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Recent History Of Escalating Mass Shootings In The US

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As the following summary by the New York Daily News shows, both the frequency and severity of recent mass shootings in the US (and globally) have been getting bigger and more acute.  Bring on the discussions as to why this is occuring in our day and age.

Oak Creek, Wis.: A white supremacist shoots six people and a responding policeman at a Sikh temple before shooting himself in the head in August 2012.

Aurora, Colo.: Lone gunman kills 12 and injures 58 at a July 2012 screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Oakland, Calif.: A former student at a Christian college fatally shoots seven people and injures three in April 2012.

Copley Township, Ohio: A man in a family dispute uses his handgun to shoot and kill his girlfriend and six others in August 2011.

Geneva, Ala.: Eleven victims, ages 18 months to 74 years old, are killed by a lone gunman in a violent family feud in March 2009.

Omaha, Neb.: A 19-year-old man shoots nine people at a department store in December 2007 before cops kill him.

Blacksburg, Va.: A student at Virginia Tech kills 32 classmates and wounds 25 before committing suicide in April 2007.

Red Lake, Minn.: A 16-year-old boy kills 11 people, including his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend, in a shooting spree in March 2005.

Columbus, Ohio: A deranged fan shoots a Pantera guitarist at a concert as he performs onstage, then fires at fans, killing four people in December 2004.

Wash., D.C.: Two deranged snipers go on a spree, killing 10 people around D.C. and Virginia in Oct. 2002.

Columbine, Colo.: Two senior students invade their school in April 1999, killing 12 students and one teacher and injuring 21, before committing suicide.

Killeen, Texas: An unemployed man drives a truck through a packed cafeteria and fatally shoots 23 people and injures 20 before killing himself in October 1999.

Jacksonville, Fla.: A man angry over a repossessed car storms into the agency in June 1990 and over two days shoots 11 of its 86 employees before killing himself.

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Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:04 | 3063978 EscapeKey
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The solution to this is clearly to increase the police state, and not in any way shape or form try to stop blatant corruption and crony capitalism. </sarc>

Sadly, this will OBVIOUSLY be used to ramp up the surveillance state.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:07 | 3063994 john39
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was this killing a ritual? some odd things to consider:


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:20 | 3064041 vast-dom
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Children stabbed in attack at Chinese school   Police say nearly two dozen children injured in central China province of Henan by knife-wielding villager



ps and thank you tyler et. al for removing the hateful vitriol of previous posters. i tolerate a lot, but this racism here on ZH is a bit out of control, esp in light of these tragedies.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:27 | 3064146 billwilson
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Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:33 | 3064194 trav777
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where is the Wisconsin Mall shooting?  You know, from last month?

Oh, you don't know...wasn't hyped by the media.  Gee, wonder why that was.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:39 | 3064247 MachoMan
Fri, 12/14/2012 - 21:04 | 3065252 imaginalis
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Similar tragedy here




These things happen in other countries too

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 10:48 | 3066166 DaveyJones
Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:31 | 3064182 Randall Cabot
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 "Bring on the discussions as to why this is occuring in our day and age."

It should be obvious to anyone with even a few functioning brain cells that forced multiculturalism causes confusion about identity for some, and that can lead to alienation. In other words, maulticulturalism is a psy op.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:34 | 3064196 Flakmeister
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Don't you have a cave to go crawl off into?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 19:38 | 3064994 sessinpo
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For shits and giggles, I will respond to your troll post by giving you one. All the caves are filled with your feces as you aren't even smart enough to shit outside.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 20:54 | 3065219 Flakmeister
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You really have to do better than that...

