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Bullets Fly in Mass Shootings Across the U.S.

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Posted on Jul 24, 2011
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On the heels of Friday’s tragedy in Norway, three men unassociated with one another killed five people and wounded at least 20 across the U.S. when they opened fire on weekend crowds in Washington state, Texas and Florida. One of the gunmen killed himself. The shootings took place at a casino, a roller rink and a house party. The attacks do not appear to have been politically motivated.—ARK

AP via The Huffington Post:

... A man went to a casino near Seattle early Sunday looking for a woman, found her on a crowded dance floor with another man, shot them both and continued firing, wounding five others before being tackled by a security guard, authorities said.

... A gunman shouted at the children to leave his son’s birthday party at a Texas roller rink before fatally shooting his estranged wife and four of her relatives and then killing himself as others panicked and some fled screaming on their skates, police and witnesses say.

... A suspect fired several shots from a handgun after fighting erupted among teenagers at a birthday party at a central Florida home, leaving nine people wounded, authorities said Sunday.

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By christian96, July 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

TheThirdMan—-As long as America is a nation that
allows free speech I will take the right to express
my thoughts and opinions.  It looks like I’m going
to have to go back to Webster’s Dictionary in an
attempt to understand your verbiage. According to
Mr. Webster a “freak” is “any abnormal animal,
person, or plant.”  Well, I can rule out “plant.”
Using rational thought processes can you kindly
explain how I am “abnormal?” By the way, since you
call yourself “thethirdman” could you please explain
who happens to be “thefirstman” and “thesecondman?”

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By drbhelthi, July 25, 2011 at 11:03 am Link to this comment

“Of course, when that happens, it is inevitable that the idiots among them
will murder even more innocent, unarmed people.  You see where this is
going. The Second Amendment is toxic to our society, and it must be
abolished.”  California Ray

Is it possible that “idiots among them” are toxic to our society, and not
the Second Amendment ?  The Second Amendment only conveys the right.  It
is the owner of the gun who decides if, whom and when to murder. When guns
are not available, what about the murders with knives? Nor are such events
limited to the USA with its Second Amendment.

Mr. Sean Hoare had good reason to suspect that he would be assassinated
for having published the truth about police leadership in London having
been bribed by Murdoch types. Of course, London area police would label
his death as suicide.  And as far as police records are concerned, they
can be altered and removed by police officials, such as were bribed by
Murdoch types, found in the ongoing, London police debacle. Or
secretively, as was done in Kenya to the record of birth of “Barack
Hussein Obama”.
Goto: http://web.archive.org/web/20040627044226/http://eastandard.net/
look down to “News Headlines,” click on “Kenyan-born Obama all set for US
Senate”

Worst cases in Germany, outside the murders during the Olympics in Munich,
were by teenage boys, in Erfurt 2002, and near Stuttgart, 2006. Both were
older teenagers with no police records, and from respectable families.
Both had access to guns without the equivalent of a Second Amendment.

The Chronicles of Chip Tatum reveal that many murders are not related with
the Second Amendment, but are done by agents of the C.I.A. Similarly, “The
Franklin Cover-Up, Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska,”
implicates the F.B.I. and elitist American politicians.  Where is the
Second Amendment located in such political elitist events? Far in the
background, not even visible.

How many of such murders, such as the ones in this article, are
orchestrated by the C.I.A., F.B.I., or Mafia, as ordered by political
elitists? Agents of these organizations don´t leave notes at the scenes,
revealing the organizations that carry out the hits. Neither do the canned
cover-ups that follow provide clarification.

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By California Ray, July 25, 2011 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

The logic of private gun ownership inevitably leads to the conclusion that no one is safe unless everyone carries a handgun. That’s where we are headed in the U.S.A. I think Somalia is already there.
Once a right to bear arms is recognized, inevitably some gun-toting idiots will abuse that right to murder innocent, unarmed persons. The argument goes that had the victims been armed, some or all of the murders would have been prevented — the unarmed are therefore culpable, in part, for their own deaths. The argument goes that it is unsafe to not carry a loaded gun, and therefore more people are encouraged to carry loaded weapons.  Of course, when that happens, it is inevitable that the idiots among them will murder even more innocent, unarmed people.  You see where this is going.
The Second Amendment is toxic to our society, and it must be abolished.

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By thethirdman, July 25, 2011 at 7:47 am Link to this comment

Hey Christian96,

You’re a freak.  Take your mythical nonsense elsewhere.

