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May 21, 2018

The Texas School Shooter Was Provoked By Turn Down Advances From Girl


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 SANTA FE, Texas
A teenaged boy who shot and killed eight students and two teachers in Texas had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother told the Los Angeles Times.  Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, 16, told the newspaper that her daughter rejected four months of aggressive advances from accused shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at the Santa Fe high school. 
Fisher finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, the newspaper quoted her mother as writing in a private message to the Times. 
“A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,” she said. “Shana being the first one.”  
Rodriguez could not independently be reached for comment. 
If true, it would be the second school shooting in recent months driven by such rejection. 
In March, a 17-year-old Maryland high school student used his father’s gun to shoot and kill a female student with whom he had been in a recently ended relationship.
As the investigation enters its third day on Sunday, no official motive has been announced for the massacre, the fourth-deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. public school in modern history. 
The Santa Fe school district denied accounts from some classmates that Pagourtzis had been bullied, including by a football coach. 
“Administration looked into these claims and confirmed that these reports are untrue,” it said on Saturday in a statement on Facebook. 



Classmates at Santa Fe High School, which has some 1,460 students, described Pagourtzis as a quiet loner who played on the school’s football team. He wore a black trench coat to school in the Texas heat on Friday and opened fire with a pistol and shotgun. 
Multiple news accounts depicted him as taunting his victims as he fired, focusing mostly on the arts class where Fisher was. 
He has provided authorities little information about the shootings, his attorney Nicholas Poehl said, adding: “Honestly because of his emotional state, I don’t have a lot on that.” 
Texas’ governor, Jim Abbott, a Republican, told reporters that Pagourtzis obtained the firearms from his father, who had likely acquired them legally. 
Abbott also said Pagourtzis wanted to commit suicide, citing the suspect’s journals, but did not have the courage to do so. 
Pagourtzis’ family said in a statement they were “saddened and dismayed” by the shooting and “as shocked as anyone else” by the events. They said they are cooperating with authorities. 
All schools in Santa Fe will be closed Monday and Tuesday, officials said. 
Pagourtzis, who police said has confessed to the shooting, was being held without bond Sunday at a jail in Galveston. 
Reporting by Erwin Seba in Houston and Ian Simpson in Washington; Writing by Rich McKay; Editing by Keith Weir and Andrea Ricci. Reposted by Adamfoxie*blog
 (Reuters) 

March 15, 2018

Sea Side Student Injured When Teacher Fires a Gun During "SaFeTy" Drill



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Three students at a central California high school were injured Tuesday when a teacher fired a gun inside of a classroom during a firearms safety course, according to police and local reports. 
Dennis Alexander discharged a semiautomatic handgun as it was pointed at the ceiling, Seaside Police Chief Abdul Pridgen said
Three teens attending Seaside High School in Monterey County were hurt by debris falling from the ceiling, Pridgen added. 
One of the parents of an injured 17-year-old told NBC affiliate KSBW that the teacher had told the class that he was going to use the gun for a demonstration about how to disarm someone and was checking if the weapon was loaded. 
"It's the craziest thing," said parent Fermin Gonzales, who told KSBW that he only learned of his son's injury when the boy came home. "It could have been very bad." 
A picture obtained by KSBW showed the student with small red bruising to his neck, which Gonzales said appeared to be caused by a bullet fragment.  

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The incident happened during Alexander's administration of justice course, said the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. Alexander also teaches math, and is a reserve police officer for the Sand City Police Department and a Seaside councilman, KSBW reported. 
The school district said safety of students is the "top priority," and the teacher has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation. The Sand City Police Department said it also placed him on administrative leave. 
Alexander could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. 
In 2015, California banned the concealed carry of guns at colleges and schools, although gun owners can ask for written permission from authorized school officials. 
Pridgen said police are determining whether Alexander may have violated a city ordinance or penal code by bringing a gun onto campus. 
School district officials told the Monterey County Weekly that Alexander was not authorized to carry a firearm on school grounds. 
 Betsy DeVos on school safety plan: 'Everything is on the table'5:28
Arming teachers has been in the national spotlight after the shooting massacre of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last month. 
While Democratic lawmakers have called for stricter gun control, President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have signaled allowing certain school personnel to have guns. The White House on Sunday said it will propose funding firearms training and bolster background checks. 
Students in Parkland and across the country were planning Wednesday morning to walk out of classes to honor the shooting victims and demand gun reform laws.

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February 16, 2018

NRA's Spending and Trump's Bad Decisions Are Paying Off in Blood



 If this weapon is not meant for mass shootins, then for what? Killing a heard of Sheeps? Because that is what happens over an over!



