Inconvenient truth ignored by media: Overwhelming majority of “mass shootings” aren’t by “lone wolf gunmen”

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UNITED STATES- In the wake of two recent mass shootings, one at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and the other at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, people across the country are conditioned to think that the “lone gunmen” are responsible for all mass shootings.

However, the Washington Times reports that the lone gunmen are outliers in mass shootings.

According to that report, of the 267 incidents thus far in 2022 classified as mass shootings by the Gun Violence Archive, nearly all can be tied to gang shootings, neighborhood arguments, robberies or domestic incidents that spiral out of control.

The Washington Times did an analysis of the archive’s data and discovered that “indiscriminate slaughter by a lone gunman blasting away at a store, school or some other public place” is rare, accounting for less than 4 percent of the total. The report added:

“The lower-profile shootings involve significant carnage and all have one common thread: a firearm was used. Beyond that, the shootings look very different.”

The report also said:

“Many, particularly those on the streets or that stem from gang issues, involve multiple shooters spraying bullets. Domestic incidents can turn into mass shootings based on chance, such as who happened to be home when the shooter came calling.”

These shooting incidents are vastly different than those of a lone gunman who targets a place and kills people based off age or race, like in Buffalo and Uvalde. Joel Capellan, a criminology professor at Rowan University who has studied mass shootings, said in a statement:

“The majority of people in America get their information from the news, but the news only really pays attention to these extreme outlier attacks. They are deadly and horrible, but they are not very common. But it is what we see in the news and that creates the perception that this is the biggest problem.”

He added:

“The left and the right have been consistently getting this wrong for decades because the narrative goes beyond guns and mental health. There is no one solution to mass shootings because this is a multidimensional problem. You need to focus on each specific type of mass shooting to get the desired effect.”

The Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research organization that catalogs instances of firearms violence in the United States, defines mass shootings as those in which four or more people are shot, not including the shooter or shooters.

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The Washington Times took a deep dive into the data and looked into the 267 mass shootings recoded this year from January 1st to June 15th and matched them against police and media reports to determine motives and circumstances. The Times reported:

“Roughly 60 percent were heat-of-the-moment altercations, gang-related shootings or both. Another 10 percent were domestic incidents in which relatives were victimized, and 27 percent were a mix of attacks on specific victims, robberies gone awry, or cases in which a motive couldn’t be gleaned.”

The report added:

“That left only a little more than 3 percent of the shootings that could be classified as indiscriminate rampages by deranged lone wolves.”

The Gun Violence Archive began tracking mass shootings in 2014. The 267 mass shootings in the United States thus far this year are slightly behind the 278 incidents logged through June 15, 2021.

The year 2021 was the worst year on record since the Gun Violence Archive began tracking mass shootings with a total of 621 mass shooting incidents logged in 2021. According to the archive’s data, so far this year, 303 people have been killed and 1,150 have been injured in mass shootings.

According to the Times’ analysis, out of this year’s total, arguments or gang violence accounted for 174 deaths (57%) and 869 injuries (75.5%); lone wolf attacks resulted in 45 deaths (15%) and 52 injuries (4.5%).

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Huh? Taser company announces idea of “taser-armed” drones to help stop mass school shootings

June 6th, 2022

According to a report from NPR, the firm Axon has proposed using “taser-armed drones” to stop the massive wave of school shootings across the country.

Axon, a taser developer, said that it is working to build taser-armed drones that would essentially be able to fly into schools and stop school shootings. However, its own technology advisers have already stated that this is a “dangerous fantasy.”

Back in 2021, Axon, which sells tasers and police body cameras, floated the idea of a police drone product to its artificial intelligence ethics board. This caused concern with some of the board members, as they expressed reservations about weaponized drones in over-policed communities of color.

What they were not expecting was Axon’s announcement on June 2nd where the company stated it wants to send the armed drones into classrooms to prevent mass school shootings by tasing an intruding gunman.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Axon found and CEO Rick Smith said he felt “compelled” to make the idea public after the mass school shooting in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Smith said that he was “catastrophically disappointed” in the response by police who did not move in to kill the armed gunman for more than one hour.

He noted that the idea of a taser-armed drone needed to be shared now because of the public conversation about “effective ways” for police to safely confront attackers and how schools can increase safety. Smith said:

“This is an idea that should get into the public’s consciousness while our minds are open to it and I felt if I wait another six months, the world is going to change and people are going to forget this pain and we’re going to see a shift in sentiments where people are going to focus a lot more on what could go wrong, rather than the pain of this problem we need to solve.”

Smith did stress that no product has actually been launched yet and any potential launch would be down the road. With the breaking news, Axon’s stock price increased. However, the announcement also angered members of the ethics board.

