Montini: Another mass shooting to shrug off?

I’m sorry. I hate to be repetitious.It’s just that people keep shooting other people. A lot.Just yesterday I was writing about the gunman in Michigan, a man with a wife and two kids and a small house, a former insurance adjuster and part-time Uber driver, who went out over the weekend and murdered six people and wounded two others.I called it mundane, another in a long line of catastrophic killings that we have come over time to take in stride. To accept.And before we could even argue over whether that is true or not there is a mass shooting in a home in Phoenix.Five people are dead, including the shooter, who is said by police to be a son in the family.We’ll get the details of what led up to this horror and we’ll cover the aftermath of it: The devastation to the extended family. The community coming together to offer assistance.But all of that won’t last. ROBERTS: The Phoenix terrorism case we all ignored LAWMAKER: Government's role in stopping gun violenceWe can’t afford to dwell on these things too long.The next gun tragedy is right about the corner.Each year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention record more than 33,000 gun deaths, 80,000 hospitalizations and an economic cost of gun violence of about $229 billion per year.But no common sense firearms legislation gets passed.Not even a simple, universal background check.As of Tuesday morning the non-profit Gun Violence Archive reported 6.986 incidents involving firearms in the country so far this year. We’re not even through February. There have been 1,795 deaths and 3,527 injuries.And already 30 mass shootings.That will go up, of course, when they verify today’s murders in Phoenix. Continue Reading

How to help victims of the mass shooting in Aurora

Reaching out to victims of the Aurora movie theater massacre is as simple as a mouse-click., an arm of the Community First Foundation, has devoted a portion of its online giving website to non-profits supporting the shooting victims. They include the Aurora Mental Health Center, the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance and the Bonfils Blood Center Foundation. WOMAN WHO ESCAPED ‘DARK KNIGHT’ THEATER SHOOTING GIVES BIRTH TO SON AS HUSBAND CLINGS TO LIFE Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday that donations to the charities had reached nearly $2 million, but more is still needed. Dana Rinderknecht, who manages the online giving program, told the Daily News that even the smallest donation helps. AURORA SHOOTING VICTIMS: MATT MCQUINN SHIELDS GIRLFRIEND SAMANTHA YOWLER IN HEROIC LAST ACT "Any amount they give is going to be fabulous,” she said. Facebook Caleb and Katie Medley. Caleb, a comedian, was wounded in the head and is now struggling for his life. His wife escaped injury and delivered a baby Tuesday. Friends and family of the victims are also creating personal fundraising websites to raise money for their medical and funeral expenses. AURORA SHOOTING VICTIMS: HEROISM AND HEARTBREAK AS LAST MOMENTS REVEALED One fund will help support the daughters of Rebecca Wingo left behind when she was killed in the mass shooting. Matt McQuinn via Facebook Aurora shooting victim Matt McQuinn and his girlfriend Samantha Yowler in 2009, from his Facebook page. A fund has been set up in Matt’s name. He was killed protecting his girlfriend. Another website has been created to help pay medical bills for Caleb Medley, a comedian who was shot in the head and is now fighting for his life. His pregnant wife escaped the rampage to deliver a baby boy on Tuesday. A website is also taking donations to help pay the funeral expenses for 27-year-old Matt McQuinn, who was killed Continue Reading

Brick businesses learn to survive mass shooting

BRICK - New Jersey employers, already on guard against cyber-attacks and natural disasters, should develop a plan on how to respond to an active shooter, a detective with the police department here said Wednesday night.With mass shootings no longer such a rarity, a formal plan will give employees caught in the terror a better chance at surviving, and it will help emergency workers stop the threat more quickly, said Brick Detective Timothy McCarthy."Nobody ever thinks of it until it's too late," McCarthy said. "That's what we want to change." SHOOTINGS: NJ school security: How officials are keeping your kids safeMcCarthy spoke to about 35 members of the Brick Chamber of Commerce, urging them to take seriously the potential of a workplace shooting.It isn't a stretch. Virtually every scene of a mass shooting has been a workplace, too. Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There have been shootings at college campuses, movie theaters and supermarkets as well. SHOOTINGS: Police train at Jersey Shore Premium OutletsThose are just ones that grabbed the headlines. In 2014, there were more than 4,500 fatal incidents in the workplace, 400 of which were homicides, McCarthy said.The sheer number prompted McCarthy to reach out to the Brick Chamber of Commerce to propose an event that is far more sobering than typical chamber networking meetings. Schools are required to have active shooter drills; businesses aren't, he said."We both agreed it would be invaluable," said Jeff Bevacqua, president of the chamber and owner of Joe's Service Center and Towing in Brick. OPINION: Lockdown drills are a shock to the system SHOOTING PROTECTION: After shootings, workplaces examine emergency plansSome employers at the Shore already have taken Continue Reading

Obama: U.S. mass shootings problem ‘has no parallel’

