Are incidents like the Florida school shootings on the rise? Not likely, according to two researchers who say the outrage, anxiety and fear generated by so-called “active shooter” events ignores data showing that the rate at which they occur hasn’t changed in decades.
The lawsuit by New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco calls on the Department of Defense to address a “clearly broken system” that allowed a former serviceman to buy a gun and kill 26 people in a Texas church in November. The gunman should have been disqualified from purchasing firearms, but the Air Force failed to report his domestic violence conviction to the FBI.
Lawsuits name MGM Resorts International, owner of the Mandalay Bay resort; Live Nation, organizer of the country music festival where 58 people were killed; and the estate of shooter Stephen Paddock, Plaintiffs say the shooting could have been prevented, and they seek policy changes to avoid similar incidents.
According to an Idaho historian and commentator, events like the recent mass shootings in Texas and Las Vegas and the 2015 massacre at a Charleston, S.C., church belong to a litany of similar tragedies occurring around the world—including countries where there are strict gun licensing laws.
Scott Ostrem, 47, was arrested by police in Thornton, Co. A police spokesman said, “He walked in very nonchalantly with his hands in the pockets, raised a weapon and began shooting. Then he turns around and walks out of the store …it appears to be random.”
The murder case that ignited a national debate over immigration policy went to trial Monday with attorneys sparring not over politics but the case’s legal question: whether the killer of Kate Steinle on Pier 14 intended to fire in her direction or accidentally shot a gun he said he found under a bench.
A revised chronology from investigators for the Las Vegas massacre is intensifying pressure for police to explain how quickly they responded to what turned out to be the nation’s deadliest mass shooting, the Associated Press reports. One lawsuit alleging a failure to protect the crowd has already has been filed.
At least 809 people were shot in the seven days after the massacre on the Las Vegas Strip, 247 of them fatally, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive. They were struck by bullets fired during domestic incidents, drive-by shootings, and accidental shootings. The national gun violence tally for October 2 through October 9 includes at least 22 victims wounded or killed in multiple-casualty incidents, defined as shootings with four or more victims.