For all of the gun-control uproar that we hear from the media, you would think that mass shooting statistics would reveal some seriously threatening numbers. Entire cities being wiped out. However that isn’t quite the case.
In fact, as is often the case (and the list of mass shootings at the end of this article bears it out), there is a colossal gap between the real data versus perceived threat, thanks in large part to the progressive machine which includes politicians and the media.
Rest easy my friend. We’re going to uncover the truth behind the stats.
Mass Shooting Statistics Explored
There have been a total of 816 deaths in mass killings… since 1982.
In the gun control mecca, Chicago, they had 943 murders in 1992 alone! In one year!
Nearly as many people died in boating accidents last year as have died from all mass killings in over 35 years! In one year, 2014, there were an incredible 4,884 pedestrians killed in the U.S.. What the what? Almost 7 times as many pedestrians are killed, in one year, as ALL mass shootings in almost 4 decades?
In 2016 there were 71 mass shooting deaths, 49 of which came at the hands of Islamic extremist Omar Mateen during the Orlando nightclub shooting. The average has been about 8.5 deaths per year from mass killing. That’s the truth of mass shooting statistics that you won’t hear from the progressive propaganda machine.
In 2016 alone 14,800 people died from prescription opioid overdoses. Every day 6 people die from alcohol poisoning. In 2013 there were 678,932 victims of child abuse and neglect reported to Child Protective Services.
In 1999 the Institute of Medicine published a report titled “To Err is Human: Building A Safer Health System“, and in it they reveal that at least 44,000 people, but maybe as high as 98,000, die every year due to medical errors in hospitals, probably many more if you include clinics and offices.
So much loss of life and suffering goes on in this country, yet from the national media what we hear about is the need for gun control, and how bad the mass shooting statistics are. Those 20 deaths a year are a top priority for progressives. Never mind the fact that the same energy put elsewhere could save thousands and thousands of lives.
For progressives, the ones at the top, not the weak-minded followers who are just trying their best to be cool and loved, the gun control movement is about control and power. It’s about conforming to euro-standards because, well, Europeans are cool, don’t you know. Shhh, don’t tell them, but you don’t see many U.S. progressives packing up and moving to Europe, but the euros sure love to move here. Hmmm, and we should emulate them, why?
For the rest of us, it’s about preserving the greatest nation the world has ever seen and maintaining the free rebel spirit that made us so great.
Types of deaths in 2014 by cause:
- Drug Induced – 49,714
- Alcohol Induced – 30,722
- Accidental Poisoning – 42,032
- Accidental Falls – 33,018
- Accidental Pedestrian Deaths – 6,258
- Death by Malnutrition – 3,933
- Drowning – 3406
- Murdered with knives – 1,567
- Killed while bicycling – 902
- Murdered with hands, fists or feet – 660
- Boating Accident – 610 (U.S. Coast Guard)
- Unintentional Machinery Deaths – 605
- Murdered with blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc…) 435
- During Robbery – 565
- Unintentional Cuts – 109
- Murdered by Asphyxiation – 96
- Murdered by Strangulation – 89
- During Burglary – 77
- Getting a Salmonella Infection – 45
- Death by Babysitter – 37
- During a Motor Vehicle Theft – 25
- During Rape – 23
- By Arson – 22
- In a Mass Shooting – 18
Anyone with even a modicum of common sense could look at the real issue here and see that the progressive gun control movement is totally bogus and not based one bit on public safety. How can such “enlightened” people not see the real power-grabbing issue at work?
We’ll look at this further in a bit. But it’s clear that…
I’ve included a list of mass shootings by year at the end of this article for your reference.
What Is A Mass Shooting
Our definition is a composite of the definitions used by others, such as the F.B.I. and MotherJones.com.
What is the definition of a mass shooting?
“The death of three or more people in a single incident which didn’t arise out of gang violence or a conventional criminal activity such as robbery, and didn’t occur as domestic violence in the home.“
Some sources like “EveryTownResearch.org” cite that their threshold for the number of deaths is four (4). They all exclude gang violence or domestic violence killings which happen in the home.
We need to clearly define this tool of media mass hysteria so we can present the more recent mass shooting statistics correctly. In order to be more inclusive we’ve adopted the lower threshold of 3 deaths for an event to be classified as a mass shooting incident.
From the “Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012” (see full act at bottom), the fed also classifies a mass shooting as a minimum of 3 deaths.
Mental Health And Mass Shootings – A Revelation
For a lot of people, especially progressive politicians and their media groupies, mental health and mass shootings go hand in hand. Of course. And so passing laws that might prevent potentially mentally ill people from handling weapons make sense… to them.
And spending billions of dollars to revamp the mental health system, as Obama promised, well, that makes sense, too.
In an article from the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) titled “Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms“, we clearly see that
“Four assumptions frequently arise in the aftermath of mass shootings in the United States: (1) that mental illness causes gun violence, (2) that psychiatric diagnosis can predict gun crime, (3) that shootings represent the deranged acts of mentally ill loners, and (4) that gun control “won’t prevent” another Newtown (Connecticut school mass shooting). Each of these statements is certainly true in particular instances. Yet, as we show, notions of mental illness that emerge in relation to mass shootings frequently reflect larger cultural stereotypes and anxieties about matters such as race/ethnicity, social class, and politics. These issues become obscured when mass shootings come to stand in for all gun crime, and when “mentally ill” ceases to be a medical designation and becomes a sign of violent threat.“
That’s not to say that the AJPH article endorsed a pro-gun stance, or one that implies that gun control is bad. However, my point in citing this excerpt is to highlight the extent to which the media will use whatever it can to heighten the hype. Including embellishing mass shooting statistics.
