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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)

A top New York Post columnist Monday called the Newtown school shooting “a little convenient massacre” — sparking outrage among the loved ones of those who died in the bloodbath.

The families joined gun-control advocates in demanding an apology from Post state editor and conservative political columnist Fredric Dicker, who made the comment Monday on his WGDJ Talk AM 1300 radio broadcast from Albany.

“It’s basically putting salt in the wound,” said James Wiltsie, whose cousin, Victoria Soto, 27, was among the six adults and 20 children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012.

… The remark came while Dicker was discussing Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address with political satirist Randy Credico. The subject turned to the governor’s SAFE Act gun-control legislation, passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

“That was his anti-gun legislation, which he had promised not to do, but then he had a little convenient massacre that went on in Newtown, Conn., and all of a sudden there was an opportunity for him,” Dicker said.

Dicker is a fierce advocate of gun rights and a gun owner who keeps a large round of ammunition in his Albany office — along with a photo of himself in Nicaragua holding an assault rifle.

The New York Daily News, "Top New York Post Columnist Calls Newtown ‘Convenient Little Massacre.”

Gun nuts will say anything to drive home their insane, out-of-touch, inhumane and inhuman points.

BVT News Roundup 3 January 2014.

(Photo: CJ Gunther / EPA via the NY Daily News)

Evening News Wrap 17 December 2013.

“The next step we all must take is to demand that we see and name this huge public health epidemic that continues to kill more than 30,000 Americans every year and a child or teen every three hours and fifteen minutes and that is the second leading cause of death among all children and teens and the leading cause of death among Black children. Pediatricians and their American Academy of Pediatrics are leading the way by correctly approaching child gun violence as a major public health crisis, researching effective ways to protect children from gun violence, and urging the passage of common sense gun safety laws including universal background checks and safe storage for all guns. Now that the administration has ordered the Centers for Disease Control to resume the gun violence prevention work blocked by the NRA for many years, we must demand that it be fully funded so that the truth can be found and shared. We must demand that scholars be finally allowed to use the power of science and evidence-based research — the same tools we brought and bring to other public health concerns like auto safety — to impede and end the relentless and terrible toll of gun violence in America.”

One Year Later (via azspot)

Evening News Wrap Wednesday 4 December 2013.

(Scientific rendering of the Sima de los Huesos people, who lived 400,000 years ago in what is now Spain, by Javier Trueba / Madrid Scientific Films via NBC News)

Two people are dead and two others are in critical condition after gunfire erupted at a northern Nevada middle school Monday morning, according to police. Two students said a beloved math teacher was killed when he told the shooter to put down his weapon.

Police have not identified the two fatalities, except to say one was the gun man, after shots rang out at Sparks Middle School, RGJ.com reports.

The two hospitalized victims are described as two male minors. They were received at Renown Regional Hospital at 7:45 a.m. PDT, hospital spokeswoman Angela Rambo told the Daily News. An earlier report by RGJ identified one victim as being 12 years old.

A student speaking to RGJ, 13-year-old Kyle Nucum, described one of the victims as a male teacher who after spotting a student with a gun rushed at him to get him to put it down.

"We heard a pop, like a loud pop and everyone was screaming, and then the teacher came to investigate,” Nucum said. “I thought it was a firecracker at first, but the student was pointing a gun at the teacher after the teacher told him to put it down, and then the teacher fell and everybody ran away.”

As he and the others were running he said they heard “about four or five more shots.”

Because Nucum was outside near the school’s basketball courts when it happened he said a neighboring lady allowed them to hide in her home.

Nucum approximated the teacher having been shot in chest.

The New York Daily News, "Sparks Middle School Shooting: Two Dead, Including Teacher Who Tried to Disarm Shooter, Students Say."

Yes, we don’t need to do anything about guns.

Relatives of 11-year-old gunshot victim Tayloni Mazcyk gather during a press conference on Monday.  Doctors say the Brooklyn girl was paralyzed after being shot in the neck and spine; no arrests have been made. Family members say the shooting — one of more than two dozen in New York City this past weekend — is only one part of what they called an “epidemic” of gun violence.  (Photo: Aaron Showalter / New York Daily News)

Relatives of 11-year-old gunshot victim Tayloni Mazcyk gather during a press conference on Monday.  Doctors say the Brooklyn girl was paralyzed after being shot in the neck and spine; no arrests have been made. Family members say the shooting — one of more than two dozen in New York City this past weekend — is only one part of what they called an “epidemic” of gun violence.  (Photo: Aaron Showalter / New York Daily News)

“There’s 12,000 people that are going to get killed this year with guns and 19,000 that are going to commit suicide with guns, and we’re not going to walk away from those efforts (to ban illegal guns). …This is a scourge on the country that we just have to make sure that we get under control and eliminate.”

New York City mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, on reports that both his office and the offices of Mayors Against Illegal Guns — which he founded — received threatening letters laced with ricin poison.

If a gun nut can’t kill you with a gun, he’ll find some other way.

(via the New York Times)