So why don't you run along, find a quiet little corner and fist yourself...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:34 | 3064202 trav777
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happens in China too tho

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 22:45 | 3065517 Acorn10012
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Trav is back on ZH? This is 2012, right? At first, I thought I pulled up a thread from 2011.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:39 | 3064236 CommunityStandard
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Let me see if I can rub my few functioning brain cells together to understand you.  Are you saying I can't hang out with whoever I choose to hang out with because I may become "confused about my identity?"  Can you simply not force anything on me, multiculturalism or segregation included?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 18:09 | 3064686 Randall Cabot
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You obviously are confused about your identity as it is quite evident that you don't have much of one.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:00 | 3064372 Akira.
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It is a strong identification with culture and heritage that causes confusion about identity. Travel far and learn the minds of others and you will see that they are not much different from you. Do you not think you would be dancing around drum circles if you were born in Africa, or breaking the windows of synagogues had you been born a German in the early 20th century? People arrive at conclusions through logic based on prior experiences. Understand that only circumstance separates you from killers like these and be thankful that you were born under circumstances that make you who you are today. Not that I am trying to ignore the role of free will. Indeed one of the reasons for massacres like these is we've taught people that they are just machines motivated solely by pleasure. Step back and realize you are human beings. 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 18:11 | 3064691 Randall Cabot
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"It is a strong identification with culture and heritage that causes confusion about identity."

That's the dumbest post I've seen here today.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 19:41 | 3065005 sessinpo
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And as we learn the facts that the shooter had mental issues, your post gets thrown out the door.

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 16:38 | 3069146 Sparkey
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Any Shooter or every shooter, which ever has, Primi faci "Mental" issues,

Didn't I read where his Mother was one of the victims? The search for casuality should begin at home!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 20:12 | 3065094 ZeroAvatar
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It's called TMRITFCS, or "Too Many Rats in the Fukin Cage" Syndrome.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 19:35 | 3064980 sessinpo
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I'll take the down arrow hit on this one. I'm no coward. I welcome the freedom of expression, even from those that are considered vitriol. That is a matter of opinion. At any given time, if you make a statement that someone else disagrees with, you are depending on someone else to decide what is hateful and that is a very bad path to go - the path of government control.


So for that - I give you a down arrow. Discussion should always be open with opposing views. That includes racism. And I will state I am a minority. I want people to expose themselves for what they are and you can't do that if you shut them up.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:09 | 3064010 jowenchrist
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We'll all be safe again when the drones are deployed in our airspace 24/7. Coming soon.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:47 | 3064295 CH1
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Government is always opposed to the free human will. In our time, it is obliterating the functions of human will.

A guess: These people choose big weapons and easy targets so they can express their will in the most visible way before they check out.

Not that I can prove any of this.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 02:13 | 3065772 Bruce Flea
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Actually, governments ENCOURAGE free will. They watch over us, and care so much about us they blunt our scissors just so we don't hurt ourselves playing:)


Think of it like "free range" cattle. One of these days, that "free range" cow will be a belt, a pair of shoes, and an aged ribeye.


Sat, 12/15/2012 - 10:53 | 3066172 CH1
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Try to exercise your will over paying the hundreds of taxes and you'll see what I mean.

Or exercise your will regarding profesional regulation, or raw milk, or traffic lights at 2 am, or growing food on your property, or, or, or.

You get the point. There are 80,000 pages of regs, and every one of them forbids an act of will.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:08 | 3063981 nope-1004
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Sick ass world.  Takes a real tough man to mow down elementary kids.  CHILDREN SHOULD BE OFF LIMITS, PERIOD.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:10 | 3064022 LawsofPhysics
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Many lines have already been crossed, we will reap what we sow and moral hazard has remained unchecked for quite some time now.  Don't worry, the laws of Nature and physics seem to always provide some real consequences for bad behavior in the end.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:19 | 3064087 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Bad Behavers in a system may take on various forms. The law of conservation of Bad Behavers states that Bad Behavers may neither be created nor destroyed. Therefore the sum of all the Bad Behavers in the system is a constant.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:41 | 3064253 MachoMan
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I think that's total fucking nonsense...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:49 | 3064307 Flakmeister
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Yeah, but given some of the other crap flying around re: the shooting, I'd say "it really brought the thread together"....

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:13 | 3064039 fonzannoon
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This is fuckin sickening. What is even sicker is after a few days it will be just another incident. Everyone will become numb to it like everything else.