Specifically, whenever there’s a mass shooting today the media talking heads start crying about the poor mental health of the suspect, and how we need more gun control, as if there’s a correlation between mental health and mass shootings.
If a person can go to any street corner and buy crack cocaine, then they can go there and buy a gun, too, period. Laws don’t stop crack anymore than they’d stop people from getting a gun.
If you’ve read anything about Randy Stair, the Weis Market Shooter (Pennsylvania) who killed three people and then himself on June 7, 2017, you could clearly see that he was mentally distraught, but that he also had full and clear thought about his actions and conversely, their consequences (the pain, anguish and death).
This 24-year-old documented his eventual killing spree over the course of months, if not years. Below is a video he created to his parents, titled “goodbye”.
I’m very sympathetic to those who lost their lives and their families, but we can’t hide from reality of mass shooting statistics by tucking it away. You can do a Google search for many of his other videos.
While he was mentally distraught, there’s nothing overly graphic in the Stair video below that caught my attention so it’s relatively safe to watch, though disturbing for some since he’s obviously no longer alive.
Mental health-related firearm laws wouldn’t have prevented this kid from his plan on a suicidal exit; he explicitly wanted to be included in (no, his goal was to be atop) mass shooting statistics, he wanted to be famous (hence his “stage name” Andrew Blaze). He was bent on his own demise and taking innocent lives with him.
That’s the case with so many unfortunate events like this one. When you check out the list of mass shootings at the bottom take the time to click on the links an learn more about the state of mind of the mass shooters.
Stair stated that he idolized the Columbine shooters, so we can safely blame the media and Hollywood, too, for exposing more kids to things that they hadn’t ought to be exposed to.
Kids can’t drive at a young age for a reason. Kids can’t drink alcohol at a young age. Yet somehow progressives think it’s alright to bombard them with violence and sexuality explicit music and movies every day. They can handle it.
On Mental Health And Mass Shootings, Some Experts Agree
In fact, many experts agree. With a majority of these mass murders, there’s not much that could be done to prevent them due in part to their sheer randomness.
Michael Stone, who is a forensic psychiatrist at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and who wrote the book, The Anatomy of Evil, had this to say about liberal attempts to revamp the mental health system in an effort to criminalize away mass shootings by limiting access to firearms by those suspected of mental illness. He writes:
“It would be ridiculous to hope that doing something about the mental-health system will stop these mass murders. It’s really folly.”
And he’s not alone. In fact, it’s mostly the politicians who are looking for another stump topic that push the progressive gun control agenda, and then of course their media and Hollywood darlings fall in line, and so the fiasco is born. Mass shooting statistics don’t matter to them.
Here’s an excerpt from a research paper titled “Mass Shootings and Mental Illness“, written by James L. Knoll IV, M.D. and George D. Annas, M.D., M.P.H., and published by the American Psychiatric Association.
“Mass shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1% of all yearly gun-related homicides. In contrast, deaths by suicide using firearms account for the majority of yearly gun-related deaths.
The overall contribution of people with serious mental illness to violent crimes is only about 3%. When these crimes are examined in detail, an even smaller percentage of them are found to involve firearms.“
List of Mass Shootings In The U.S. By Year
Below is a complete list of mass shootings by year which have occurred since 1982, and which meet the guidelines of a mass shooting spree (3 or more people killed, and don’t involve gang activity).
Our goal was to write an article and include mass shootings statistics last 30 years, but as you go back in time accurate data becomes difficult to find.
What immediately comes to mind is that the mass shooting statistics don’t necessarily pair well with the progressive agenda of scare tactics used on a large-scale to push for more gun control.
In fact, the well-regarded site, MotherJones.com, wrote the following:
“Even as these mass shootings have grown more frequent and loom large in our consciousness, they are a tiny fraction of America’s gun violence and remain relatively rare. Yet many news outlets keep declaring that there have been upwards of “355 mass shootings this year” or “more than one mass shooting per day.”
Many gun control advocates say the same.
This wildly inflated statistic isn’t just misleading the public—it’s stirring undue fear and may be encouraging bad policies.“
I’ve written about gun violence statistics many times on this blog and what always becomes clear is that the numbers and data don’t backup the progressive hype. Also, see my article titled “Why Is Gun Control Bad.”
Even during the period of time when there was an “assault” weapons ban, we had mass shootings. Don’t get me going on the whole “assault” silliness.
Yes, looking at mass shooting statistics worldwide the United States does have a higher rate of incidence. However, we’ve also got Hollywood and Hip Hop fueling the flames of corruption, violence and hatred.
So look over the list of mass shootings below and feel free to visit any of the links to learn more about these deranged American mass murderers.
And be sure to Like and Share this list of mass shooting statistics. Finally, what do you think about firearm crime and the current or proposed firearm laws?