Barry Friedman, a New York University law professor who sits on the Axon AI Ethics Board, said in a statement:

“This particular idea is crackpot. Drones can’t fly through closed doors. The physical properties of the universe still hold. So, unless you have a drone in every single classroom in America, which seems insane, the idea just isn’t going to work.”

Friedman said it was a “dangerous and fantastical idea” that went far beyond the proposal for a taser-equipped police drone that board members have already been debating for months. He said:

“We begged the company not to do it. It was unnecessary and shameful.”

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The board put together an unanimous statement of concern that described Axon’s decision as “deeply regrettable.” The company tweeted out the board’s dissent shortly after its own statement. Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington, who is also an ethics board member, said:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were resignations. I think everyone on the board has to make a choice about whether they want to stay involved.”

On Monday, June 6th, just a short weekend after the announcement of the controversial project, nine ethics board members resigned.

This group of members, all well-respect experts in technology, policing, and privacy said they had “lost faith in Axon’s ability to be a responsible partner.” In their statement, the group said:

“We wish it had not come to this. Each of us joined this Board in the belief that we could influence the direction of the company in ways that would help to mitigate the harms that policing technology can sow and better capture any benefits.”

Friedman said during an interview:

“We tried from the start to get Axon to understand that its customer has to be the community that a policing agency serves, not the policing agency itself. It has been a painful struggle to try to change the calculus there.”

In a statement, Smith said:

“It is unfortunate that some members of Axon’s ethics advisory panel have chosen to withdraw from directly engaging on these issues before we heard or had a chance to address their technical questions.”

He added:

“We respect their choice and will continue to seek diverse perspectives to challenge our thinking and help guide other technology options.”

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Report: Poll finds that Americans blame mental health more than access to firearms for mass shootings in U.S.

June 1st, 2022

UNITED STATES- According to reports, in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings, a new poll indicates that Americans blame mental health issues for mass shootings more than access to firearms.

On Tuesday, May 31st, the poll was released by Rasmussen Reports, which found that “40 percent of likely U.S. voters believe mental health is more to blame for mass shootings by young men in America,” whereas 30 percent blame “access to firearms.”

The national telephone and online survey also found that “10 percent think family problems are more to blame for mass shootings” while another “10 percent blame social media.” The poll shows that only “four percent think school problems are more to blame.”

After two recent mass shootings, one at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and the other at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, the issues surrounding gun control and school security are again becoming the center of attention.

Republicans have pointed to mental health problems, arguing that gun control laws will not stop people from committing these horrific crimes whereas Democrats are focused on pushing new gun control measures.

The national survey of 1,000 people was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from May 25-26 and the poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent confidence level.

According to a report from ABC News, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is one of the politicians who asserts that these types of crimes are the result of the nation’s mental health crisis. Abbott said in a statement:

“We have a problem with mental health illness in this community.”

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness, defined as a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood.

In 2020, 1 in 10 young adults, between the ages of 18 and 25, were found to experience serious mental illness. Regarding the Uvalde, Texas shooting, officials reported that the gunman had “no known mental health history.”

Abbott still stressed that mental health issues must be addressed in order to evade such tragedies in the future. He said:

“We as a state, we as a society, need to do a better job with mental health. Anybody who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge, period. We as a government need to find a way to target the mental health challenge and do something about it.”

In a counter-argument, other physicians, psychiatrists, and leading experts stated that it is “inaccurate to assert that mental health issues” are solely responsible for the ongoing rash of gun violence in the United States.

Some experts say that while aspects of mental illness are associated with mass violence, it is “truly a multi-layer and complex crisis” drive by a “confluence of other factors” such as “widespread access to firearms, stalled gun reform, and exposure to increased stressors and crises.”

In reference to gun violence, clinical and forensic psychologist who served on the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Reducing Gun Violence, Joel Dvoskin, said in a statement:

“These events slap us in the face … This is a public health crisis and we should think of it as a public health crisis.”

He added:

“Absent specific evidence, careful consideration should be given to social and contextual factors that might interact with any mental health issue before concluding that an active shooting was ’caused’ by mental illness.”

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Liberal UMass Amherst poll: Support is plummeting for “police reform” and the BLM movement across the country

May 27th, 2022

UNITED STATES- According to a recent poll published by UMass Amherst, there is decreasing support for police reform and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The new poll, which also gauged the 1,000 respondents’ views on LGBTQ issues and education, found decreases in support for a number of police reform measures since a previous UMass poll that was released in April of 2021. According to the recent poll:

“After year of calls to ‘defund the police,’ support for reducing funding for state and local police departments to instead spend money on social services dropped seven points, from 38 percent to 31 percent; support for banning the use of military grade equipment and weaponry by state and local police fell from 48 percent to 42 percent.”

