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AR-15 Is the Weapon of Choice for Mass Shooters

Why The AR-15 Is The Weapon Of Choice For Mass Shooters

Besides his penchant for domestic abuse and his military background, another interesting connection emerged between the Sutherland Springs shooter and other recent killers. His weapon of choice was the AR-15, which seems to have become a favorite of mass murderers as of late.

November 9, 2017
The Mothers of the Movement speak at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Grief Is Onstage At The DNC, But It’s Not A Weapon

There’s a key difference in how personal tragedies are being used at either major party convention: grieving Republican speakers used tragedy as a reason to personally attack Hillary Clinton, while Democrats have used it to support her policy measures.

July 28, 2016
Investigators work the scene following a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando Florida, U.S. June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

NRA Head Calls Gun Control A Diversion

Wayne LaPierre blamed political correctness for Mateen’s ability to buy weapons. “We all mourn from what happened, but we face a terrorist challenge,” he said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” He accused the administration of attempting to divert attention away from terrorism and said the issue of gun control had been politicized.

June 19, 2016

When Silence Is Just Not Loud Enough

Solving the problem would be relatively easy. The real problem is political — which is why no gun legislation with a serious chance of passing stands before Congress. The body counts, the gore, the all-too-vivid last moments captured on a hand-held camera mean nothing compared with the politics of gun ownership.

June 15, 2016
Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association's during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during their annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II

The NRA After Orlando: It’s Not Pretty

The NRA said that laws allowing civilians to purchase the military-style semi-automatic assault rifle allegedly used by lone gunman Omar Mateen to murder 49 people at the Pulse gay nightclub early Sunday morning had nothing to do with the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. He claimed that “radical Islamic terrorists are not deterred by gun control laws.”

June 14, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement accompanied by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (R) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford after a meeting with Obama's national security team at the Treasury Department in Washington, U.S., June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

#EndorseThis: Obama Hits Back At Trump: Meaningless ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’ Debate ‘Is A Political Distraction’

President Obama answered Donald Trump’s dangerous, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim post-Orlando message today in a remarkably forceful speech, saying that Donald Trump’s insistence on calling the Orlando shooting and other domestic terror attacks “radical Islamic terrorism” is a political maneuver that doesn’t make Americans safer.

June 14, 2016
Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

How Do We ‘Fight ISIS’ After Orlando?

Yes, Omar Mateen did declare allegiance to ISIS just before the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. So did the shooters in San Bernardino, California. But in these cases and many others, the so-called “lone wolf” attackers had little formal or logistical connections to terror groups: they simply absorbed propaganda and acted on it. This new breed of terrorism is designed to evade the information age, and “making the sand glow” won’t help stop it.

June 13, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the worst mass shooting in U.S. history that took place in Orlando, Florida, at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Obama On Orlando Shooting: ‘We Will Not Give In To Fear’

“Although it is still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate,” Obama said.

“We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united as Americans to protect our people and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.”

June 13, 2016

Metal Detectors Stand In For Real Action On Gun Violence

Walt Disney World, along with other major theme parks, just caved to the threat of a mass shooting. The Happiest Place on Earth can only remain so by bracing against the possibility of children being mowed down by assault weapons as they await a turn on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster.

December 18, 2015

One Killed, Three Wounded In Northern Arizona University Shooting

An 18-year-old student killed one peer and wounded three others when he opened fire during a confrontation on the Northern Arizona University campus early on Friday before being arrested

October 9, 2015

Bush Family’s War On English

To say “stuff happens” about a mass shooting is to suggest that mass shootings are somehow inevitable and unavoidable. But that is simply not true. This “stuff” doesn’t happen everywhere — not with the numbing frequency it does here.

October 7, 2015

Twisted Social Media And Mass Murder

These online communities for the ill and the lonely let the killers know that after the deed, which usually includes their death, they will have lots of people following them.

October 6, 2015

Gunman In Oregon College Massacre Committed Suicide

The gunman who killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon community college committed suicide after a shootout with police who arrived within five minutes and exchanged fire with him almost immediately, authorities said.

October 4, 2015

Gunman Kills Nine At Oregon College, Dies In Shootout With Police

A gunman opened fire on Thursday at a community college in Oregon, killing 13 people and wounding some 20 others before he was shot to death by police, in the latest mass killing to rock a U.S. school, state and county officials said.

October 2, 2015

‘Thoughts And Prayers Are Not Enough’ — Obama, Yet Again, Calls For Gun-Control Laws

The president was blunt: In order for the stem this “continuing cause of death for innocent people,” America needed to pass new laws.

October 1, 2015
Andy Parker Everytown Rally

Gun-Control Activists Stage Nationwide Rallies

United under the #WhateverItTakes, supporters and allies called out politicians in the name of enacting gun safety reform measures.

September 11, 2015

The Troubled Young Terrorist Next Door

The similarities between the stories of the various young men who commit acts of terrorism in this country are hard to ignore.

July 21, 2015

Obama Calls For U.S. Reckoning On Guns

“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”

June 19, 2015

America’s Mass-Shootings Epidemic

America needs to wake up — the next mass shooting is not a matter of if, but when and where.

October 22, 2014

U.S. Mass Shootings Increase In Recent Years: FBI

Don’t miss these shocking new stats on gun violence.

September 25, 2014

Gun Advocacy Has Now Become Parody

When I was growing up in the Cold War era, teachers instructed their pupils in the fine art of ducking under the desk as a shield against a strike from an atom bomb. That was a futile exercise, of course: A desktop provides no protection from the powerful destructive capacity of a nuclear weapon. But […]

June 14, 2014