Mass Shooting Statistics – Complete List 1982 – 2018
|Stoneman Douglas High School shooting||2/14/18||Parkland, Florida||17||Nikolas J. Cruz, 19|
|Pennsylvania carwash shooting||1/28/18||Melcroft, PA||4||Timothy O’Brien Smith, 28|
|Rancho Tehama shooting spree||11/14/17||Rancho Tehama, CA||5||Kevin Janson Neal, 44|
|Texas First Baptist Church massacre||11/5/17||Sutherland Springs, TX||26||Devin Patrick Kelley, 26|
|Denver Walmart shooting||11/1/17||Thornton, CO||3||Scott Allen Ostrem, 47|
|Edgewood businees park shooting||10/18/17||Edgewood, MD||3||Radee Labeeb Prince, 37|
|Las Vegas Strip massacre||10/1/17||Las Vegas, NV||58||Stephen Craig Paddock, 64|
|San Francisco UPS shooting||6/14/17||San Francisco, CA||3||Jimmy Lam, 38|
|Pennsylvania supermarket shooting||6/7/17||Tunkhannock, PA||3||Randy Stair, 24|
|Florida awning manufacturer shooting||6/5/2017||Orlando, FL||5||John Robert Neumann, Jr., 45|
|Kirkersville OH nursing home shooting||5/12/2017||Kirkersville, OH||3||Thomas Hartless, 43|
|Fresno black racist rampage||4/18/2017||Fresno, CA||3||Kori Ali Muhammad, 39|
|Fort Lauderdale airport shooting||1/6/2017||Fort Lauderdale, FL||5||Esteban Santiago, 26|
|Cascade Mall extremist shooting||9/23/2016||Burlington, WA||5||Arcan Cetin, 20|
|Baton Rouge police shooting||7/17/2016||Baton Rouge, LA||3||Gavin Long, 29|
|Dallas police shooting||7/7/2016||Dallas, TX||5||Micah Xavier Johnson, 25|
|Orlando nightclub massacre||6/12/2016||Orlando, FL||49||Omar Mateen, 29|
|Excel Industries mass shooting||2/25/2016||Hesston, KS||3||Cedric L. Ford, 38|
|Kalamazoo shooting spree||2/20/2016||Kalamazoo County, M||6||Jason B. Dalton, 45|
|San Bernardino mass shooting||12/2/2015||San Bernardino, CA||14||Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 29|
|Planned Parenthood clinic||11/27/2015||Colorado Springs, CO||3||Robert Lewis Dear, 57|
|Colorado Springs shooting rampage||10/31/2015||Colorado Springs, CO||3||Noah Harpham, 33|
|Umpqua Community College shooting||10/1/2015||Roseburg, OR||9||Chris Harper Mercer, 26|
|Chattanooga military recruitment center||7/16/2015||Chattanooga, TN||5||Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24|
|Charleston Church Shooting||6/17/2015||Charleston, SC||9||Dylann Storm Roof, 21|
|Trestle Trail bridge shooting||6/11/2015||Menasha, WI||3||Sergio Valencia del Toro, 27|
|Marysville-Pilchuck High School||10/24/2014||Marysville, WA||5||Jaylen Fryberg, 15|
|Isla Vista mass murder||5/23/2014||Santa Barbara, CA||6||Elliot Rodger, 22|
|Fort Hood shooting 2014||4/3/2014||Fort Hood, TX||3||Ivan Lopez, 34|
|Alturas tribal shooting||2/20/2014||Alturas, CA||4||Cherie Lash Rhoades, 44|
|Washington Navy Yard shooting||9/16/2013||Washington, D.C.||12||Aaron Alexis, 34|
|Hialeah apartment shooting||7/26/2013||Hialeah, FL||7||Pedro Vargas, 42|
|Santa Monica rampage||6/7/2013||Monica, CA||6||John Zawahri, 23|
|Pinewood Village Apartment shooting||4/21/2013||Federal Way, WA||5||Dennis Clark III, 27|
|Mohawk Valley shootings||3/13/2013||Herkimer County, NY||5||Kurt Myers, 64|
|Newtown school shooting||12/14/2012||Newtown, CT||28||Adam Lanza, 20|
|Accent Signage Systems shooting||9/27/2012||Minneapolis, MN||7||Andrew Engeldinger, 36|
|Sikh temple shooting||8/5/2012||Oak Creek, WI||7||Wade Michael Page, 40|
|Aurora theater shooting||7/20/2012||Aurora, CO||12||James Holmes, 24|
|Seattle cafe shooting||5/20/2012||Seattle, WA||6||Ian Stawicki, 40|
|Oikos University killings||4/2/2012||Oakland, CA||7||One L. Goh, 43|
|Su Jung Health Sauna shooting||2/22/2012||Norcross, GA 5||5||Jeong Soo Paek, 59|
|Seal Beach shooting||10/14/2011||Seal Beach, CA||8||Scott Evans Dekraai, 42|
|IHOP shooting||9/6/2011||Carson City, NV||5||Eduardo Sencion, 32|
|Tucson shooting||1/8/2011||Tucson, AZ||6||Jared Loughner, 22|
|Hartford Beer Distributor shooting||8/3/2010||Manchester, CT||9||Omar S. Thornton, 34|
|Coffee shop police killings||11/29/2009||Parkland, WA||4||Maurice Clemmons, 37|
|Fort Hood massacre 2009||11/5/2009||Fort Hood, TX||13||Nidal Malik Hasan, 39|
|Binghamton shootings||4/3/2009||Binghamton, NY||14||Jiverly Wong, 41|
|Carthage nursing home shooting||3/29/2009||Carthage, NC||8||Robert Stewart, 45|
|Atlantis Plastics shooting||6/25/2008||Henderson, KY||6||Wesley Neal Higdon, 25|
|Northern Illinois University shooting||2/14/2008||DeKalb, IL||5||Steven Kazmierczak, 27|
