: Boy paralyzed in parade shooting breathing on his ownIllinois Senator Dick Durbin who chairs the committee says he wants to ban the sale, import, and manufacture of certain semi-automatic weapons nationwide.The hearing gets underway at 9 a.m.
    The gun company that made the AR-15-style rifle used to kill 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in 2016 and another four at an Indiana mall this month is now gearing up to mass produce an even more lethal weapon of war for the civilian market. SIG Sauer’s new MCX-SPEAR fires bullets with twice the kinetic energy of those from an AR-15. That means double the horrifying force that mangled the victims of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and left one youngster essentially decapitated. “It’ll shoot through almost all of the bulletproof vests that are worn by law enforcement in the county right now,” said Ryan Busse, a former firearms company executive who is now a senior policy analyst with the Giffords Law Center and author of Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America. The MCX-SPEAR is the civilian version of the U.S. Army’s NGSW-R (Next Generation Squad Weapon-Rifle), which was created with the express purpose of tearing through enemy body armor. “This is a weapon that could defeat any body armor, any planned body armor that...
    University of Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson is distancing himself from the country's national gun debate by ditching his 'AR-15' nickname and his apparel company's scope 'crosshairs' logo. Following the NCAA's decision last year to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness, Richardson launched his own apparel brand that incorporated his initials and jersey number: 15. Of course, 'AR-15' is also the name of ArmaLite's heavily maligned semi-automatic rifle, which was used in the 2012 Sand Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut, May's shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School just four and a half hours from the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. University of Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson (right) is distancing himself from the country's national gun debate by ditching his 'AR-15' nickname and his apparel company's scope 'crosshairs' logo (left) Richardson, a native of Gainesville, was heavily recruited out of high school, but decided to stick close to home by enrolling at Florida. He has since appeared in seven games, recording six touchdowns...
    (CNN)University of Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson is changing his nickname, abandoning the moniker 'AR-15' because of its association with gun violence."While a nickname is only a nickname and 'AR-15' was simply a representation of my initials combined with my jersey number, it is important to me that my name and brand are no longer associated with the assault rifle that has been used in mass shootings, which I do not condone in any way or form," the Gators player said in a statement published to his Twitter.Richardson said that, after thinking hard and consulting with friends and family, he would no longer use the nickname and would stop using a logo featuring a scope reticle as part of his branding."My representatives and I are currently working on rebranding, which includes the creation of a new logo and transitioning to simply using 'AR' and my name, Anthony Richardson," he added.Richardson, who split time with Emory Jones as a redshirt freshman last season, threw for 529 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions in seven games. Richardson is expected to be Florida's starting...
    Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) railed against a new House bill that would create an active shooter alert system similar to the one in place for missing children. The Active Shooter Alert Act of 2022 is likely to pass the House this week after previous efforts have failed. The bill will not only create a communications network to allow the public to be informed during an “emergency involving an active shooter,” but the “bill requires the Government Accountability Office to study and report on state and local responses to active shooters and situations requiring the issuance of a public alert or warning.” Gaetz took issue with the public safety measure, which has gained in popularity due to the recent wave of mass shootings. The Congressman said, “One has to ask, what is the true purpose of this bill? Why do the Democrats want to use the power of government to bombard your cell phone with active shooter alerts 24 hours a day, seven days a week?” “It’s because they want you to be afraid of the Second Amendment. It’s because...
    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $40.7 million in the last three months – and edged ahead of Republicans in June amid a fundraising haul following a series of mass shootings. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) brought in $16.5 million last month compared to the DCCC's $17 million. Democrats said that last quarter's figures were the largest ever in the second quarter of an election year. Even with the edge over Republicans in quarter two of Fiscal Year 2022, experts are still predicting a Democratic bloodbath in the midterm elections that many feel could see the Senate and House flip back to red. In attempts to try and avoid this, Democrats are using the recent mass shootings and the Supreme Court overturn of Roe v. Wade to mobilize voters who want more gun reform and abortion protections. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $40.7 million the second quarter of FY2022 and out raised the RNCC by just $500,000 in June. Pictured: DCCC Chairman Representative Sean Patrick Maloney leaves a briefing at the Capitol on December 13, 2018 'Democrats...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Family, friends and victims of the recent mass shootings in Highland Park, Illinois and Uvalde, Texas are holding a rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. They are demanding stricter gun laws. The group is calling on Congress to pass a universal background check law and a ban on assault weapons. READ MORE: SEPTA Asking For Input From Riders On How Trolley Services Should Operate In FutureA mother who attended the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park talked about shielding her child during the shooting. READ MORE: Police Searching For 2 Men Who Broke Into Business In Juniata ParkShe spoke to the crowd at the “March Fourth” rally just a short time ago. The House is expected to pass a new bill this week called the Active Shooter Alert Act. MORE NEWS: 14-Year-Old Girl To Be Charged With 3rd-Degree Murder In Connection With Fatal Beating Of 73-Year-Old James Lambert, Attorney SaysIt includes a communications network to warn people if there is an active shooter in their community. The alerts will be similar to an amber...
