Posts tagged "gun violence"

Ben Carson: Bullet-Ridden Dead People Just Not As Sad As Not Having Guns

Dr. Ben Carson, currently a serious contender for the GOP nomination, has had some things to say about the shooting in Oregon last week. Earlier this morning, he told “Fox and Friends” that — were he president — he would not visit the families of the victims of this shooting, because he’d have too much o…

Robyn Pennacchia / October 6, 2015

Oregon Shooter Ranted About Lack Of Girlfriend

The gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college said in writings he left behind that everyone else was “crazy” and ranted about not having a girlfriend, a law enforcement official says. The official—who is familiar with the ongoing investigation but wasn’t authorized to speak publicly—also says the mother of 26-year-old gunman Christopher…

Newser / October 6, 2015

Dear Conservatives: Why Doesn’t This Little Girl’s Life Matter As Much As The Life Of A Fetus?

Eight-year-old McKayla Dyer was shot this weekend by an 11-year-old boy whose dad left his 12-gauge out.

Robyn Pennacchia / October 6, 2015

Bernie Sanders Excites Bostonians With Call To Fight Racism And Reform Gun Laws

Vermont senator and 2016 democratic presidential hopeful wunderkind, Bernie Sanders drew giant crowds in Boston on Saturday evening, delivering passionate calls for reform.
He spoke of “an institutional racism that allows and continues to allow unarmed African Americans to be killed by police” as well as a call to enforce stricter gun control after the…

Katrin Higher / October 4, 2015

President Obama On Latest School Shooting: “This Has Become Routine”

Yesterday evening, President Obama held a press conference to address the latest mass shooting, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Yesterday afternoon, 10 people were killed by a gunman now identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. (Mercer was also killed after exchanging gunfire with police.) Obama, clearly fed the fuck up with Washington’s inactio…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 2, 2015

Delta State University Professor Suspected In Shooting Death Of Colleague And His Own Girlfriend

Police are considering the possibility that a romantic rivalry preceded today’s tragedy.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 14, 2015

Virginia Shooter Bryce Williams Has Died

He also allegedly faxed a 23-page “manifesto” to ABC News, claiming he was motivated by anger over the shooting at a church in Charleston last month.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 26, 2015

Mommie Dearest: School Shootings, Toxic Masculinity & “Boys Will Be Boys”

Another school shooting. This time it took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state. Fourteen-year-old high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg, pulled a gun out during lunch and began shooting, killing two 14-year-old girls, and severely wounding three other students before dying from a self-inflicted gun shot. Like with each school shooting before this one,…

Avital Norman Nathman / October 27, 2014

Renisha McBride’s Killer Sentenced To 17 Years

Theodore Wafer, the Michigan man who shot unarmed Black teenager Renisha McBride on his doorstep last year, has been sentenced to 17 to 30 years in prison for second-degree murder.
In November, 19-year-old McBride had gotten into a car accident and knocked on the door of Wafer’s Dearborn Heights home in the middle of the…

Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2014

This Domestic Gun Violence PSA Is Hard To Watch, But It’s So Important

When gun violence is addressed, the first thing that comes to mind are horrific mass shootings, but one of the most common victims of gun violence are women with abusive partners. Abused women are five times more likely to be murdered by their abuser if the abuser owns a gun, and more than half of…

Claire Hannum / July 31, 2014

15-Year-Old Girl Plays Dead After Abusive Ex-Uncle Murders Her Whole Family

Here’s a story that has me heavy in the heart:

Last night in Spring, Texas, a man looking for his ex-wife — whom he had beaten in the past — tied up and murdered the ex-wife’s sister, brother-in-law, and four of their children “execution-style” after they would not reveal his ex-wife’s location.

Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2014

Gunman, Student Dead In Oregon School Shooting

A lone gunman and a student are dead in a school shooting this morning at a high school about 12 miles outside Portland, Ore., police are confirming, contrary to earlier reports that the only casualty was the shooter. The gunman opened fire at Reynolds High School while classes were in session at about 8am local…

Newser / June 10, 2014

“Outdoor Channel” Host Jim Burnworth Poses With His Daughter’s Prom Date … And His Gun

This is Jim Burnworth, from the Outdoor Channel’s manly-men show “Choose Your Weapon,” which is about varieties of hunting weapons and equipment. The pretty girl next to him is his daughter, Kaity. And the young man on the other side is Kaity’s prom date, whom Burnworth is joke-threatening to shoot with his giant-ass guns. “My…

Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2014

Supreme Court Clarifies Federal Law On Domestic Violence Convictions & Gun Ownership

Today, the Supreme Court ruled on the federal law that criminalizes the ownership of guns by anyone convicted of domestic violence. The Court clarified that the term”domestic violence” should be broadly interpreted to include more than just physical force. (Not surprisingly, Justice Scalia just doesn’t get why.) As Vice President Joe Biden has noted,…

Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2014

Marissa Alexander Faces 60 Years In Prison For Firing “Warning Shot”

Florida’s State Attorney is pursuing 60 years behind bars for Marissa Alexander, a Black woman who fired a “warning shot” in the direction of her estranged husband and his two kids.

In August 2010, Alexander’s husband allegedly read messages from her ex on her cell phone and got so enraged that he strangled…

Jessica Wakeman / March 4, 2014

Gun Manufacturer In India Exploits Rape Fears With New Purse-Sized Revolver

A gun manufacturer in India has built a small revolver that can fit inside a purse in the hopes that women can use it if they’re about to be victims of a sexual attack. But it’s priced at around $2,000, meaning that only relatively wealthy Indian women will be able to protect themselves thi…

Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2014

Renisha McBride’s Parents Speak Out About Murder Charges Against Theodore Wafer

Earlier today we learned about the charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter against 54-year-old Theodore Wafer in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

On November 2, the Michigan man shot McBride in the face through a closed and locked screen door at his home when she knocked on his front door earlier thi…

Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2013

Study: Gun Violence In Teen-Oriented Films Has Tripled

Well, this is concerning: Ohio State University and Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania have found that in the past 20 years, gun violence in PG-13 movies has more than tripled. When the PG-13 rating came into existence, it had the same amounts of gun violence as G or PG films. These…

Claire Hannum / November 13, 2013

Fashion Can Fight Gun Violence

It’s hard not to feel powerless in the face of the frequent gun violence (especially after today’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport). Instead of just wishing she could help, Toby Milstein took action. Like countless others, Toby was distraught when she heard the news of the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012. She…

Claire Hannum / November 1, 2013

Marissa Alexander, Black Woman Sentenced To 20 Years For Firing Warning Shot At Abusive Ex-Husband, Will Get A New Trial

Marissa Alexander, a Florida mother who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in May after firing a warning shot at her abusive ex-husband, will get a new trial.

In August 2010, Alexander’s ex-husband allegedly read messages from her ex on her cell phone, became angry, strangled her and threatened to kill her.

Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2013