|Kirkwood City Council shooting||2/7/2008||Kirkwood, MO||6||Charles Lee Thornton, 52|
|Westroads Mall shooting||12/5/2007||Omaha, NE||9||Robert A. Hawkins, 19|
|Crandon shooting||10/7/2007||Crandon, WI||6||Tyler Peterson, 20|
|Virginia Tech massacre||4/16/2007||Blacksburg, VA||32||Seung-Hui Cho, 23|
|Trolley Square shooting||2/12/2007||Salt Lake City, UT||6||Sulejman Talović, 18|
|Amish school massacre||10/2/2006||Lancaster County, PA||6||Charles Carl Roberts, 32|
|Capitol Hill massacre||3/25/2006||Seattle, WA||7||Kyle Aaron Huff, 28|
|Goleta postal shootings||1/30/2006||Goleta, CA||8||Jennifer Sanmarco, 44|
|Red Lake massacre||3/21/2005||Red Lake, MN||10||Jeffrey Weise, 16|
|Living Church of God shooting||3/12/2005||Brookfield, WI||7||Terry Michael Ratzmann, 44|
|Damageplan show shooting||12/8/2004||Columbus, OH||5||Nathan Gale, 25|
|Lockheed Martin shooting||7/8/2003||Meridian, MS||7||Douglas Williams, 48|
|Navistar shooting||2/5/2001||Melrose Park, IL||5||William D. Baker, 66|
|Wakefield massacre||12/26/2000||Wakefield, MA||7||Michael McDermott, 42|
|Hotel shooting||12/30/1999||Tampa, FL||5||Silvio Leyva, 36|
|Xerox killings||11/2/1999||Honolulu, HI||7||Byran Koji Uyesugi, 40|
|Wedgwood Baptist Church shooting||9/15/1999||Fort Worth, TX||8||Larry Gene Ashbrook, 47|
|Atlanta day trading spree killings||7/29/1999||Atlanta, GA||9||Mark O. Barton, 44|
|Columbine High School massacre||4/20/1999||Littleton, CO||13||Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17|
|Thurston High School shooting||5/21/1998||Springfield, OR||4||Kipland P. Kinkel, 15|
|Westside Middle School killings||3/24/1998||Jonesboro, AR||5||Mitchell Scott Johnson, 13, and Andrew Douglas Golden, 11|
|Connecticut Lottery Shooting||3/6/1998||Newington, CT||5||Matthew Beck, 35|
|Caltrans maintenance yard shooting||12/18/1997||Orange, CA||5||Arturo Reyes Torres, 41|
|R.E. Phelon Company shooting||9/15/1997||Aiken, SC||4||Hastings Arthur Wise, 43|
|Fort Lauderdale revenge shooting||2/9/1996||Fort Lauderdale, FL||6||Clifton McCree, 41|
|Walter Rossler Company massacre||4/3/1995||Corpus Christi, TX||6||James Daniel Simpson, 28|
|Fairchild Air Force base shooting||6/20/1994||Fairchild Air Force Base, Wa||5||Dean Allen Mellberg, 20|
|Chuck E. Cheese’s killings||12/14/1993||Aurora, CO||4||Nathan Dunlap, 19|
|Long Island Rail Road massacre||12/7/1993||Garden City, NY||6||Colin Ferguson, 35|
|Luigi’s shooting||8/6/1993||Fayetteville, NC||4||Kenneth Junior French, 22|
|101 California Street shootings||7/1/1993||San Francisco, CA||9||Gian Luigi Ferri, 55|
|Watkins Glen killings||10/15/1992||Watkins Glen, NY||5||John T. Miller, 50|
|Lindhurst High School shooting||5/1/1992||Olivehurst, CA||4||Eric Houston, 20|
|Royal Oak postal shootings||11/14/1991||Royal Oak, MI||5||Thomas McIlvane, 31|
|University of Iowa shooting||11/1/1991||Iowa City, IA||6||Gang Lu, 28|
|Luby’s massacre||10/16/1991||Killeen, TX||24||George Hennard, 35|
|GMAC massacre||6/18/1990||Jacksonville, FL||10||James Edward Pough, 42|
|Standard Gravure shooting||9/14/1989||Louisville, KY||9||Joseph T. Wesbecker, 47|
|Stockton schoolyard shooting||1/17/1989||Stockton, CA||6||Patrick Purdy, 26|
|ESL shooting||2/16/1988||Sunnyvale, CA||7||Richard Farley, 39|
|Shopping centers spree killings||4/23/1987||Palm Bay, FL||6||William Cruse, 59|
|U.S. Postal Service shooting||8/20/1986||Edmond, OK||15||Patrick Sherrill, 44|
|San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre||7/18/1984||San Ysidro, CA||22||James Oliver Huberty, 41|
|Dallas nightclub shooting||6/29/1984||Dallas, TX||6||Abdelkrim Belachheb, 39|
|Welding shop shooting||8/20/1982||Miami, FL||8||Carl Robert Brown, 51|
This is a comprehensive table of Mass Shooting Statistics since 1982 using government data and other reliable sources. If you find and missing or incorrect information please let us know so we can update this list.Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012-PuPLAW-112publ265 by Gun Editor on Scribd
1 – https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr65/nvsr65_04.pdf
2 – https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/
1 Ted Cruz Booed For RNC Speech
It’s official. Ted Cruz Booed as he shows that he cares more about himself and his ego and his career than he does for the United Sates of America, and certainly more than he cares about the 2nd Amendment.