    President Joe Biden’s speech marking the passage of the new federal gun safety bill was interrupted Monday by Manuel Oliver – a parent of one of the victims of the Parkland, Florida high school massacre. While unclear what Oliver shouted at Biden, he had made it clear on CNN earlier in the morning that he did not believe the bill was anything to celebrate. “Well, it’s been a while that I’ve been calling out that using the word celebration, getting together, is like we’re going to a party, to a wedding today,” Oliver began on CNN’s New Day. “Meanwhile, you can see these mothers in Uvalde that just saw how their kids were massacred inside a school. So, for me, it’s not only not enough, and you know very well what I’ve been preaching for. Even the president asked for more and it’s not happening. So, I really wish there was more in this package of bills,” he continued. “And I will do whatever I can to get more in this package of bills. This is not the beginning or...
    OAN anchor Dan Ball and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) are pinning the blame for the Highland Park July 4th shooting on Big Pharma and the politicians who take money from them. During an appearance on Real America on OAN, Ball and Greene discussed who should be held responsible for the violent attack that took place at a July 4th parade, killing 7. “They want to go after the gun manufacturers. Okay. Why don’t they ever talk about going after Big Pharma? Oh, that’s right. Because so many of folks in the body where you work, but we know you’re not, Marjorie, cause we know we see your donations because too many damn politicians are in the back pocket of Big Pharma,” Ball exclaimed. “That’s a lot more money than the gun lobby,” he added. “Absolutely, Big Pharma controls everything from the fact that many people were forced to take Covid vaccines, lost their jobs for it. National Guardsmen were kicked out. Military members were kicked out. Uh, you, you name it,” Greene agreed. “It’s bigger than oil. It’s bigger than...
    Dr. Bill Bennett is not just a frequent guest on Fox News where he is a paid contributor, but he is also a former Secretary of Education under the Reagan administration. He is also a firm believer that exorcisms are a viable solution to stopping the scourge of mass shootings the nation is currently facing. Yes, that’s right. Bill Bennett literally suggested that the nation consider exorcisms as a way to abate mass shootings, and that solution he proposed came after what he said had been “thinking and studying about all of these cases.” Apparently self-aware of the absurd nature of his suggestion, Bennett explained to Special Report anchor Bret Baier “Before your audience shakes its head on that, if you look at these boys, these men, these young men, they have deeply spiritual problems.” Fact check: true. Anyone willing to shoot up innocents has deep spiritual problems. Bennett then explained what he called “the labyrinth caves of the internet way down” which he doesn’t recommend visiting because it’s “ugly.”  He then accurately described the profile of the mass shooters...
    Leaders of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference (USCCB) have decried the recent mass shooting in Highland Park, IL, calling for the strengthening of gun laws, as well as programs addressing “mental health, family, and cultural factors” behind gun violence. “It seems there are no days of the year when our nation is not grieving the latest mass shooting. It has not always been this way, and it is getting worse,” note the bishops in a statement signed by the chairs of the Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. “That the Highland Park shooting took place on a day when we celebrate all that is good about America and America’s freedoms is a devastating reminder that mass shootings do not happen with the same relentless and brutal frequency in other places in the world,” the bishops declare. These shootings have become “shockingly commonplace” in our country, the text states, while underscoring the tragic case of the orphaning of a two-year-old boy found underneath his father, who...
    MSNBC contributor and Princeton professor Eddie Glaude Jr. blamed the subject matter FNC host Tucker Carlson’s uses on his show for the Highland Park, IL shooting on July 4. On his Monday night’s show discussing mass shooters, Carlson said, “And of course they’re angry. They know that their lives will not be better than their parents’. They’ll be worse, that’s all, but guaranteed. They know that. They’re not that stupid. The authorities in their lives, mostly women, never stop lecturing about their privilege, ‘you’re male, you are privileged.’ Try to imagine an unhealthier life than that. So a lot of young men in America are going nuts. Are you surprised?” Anchor Nicolle Wallace said, “So, the problem with mass shootings is women. I see.” Glaude said, “Think about what Tucker Carlson said. It’s absolutely stupid on a certain level.” He continued, “What is he saying in a certain way? Well, a world in which white men reign supreme is collapsing, and they’re losing their minds so that they now want to murder people. That’s what he’s saying. The culture wars is...
    A Fox News panel discussion Wednesday featured a former secretary of education suggesting that what’s missing from efforts to prevent mass shootings are exorcists. Former Reagan Cabinet member Bill Bennett said that more needs to be done on various fronts to recognize warning signs in troubled individuals and prevent them from gaining access to firearms. “I think you could strengthen red flag laws. Certainly people need to pay attention to them. It’s hard when parents aren’t doing their job for any red flag to make up for it. Also, the police need to pay more attention, and the schools need to pay more attention,” Bennett told Bret Baier. The 21-year-old suspect who allegedly killed seven and injured dozens more at a Fourth of July parade outside Chicago had a history of worrisome behavior. Yet despite a suicide attempt and threatening to kill his family, he was approved for a state gun permit after his father signed his application, and the suspect legally bought online the semi-automatic rifle police believe he used on Monday. “I’m not sure we are going deep...