President Obama said Wednesday's mass shooting in California is another moment of U.S. infamy that could have been prevented with stronger gun control laws."We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world," Obama told CBS News after the shooting, which left at least 14 dead and another 17 wounded. "There's some steps we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don't happen as frequently."The killers in Wednesday's shooting walked into the meeting room at the Inland Regional Center, a state-run facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, and opened fire. The motive for the shootings is unknown.Since 2006, there have been more than 200 mass killings in the United States, according to a USA TODAY analysis of FBI and police data."We have a no-fly list where people can't get on planes but those same people who we don't allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm and there's nothing that we can do to stop them," Obama said. "That's a law that needs to be changed."In the wake of mass shootings, Obama has often spoken of his wish for tighter gun control. He said the country needs "common-sense gun safety laws" and stronger background checks on people buying guns."There are steps we can take to make Americans safer and that we should come together in a bipartisan basis at every level of government to make these (shootings) rare as opposed to normal," Obama said. "We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events, because it doesn't happen with the same frequency in other countries." Continue Reading

Other view: 4 steps to help cut mass shooting toll

Retired accountant Stephen Paddock methodically assembled an arsenal fit for a small army.Police found 23 firearms, including assault weapons, during a search of his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. They also found high-capacity magazines and an add-on device capable of rendering a weapon virtually fully automatic. An additional 19 guns were located in Paddock's home in Mesquite, Nev., and seven in a home in Reno.All of this was legally available and easy to obtain in the United States.For reasons that might well follow him to the grave, the frequent gambler used his arsenal with ruthless efficiency to kill at least 59 people and injure 527 Sunday night in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.Death by gunfire is a tragically American hallmark. U.S. citizens are 21 times more likely to be killed with a firearm than Australians, 16 times more likely than Germans, and six times more likely than Canadians.And Americans are far more prone to being gunned down in groups. This year, through the end of August, there was more than one mass shooting (defined as an incident where at least four people are killed or wounded) per day in the USA. More: After Las Vegas: How do we prevent future Stephen Paddocks? More: Living life in the wake of mass shootings: The New Abnormal Without trampling on the Second Amendment, what commonsense steps can be taken to reduce this horrific toll? Here are four: Ban devices known as bump stocks and trigger cranks that can be used to modify rifles to fire more like machine guns. Federal law already severely restricts ownership of fully automatic machine guns. Why allow the manufacture and sale of these workarounds?Reinstate a ban on military-style assault weapons, manifestly designed for killing human beings. They were also the weapon of choice in the Pulse nightclub killing of 49 Continue Reading

Kwok: Republic readers’ ‘dialogue’ post Orlando mass shooting

What's to be said about the mass shooting in Orlando that claimed so many lives and devastated countless more?How do we move the dialogue forward on that intersection of gun violence and acts of terror?If letters to the editor are an indication, this is the "conversation" we're apparently having in Arizona:"An Islamic terrorist shoots up a gay nightclub in Orlando, kills 50 people and wounds another 53. Obama and Clinton's knee-jerk reaction to the tragedy is to blame guns as the evil in this scenario ... What ever happened to the Democratic Party? They now seem to care more about the rights of terrorists while simultaneously maintaining an insatiable obsession to neuter and disarm the citizens of this nation, leaving them defenseless and ripe for slaughter!""(A gunman's) ability to walk into a crowded bar past security (thanks to the conveniently collapsible handle of the Sig) and fire off about 2 or 3 shots a second ...Some have made the inane argument that this isn't an assault rifle because it isn't automatic. Tell that to the patrons of that bar."ROBERTS: McCain goes all Trump on Obama"I'm told by the news media that the shooter was on a watch list for the past 5 years. I'm also told in the next sentence that he was a security guard. What good is a federal watch list if a maniac like this is allowed to become a security guard? Please, no bleating from gun-control advocates." "Assault rifles have no place on Americas streets. Ban them. If you own one for target shooting at a range, then keep it locked at the range.""Our news media outlets and our government leaders are enabling terrorist groups ... You don't fight a cancer by banning the weapons to fight that cancer." "No legitimate hunter deserves or requires such weapons. Such weapons should be limited to military and law-enforcement agencies. How many more must die before those in authority continue to ignore their public duties?" "Today, I placed my Glock 9 pistol on the table Continue Reading

Couple who survived Las Vegas mass shooting die in car crash

Dennis and Lora Carver were among thousands of people who found themselves caught in the middle of chaos after gunfire erupted at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1.The California couple survived the mass shooting unleashed by a lone gunman from high atop the Mandalay Bay hotel. The massacre left 58 other concertgoers dead and about 500 injured."Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me, my parents were both at the Route 91 music festival tonight and were standing directly where shots were being fired,'' wrote their daughter Brooke Carver, who is studying business law at Arizona State University, on Facebook the next day. "A poor man right next to my dad was shot in the leg, that's how close they were.''Lora Carver herself wrote on Facebook a few days later that her husband, Dennis, had shielded her during the shooting.But their story of survival took a tragic turn just two weeks later.The couple was killed in a fiery car crash on Oct. 16, near their home in Murietta, California, according to multiple news accounts out of California. The Los Angeles Times reported the car had veered from a highway, striking two brick pillars before exploding in flames.Brooke Carver confirmed the tragedy in a heartfelt post on Facebook Oct. 20, saying she and her sister Madison's lives had been changed forever and expressing her love for her parents."Our mom and dad prepared us for this battle,'' she wrote. "My mom always said we don't let bad things affect our lives, we move on and be happy, me and Madison are going to do just that by living the greatest lives we can because that's what they would want.''Brooke, who attends the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU, told The Arizona Republic she and her sister weren't quite ready to say much more publicly, preferring to let the social-media posts speak for now.Earlier this week, Brooke and her sister started a gofundme page in their parents' memory.On that page, Brooke recalls how on Continue Reading

