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Initially, the incident was thought to have been a gas explosion, however subsequent reports from the college revealed that it was an explosive device that caused the deaths of 18 people.

“We are clarifying the information at the moment. Preliminary figures are 50 injured and 10 dead. Eight ambulance crews are working at the site and air medical services are involved,” the press-service for the Crimean Ministry of Health stated.

Medics announced that at least 50 people were injured in the explosion in Kerch and 25 have already been taken to local hospital with moderate wounds.

Local news outlets reported that earlier in the day, students at the college heard a blast and windows of the building were shattered.



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The Associated PressVerified account @AP


BREAKING: Trump says outcome at Pittsburgh synagogue would have been different with armed guard:

"They didn't have any protection."


Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson 3h3 hours ago


Three armed police officers were shot, so Trump's lazy, offhand claim is obscenely offensive as well as deeply misleading.

A person besides the shooter having a gun doesn't immediately end a standoff anywhere but on Saturday morning cartoons.

The president is a moronic dullard.

VoteVetsVerified account @votevets 4h4 hours ago


Donald Trump says if the Pittsburgh synagogue employed armed guards, they could have stopped this shooting.

Not only is that not the answer, it is victim blaming, in the middle of an active investigation!


What a sick, weak person he is.

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Guns Send over 8,000 US Kids to ER Each Year, Analysis Says

In a study looking at data from 2006-14, serious gun injuries including many from assaults sent 75,000 U.S. children and teens to emergency rooms over the nine years.

Gun injuries, including many from assaults, sent 75,000 U.S. children and teens to emergency rooms over nine years at a cost of almost $3 billion, a first-of-its-kind study found.

Researchers called it the first nationally representative study on ER visits for gun injuries among U.S. kids. They found that more than one-third of the wounded children were hospitalized and 6 percent died. Injuries declined during most of the 2006-14 study, but there was an upswing in the final year.

The researchers found that 11 of every 100,000 children and teens treated in U.S. emergency rooms have gun-related injuries. That amounts to about 8,300 kids each year.

The scope of the problem is broader though; the study doesn’t include kids killed or injured by gunshots who never made it to the hospital, nor does it count costs for gunshot patients after they’re sent home.

“I don’t know what more we need to see in the world to be able to come together and tackle this problem,” said Dr. Faiz Gani, the lead author and a researcher at Johns Hopkins University medical school.

The study is an analysis of estimates on emergency department visits in a national database created by the U.S. government’s Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality.

The researchers focused on victims under age 18; the average age was about 15.

Almost half the gun injuries were from assaults, nearly 40 percent were unintentional and 2 percent were suicides. There were five times more ER visits for boys than for girls.

Pediatric ER visits for gun injuries fell from a rate of 15 per 100,000 in 2006 to about 7 per 100,000 in 2013, then jumped to 10 per 100,000 in 2014, the most recent data.

University funding paid for the analysis, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics.


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Caroline O. @RVAwonk


NEW: The Senate intelligence committee has asked the National Rifle Association to provide documents on its connections to Russia

—including docs related to a 2015 trip some of its top leaders made to Moscow, per 2 sources briefed on the cmte's activities


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Gun economics: The weaponization of the US-

Examining the billion-dollar US gun industry and how it affects countries, markets and people around the world.

"..... America is often described as 'the best democracy money can buy.' I describe the weapons procurement business as a form of legal bribery - those politicians are effectively insulated from public opinion." ....

..."First, it creates this global environment of militarism. The US is involved in more conflicts than any other country on the planet. In fact, the US government employs more people to run one aircraft carrier than it has diplomats across the entire world and the United States today has 11 aircraft carriers. How that affects America's immediate neighbours is even more insidious."

"So, a country like Mexico that has certain law and order problems relating to the drugs trade and gun running. The vast majority of those guns in Mexico used by militias, used by criminals - both organised and informal, come from the United States of America."...

"So, while Donald Trump talks about building a wall, what he doesn't seem to realise is there's an enormous and very profitable flow of guns into Mexico from the US that he probably wouldn't want to stop. So you have a flow of guns into Mexico and in return, you have a flow of drugs and other illicit activities into the US. So what this is doing is, it's destabilising those neighbouring countries like Mexico ... and it's having a devastating impact on the US,"


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Who was Scott Beierle, the shooter at the Tallahassee yoga shop?