Additionally, the poll found:

“Support for allowing citizens to sue individual police officers accused of the excessive use of force or misconduct decreased from 59 percent to 54 percent; support for restricting the ability of police officers from deactivating their body cameras shrunk seven points, from 71 percent to 64 percent; and support for banning chokeholds by police officers fell, from 62 percent to 58 percent.”

Tatishe Nteta, associate professor of political science at UMass Amherst and director of the poll, said in a statement:

“As incidents of violent crime have increased in the past year and with President Joe Biden calling for the use of unused stimulus funds to be directed to police departments across the country, it is no surprise that the public’s one-time enthusiasm for policies designed to bring about whole-scale changes to the nation’s police departments has waned in the past year.”

Nteta added:

“What is somewhat surprising is that this decline is seen across the board, with ardent supporters of police reforms such as progressives, Democrats, African Americans, and young Americans also exhibiting a decrease in their support for these changes. The movement for police reform may have experienced its zenith of support in the United States.”

The poll also indicates that support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the U.S. has decreased since April of 2021, with support for the movement’s goals falling from 48 percent to 41 percent.

Support for backing the movement’s strategies and tactics also dropped from 40 percent to 31 percent. Nteta said in a statement:

“While Black Lives Matter signs still adorn lawns from coast to coast, Americans may be growing tired of the Black Lives Matter movement as support for the strategies, tactics, and goals for the movement have experienced a precipitous decline in the past year across demographic and political groups.”

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According to the poll, some of the steepest declines in support for the movement were among African Americans, who reported a nine-percent point drop in the movement’s goals since April of 2021 and a 16 percent point decrease in support for the movement’s strategies and tactics.

The UMass Amherst poll also found that over one-third of Americans overall, 60 percent of Republicans, and over two-thirds of conservatives continue to oppose allow those who identify as gay and/or lesbian to legally marry.

Nearly seven years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Nteta says that calls on the court to reverse that decision could backfire. He said:

“With the Supreme Court’s impending decision on abortion, some pundits and legal scholars have speculated that the Supreme Court may seek to overturn the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in the U.S.”

He added:

“Such an attempt would be uniquely unpopular. In an era of racial, class, and generational divides across a range of issues, majorities of men and women, young and older Americans, working class and the well off, people of color and whites, and Americans with lower and the highest level of education all favor same sex marriage.”

Nteta concluded by saying:

“Given the diversity of support for same sex marriage, it may be the death knell for the perception of the legitimacy of the court if they seek to overturn this popular constitutional right.”

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In wake of increased violent crime, NYC mayor calls out BLM hypocrisy: “I thought black lives matter!”

April 15th, 2022

NEW YORK, NY – As authorities in New York continue to piece together what happened this past Tuesday in a Brooklyn subway station, New York City mayor Eric Adams is asking a question that many have been asking for quite a while.

Where is Black Lives Matter now?

When asked by a NY1 anchor how he planned to get a grip in the rising violent crime, which included 12 shootings the night before the interview, Adams went on the offensive. Given the fact that many of the shooters and victims in 2022 were black, Adams simply stated:

“By being consistent with our message. Here is my question that I put out to the city: I thought black lives mattered. Where are all those who stated Black [sic] lives matter? Then go do an analysis of who was killed or shot last night.

I was up all night speaking to my commanders in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The victims were black. Many of the shooters were black.” 

And he didn’t stop there.

“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are? Why are 16, 17, and 18-year-olds out in our streets armed with guns twelve, one o’clock at night? When are we going to start asking these serious questions?

If Black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when Floyd was murdered should be on the streets right now stating that the lives of these black children that are dying every night matters. We can’t be hypocrites.”

Major crimes in the city have increased 44% over the previous year. Shootings were up 14% compared to the same time period from 2021.

As reported by Politico, Adams and the leadership of BLM of Greater New York have clashed throughout his campaign and even more so since he took office.

Its co-founder, Hawk Newsome told the outlet “that the mayor was trying to deflect blame after not being able to control violent crime through the police department.”

“He wants us to have a fight in the newspapers to distract people from the real issues. The mayor is great at press conferences and he is really good at making statements, but he lacks efficiency and the ability to lead our city in a safer direction.”

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According to one of Newsome’s responses in the interview, “critics of BLM often point to crime committed within the Black community as a larger problem than police misconduct.”

Actually, both are problems that need to be addressed when they happen.

But that wasn’t the question that Adams was asking of BLM. He was pointing to the hypocrisy of the movement.

Adams is merely echoing what many have been asking for a long time. Why aren’t you protesting in the streets in Chicago or New York every day as black Americans are murdered?