After a suspected gunman was accused of killing 17 people at a Florida school with a legally purchased AR-15 rifle, one of President Trump's early tweets about the horrific event focused not on gun control, but on mental health. 
"So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior," Trump wrote Thursday morning on Twitter. "Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!" 
What he didn't mention: In one of his early acts as president, Trump signed a measure passed by the Republican-led Congress that repealed an Obama-era regulation designed to block some mentally ill people from buying guns.
The reversal of the Obama regulation — which would have required the Social Security Administration to report the records of some mentally ill beneficiaries to the FBI's background check system — was one of just a string recent legislative victories for the powerful National Rifle Association.
Last March, for instance, the House passed a measure that would block the Department of Veterans Affairs from reporting veterans' records to the background check system after they've been determined incapable of managing their affairs because of a mental disability. The Senate hasn't taken up the bill yet
In December, the House voted mostly along party lines to expand the right to carry concealed weapons, in what NRA's top lobbyist Chris Cox called a "watershed moment for Second Amendment Rights."
And just this week, Trump's 2019 budget proposal to Congress proposed a 16% cut in federal grants to help states boost their reporting of criminal records and protection orders to the national database used for background checks on gun purchasers.
NRA officials did not immediately respond to an interview request Thursday,
Those Washington wins come after record spending in the 2016 election by gun-rights forces.
The National Rifle Association and other gun-rights organizations spent nearly $55 million in the 2016 election cycle to oppose or support candidates through independent spending — nearly 19 times the amount spent by groups promoting gun restrictions, according to a tally be the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Trump was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the NRA's spending in the last election, with the group pumping more than $31 million into advertising to boost his candidacy and to attack his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. The spending was remarkable because the NRA was the largest, well-established outside group to back Trump's unorthodox campaign.
In addition, more than $61 million in NRA money has gone to back current members of Congress, most of which benefited Republicans. Topping the list: Arizona Sen. John McCain, a former GOP presidential nominee, who benefited from $7.7 million in NRA spending over his political career, according to the Center's data.
Bess Kalb, a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live! has thrown a fresh spotlight on NRA's political spending this week, responding to lawmakers who are offering "thoughts" and "prayers" to the victims of Wednesday's shooting in Florida, with tweets showing how much members of Congress have benefited from the group's political spending.
The NRA's use of independent spending — on ads, mailers and emails — to mobilize voters has made it "one of the most powerful political organizations in America," said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and author of 2011 book, Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.
"Politicians don't listen to the NRA simply because they spend money, they listen to the NRA because the NRA's money is effectively spent swaying voters," he said.
Sheila Krumholz, of the Center for Responsive Politics, said it's not just money that gives the NRA influence, but its membership of nearly five million activists.
"The money is a megaphone for another significant asset: a powerful base," she said.

, USA TODAY






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We Are Mourning in America But Actually We Should Be Mad as Hell







We are mourning in America. Again.
We are mourning the deaths of 17 students and adults after Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
We are mourning for the parents who lost children, siblings who lost brothers and sisters, friends who lost friends.
We are mourning the loss of another piece of our picked-over souls, as we find ourselves thinking unimaginable things like:




“Thank God my kid isn’t in school anymore.”
“Thank God it didn’t happen here.”
“Thank God he didn’t kill even more people.”
“Thank God it wasn’t me.”




Once you get that awful litany out of the way, it is time to get mad in America. Again.
Mad about the politicians who mouth all of that empty malarkey about their thoughts and their prayers and “Oh, it’s a mental-health problem” while doing nothing about the semiautomatic weapons and the ammunition that make mass shootings possible.
And very, very mad that this is who we are.
This is America, everyone. A place where you can get killed just by going to school. Or attending a concert. Or dancing in a night club. Or getting off a plane at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood airport.
This is America, where so many politicians are so deep into the pocket of the National Rifle Association there has been no national shift in gun laws since 20 children were killed in Sandy Hook in 2012. And where so many people are so crazy about their weapons, some of them have convinced themselves that Sandy Hook never happened.
President Trump said today that he would make school safety a top priority when he meets with the nation’s governors later this month. He said to the people of Parkland, Fla., “We are here for you — whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain.”
He never mentioned guns.
I wonder what that aid, comfort and safety is going to look like. I am pretty sure I know what it won’t look like.
It will not look like a national ban on the AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle or on large-capacity magazines, a combination that has no purpose other than to kill a lot of people very quickly. A gun that no average citizen needs but almost anyone is able to get.
I know this because the AR-15 was the weapon of choice in the mass shootings in Sandy Hook, the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino (2015), the Pulse nightclub in Orlando (2016), and the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas (2017).
It was also the legally obtained instrument of carnage used on Wednesday by Nikolas Cruz to kill 17 people in Parkland, Fla.
So unless the president’s plan includes doing something about semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines, he will not be giving the suffering people of Parkland, Fla., what they need.
And unless his plans include undoing the 2018 federal budget’s 26 percent cut to community health services, many people suffering from mental-health issues (which Trump and gun-supporting politicians insist are the real cause of mass shootings) will not be getting what they need.
And unless your plans include moving to another country — almost any other country, really — you are not going to get any relief from the pain of living in a nation that values guns over people.
In America, we have the highest rate of murder or manslaughter by firearm in the developed world. We make up 4.4 percent of the global population but own 42 percent of the world’s guns. In 2013, our gun-related deaths included 21,175 suicides, 11,208 homicides and 505 deaths caused by accidental discharge.
So we can crow about our Olympic medals and how we are the country responsible for Google and Apple and Starbucks, but our unwillingness to deal with the sickening problem of gun violence is a shame that throws a grim shadow over all of our triumphs.
Whenever we have another mass shooting, someone says we should not be politicizing a tragedy. But as long as people continue to vote for politicians who continue to allow guns and ammunition to be readily available, this is a political issue.
And as long as we refuse to take our fingers off the trigger, America will never be truly great.
We should never be good with that.

