2012's Mass Shootings And Some "Gun Control" Observations

Tyler Durden's picture

With the resurgence of gun control politics storming to stage center over the past 72 hours, and providing yet another fulcrum point of social division precisely at the time when the nation is already hopelessly divided on other key political talking points which look set to push the Fiscal Cliff debate unresolved into 2013, below we provide two useful benchmarks to frame the "gun debate." The first, courtesy of WaPo, is an interactive chart of all mass shootings, including all the relevant details, taking place in 2012. The second, is a dispassionate and fact-based observation courtesy of BusinessWeek of the realities and challenges facing politicians, and the broader society, as America grapples with 200+ years of Second amendment history on one hand, and a society that is ever more "troubled", and increasingly prone to violence and murder on the other.

First, click on the chart below for a jump to the WaPo's succinct and interactive chart showing all 2012 mass murders.

Second, we recommend everyone read the following narrative from BusinessWeek's Paul Barrett, titled "A Post-Newtown Guide to the Gun Control Policy Debate", in which without any attempt to score political brownie points (a rare occurrence these days), the author "reviews some of the proposals that politicians and others will talk about in coming weeks."

From BusinessWeek:

Demonization A couple of weeks before Newtown, our premier sports broadcaster used his Sunday Night Football halftime soapbox to issue a heartfelt appeal for reducing the prevalence of handguns. Responding to the Kansas City Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher murder-suicide, Bob Costas said, said: “Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.” Similar pained cries have echoed in the wake of the Connecticut disaster —for example, this column by the New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik, entitled, “Newtown and the Madness of Guns.”

The emotionalism is understandable. Yet railing against guns in general gets us nowhere. What are Costas and Gopnik suggesting? Confiscating some, most, or all of the 300 million firearms already in private hands? The Second Amendment, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, says that’s not happening. Our democratically grounded political system says that’s not happening. The United States, for better or worse, is a gun culture. Nearly half of American households have one or more guns, according to Gallup. Publicly mourning the degree to which firearms are woven into the fabric of our society only plays into the hands of those who contend that any discussion about regulating guns is a pretext for prohibition. The hard truth for gun foes is that the firearms are out there, and they’re not going away.

Assault weapons President Barack Obama supports a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, according to White House aides. After asserting this position during his 2008 campaign, Obama dropped it, fearing a politically costly fight with the National Rifle Association and its allies in Congress. The Newtown shooting revives the issue because the killer used an assault weapon—more precisely, a semiautomatic military-style rifle—to kill most, and possibly all, his victims, according to the Connecticut medical examiner.

We tried an assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004. It didn’t work. To avoid the restrictions of a poorly written law, gun manufacturers simply made cosmetic design changes and then enjoyed a sales boom. American gun enthusiasts reliably buy more of any make or model opponents want to deny them. Moreover, while black matte military-style rifles may look especially ominous to the uninitiated, they’re not more lethal, shot-for-shot, than grandpa’s wooden-stock deer hunting rifle (which is derived from an earlier generation of military weapons). Fully automatic machine guns—capable of firing a stream of bullets as long as the trigger is depressed—are already unavailable, unless you have a special permit. And finally, any proposal to ban the manufacture and sale of new assault weapons would do nothing about the many millions lawfully owned by private citizens. Democrats are not going to propose impounding rifles already in private gun racks.

Large-capacity magazines The coming proposals to limit the size of magazines, the spring-loaded boxes that contain ammunition, are more relevant, if no less controversial, than assault weapons “bans.” In a mass killing, the lethality of a semiautomatic rifle (or pistol) relates to how quickly and often the shooter can fire before reloading. Law enforcement officials said Sunday that the Newtown shooter used multiple 30-round magazines with his rifle, firing something on the order of 100 rounds in a very short period.

It’s not difficult to buy a 50-round “drum” magazine. Banning civilians from owning such magazines, it seems to me, would not infringe on anyone’s Second Amendment rights. Perhaps the same could be said for 30-round magazines, or 20-round magazines. Choosing the cap is necessarily arbitrary. The assault weapons ban of 1994-2004 prohibited the manufacture and sale of new magazines exceeding 10 rounds. In theory, we could reinstitute that rule.

The problem with restricting magazine capacity is that to make such a limitation meaningful, Congress would have to ban the possession of large magazines, not just the sale of new ones. Otherwise, the millions of big magazines already on the market will provide an ample supply to future mass killers. As a matter of political and law enforcement reality, are lawmakers prepared to send sheriffs and police out to take away all privately owned magazines exceeding 10 rounds? In the 1990s, the answer was no. Has that changed? I doubt it.