They had no problem protesting after the death of Floyd and Breonna Taylor or the wounding of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. But they were oddly silent when a retired St. Louis police captain was murdered during the riots that those protests sparked.

David Dorn was trying to protect a friend’s business when he was shot in the head and left for dead.

So, Adams’ question remains a valid one. Where is BLM when violent acts with black victims do not involve a white perpetrator or the police?

They aren’t protesting in the streets. They aren’t calling for police agency to be defunded or abolished.

But Newsome doubled down on avoiding the mayor’s accurate criticism of the group. Pointing to a new organization called Black Opportunities, he is launching new programs aimed at de-escalation training and neighborhood patrols, all designed to “reduce shootings and violence without having to rely on City Hall or the NYPD.”

“He called on us to do the job of the elected officials and the police department, who have a collective budget of billions,” Newsome said. “He wants to do this from a grassroots perspective. And on behalf of Black Opportunities: We accept his challenge.”

That is not at all what Mayor Adams said.

Here is what he actually said.

“If Black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when Floyd was murdered should be on the streets right now stating that the lives of these black children that are dying every night matters. We can’t be hypocrites.”

So, what is worthy of BLM protests? Prior to Adams taking office, Newsome pointed to what the actual issue is in his mind.

In November he said:

“If they think they are going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots. There will be fire and there will be bloodshed. So, there is no way we are going to allow some ‘Gestapo’ come in here and harm our people. We pray for peace, but Black Opportunities prepares for the worst.”

In other words, NYPD needs to do something about it, just not through policing.

 

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BLM leader who threatened ‘riots, fire, bloodshed’ claims Mayor Adams backed down and listened to activists

 

NEW YORK CITY, NY – A Black Lives Matter activist who once vowed there’ll be “riots,” “fire” and “bloodshed” if Mayor Eric Adams kept his campaign promise to bring back a plainclothes anti-crime unit to battle New York’s surge in violent crimes has claimed victory, saying the Mayor backed out of that promise.

In November, New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome debated the plan for a return to tougher policing with then mayoral candidate Adams during a heated debate at Brooklyn Borough Hall that was livestreamed on Instagram.

During his campaign, Adams promised to bring back a “reinvented: version of the anti-crime unit, which was formerly used to focus on guns, violent crime, and drugs.

During the debate, the two sparred over policing in New York City, with Newsome telling the former NYPD captain that Black Lives Matter would hold him accountable for future police misconduct. Adams shot back:

“You’re on the ground. Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable. Don’t hold me accountable.

“Being the mayor, being the borough president, being the state senator — I put my body on the line for my community, so I’m not here for folks to come and say, ‘Eric, we’re gonna (sic) hold you accountable.’

“No, it’s us. We need to do this together.”

Following the debate, Newsome told a crowd outside:

“If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing then we’re going to take to the streets again.

“There will be riots, there will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”

The new anti-crime units, labeled “Neighborhood Safety Teams” are made up of about 90 officers stationed throughout 25 city precincts. Plans call for teams to be added to the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.

The former anti-crime unit has a long history in New York spanning decades of combating violent crime. However, the unit has spawned some controversies over the years.

Once called the Street Crimes Unit, several high-profile fatal police encounters put a shadow over the important work being done to reduce crime and make the streets safe.

Facing intense criticism in 2002, the NYPD “disbanded” the units and shifted many of those officers to another plainclothes squad already in place in some boroughs, the Anti-Crime Unit.

In June 2020, following weeks of protests and riots triggered by the killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the anti-crime unit was shut down.

Since the anti-crime unit was shut down, crime has surged throughout the city.

Once elected, Mayor Adams created the Neighborhood Safety Teams in place of the anti-crime unit. The unit is dissimilar to previous plainclothes, anti-gun and anti-violent crime units of the past. For example, the new Neighborhood Safety Teams wear clearly identifiable NYPD identification on their backs and chests.

Newsome pointed out that Mayor Adams yielded to the demands of liberal groups like BLM, who demanded the Mayor not bring back the anti-crime units he promised:

“These are not the old units as promised. The mayor listened to the people of New York — he listened to us and responded adequately. These new units are clearly identifiable as police officers. And this is something that he changed after our conversation, after that whole dispute.

“This is not the unit that he got elected on. This is a modified unit. And the reason it’s modified is because people made noise and applied pressure, and New York City would not allow for that police unit to come back.”

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On Monday, Adams attempted to justify breaking his campaign promise, claiming the new units have been successful:

“When you’re doing something as transformative as this, there are those that are going to look at the pains that they’ve felt in the past and they’re going to be reluctant to move forward. But we’re not, we’re not going to be reluctant.

“It’s a clear message: Do it right. Don’t violate the liberties of people but go after those guns and those who are the trigger-pullers and dangerous in our city.”

 

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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