Day of mourning at Va. Tech a year after mass shooting

BLACKSBURG, Va. - A sea of people clad in maroon and orange, some with heads tearfully bowed, others with arms interlocked, paid tribute Wednesday to the victims who died a year ago in the nation's worst mass shooting in modern history. The accomplishments of each of the 32 people echoed across the drill field, a litany of what they had done and planned to do before a student gunman killed them in classrooms and a dormitory. Austin Cloyd had an iron will. Caitlin Hammaren loved playing the violin. Emily Hilscher was a skilled horsewoman. Ryan Clark was a collector of friends. Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva dreamed of bringing people together and making the world peaceful. "The world was cheated — cheated out of the accomplishments that were sure to come from these extraordinary lives," Gov. Timothy M. Kaine told the crowd. People held back tears as a moment of silence was observed for those killed by Seung-Hui Cho, who took his own life as police closed in. But as music started playing, many sobbed and wept openly, overcome again by the magnitude of loss. One grieving young woman fell to the ground and EMTs hurried to tend to her, eventually helping her off the field as she blinked back tears. After the ceremony, bells in the nearby administration building tolled 32 times as mourners approached the semicircle of memorial stones, each engraved with the name of a victim. The mourners gathered on the same field where a white candle lit at midnight began a day of grieving for the victims. Some 20 people gathered in front of Norris Hall shortly after 9:30 a.m., the time one year ago that Cho killed 30 people in the building. Shane Hutton, a senior from Bristol, said he had wanted to go into Norris but it was closed. Hutton, who had studied under instructor Jamie Bishop, one of the victims, said he has visited the wing of locked classrooms a half-dozen times in the past year. "I find comfort in it," he said. "I just go in and think about the Continue Reading

Vince Vaughn: Guns should be allowed in schools to prevent mass shootings

Vince Vaughn is providing some ammunition to the debate over guns in schools. The "True Detective" star told the British GQ that he supports allowing guns in schools as deterrent against the mass shootings that have plagued the U.S. in recent years — such as the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children and six staff members dead. "Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat," he told GQ UK. "Taking away guns, taking away drugs, the booze, it won't rid the world of criminality." Vaughn, 45, added that the mass shootings have generally "only happened in places that don't allow guns." RELATED: IDAHO SCHOOL AIMS TO ARM TEACHERS The reason people who are "sick in the head" gravitate towards schools is because it is illegal to have guns on campus, which makes for ripe, low-risk targets, he said. "It's well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back," he told the men's magazine. The Ron Paul supporter, who plays a former criminal who is trying to reinvent himself as a legitimate businessman on the new season of "True Detective" that premieres June 21 on HBO, went further — adding that he believed in the right to pack in public "full-stop." "We have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government," he said. The actor also hailed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as a hero for giving information back to the American public. Vaughn is normally quiet about his politics, but did reveal his right-leaning values in a 2013 interview on "The Adam Carolla Show." "I think that what you come, as you get older, you just get less trust in the government running anything," he said at the time. "And that you start to realize when you really go back and look at the Constitution and the principles of liberty, the real purpose of Continue Reading

How Obama responded to 10 mass shootings since he took office in 2009

“I’ve had to make statements like this too many times,” President Obama said Thursday after the massacre of nine people inside a historic Black church in South Carolina. Dozens of mass shootings have taken place since Obama took office in 2009. Here is how he responded to 10 of them: April 4, 2009 Jiverly Voong opened fire inside a Binghamton, N.Y., community center, killing 13 and wounding 4. Obama issued a statement that afternoon, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and the people of Binghamton.” NINE KILLED IN S.C. CHURCH MASSACRE Nov. 5, 2009 Nidal Hasan killed 13 in mass shooting at the Fort Hood, Texas, military base. Five days later, Obama spoke at a memorial service for the fallen, saying, “Your loved ones endure through the life of our nation. Their memory will be honored in the places they lived and by the people they touched. Their life's work is our security, and the freedom that we all too often take for granted.” OBAMA CALLS FOR ACTION ON GUN VIOLENCE AFTER CHARLESTON SHOOTING Jan. 8, 2011 In Tucson, Ariz., Jared Loughner opened fire while Rep. Gabby Giffords was meeting with constituents outside a supermarket, seriously injuring her and killing six, including a 9-year-old girl. Four days later, Obama spoke at a memorial service for those who died. “If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate — as it should — let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost,” he said. July 20, 2012 James Holmes entered a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and fired on moviegoers during a midnight screening, killing 12 and wounding 58. In the morning, Obama spoke during a campaign rally in Florida, saying, “Now, even as we learn how this happened and who's responsible, we may Continue Reading