Background checks Here is where there’s room for achievable, meaningful improvement. The existing computerized background-check system screens out felons, minors, and other prohibited categories. The system has gaps, however. It covers only sales by federally licensed firearm dealers. “Private collectors” are allowed to sell guns without background checks. By some estimates, 40 percent of all sales slip through this gaping loophole. It ought to be closed. Nonlicensed sellers could be required to conduct their transactions via a licensed dealer, who would receive a small fee.

Improving the background-check system would make it more difficult for some significant number of shady characters to obtain guns. (They could still acquire them illegally, of course.) The Newtown shooter tried to buy a rifle at a local store shortly before his rampage and was turned away when he wouldn’t submit to a background check.

However, an improved background-check system would not have stopped the Newtown killer from doing what he did: scooping up his mother’s legally acquired guns before shooting her and all those teachers and children. Mass killers tend to be young men who, despite deranged minds and evil hearts, prepare carefully. Some have clean records before going berserk. Others obtain their weaponry from relatives or friends. Fixing background checks is worth doing. It won’t stop the next Newtown.

Mental illness Now we are getting to the heart of the matter. Congress and executive branch agencies at the federal and state level can do more to make sure that disparate and often disorganized records of individuals who’ve been found to have serious mental health problems find their way into the background-check system. The law already prohibits people who’ve been adjudicated mentally ill from buying firearms. We need to do a better job of collecting and disseminating the relevant information.

Many who are dangerously mentally ill escape treatment that would prevent them from harming themselves and others. Short of mass murder, hundreds of thousands of mentally ill people commit crimes and end up in prison without adequate antipsychotic medication. It’s too difficult for relatives, friends, teachers, and others to civilly commit dangerously mentally ill individuals before they do harm.

Taking steps well short of incarceration—our current de facto policy for warehousing the dangerously mentally ill—would be a humane alternative for all concerned, and it could prevent school shootings. This is not gun control, per se, yet it deserves urgent attention.

Personal responsibility People who own guns need to keep them away from children and psychologically troubled members of their households. With the right to own firearms comes great responsibility. We don’t yet know all the details about the Newtown killer and his deceased mother. Yet it’s hard to imagine what she was thinking: a disturbed, antisocial, 20-year-old son and a half-dozen guns?

The most important gun control can’t be legislated. It’s common sense.

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Flakmeister's picture

Wow, Tyler, no end to the red meat being thrown to the HedgeHogs....

Almost Solvent's picture

8 "non-white" kids were killed in a shoot-out related to crack cocaine this past weekend but no one puts that shit on the front pages.


Oh look, another 15 "non-white" kids were killed in another shoot-out related to prostitiution and crack cocaine.

Where the fuck is the crack reporting on that shit?

john39's picture

how many kids got shredded by drones this week?  oh wait, that's just 'collateral damage' in the banker wars.

Goy_Debt_Slave's picture



178 Children Murdered.. but the Zionist Owned Media is NOT! telling the Sheep to be sad about that! Genocide is OK! when the Zionists are doing it!

Go Team Bolsheviks!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkKJmPsV4Tc



Better to train the People of Palestine Young!


john39's picture

and meanwhile, while the MSM whips the U.S. population into an emotion frenzy over the murder of these schoolchildren... the military buildup in Turkey and Jordan continues at increasing pace...  the mass slaughter that will soon follow will be of such a scale that most cannot even comprehend...  carried out by the puppets that cry on cue for press conference.  the level of depravity of those in control is beyond measure.

Pladizow's picture


Michaelwiseguy's picture

The people calling for banning guns are Racists.

AnonymousCitizen's picture

Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords -Benjamin Franklin

Michaelwiseguy's picture

Now that the elections are over, I watch The Sportsman Channel HD instead of mainstream media TV news.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

500,000 fully automatic weapons in Swiss homes. That's FULLY AUTOMATIC MACHINE GUNS. Somehow they don't seem to have a big problem with gun violence.


Jonas Parker's picture

An armed society is a polite society.

dubbleoj's picture

South Korea has very few guns and much less violent crime per capita. Most people are pretty polite, they just kill themselves rather than others. 

Flakmeister's picture

Yeah, and do you know what the penalties are for any unaccounted ammo?

Ar-Pharazôn's picture



as a swiss i can say you that every male in Switzerland doesnt have only a full auto rifle at home. he has also 50 5.56mm rounds.

