More police refusing to name shooters for fear of copycats

More police refusing to name shooters for fear of copycats

The sheriff detailed how a shooter armed with several guns walked into a Thursday morning writing class at a rural Oregon community college and killed nine people. He described how investigators found still more weapons at the man’s home.

But when it came time to reveal the shooter’s name, Sheriff John Hanlin adamantly refused, saying, “I will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act.”

Like Hanlin, law enforcement officials are recently refusing to name mass shooters, hoping that not immediately identifying them will reduce the chance of their notoriety and keep their actions from inspiring others. SOURCE

IntegritySome have it, some don’t, some can’t even spell or define it.

This is an admirable effort on the part of Law Enforcement; sadly, the news media doesn’t have an admirable bone in their collective bodies and are not bound by any thought of human decency.

The old line in print news was *If it bleeds it leads*, meaning a bloody news story, one of a particularly gruesome or brutal nature, will be the lead story of the day, it’s the 1st story your readers see and the headline itself will draw you in some readers, new readers and your old crowd, they focus on the headline.

Let’s face facts; we ALL want hits and readers, mainstream media and the guy with a small time blog, we are all writing for the same reason in most instances, to get hits for our sites and to gain notoriety for ourselves.

But as with most things in life; there is a *catch*.

There’s little research to suggest the practice prevents copycats. And criminologists and ethicists worry that withholding names will make it harder to assess a mass killer’s motivations and spot trends that could help prevent future violence.

I have, on occasion, been privileged with information that I had to hold, I would have the story but due to the sensitivity OF the story, the subject of the story, the parties involved or the sensitive nature of the information I would be asked to not publish that particular story until there was more on it or its sensitivity had lessened.

I have NO problem with that; it is the right thing to do and once upon a time sources could ask the media for that courtesy and expect it to be given to them.  Continue reading

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Gunman opens fire at Oregon College in mass killing

Gunman opens fire at Oregon College in mass killing

Oregon College Shooting

A gunman opened fire at a community college in southern Oregon on Thursday, killing 13 people and wounding some 20 others before he was shot to death by police, state and county officials said, in the latest mass killing to rock a U.S. school.

There were conflicting reports on the number of dead and wounded in the shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, which began shortly after 10:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT).

The state’s attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, told the local NBC affiliate that 13 people had been slain, 20 wounded and the shooter was killed. Rosenblum’s office did not return calls seeking comment.

Governor Kate Brown said the suspect was a 20-year-old man but he was not identified further by authorities. CNN reported that four guns belonging to the shooter were recovered from the scene. SOURCE

First and foremost I want to express my most sincere condolences to the families of the dead and wounded. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Second; to ALL of the anti-gun people that are screaming for more gun control and the seizure of guns; you can all, individually or in a great big collective party: GO SCREW YOURSELVES. That too is said in all sincerity.

I don’t know what type of weapons were used in this act of violence, but there is one thing that is 100% guaranteed, the GUNS did NOT do this crime, the shooter did this crime, he just chose to use guns as his tools of choice.

Yes, I am angry, incredibly angry, the bodies of the dead weren’t even cold and the White House is calling for tougher gun laws in wake of Oregon shooting. Yes indeed, Barack Hussein Obama had to get on the nightly news and launch into HIS screed about *tougher gun laws*.

Does this no-good piece of Communistic Kenyan excrement really believe that more or tougher gun laws will, or even could stop things like this from happening? Continue reading

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Pope Francis Scolds Congress for Gun and Weapons Sales

Pope Francis Scolds Congress for Gun and Weapons Sales

On September 24, Pope Francis scolded Congress for guns and weapons which are manufactured in America and sold around the world.

He said he was determined “to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world,” as he addressed the billion-dollar sales from American companies that he sees as a contributing factor to conflicts abroad. SOURCE

Pope and Guns

I *had* a Facebook friend that I dropped Saturday after he launched a screed about how HE is a Catholic and how the Pope is their leader and how HE was not going to tolerate ANYONE talking bad about the Pope.

It’s not talking bad about him if it’s the TRUTH, and that should serve as a warning to any and all that worship Pope Francis as to where THIS post is going.

Consider this; Pope Francis Says You’re Not a Christian If… You Own a Gun

Who gave the Pope the right to judge who is and isn’t a Christian?

As Mr. Crowder says in his story, “We’ve talked about it before. Multiple times, in fact. We respect Pope Francis and the Catholic Church. But we do not believe the Pope to be infallible. Sorry, them’s our rules.”

Well, I’m not as respectful of this Pope as is Mr. Crowder, or of any other Pope for that matter. I am a former Catholic, I was raised in the church until I was 17 years old and went into total rebellion against their teachings and what to this very day I consider to be a sham of a church based on idolatry and praying to those idols.

I remember once holding the belief that the Princes of the Catholic Church were in the business of forgiveness; that was what we were taught; the only way to forgiveness was to confess your sins to a priest and the priest would then absolve you of your sins and give you a *penance* to pay through the recitation of several prayers, they would actually tell you how many recitations to make of the standard *Hail Mary’s* or *Our Father’s* and then THEY would speak to God on YOUR behalf.  Continue reading

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Speaker Boehner stuns Congress, announces resignation

Speaker Boehner stuns Congress, announces resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress in turmoil, House Speaker John Boehner suddenly informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign at the end of October, stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatens an institutional crisis.

The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus Friday morning when he announced his decision in a closed-door session. It came one day after a high point of Boehner’s congressional career, a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner’s request.

A constant focus of conservatives’ complaints, Boehner was facing the threat of a floor vote on whether he could stay on as speaker, a formal challenge that hasn’t happened in over 100 years. That was being pushed by tea partyers convinced Boehner wasn’t fighting hard enough to strip Planned Parenthood of government funds, even though doing so risked a government shutdown next week.

“The first job of any speaker is to protect this institution that we all love,” Boehner said in a statement not long after announcing his resignation to his colleagues. “It is my view, however, that prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution. To that end, I will resign the speakership and my seat in Congress on Oct. 30.” SOURCE


Now we face a whole new set of challenges and questions.

First; will the GOP suddenly find where their courage was hidden and bring it into play?

Second; if all goes as it should and the GOP wakes up and takes control of the House as they need to and stop caving to Obama on each and every issue, who would they actually propose as the new Speaker, barring the potential of a debacle in which the GOP did fold and prove that they are nothing more than Dem Lite?  Continue reading

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