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Old 2019-11-14, 22:04   #661
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Another school shooting. It was the shooter's birthday.
https://www.latimes.com/california/s...ooting-suspect
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Old 2019-11-15, 02:27   #662
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Another school shooting. It was the shooter's birthday.
https://www.latimes.com/california/s...ooting-suspect
The shooter was motivated by a capitalist and imperialist system. A macro social illness is to blame. Blah, blah, blah...
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Old 2019-11-15, 02:58   #663
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Another school shooting. It was the shooter's birthday.
https://www.latimes.com/california/s...ooting-suspect
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Aidan Soto, a 10th-grader at Saugus High School, said he had known the suspect for years through their school’s track team and the Boy Scouts, though they weren’t close. The teen was the last person he’d imagine would commit such a horrific act, he said.
Decades ago, a Chicago newspaper curmudgeon, Mike Royko, wrote about people who committed terrible acts. One of his observations was that in the aftermath of a killing, some neighbor or family member of the perpetrator would reliably pop up to say that the perp was the last person he’d imagine would commit such a horrific act. It's kind of like "thoughts and prayers" after disastrous events: an automatic cliche.
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Old 2019-11-16, 06:01   #664
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Decades ago, a Chicago newspaper curmudgeon, Mike Royko, wrote about people who committed terrible acts. One of his observations was that in the aftermath of a killing, some neighbor or family member of the perpetrator would reliably pop up to say that the perp was the last person he’d imagine would commit such a horrific act. It's kind of like "thoughts and prayers" after disastrous events: an automatic cliche.
This may (or may not) provide some insights regarding his mindset:
https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndFie...x?AID=12684758

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I did terrible on this one and all the kids laughed at me :(
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Old 2019-11-16, 13:32   #665
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..... of Saugus High died Friday afternoon, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He has fulfilled the gun lobby's official motto(*) "When life hands you a lemon, pull out a gun and start shooting."

He deserves special commendation from the NRA because (1) he kept track of how much ammunition he had left, and (2) he exhibited methodical competence in handling a firearm. According to the latest AP story (my emphasis and censoring):
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But if the teen’s motivation was murky, his actions were planned and deliberate, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

’s mother dropped him off at Saugus High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita Thursday morning, which was his birthday. He walked alone to the center of a school open-air quad. Security camera video showed him dropping his backpack and pulling out a .45-caliber handgun. He began firing, cleared the jammed weapon and kept shooting. counted his rounds, Villanueva said, saving the last bullet for himself.
(*) I'm not being entirely serious.

Last fiddled with by Dr Sardonicus on 2019-11-16 at 13:37 Reason: Not sure how many shots he fired
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Old 2019-11-16, 17:21   #666
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because (1) he kept track of how much ammunition he had left
Reminds me of a famous Private Eye cover, commenting on the SAS shooting of IRA members in Gibraltar. The speech bubbles read:

Why did you shoot him sixteen times?

I ran out of bullets.
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Old 2019-11-18, 13:19   #667
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4 dead, 6 wounded in California football party shooting
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Four people were killed and six more wounded when "unknown suspects" sneaked into a backyard filled with people at a party in central California and fired into the crowd, police said.
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No one is in custody in connection with the shooting. Police said there was no immediate indication that the victims knew the shooter or shooters.
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Old 2019-11-22, 12:43   #668
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Santa Clarita shooting: Weapon used in Saugus High attack a ‘ghost gun,’ sheriff says (my emphasis)
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"About a third of all firearms seized in Southern California now are unserialized, and that is expected to grow," Ginger Colbrun, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles region’s ATF office, told The Times in August.
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Such weapons often come in kits and can be acquired at gun shows or by mail. As one expert described it, the guns are as easy to assemble as Ikea furniture. A pistol consists of a frame, which includes the trigger housing that may need some tabs shaved off and several holes drilled before it can accept the barrel and action and then fire. The frame is known as an 80% receiver because it comes mostly, but not completely, manufactured. The finished gun has no serial number and therefore avoids background checks and waiting periods.
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Old 2019-11-22, 14:35   #669
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As one expert described it, the guns are as easy to assemble as Ikea furniture.
Well, that rules out the majority of the population. The statement was very clearly made by an expert.
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Old 2019-11-22, 15:59   #670
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As one expert described it, the guns are as easy to assemble as Ikea furniture.
Well, that rules out the majority of the population. The statement was very clearly made by an expert.
Or, a gun expert who's never actually tried to assemble Ikea furniture
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Old 2019-12-11, 05:06   #671
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What a mess the USA is in. They don't want to admit that guns are a problem. They just keep offering platitudes, those useless "thoughts and prayers" nonsense, as if it will make everything better.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...olice-standoff

None so blind as those that refuse to see.
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