The outrageous and embarrassing Ted Cruz speech at the RNC tonight did more than get him and his wife Heidi Cruz booed (security had to escort her out of the convention), he mistakenly let his own ego and pride and wallet ruin his career and simultaneously he left the 2nd Amendment hanging in the wind like a jackass’s tail following his convention antics.
I was one of the earliest opponents of Donald Trump for President; it didn’t seem right because of the preconceived ideas I had of him. Now I know Trump better, and his ideals (especially about the 2nd Amendment) and I love his candidacy. He’s been endorsed by the NRA much earlier than any Republican candidate in a long, long time… that says something if you care about the 2nd Amendment.
Of course, I’ve always had Ted Cruz at the bottom of my list (anyone who knows me can verify it), because he just comes across as arrogant and flippant, both of which he confirmed tonight. He cocks those eyebrows “at will” to convey his innocence and sincerity… yet he’s totally shallow.
If you didn’t see the Ted Cruz Republican Convention speech I have it at the bottom of this post so you can check it out.
And Cruz has PROVEN that he’ll throw your right to defend yourself, the 2nd Amendment, out the window for the sake of his petty ego! If Hillary wins this election I don’t see how he can show his face in Texas, let alone hold another office there.
Washington Establishment Fears Donald Trump
Cruz made his name on the back of his “outsider” claims and “anti-establishment” banter. In truth, Cruz is a bought shill no different from any of the other big-name, established candidates, and it’s EXACTLY that, which Cruz proved himself tonight, that will get Trump elected and which will ensure that Cruz will NEVER hold the title of President in this country… maybe Canada?
Donald Trump is the only candidate we have who is truly non-establishment and who truly isn’t afraid to stand on principle and fight for our Constitution. People may not agree on everything with Trump, but name one politician who ever had that honor, ever.
But what people can do is believe what he says and trust him when he speaks. He has far more class than any of the staged politicians fronted by the wealthy elite who want Washington power and favor.
Did you know that within minutes of it becoming clear that Trump was going to win the nomination, that Ted Cruz’s financial donors (not the little guys, the one’s dropping MILLIONS), that they immediately began dumping millions in Hillary’s campaign? And we should be surprised at the Ted Cruz RNC speech?
Some political shopper and hedge fund schmo named James Simons dumped millions into Cruz’s campaign, and now all of a sudden is dumping millions into Clinton’s election? Anyone besides me see the real issue here? This guy is trying to buy power, or influence, or favors from whoever he can buy.
In the words of the Observer as to why donors buy candidates like Cruz:
Wealthy individuals contribute to campaigns because they know that, in order to keep large donations pouring in every year, candidates like Ms. Clinton and Mr. Cruz will return the favor. This cycle enables massive corporations and wealthy one-percenters to maximize their profits through tax evasion, outsourcing and government subsidies and tax breaks.
How does that make you feel about Cruz now? That his donors consider Hillary Clinton his “next best”, or “similar to” candidate?
The same with the Bush donors… they’re dropping MILLIONS to Hillary’s campaign because they fear that Trump won’t “play politics” with them and I can only assume that means they fear they’ll lose their favors and sweet government deals. Oh I hope they do.
What does this all mean?
It means these schmucks think they can keep buying this country and they’re pouting that their “guy” didn’t win and that Trump won’t “play ball” with them.
Screw Mitt Romney, the Bushes and any of the other power-elites who are whining about their loss of influence. Their refusal to show up at the RNC or to endorse Trump says it all and they’ve lost a ton of respect for their petty actions.
They would rather have Hillary as President, the person who left Americans to die, lied about issue after issue, risked national security via her careless email practices, supports the killing of law enforcement by radical anarchists, and on and on… they would rather see her win at the cost of the party values they allege to hold, rather than seeing someone win who is much more closely aligned to their party’s “stated” values?
Hmmm, I think even the simplest minded among us can see what’s going on, and just who is part of the “bought and paid for” D.C. crowd.
Party doesn’t matter, only that you play along. Guess what? I don’t think Trump will and that’s why even now billionaire power-mongers are cuddling up to ensure that Clinton wins… they don’t want to upset their control.
I didn’t expect to see Ted Cruz at convention parties, but I did expect his to show more respect and class for the conservative values and the millions and millions of Americans who are voting for Trump.
Cruz complains about his wife being attacked and uses it as his “reason” for not endorsing Trump, yet Trump and others are fairly certain that at the very least Cruz knew about and allowed Trump’s wife to be exploited and abused for political gain.
The Super PAC Make America Awesome published this little gem, which resulted in Trump’s attack on Cruz’s wife.
If you follow this site then you know I’m a registered democrat. I’m a moderate. I vote for America every time, not party lines. I love the old democratic platform and still believe in it, but the progressives and corrupt Washington elites are killing this country and robbing our youth of any tomorrow. They’re willing to start dismantling our Bill of Rights, too.
And no right I have, no passion I have, is more dear to me than my 2nd Amendment right. No party, no candidate, no amount of “coolness” is able to sway me to participate in destroying this country, period.
If you love America then get out and vote for it. Vote for Trump and for a fresh start, and not a Clinton “restart”.
You can read the article about Cruz’s donors at the link below, but first, please leave a comment and let me know how you feel with Ted Cruz booed by the RNC convention crowd after he revealed his true colors via his speech and failure to keep his signed pledge and word to voters and party officials and candidates.