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

yeh exactly. we do not use our weapons to solve personal conflicts. i think it's pretty normal.

WarriorClass's picture

Here's the essence of my argument, "If you try to take my guns, I will kill you."

Cistercian's picture

A couple of points to ponder.

 High capacity magazines? What 20 or 30 rounds?How about a belt fed machine gun like an MG-42.

  Of course our right to have those unimpeded has already been abridged.

 I want a 105mm pocket howitzer....but that's off the table too.

 Slowly, over time gun rights are being eroded.The end point of this is genocide.We already torture,have a kill list, and can detain ANYONE forever at any time.


  When an evil event occurs to respond with a proposal that paves the way for more evil is idiotic.


 Pray for the many, many victims to come.Here and abroad.The insanity and power madness of our .gov quarantees it will only get worse.


 Because no one is standing up to our government....and they are killing worldwide like champions.

       Maybe we should try to rein them in......

Sparkey's picture

I don't know much about the "level of depravity" in those in control, I've never met anyone in control, so I can't judge them, some how it seems to me, that, unless the shooters are part of some one elses agenda, ( you know, just doing what they have been trained and conditioned to do), than they are on the Wrong medications, if you are troubled by the news you are also taking the `Wrong`medication, when properly medicated, you will go through your day and remember nothing when you return home at night, every day is like every other day, you have neither joy or sadness nor the capacity for independent thought, you follow the program, as laid down for you, ideally you will be as unremarkable as any other Ant in the Ant hill. (This is the way to get along in the future!)

goldfish1's picture

Hogwash to this article and the "voice of reason".

No coincidence that Sunday Night football two weeks ago took up the gun control issue and last night Sunday Night football featured Obama spewing the same rhetoric? C'mon. Who owns the media?

Nothing about war and killing the innocents in Afghan and Paki?

Many who are dangerously mentally ill escape treatment

No discussion of the common thread in the mass murders being psychotropic pharmaceuticals?

Lone gunman theory even though in Columbine and this tragedy, second / additional gunmen were earlier reported?

The writing is on the wall for those who can bear to look.

These agenda driven overlords know what's best for us and the end justifies the means. A well armed populace is a problem for them.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

















Who is Nick Meli ?






More to the question, what did he prevent in Clackamas ?













Ident 7777 economy's picture





Some asshat doesn't know or care who Nick Meli is?

You, sir or madame are a genuine ASSHOLE.



Clackamas Town Center shooting: Man (Nick Meli) said he trained gun on Jacob Roberts ...




Stranded Observer's picture

Dude, you don't need to get all upset over a down arrow.  Just describe, or give us the link to, your point.  Which you did do, upon retort.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Most of your post looks like white-space. For those of us who aren't contributors I'm pretty sure embedded pictures & video show up as blanks.

Regular URL's are fine: Portland Mall Shooter Stopped by CCW holder, Media lies by omission

Chupacabra-322's picture

These Fascist understand, know and are aware the jig is up.  The American People understand the whole Global Criminal Synicate of Govenmemts and officials are GUILTY!

Their whole economic system is based on Criminal CIA/Intelligence Fraud, Espionage, Bribery, Extortion, Racketering, False Flags and Murder.  The Criminals are running scared.  The goal is to disarm The American People and institute the NWO of a Global Fascist Corporate Bankster Authoritarian Police State World Government. 

The PsyOp and murder of children needed to have the maximum psychological effect on The American People.  Make no mistake, the psycopath evil doers are preying on The American Peoples fear, anger and sympathy which creates division.   Divide and conquer is The Globalist game. 

lincolnsteffens's picture

Beg to differ with you. The American population does not understand the scenario you describe. More may be aware of some of the sanctioned illegal activity than 5 years ago but most still do not understand and will reject any conspiracy ideas.

I just attended a Liberty related party where the focus had been supporting Ron Paul and identifying the worst of the crony Republicans in Massachusetts. Maybe 10% attending had a grasp on the total picture. As committed as these folks were to getting good people into gov. and ending the Fed. they didn't understand the rest. A number of them thought the only way to fix the system was to get as many Democrats as possible defeated in the next election.

Don't assume what you think is true is what the majority thinks is true. The fictitious world that has been created for us has had several generations indoctrinated. It takes more than a few years of increasing expose' to alter the mind control that is entrenched.

