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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 - 16:07 | 3063992 duo
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BTW, you don't need assault weapons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_disaster

Man kills 44, including 38 children, in 1927. Bath, MI.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:43 | 3064271 MachoMan
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I remember a story my grandfather told me of kids that shot up his rural school with a tommy gun...  albeit at night.  Being going on for a long time...  it's just that hype and sensitivity to the issue are only now hitting fever pitch.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:07 | 3063993 A. Magnus
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I think if you showed these figures right next to a chart showing the approval and distribution of SSRI drugs in the general population you would show a VERY close correlation...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:42 | 3064266 TPTB_r_TBTF
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I think if you showed these figures right next to a chart showing the approval and distribution of tablet PCs in the general population you would show a VERY close correlation...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:08 | 3063997 firstdivision
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Dear World,

If you ever find yourself depressed, please kill yourself and not innocent children.

Thanks In Advance,

All Rational Human-beings

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:47 | 3064294 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Dear Rational Human-beings,

If you ever find your innocent [sic] children behaving, then i might not get so depressed.

Thanks in Advance

The World

 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:54 | 3064336 MachoMan
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Dear World,

If you ever find yourself depressed, please get help and do not kill any children.

Thanks In Advance,

All Rational Human-beings

 

FIXED

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 18:40 | 3064790 smoot27
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killing themselves is just as efficient

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 18:39 | 3064791 smoot27
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killing themselves is just as efficient

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:07 | 3063998 DCFusor
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Create a situation where many people feel they have nothing to lose, and this is what you get.

This was the precondition for many idiotic episodes in history.  I'll invoke Godwin's law, even -

Or how about starving a whole country via currency manipulation.  It always ends with violence.

Now, make it easy by making sure there are a lot of places and situations where it's not legal to defend yourself - much less someone else.  Claiming self-defense is admitting to a homicide, after all, and now we go to court to see if it was "justified". 

Oh, let's go ahead and ban guns.  Look how well that worked with drugs, or alchol.  Gave us criminal organizations - made the worst of us wealthy and powerful.  Let's try again, maybe the results will be different this time...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:07 | 3063999 dobermangang
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You don't need a gun to cause a massacre.  A dollars worth of gas can kill a lot of people too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Land_fire

 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:08 | 3064004 dick cheneys ghost
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Most of society's ills can be blamed on the rothschilds and the rockefellers

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:12 | 3064008 Cognitive Dissonance
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Even if one does not believe it is possible one must at least consider the correlation between the rise in school shootings and the rise of (violent) in home video games over the last 15-20 years, even further back if you consider electronic video arcade games.

There may or may not be causation, but it is something to think about. The conditioning of the mind works mostly via saturation and repetition.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:15 | 3064060 docj
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Agreed. Violent movies have been around forever (the "gangster" movies of the 30's, for example, featured plenty of violence - though it was far, far more "cartoonish" than the vivid stuff of, say, The Untouchables (DeNiro version) and Scarface). But in-home video games - where you can play GTA and Saints Row - are a relatively new phenomena.

 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:38 | 3064235 trav777
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GTA San Andreas was an awesome game tho

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:52 | 3064330 Chip
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Agree totally and as the parent of a 7 yr old I am disturbed by the overt violence in video games--glorifying cop killing, etc. to the point you wonder how these things are legal. But the argument that root cause is there is to me similiar to suggesting that XXX material leads to rape--not so. 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 19:50 | 3065022 Cathartes Aura
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anything that repetively debases another human will eventually cause mental dissonance that dis-respects others, actions to follow.

working as intended, of course.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:19 | 3064083 Shell Game
Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:22 | 3064095 funthea
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Since we are entertaining the realm of "post hoc ergo propter hoc", why not explore the fact that only in the last 15 years have we had "facebook", "myspace", "Justen Beaber", "Bigest looser", and "New kids on the block".

Something to think about.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:39 | 3064197 Cognitive Dissonance
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Just because I (seriously) consider something doesn't mean it's valid or that I believe it. If nothing else, considering something considered outlandish or even ridiculous exercises a few brain cells, something most violent video games do not.

Even if my thought process is faulty or misguided at least I am attempting to think for myself rather than checking with the TV (or my political party/religious denomination) to find out what I should be thinking. I will never move out of my mental rut unless I try (and fail) many times. I consider myself lucky that I continue to fail spectacularly. :)

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:58 | 3064359 MachoMan
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But for the fact that many of the perps have never played a violent video game...  The reason many of the younger perps have played violent videogames is because they're incredibly popular...  they've also looked at porn, stole some liquor out of their parents' cabinet, and tried to play doctor with a classmate or two... 