99 Concealed Carry At Work | Corporate Culpability
For most people concealed carry at work isn’t an option unless they want to risk being fired thanks to corporate cowardice, and thanks to the too silent majority in America who let the fringe left run amok in this country.
If a business forbids employees from carrying firearms at work or visitors from carrying concealed on their property (despite them having a CCW), without then providing proper security and personal defense for those employees and visitors, is the company liable for injury or death that results from someone not being able to defend themselves?
In a sense, what these policies are saying is that you don’t have a right to protect yourself on their premises and the business won’t do it, either. So ultimately these “we are defenseless” laws are creating a sort of smorgasbord of helpless victims for any would be criminal.
Unfortunately, many of these victims are women who find themselves helpless to violent men. Which is why many people support the bring your gun to work laws.
According to the AFLCIO, 12.7% of ALL female violent crimes occurred at the workplace. Over 30% of women who are killed at work die as a result of a violent crime. In fact, Homicide is the second leading cause of death for women at work, behind only traffic accidents.
Think that this is mere hyperbole? Think again.
Could Concealed Carry At Work Save Lives?
In February 17, 2017, a helpless victim named Joyce D. Fox (50) was stalked and killed as she sat in her car, at work in the Far West Side UPS Distribution Center parking lot.
Danny R. Fabro, 54, who was her estranged ex-boyfriend, approached Fox’s parked car and shot her in the head. The maniac fled the scene in his pickup, and following a police pursuit ultimately attempted to commit suicide, unfortunately failing.
Charles Pepper, Joyce’s father, had urged her just a couple of weeks prior to buy a handgun because he feared her ex-boyfriend would hurt her. Fabro had beaten her a month prior to the point that she needed hospitalization.
It’s possible that had Joyce been lawfully armed this incident would’ve resulted in a minor obituary which mentioned in passing the death of JAT (or Just Another Turd for our progressive readers).
Ohio’s gun laws didn’t prevent Fabro from unlawfully acquiring a handgun (so throw out the “need more laws” argument), nor did UPS’s flippant anti self-defense policy help save another helpless woman’s life.
Concealed Carry Policy For Employees
When it comes to concealed carry at work Florida laws are CCW friendly. The Florida Governor, Charlie Christ, signed the first Bring Your Gun To Work law in 2008.
Titled the “Preservation and Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act of 2008”, signed into law on April 15, 2008, the law mandates that employers permit employees who are licensed to carry concealed weapons to keep firearms in their locked vehicles at work. The law applies to any employee, customer or “invitee” with a concealed weapon permit.
A few other states have followed suit, but not nearly enough. Now I hear a few progressives snorts out there, and that’s fine. But just like outlawing drugs didn’t solve the drug problem, outlawing guns won’t solve the gun violence problem.
According to the FBI, a full 60% of active shooter incidents ended before the police ever got there (the suspect committed suicide or fled the scene). So much for letting the government protect you.
In fact, as a long-time law enforcement officer I can say that it’s very rare that law enforcement prevents a violent crime at all, instead officers usually arrive after the crime occurred.
States With Bring Your Gun To Work Laws
When it comes to guns in the workplace state laws differ, a lot. According to ConcealedNation.org, the so-called “parking lot laws” are so confusing (because they vary so widely from state to state) that you’re better served diving into your specific state’s laws to determine exactly what it is that you’re permitted to do in your state.
Your local NRA office or state legislator can help you interpret your state’s law. Whether that be keep your firearm inside a locked vehicle or actually taking your firearm in to work (which isn’t likely). Some places like government buildings, schools, chemical and nuclear facilities, etc… have exceptions and exemptions to any right to carry law.
And quite a few states are offering immunity to those businesses who do allow concealed carry at work. That is, if a business allows its employees to carry at work, and then an employee commits a crime with that weapon at work, the business isn’t guilty of failing to provide a safe working environment as a result of its concealed carry policy for employees.
In my state, Kansas, for example, the state extends immunity from liability to 1) businesses which allow concealed handguns in the workplace and 2) those that don’t, except that an employer that prohibits weapons is only immune if it “provides adequate security measures.” Kan. Stat. Ann. §75-7c10(c)(1).
Specifically, if employers want to prevent firearms on their premises then they need to pony up the money to provide for the physical security of their employees, customers and visitors. No exception.
Among the states that do have some type of concealed carry at work laws include Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alaska, Arizona and Utah. There are others and I’ll update this list when I’ve conclusively identified the states and their laws. If you know of any please let me know in the comments.
Concealed Carry At Work – Conclusion
Concealed carry in the workplace is a much debated topic and one that we’re not going to see resolved anytime soon. However, for those who support the 2nd Amendment and it’s implications then you need to make yourself aware of and familiar with the laws in your state. And also with your employer’s policies regarding firearms at work.
If your state allows you may be able to work with your company and help them to draft a ‘weapons in the workplace policy’ that helps protect your rights as well as alleviates their requirement to protect their premises from violent crime. Working together is our best hope at crafting reasonable laws.
I’d be interested to hear about your state’s “concealed carry at work” laws and also what you think about this issue, and any experiences you’ve had regarding it. Even if you disagree, let us know why and perhaps you can offer some intelligent information to the discussion.
Officer Involved Shooting | Officer Shoots Air Force Airman
Officer Involved Shooting On Video
On a crisp evening on March 6, 2014, driving along Alabama’s I-85, active duty Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael Davidson had no idea he was about to be the target of an officer involved shooting.