William Somerset: I just don't think I can continue to live in a place that embraces and nurtures apathy as if it was virtue.
David Mills: You're no different. You're no better.
William Somerset: I didn't say I was different or better. I'm not. Hell, I sympathize; I sympathize completely. Apathy is the solution. I mean, it's easier to lose yourself in drugs than it is to cope with life. It's easier to steal what you want than it is to earn it. It's easier to beat a child than it is to raise it. Hell, love costs: it takes effort and work.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:26 | 3064145 kito
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no fonz, as you said earlier, it certainly wont be just another incident for the politicians who will chew further into the flesh of american liberties.........this happened in the tri state area......lots and lots of influential people living in this area.......this one may be the one that puts the police state over the top

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:34 | 3064192 fonzannoon
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i do think big changes are coming. I just mean what people accept as society will be nothing like it used to be.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:36 | 3064218 john39
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this will keep happening until they get the gun control laws and police state fully in place.  sick, but true.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 22:15 | 3065457 Transformer
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There are only three things standing in the way of the NWO, and complete totalitarian control of the planet.

they are:

4-500 million civilian owned guns in America

The internet

The upheaval in the gold and silver markets

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:48 | 3064305 Chip
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Thats what disturbs me. After Columbine it was all people talked about. Already no one talks about the mall shooting in Portland just this week to say nothing of the Tech shooting, etc. I think people have given up on the idea that anything can be done to prevent this sort of thing, much like 9/11 etc. Lots of gold and gun lovers on this board of course but I dont' think mowing down a bunch of mallgoers or kindergarterners falls anywhere under the umbrella of "civil liberties". 

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 16:54 | 3069187 Sparkey
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The massive unending coverage is conditioning people to accept these things as, just one more thing we can do nothing about, reinforcing the populations sense of helpless and hopelessness as they watch a Tsunami of disfunctionality flooding their way! (It also desensitizes people eventually outrage fades, surplanted bt acceptence; there is nothing I can do about Anything anyway, and it is `Just` TV! If you arn't happy with what you're watching, change the channel, change your life, get some new shows, Get with the program and get happy!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:36 | 3064215 trav777
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...*except when they are "collateral damage"

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:06 | 3063988 Bagbalm
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We had a school massacre in Bath MI in the 1920s - nothing new really. People want to feel safe, but you aren't, nowhere, no time. I wonder how many who home school do so for physical safety as a reason partial or unarticulated.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:32 | 3064190 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Home Schoolers do so for religious safety at least partially or unarticulated.  They especially want to protect their children from the Devil, who always lurks in public and private places.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:43 | 3064274 CH1
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Yeah, I guess they don't give the first shit about their kids' educations.

Yeah, /sarc

Home schoolers produce better people.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:50 | 3064315 TPTB_r_TBTF
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I am sure the parents give the first shit to quality of education and the second shit is for protection from the Devil which would of course produce better people.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 19:42 | 3065007 Cathartes Aura
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plenty of home schoolers that eschew religious training.

also many alternative schools that avoid cultural trainings.

have yet to see any evidence that removing children from the system is harm-full. . .

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:06 | 3063989 PUD
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Ban men...seems to be the common denominator 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:35 | 3064201 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Give the men more pussy, and they wonT get so frustrated and go off the deep end so often.  Put out bitch.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:37 | 3064223 trav777
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being a man is already basically illegal.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 19:45 | 3065011 Cathartes Aura
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and what are the defining characteristics of "being a man" that are being made "basically illegal" trav?

what are the cultural definitions of "being a man" that make "man" recognisable currently?

what are the common traits?

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 17:23 | 3069243 Sparkey
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Real men don't beat their Wives and children for fun, not even when they enjoy it a little bit! They only do it when they really deserve a beating, less back talk in the homes of "Real Men"! That is one thing to look for when you're hunting for "Real" men!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 18:47 | 3064827 CH1
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New policy: Everyone monitored and caged!

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