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By magus12, July 25, 2011 at 6:55 am Link to this comment
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Can’t wait to hear how these three guys prove how we all need to be armed because if we control guns in any way, shape or form, only criminals will have guns.  I haven’t had a chance to research these three stories, but the basically neo-Nazi Christianist jihadist in Norway had no criminal record that would present a barrier to owning guns in the US.  So, what about these three US shooters?  Any prior criminal records?  My bet is no.

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By christian96, July 25, 2011 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

I posted the following on another site before reading this story. Since two of the shootings happened at birthday parties I decided to post the
comments here.  I mention birthdays in my comments:


I would like to thank the folks who responded to
my question, “What is a right-wing Christian
Fundamentalist?”  I decided to approach the
phrase word by word using my small Webster’s
Dictionary.  For “right-wing” Webster uses the
following words, “The more conservative or reactionary section of a political party or
group.”  Well, I was stumped right out of the gate.
What does “conservative” mean? So, it’s back to
Webster’s Dictionary. Conservative means, (1)
“tending to conserve,” (2) “tending to preserve
established institutions; opposed to change.”
Webster deines “Christian” as “having the qualities
taught by Jesus Christ, as love, kindness, humility, etc.” So, a right-wing Christian must be someone
who wants to conserve the qualities taught by Jesus
Christ.  That leaves out the Catholics and the
majority of Protestants.  Jesus kept and taught
the Sabbath was from dusk Friday until dusk Saturday.  In the 4th century AD the Catholic leaders got together and changed the Sabbath to
Sunday.  They also added Christmas and Easter.
No where in the Bible does it say to worship the
day of someone’s birth.  However, the Bible does
mention the heathen keeping a birthday.  It was
King Herod’s birthday.  His wife hated John the
Baptist because John had been getting on her nerves. She left Herod’s brother Philip and married Herod.
John the Baptist kept telling them they had committed adultry and many other sins.  Herod’s
wife ask him to have John arrested.  Herod did so.
Herod not only married his brother’s wife but he
had the hots for his teenage daughter-in-law.  During his birthday party Herod ask the girl to
dance for him.  He promised to give the girl anything she wanted.  It’s amazing what alcohol and
lust will do to a man.  Herod’s wife’s called her
daughter aside and informed her to ask for the head
of John the Baptist when she was through dancing.
That’s exactly what happened.  There is another place in the Bible where a birthday is mentioned.
I think it had to do with a Pharoah in Egypt.  But
if the Bible does not mention keeping birthdays
it does have something to say about death.  Ecclesiastes 7:1 reads, “the day of one’s death
is better than the day of one’s birth.”  The word
“Easter” is only mentioned once in the Bible but
it was a mistranslation.  The word was acutally
“passover.”  So, the Catholic Church changed the
Sabbath and added Christmas and Easter. When Martin Luther broke away from the Catholic Church he still kept the Sunday Sabbath.  He also kept Christmas
and Easter as did the multidtude of protestants
that followed him.  Since the Catholic Church and
majority of Protestants have failed to keep the
principles taught by Jesus it would be safe, according to Webster, to say they are not conservative Christians.  Since Jesus also taught
people not to kill one another it is fair to conclude the fellow in Norway who killed the people is NOT a “right-wing Christian.”  I’m not even going to deal with the word “Fundamentalist.”  I’m running out of words.  Now, I have a better idea of what a
“right-wing Christian” is and IS NOT! I could get
into the area of quantity of sins.  Do you have
to keep the principles of Jesus 100 per cent during a day to be a “conservative Christian?”  How about 95 or 90 per cent?  I’ll get into quantities later.

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By drbhelthi, July 25, 2011 at 1:59 am Link to this comment

“The attacks do not appear to have been politically motivated.”

Oh ? Just what does politically motivated mean?
That victims were not whistleblowers singled out, like Mr. Sean Hoare,
journalist in England?
Or that the murderers were not operatives of the C.I.A., MOSSAD or mafia?
And how was this conclusion derived and by whom? 
The scattering of states, Washington, Texas and Florida gives broad coverage. 
Were there no other shooting murders in U.S. states over the same period? 
Or were they simply not included?

This news is certainly deplorable and sad.
And perhaps, slanted.
And incomplete.

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By gerard, July 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment

Well, don’t you think that “mass shootings across the U.S.” coupled with “bullets fly” is a bit over the top—especially considering everything else going on here and elsewhere?  A bad time for arousing hysteria? A kind of psychological battering?
(I can think of an even worse metaphor, but I’ll refrain because I don’t wish to worsen the disease.)

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