Laddie's picture

"Children have been shot in other conflicts I have covered, but never before have I watched as soldiers enticed children like mice into a trap and murdered them for sport."
Christopher Hedges, Pulitzer Prize Winning American Journalist, on assignment in Gaza

spastic_colon's picture

wow I'm already tired of the effing crocodile tears and phony concern from TPTB and MSM that I could puke.  The most shameless exploitation of human tragedy I can remember....that a-hole POTUS should be ashamed, I don't care who you are. 


Take your bully pulpit somewhere else dikhed.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

...and don't forget those cunts, Gov. Malloy and Sen. Blumenthal of CT

They are a bunch of fucking vampires. Sickening.

Rainman's picture

" All bullets should cost $ 5,000. You know why ? Because if a bullet cost $ 5,000, there'd be no mo innocent bystanders ".

                                                    Chris Rock



Michaelwiseguy's picture

Does the TSA get a discount on the 1.6 billion hollow point bullets to be used domestically they recently purchased?

Matt's picture

No, the national debt will have to be increased by $8 trllion. Bullish!

mrdenis's picture

Did We Just Kill A Kid?' — The Six Words That Ended A US Drone Pilot's Career


Mad Mohel's picture

An excellent example of the cancer that infests the nation. One group of child murderers are given medals and called heroes, the other are called monsters. You expect a retarded kid to be able to differentiate? Son of a bitch thought he was going to be a hero like all the other child killers he saw paraded on TV.

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

i dont really think that he killed 27 people for medals, you're totally wrong

trav777's picture

what did the Crazyhorse pilots say after they "serviced" a civilian van that they KNEW contained children, with 20mm cannon fire?  "shouldn't bring your kids to a battle."

They did not care that they just blew apart 2 children (so they believed).  Somehow, miraculously, the kids escaped mostly unharmed, no thanks to our brave aviators.  The holes in the windshield were gigantic, and our pilots did not intend to miss.

trav777's picture

@almost solvent

it only matters who DOES the shooting; if it's a white person, it's news.  If it's not, then it isn't, no matter who and how many they kill.

Chicago gets dozens per weekend;  that's just ONE big, demographically-challenged city among many.

The news admittedly censors crime reports to govern possibility that people will associate crime with one or the other group (irrespective of whether this is in fact warranted) and they overplay news related to typically non-implicated groups.  Dog bites man versus man bites dog.

francis_sawyer's picture

My tweak would be to say that ALL THAT MATTERS is what news story (the shit that is REALLY gonna fuck you up) is being covered up & hidden when the emotional reporting of the headline crime takes up the whole front page...

Larry Dallas's picture

From this comment, I guess you can say that the media (and perhaps society too) values white life in suburban Connecticut higher black children in Chicago or whereever else. Perhaps these 6 year olds were seen to contribute more to society than their darker-skinned counterparts.




Buckaroo Banzai's picture

What if the Newtown shooting was another false-flag event? There is a lot of weirdness about this story coming out, that is similar to the Aurora shootings. Namely the initial reports of multiple shooters that suddenly disappeared into the memory hole.


Ar-Pharazôn's picture

like my cousing says. there is a big difference between flu and ebola.


you're comparing little angels with shit. and that's not the case.


speaking of the 168 kids that were killed this year by USA drones is the case

Dr. Engali's picture

As it should be. There is no end to the attacks against the second amendment and our few remaining " freedoms".

Flakmeister's picture


When the risk of anyone getting their guns confiscated becomes remotely possible I'll pay attention....

Just because people think someone is after them doesn't make it so...

trav777's picture

you mean like in CA and other states where they used registration rolls to go door-to-door and demand weapons?

As far as your asinine condescension, the left wing is ON RECORD as desirous of total disarmament.  I think you have confused motive with opportunity.

Flakmeister's picture

I really don't give a fuck about your guns or anybody elses, only my own....

francis_sawyer's picture

Finally!... a somewhat sensible comment...

Matt's picture

First they came for the automatic weapons, and I said nothing, because I didn't own any.

Then they came for the semi-automatics, and I said nothing, becuase I didn't own any.

Then they came for the bolt-action rifles, and I was fucked.

Ruffcut's picture

Well, some points need to be made.

Assault weapons in the wrong hands, is a diaster.

But, having the right to defense from enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC is where this whole clusterfuck debate is going.

I looked at getting an AK, but decided I am tired of thinking of more possible bullshit for defense. But, my 12G riot gun and 357 may be pee shooters.

The democraps will be bitchin, repunks hiding... fun times for XXXXmas.

Chuck Norris's picture

"All your guns are belong to us"