I'll take the opposite stance...  that violent videogames actually suppress the urge to act out in a violent fashion.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:08 | 3064422 Cognitive Dissonance
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I understand your point. But they don't look at porn, drink from the parent's liquor closet or try to play doctor with a classmate for hours and hours on end, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Like I said.....at least consider the saturation and repetitive issues of (sometimes obsessive) (often violent) video game play. I've read some interesting articles that point out the changes in the child's brain during and after long term video game play. Not sure what to make of that info, but it is out there to read and consider.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:26 | 3064503 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Even if one does not believe it is possible one must at least consider the correlation between the rise in school shootings and the rise of ex-hippie parents over the last 15-20 years, even further back if you consider the decadence of the 50s.

There may or may not be causation, but it is something to think about. The conditioning of the young mind works mostly via saturation and repetition from parental "guidance" or rather lack of.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:37 | 3064561 blunderdog
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    the changes in the child's brain during and after long term video game play

ALL long-term recurring exposure to stimuli changes the brain.  We're still dealing with teevee.  The whole world is one big ongoing uncontrolled experiment in human behavior.

It's definitely worth tracking what different stimuli correlate with, but the more you learn about the way the brain works, the more difficult it is to maintain belief in stuff like free will and morality and cognition.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 18:26 | 3064745 Cognitive Dissonance
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"It's definitely worth tracking what different stimuli correlate with, but the more you learn about the way the brain works, the more difficult it is to maintain belief in stuff like free will and morality and cognition."

Roger that and well stated. This recognition becomes ever clearer the deeper we travel down into the rabbit hole of our mind. We are not what we think we are, and what we think we are has been carefully conditioned into us beginning with the regurgitated world view conditioning of our parents who lovingly train us before handing us over to the state.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 18:45 | 3064813 blunderdog
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The best any individual can really do is know himself.  If nothing else, a person can learn to minimize the damage they inflict on others.  It's not something most folks ever manage to do, though--there are a LOT of distractions out there.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 04:26 | 3065866 Urban Redneck
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The USA isn't the only nation with a high gun ownership rate and easy access to firearms.

Violent TV & Video Games are not unique to the US, they are a global trend.

Desensitization to violence by experiencing violence is a widespread.

The rise of insane mass killings (particularly those targeting schools) are a US & Chinese phenomenon.

 

Even ignoring China, the issue would be incredibly complex- nationally both the parenting and educational mechanisms are largely dysfunctional, but the incidents seem to occur only outside of economically disadvantaged & crime ridden communities, which ironically have better access to the so-called "mental healthcare system" ...

 

 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:10 | 3064433 fuu
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Thank you.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:05 | 3064404 aerojet
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Don't forget all the mood-enhancing or mood-stabilizing drugs available in recent years, too.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:31 | 3064524 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Good point.  Had it not been for all those happy drugs, a lot more shootings woulda taken place!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:22 | 3064103 LawsofPhysics
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Statistically, the world was a lot more violent before the electronic age.  But then again, you had to actually fight for your meals back then too.  Sometimes even kill your dinner.  Yeah, I agree CD, let's go back to killing our food on a regular basis.  Might be surprised how much more respect for life the youth would have or perhaps people could start raising the children for a change.  Novel concept I know.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:43 | 3064233 Sophist Economicus
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Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:07 | 3064410 fuu
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Rap music too, don't forget the rap.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:33 | 3064542 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Yep, that is another good point.  Had it not been for rap music as an outlet for the youth all these years, even more killings woulda occured.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:25 | 3064502 three chord sloth
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Add to the mix:

a. The rise of the anti-hero in popular media.

b. A nationwide (indeed worldwide) mass media, who will broadcast the name and face of the killer 24/7 for the next week.

To a disturbed, alienated young man the lure of instant, eternal fame is intoxicating. Why just quietly end your own life, when you can go out like this kid, and be a monster to the folks you hate? The template is Columbine. And the media, who ought to know by now that notoriety is the goal of these killers, just can't help themselves as they spray his name and face on every screen in the country... ensuring it all happens over and over again.

You wanna cut down on this? Let 'em kill and die in anonymity. Eventually, the copycats will stop.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 19:47 | 3065017 sessinpo
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Yes, very interesting. And in that same time period we saw a rise in various medications.