The young man was on his way to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina after having finished training at Sheppard Air Force Base (F-15 Avionics) in Wichita Falls, Texas.
The then 20-year-old Davidson was a 2012 graduate of Beckville High School in Texas.
While driving along I-85 and through the jurisdiction of the Opelika Police Department, Davidson’s SUV lightly sideswiped a tractor-trailer (semi) and so dutifully both drivers pulled over to report the accident. The semi driver, Samuel Thomas Sanders II, was a witness to what would unfold.
Prior to this accident the Opelika Police Department had received a phone call about a SUV driving erratically along I-85 (Airman Davidson was driving an SUV), and so the on-duty officer, Phillip Hancock, was in the area trying to observe the reported vehicle.
When the call came in of the SUV / tractor-trailer accident, the officer was practically right there already. The officer’s dash-cam shows that he was pulling up behind the two vehicles as they were both still pulling off of the roadway.
The officer in question, Phillip Hancock (pictured below), began working as a Police Officer in 2006 for the same department.
Airman Davidson, displaying amazing consideration for the officer’s safety, pulls way off to the edge of the shoulder so that the officer isn’t forced to stand in traffic as he works the accident. It was this consideration that ultimately led to the chain of events that would result in the officer involved shooting.
Because Davidson pulled over to the edge of the shoulder, and onto the grassy area, his SUV was leaning to the right which meant that as he tried to open his door it would keep trying to shut on him; probably every one of us has had it happen to us while parking.
This is a traffic accident investigation, not a narcotics intervention or the tail end of a police pursuit. So keep that “setting” in mind when understanding the actions of both the victim and the officer.
Officer Involved Shooting Unfolds
Next, in the video you can see that the driver of the semi-truck (Mr. Sanders) is walking back to talk to the officer and SUV driver. After all, no one outside of Hancock, not even the semi driver, thought this was a “dangerous situation”. When Sanders reaches the back of his truck and Davidson sees him, Davidson also begins to exit his SUV. You know, exchanging information, whatever, it’s a fender bender.
Airman Davidson is exiting the vehicle with his hands visible and extended towards the officer for visibility, and his wallet (again, being considerate) in his hand. When the weight of the angled door tries to shut back onto Davidson it sets off what Officer Hancock allegedly mistook to be a “life-threatening” door shutting event.
Specifically, the door was shutting back on him preventing his from getting out, so he put his hands to the door to push it open. This was the fatal incident that specifically led to the officer involved shooting.
Officer Hancock yells at Davidson to “Let me see your hands” twice before firing. Not ‘Stop or I’ll shoot’ or ‘Let me see your hands or I’ll shoot’. Davidson got no fair warning that he was about to be shot if he failed to comply.
Ironically (in a twisted way) as Officer Hancock approaches the scene of the accident you can hear that his radio is playing the song “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Officer Hancock fired two rounds. One of those struck Airman Davidson in the lower stomach area severing an artery and severely damaging his colon. Davidson can be seen laying on the ground and bleeding profusely as officers walk around him and ponder his condition. The second bullet apparently struck the ground.
Thankfully Officer Hancock wasn’t a good shot.
Remember, Officer Hancock was BEHIND his vehicle when the officer involved shooting occurred, so he had metal cover for protection. He had his headlights AND spotlight on Airman Davidson, so even if Davidson had wanted to shoot the officer with his wallet he couldn’t 1) see him and 2) have much of an opportunity to hit him (small target behind cover) before being shot himself.
Too Many Officer Involved Shootings
I was a law enforcement officer for many years (including as a county Deputy working alone in a remote area, so I’ve had the fear factor) and later served as an elected County Sheriff, and if this scenario in which Officer Hancock shoots Mr. Davidson qualifies as a reasonable standard for law enforcement use of deadly force then yes, we have a problem.
If an officer is so afraid that he shoots someone simply because a door is shutting on them, then we have a problem. There simply has to be a better way of vetting law enforcement candidates so that we’re not getting the types of officers who can’t adequately analyze proper ‘shoot’, ‘don’t shoot’ situations.
There are too many officer involved shootings, and the poor judgement calls are making it bad for those officers who genuinely needed to use deadly force.
And that’s my point entirely, that officers shouldn’t have to be criticized for saving their own lives while on duty and citizens shouldn’t lose their lives negligently to those sworn to serve them. We must get better and get this right, for everyone’s sake.
As Sheriff I had a deputy under my command lawfully use lethal force on a suspect who died of those injuries; I understand the peril that law enforcement officers face every day and I know first hand the effect it has on officers who are forced to use deadly force.
It’s never easy and the ramifications are often lifelong for the officer, too.
Police Shooting Video – Split Second Witness
If the situation preceding this officer involved shooting were a police chase, or something with violent activity or potential, then perhaps we’re having a different conversation based on what could loosely be called a resemblance of a weapon (the wallet).
But on an accident investigation the shooting is way beyond a reasonable response by an officer.
I’m not saying that the officer should be held criminally liable… I doubt that Officer Hancock had criminal or ill-intent. He was just poorly prepared to be in that situation, either because of training (or lack thereof) or he was simply mentally incapable of responding correctly in that type of split second situation (again, due to lack of training and readiness).
Hancock may be the nicest, sweetest, gentlest man to ever walk the streets of Opelika. But in this case he made a mistake. He’s not a demon or a bad guy. He made a mistake. And it’s one serious enough that there has to be consequences.