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February 15, 2018

The Suspect



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Police escort the suspect into the Broward Jail after checking him at the hospital,
Police escort Nikolas Cruz, 19, into custody on Wednesday/Reuters


A picture is building of the suspect in a mass shooting at a Florida high school that left at least 17 people dead.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, was detained outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland where the shooting happened. 
He was then treated at a nearby hospital and taken into police custody.
Police say Mr Cruz is a former student who was expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons.
A number of people from the school have spoken of his behavioural issues, which include making threats to other students.
One student told a local TV station that "everyone predicted" the shooting
and had joked that Cruz would be "the one to shoot up the school". Chad Williams, 18, told Reuters news agency that Mr Cruz was "crazy about guns" and would regularly set off the fire alarm before he was eventually expelled. 
"He was kind of an outcast. He didn't have many friends," he said.
Maths teacher Jim Gard echoed the view that Mr Cruz had a reputation for bad behaviour.
"There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus," he told the Miami Herald.
He added that the school had sent out an email warning teachers about Mr Cruz's threats.

'Disturbing' posts

Student Matthew Walker told ABC News that Mr Cruz was known for posting pictures of weapons on social media.
"Everything he posts is about weapons. It's sick," he said.
These images have begun circulating on social media and are apparently taken from two separate Instagram accounts belonging to Mr Cruz.
The accounts, which have since been deleted, include a number of images of knives and guns.
One picture shows a box of ammunition and another shows numerous rifles spread on a bed. 
In several images a masked man is shown holding up large knives to the camera. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said police had checked Mr Cruz's social media profiles, which he described as "disturbing".
"We've already began to dissect his websites and the social media he was on and some of the things that have come to mind are very, very disturbing," he said.
But despite multiple accounts of Mr Cruz's threatening behaviour, officials say there had been no indication that the shooting would happen. 
"We didn't have any warnings, there weren't any phone calls or threats that we know of, that were made," Robert Runcie, Broward superintendent of schools, told reporters.

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Deadliest Mass Shooting in The History of The US




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A shooting at a high school in Broward County, Florida has now joined the list of America's deadliest mass shootings.
The big picture: The death tolls from mass shootings are rising. As of a decade ago, the deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history had killed 16, 21 and 23 people. Now, it's 32, 49 and 58.s

America's deadliest modern mass shootings

  1. Las Vegas shooting. (October 2, 2017) 58 killed, 527 injured
  2. Pulse nightclub shooting. Orlando, Florida (June, 2016): 49 killed and more than 50 injured at a gay nightclub.
  3. Virginia Tech shooting. Blacksburg, Virginia (April, 2007): 32 killed and 17 injured on campus.
  4. Sandy Hook shooting. Newtown, Connecticut (December, 2012): 26 killed at an elementary school.
  5. Texas church shooting: Sutherland Springs, Texas (November, 2017): 26 killed during a church service
  6. Luby's Cafeteria shooting. Killeen, Texas (October, 1991): 23 killed at a restaurant.
  7. McDonald's shooting. San Ysdiro, California (July, 1984): 21 killed at a McDonalds.
  8. Stoneman school shooting. Parkland, Florida (February, 2018). 17 killed at a high school.
  9. University of Texas Tower shooting. Austin, Texas (August, 1966): 16 killed in and around campus by a sharpshooter.
  10. San Bernardino shooting. San Bernardino, California (December, 2015): 14 killed at holiday party at conference center.
  11. Oklahoma post office shooting. Edmond, Oklahoma (August, 1986): 14 killed at a post office.
  12. Fort Hood shooting. Fort Hood, Texas (November, 2009): 13 killed at a military base.
  13. Columbine shooting. Littleton, Colorado (April, 1999): 13 killed at a high school.
  14. Binghamton Civic Association shooting. Binghamton, New York (April, 2009): 13 killed at a community center for immigrants.
  15. Walk of Death shootings. Camden, New Jersey. (September, 1949): 13 killed in businesses and on the street.
  16. Wilkes-Barre shootings. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (September, 1982): 13, many of them related, killed at two homes.
  17. Wah Mee shooting. Seattle, Washington (February, 1983): 13 killed at a gambling club in Chinatown.
  18. Aurora movie theater shooting. Aurora, Colorado (July, 2012): 12 killed and 58 wounded at a cinema.
  19.  Navy Yard shooting. Washington, D.C. (September, 2013): 12 killed and 8 wounded at a military base
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