 

Hell, we saw a rise in government size, we even saw a rise in LED lights. I know I'm being an ass. I actually do agree with you in a way but not as you suggest. I do believe it is a cultural problem. But violence in games and movies is a SYMPTOM. In other words, you are not addressing the real problem is why we have those violent games and movies and why society is buying them.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:13 | 3064025 bankerbackbacon
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Here is what all the little liberal gun control maggots don't understand.

Take it from a Canadian. We have gun control and now only the criminals have guns, and people still get shot.

It would not surprise me at all, if Obama sends false flag suiciders every month into random places to shoot up kindergardens until the American people are stripped of guns and then Homeland Security can start the genocide or encarceration of its people.

Guns are for when the King of England gets in your face. You blow their inbred monarchist heads off.

Kill the klepto-bankers.

OY!

 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:29 | 3064161 billwilson
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Fuck off. Canada is a ton safer than the US ... And most of the guns come from the US illegally. If the Yanks got their house in order we would have a lot fewer problems up here.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:41 | 3064251 trav777
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I've only told you 50,000 times where the US's crime comes from.  It's from people you don't have in Canada, fool.

2 demographics account for 85% of our crime nationally, and in most cities, nearly 100%.

Subtract that out and we look better than Europe and Canada...in crime, school performance, QoL, everything.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:48 | 3064302 jtg
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Unfortunately Canada and the UK are working very hard to modify their demographics to catch up with the US.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:06 | 3064402 Flakmeister
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Trav, you would be very surprised by racial demographics of Montreal and Halifax...

Then again the last mass shooting in Montreal was by a mysoginist from Algeria....

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 19:43 | 3065006 Papasmurf
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2 demographics account for 85% of our crime nationally, and in most cities, nearly 100%

 

Did you mean bankers and congress, or were you referring to crimes of violence?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:48 | 3064298 Sophist Economicus
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Hey Bill,

 

I know libs hate data, but here's some for ya anyway....

 

Total Crime Rate/100,000 people

US: 3465 per 100,000
Canada: 6406 per 100,000

Violent Crime rate:

US: 429 per 100,000
Canada: 1314 per 100,000

2009 crime stats (change from 2008)

USA
http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm
Murders -7.3%
Robberies - 8%
Aggravated Assault - 4.2%

vs

Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quoti...0720a1-eng.htm
Murders -1%
Robberies -2%
Aggravated Assault -1%

 

YOU'RE WELCOME VERY MUCH.   NSTFU

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:09 | 3064434 Flakmeister
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Now there is a fine bit of cherry picking, if not completely fabricated bullshit...

Canada has 3 times the violent crime rate of the U.S..... hee, hee, hee.... that is fucking rich...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:51 | 3064624 blunderdog
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If I punch a guy in a NYC bar and the cops ever even show up, they're not likely to want to do the paperwork for a "violent crime."  It usually requires an ambulance or a clear power-differential for us to want to start braceleting hosers, eh?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 18:44 | 3064810 Sophist Economicus
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Sorry, t'is the data. I've listed my sources. Go ahead and list yours. Really easy to do. Just do a search engine query for Canada .vs. US violent crime or even Murder statistics.

I'll be waiting

Zzzzzzzz

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 19:06 | 3064851 bankerbackbacon
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Don't bother Sophist Economicus, the mass media white noise has their ear. People don't understand that money printing, guns, metals, referendums, and the right to free assembly are all fundamental human rights according to common sense.

The secret service can still deliver guns and drugs to the black market. Criminals can still obtain them like they do. If I have to explain why they do that (predominately to minority groups) then I suppose you're lost Bill.

Do you see the slippery slope yet Bill?

Liberal Canadians want their ass wiped, I actually know people who like taxes. Have you ever heard of such idiocy?I have to coexist with these numbnuts.

The more you're enemy flies brain scanning drones over your head and the less you are prepared with the right to protect your kids, the more you submit your will.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 19:26 | 3064903 bankerbackbacon
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Thanks Flak, when you factor in Canada has the same population as the greater NY area,  that number sure seems different doesn't it? Especially when you look at the fact that honest Americans are armed to the teets and decent Canadians are like cows in a barn.

People can't compare Canada to the US because there are no declassified documents showing that the Canadian government (which is not next to Mexico) has a history of oppressing minority groups and feeding them drugs and creating the climate of poverty.

Where do we go from there when we discuss why we should have Tyrannical (All US Presidents since Kennedy and after Garfield via polital donation and bribery or worse Zionism) Government be the only "citizen" armed?

The founding fathers warned against bankers and sheeple.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 20:58 | 3065228 Flakmeister
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A goodly number of Canucks I know have firearms...

The difference is that the urban environments are not dumping grounds for cheap firearms...

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