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A shooting Wednesday night left at least one person dead and at least 14 others wounded at Fort Hood, the sprawling Army facility that in 2009 was the site of the deadliest mass shootings ever at an American military base, law enforcement officials said.

There were conflicting reports of whether the gunman was dead. One senior federal law enforcement official said the gunman was a member of the military and had been killed. Another official said the gunman “has been neutralized,” although he would not say whether that meant he had been killed or was under arrest. Military officials would not confirm the status of the gunman.

The Fort Hood Press Center said that the injured were being treated at the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center on the post and at other local hospitals.

The shooting that sent Fort Hood in Killeen, Tex., into a lockdown sparked a massive police response and brought back memories of the deadly rampage there in November 2009. On Nov. 5, 2009, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire inside the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, shooting unarmed soldiers and commissioned officers as they tried to hide under desks and tables. Major Hasan, a Muslim military psychiatrist, shot and killed 12 unarmed soldiers and one civilian while wounding or shooting at 30 other soldiers and two police officers.

The New York Times, "Fort Hood Shooting Leaves One Dead, 14 Injured."

Jesus Christ.

Here is a photo of a bunch of older white men in Georgia’s state legislature — mostly Republicans, but also some Democrats — celebrating the passage of a bill that will allow “guns in bars, schools, restaurants, churches and airports,” because older white men are either A) beholden to and fearful of the NRA, B) scared of people in bars, schools, restaurants and churches, or C) both, plus they want to stand their ground and be able to shoot people whenever the fuck they like, wherever the fuck they like.  Yay Second Amendment!  And the deaths it will have wrought.  
(Photo of Georgia State Rep. Alan Powell, Republican, celebrating after passage of a comprehensive gun bill on Thursday of last week by Jason Getz / AP via the New York Times)

Here is a photo of a bunch of older white men in Georgia’s state legislature — mostly Republicans, but also some Democrats — celebrating the passage of a bill that will allow “guns in bars, schools, restaurants, churches and airports,” because older white men are either A) beholden to and fearful of the NRA, B) scared of people in bars, schools, restaurants and churches, or C) both, plus they want to stand their ground and be able to shoot people whenever the fuck they like, wherever the fuck they like.  Yay Second Amendment!  And the deaths it will have wrought.  

(Photo of Georgia State Rep. Alan Powell, Republican, celebrating after passage of a comprehensive gun bill on Thursday of last week by Jason Getz / AP via the New York Times)

“The ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense is like bleach: it works miracles for whites, but it will ruin your colors.”

JESSICA WILLIAMS, on The Daily Show

There are an estimated 300 million guns in America, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. But to read The Gun Report is to be struck anew at the reality that most of the people who die from guns would still be alive if we just had fewer of them. The guys in the movie theater would have had a fistfight instead of a shooting. The momentary flush of anger would pass. The suicidal person might have taken a pause if taking one’s life were more difficult. And on, and on. The idea that guns, on balance, save lives — which is one of the most common sentiments expressed in the pro-gun comments posted to The Gun Report — is ludicrous.

On the contrary: The clearest message The Gun Report sends is the most obvious. Guns make killing way too easy.

JOE NOCERA, writing in the New York Times, "The Gun Report, One Year Later."

Read this; reblog this.

  • CNN says two people shot at Roosevelt High School in Honolulu; injuries non life-threatening; suspect in custody.
  • NRA shrugs.

Over 7,000 children and adolescents are hospitalized or killed by guns each year in the U.S., according to a new study.

The grim findings by Yale University researchers, published today in the journal Pediatrics, estimate that firearm injuries sent 7,391 children to the emergency room in 2009 — about 20 per day. Of these, 6% go on to die from their injuries.

Other data reported by the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates over 3,000 additional children die from their injuries before reaching the ER, putting the total number hurt or killed each year above 10,000.

"Our study is the first to call attention to the thousands of children and adolescents who survive their immediate firearm-related injuries and go on to suffer substantial morbidity and hospitalizations," the study authors wrote.

"Firearm injuries are an important and preventable cause of morbidity in the pediatric age range."

To arrive at the numbers, researchers analyzed data from the 2009 Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID), which samples hospitalization data for children aged 19 and under from across the nation. 2009 is the most recent year for the survey, which has been conducted every three years since 1997.

Most of the firearms injuries on record — 4,559 — were attributed to assaults, while 2,149 were from accidents and 270 were suicide attempts. But among children under 10, accidents accounted for more than 75% of injuries.

… Researchers found striking racial disparity as well: Just over 47% of hospitalizations occurred in black children and adolescents, with black males 10 times more likely than white males to be the victim of a gun injury.

The New York Daily News, "Guns Hospitalize More Than 7,000 Children a Year in the U.S.: Study."

This is acceptable news to the gun nuts in America, because collateral damage so they can keep their semi-automatic toys for “hunting.”

BVT News Roundup 28 January 2014.

21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson, killed by an as-yet unidentified gunman while working inside the Zumiez store at the Mall in Columbia, Md.

From the Howard County Police Department’s Facebook page:

Police received a call into 911 at 11:15 a.m. about a shooting at the mall. Officers responded in less than two minutes and found two employees at the Zumiez store on the upper level deceased. They were identified as Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mt. Airy. Investigators have confirmed that Johnson had recently moved from Ellicott City to Mt. Airy.

Investigators have tentatively identified the shooter and are following up on investigative leads. It is believed he died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. A shotgun and ammunition were found at the scene. No additional information can be released at this time about the suspect or the weapon. The motive in the shooting is still unknown.

A search of the shooter’s bag found inside the store revealed two crude devices that appeared to be an attempt at making explosives using fireworks. Both were disabled. Police will conduct a thorough search of the mall using K-9 units through the night, which is protocol in this type of scenario. The mall will remain closed tomorrow. People may retrieve vehicles from the mall parking lot this evening. Anyone with an emergency situation related to property left inside the mall should call the mall’s Public Safety Office at 410-730-3302.

Three people are dead following a shooting at a Maryland mall, Howard County police said.

The victims at The Mall in Columbia include the suspected shooter, police said. A press conference was scheduled for 1:15 p.m. ET.

"Three people confirmed dead at Columbia Mall. Victims unknown at this time," the department reported on its Twitter feed.

The department, in a tweet, said the call came in to the 911 dispatcher around 11:15 a.m. that shots were fired at The Mall in Columbia. Responding officers found the bodies, including “one found near a gun and ammunition.”

Police say the mall is believed to be secure, but they are asking people in the mall to stay where they are until officers confirm that the area is safe.

USA Today, "Police: Three Dead In Maryland Mall Shooting."

Columbia is a town of 100,000 about 18 miles outside Baltimore.

  • CNN reporting that police investigating possible shot(s) fired at University of Oklahoma; students are being advised to shelter in place and “avoid area of Gould Hall.”