And because law enforcement officers face these situations frequently they must get them right, period. Failing to “get it right” in these situations means that we’re going to accept a certain number of innocent officer involved shootings and deaths of citizens, and that’s just not alright.
Anyone who knows me (you can read my opinions on this site) can attest, I’m a 100% hard-core law enforcement supporter. I hate crime and thugs. But sensible men and women cannot turn a blind eye to bad actions and then wonder when citizens start to doubt the police.
To my fellow law enforcement officers reading this, you cannot blindly support any and every officer involved shooting another cop is involved in regardless of the facts. If you love this country and her people, and our laws which provide us a veil of security and safety, then you must also condemn wrong acts by other officers, even if it’s simply an unfortunate event.
Otherwise we won’t have learned from it and a patriotic American suffers without compensation because of it. Airman Davidson shouldn’t be walking around with a Colostomy bag that he had to pay for, among what must be an enormous amount of other medical bills.
When turds pull weapons on cops, or threaten them in some physical way, and later get shot in the act of being stupid, then there’s no pity. Law and order means law and order. If you obey the laws, you shouldn’t get hurt.
When you do get hurt wrongfully, as did Airman Davidson, then there must be consequences.
And by that I mean at the least that the officer be removed from deadly-force capable positions (I said at the very least, because Hancock wasn’t), and the victim must be compensated and have their injuries and expenses covered, and in fatal cases their families need to be provided for.
I hope that this case is appealed to the Supreme Court and that the sensible men and women of the court can listen to the evidence and watch this case unfold for themselves, and see that this was a negligent act, plain and simple.
Officer Involved Shooting – Officer Hancock vs Wallet
Here’s the dash cam so that you can watch the officer involved shooting unfold for yourself.
What stands out after watching it? First, when I see this is just pisses me off. That could be you or I, or our family. Getting awkwardly out of the car now warrants deadly force… wow.
Over 5 minutes went by as this American citizen and U.S. serviceman laid on the ground bleeding (an artery was severed by Hancock’s bullet, as witnessed by the growing pool of blood) and not one police officer put on rubber gloves and tried to render medical aid (stop the bleeding, etc…), 5 flipping minutes! They walked around him like it was a side-show. How would you feel if it was your brother or son, or you?
Yes, law enforcement did later recover opened packets of the synthetic drug Spice (synthetic marijuana) from inside of Davidson’s SUV, but that’s really irrelevant because Davidson didn’t do or say anything inappropriate that would lead a reasonable officer to shoot him and the officer had no knowledge of it when the shooting occurred.
Davidson was in a fender bender and pulled over to report it. He went out of his way to be polite and cooperative. Click here to see the full front page of this police report.
Hancock Cleared In Officer Involved Shooting
Davidson rightfully filed a lawsuit against the officer and the city, which you can read here.
The 3 Judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower courts ruling, in favor of the police officer, by stating:
“After careful consideration and review of a video recording of the shooting, viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to Davidson, we conclude that a reasonable officer in Hancock’s position would have feared for his life.“
The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama Eastern Division, which issued the original decision on the lawsuit in December 2016, also ordered Davidson to pay $15,354.82 for legal costs to the city of Opelika, Hancock and McEachern.
Can the B.S. get any deeper in this case?
People say “you don’t know what it’s like to be a cop” or “you do that job“. Well, yes I do. And I have.
Cops don’t get to shoot innocent people and get away with it. Even if they did it on accident or they “thought” they were acting properly but were later shown to “not” have been. There has to be consequences like getting fired, or at the very least the employer having to pay for damages.
Officer involved shootings are a fact of life in our hip hop and Hollywood fueled violent culture, but we must strive for better.
If you had a CCW and made a similar mistake you would almost certainly be in trouble.
Concluding This Opinion Piece
My parting words are this. If anyone pulls a knife or gun on a cop, or is reasonably believed to have a knife or gun, or otherwise shows the intent and capability to harm a law enforcement officer then those officers have every right (and I expect them to) shoot those suspects. Most police shootings fall into those categories.
Those people who threaten and do harm to law enforcement, what do you suppose they would do to you and your family in a confrontation? Exactly… they’re bad people and when those criminals are killed or injured by law enforcement in a justifiable way then it’s one less turd on the street.
We can’t let officers who wrongfully shoot a citizen cloud our judgement against the men and women who do the dirty work of keeping us safe. Clearly there is an overwhelmingly larger percentage of good cops and great law enforcement happening in our communities, than there are officer involved shootings like the one with Airman Davidson here.
In fact, so many people fueled by ignorance or hate (often both) forget how much these men and women give for us and our families every day. Let’s never forget the price so many have to pay doing it.
However, we live in a society of laws and moral decency, and we expect it from every citizen and even more so from the men and women who wear the badges of honor that we bestow upon them.
In my opinion officers get into situations like this if they’re always looking for the bad guys and fail to see the good ones, that’s why it all becomes a blur and this shit happens.
Likewise, when the media and political scumbags use these rare police shooting instances as a platform for creating more divide for dollars (see my article on mass shooting statistics to see what I mean), then good citizens need to call then out.
Law-abiding citizens should be safe from negligent officer involved shootings, and there should be consequences when citizens are harmed by their protectors.
I hope the Davidsons pursue this appeal and perhaps even start a GoFundMe.com page.
And I hope Americans start having the back of good law enforcement officers. They need us as much as we need them, and officer involved shootings are truly a minor fraction of all police contacts. Don’t you agree?
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