Scott Paul Beierle, the man who opened fire at a Tallahassee, Florida, yoga studio and killed two people Friday, was a military veteran and a former teacher who held two master’s degrees.

Beierle, 40, of Deltona, Florida, was identified by authorities as the shooter at the Hot Yoga studio and was found dead at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Maura Binkley, 21, and Nancy Van Vessem, 61, were killed, according to the  Tallahassee Police Department news release. At least four other people were injured and another person was pistol-whipped, the Tallahassee Democratreported.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Beierle described himself as a “job seeker” since June 2013. His profile notes that he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 2003 from the State University of New York at Binghamton. From 2005 to 2007, Beierle was an English teacher in Maryland in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools system, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Beierle joined the U.S. Army in 2008 and served a two-year hitch, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Beierle’s Facebook profile, which has not been updated since 2012, displayed several photos of his time in military service.

From 2011 to 2013, Beierle attended Florida State University in Tallahassee. According to his LinkedIn profile, he received a master’s degree in public administration and also was awarded a master’s of science in planning, and urban and regional planning.

Beierle was arrested in Tallahassee in 2012 and 2016 but charges were dropped in both cases, according to court records obtained by WCTV. In 2012 he was accused of grabbing a woman in a dining hall of the Florida State campus. The 2016 arrest occurred at a Tallahassee apartment complex, where Beierle was accused of grabbing a woman’s buttocks while she was lying at a swimming pool.

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18 hours ago, mr6666 said:

The HillVerified account @thehill 2h2 hours ago


Gunman in Tallahassee yoga studio shooting had history of making racist, misogynistic rants online




13 hours ago, hamradio said:

Scott Beierle sure got bend out of shape for not being allowed to grope. :wacko:


13 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

I'm missing the humor in this.

2 women have been murdered and the alleged shooter has committed suicide.

I don't see anything funny about any of these things.


Racists and misogynists are dangerous and they can be violent people because their hate has no limits and no controls.

There's nothing funny about people in either category.

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Militia groups headed to US/Mexico border due to Trump's "call to arms".  Locals are not happy to see them coming.

So, we will have unarmed women, children and some men, armed Border Patrol and Homeland Security personnel, US Army forces (armed?), probably some armed local law enforcement and these over-armed, over anxious "militias."


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NRA tweet warns doctors to 'stay in their lane' over gun control


"Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves. "



"We are not self-important: we are important to the care of others
We are not anti-gun: we are anti-bullet holes in our patients
We consult with everyone but extremists
Most upsetting, actually, is death and disability from gun violence that is unparalleled in the world "

- emergency medicine specialist Dr. Esther Choo of Oregon Health & Science University


Doctors started a hashtag group #ThisisOurLane to argue for action to reduce gun violence. It quickly filled up with comments from medical professionals and supporters pointing out the effects gun violence has on them and their patients.

Doctors have increasingly fought for more freedom to research gun violence and deaths and to speak to patients about the risks.....

“From 2015 to 2016, violent crime increased 3.8 percent for the nation overall, 6.1 percent in cities with populations of 250,000 and higher, 2.2 percent in suburban areas and 1.6 percent in nonmetropolitan counties.”

The CDC did not advocate for removing guns from legal gun owners but said the easy availability of guns is one clear factor in the rise..........



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Thousand Oaks shooter joins list of white men rampaging in Pittsburgh and Tallahassee.

So where were they radicalized?

Gun violence in America is getting so bad that survivors of mass attacks are now getting killed later, in subsequent shootings.

"......... Since the beginning of 2017, the Anti-Defamation league has tracked more than an astounding 900 incidents of white supremacist violence and propaganda incidents. Hundreds of incidents occurred on college campuses. If we think the problem is bad now, what happens in the coming years and decades when these young and impressionable minds become adults, influenced by hateful rhetoric and armed with semi-automatic weapons? Apathy, disunity, and America’s lax gun laws embolden these terrorists. Indeed, even Islamic State terrorists push their radicals to exploit America’s weak gun laws. ....

The solution, therefore, is purposeful action, a return to morality and a focus on unity.

Purposeful action mandates commonsense legislation that ensures human rights are more important than gun rights......

A return to morality mandates we recognize the root causes of mass violence, such as domestic violence. ...........

This also means we resist outrage fatigue, a tall order as America’s 2018 mass shooting count has surpassed 300, according to organizations that track it. We must keep talking about these crucial events by remembering the victims, organizing for change and supporting leaders who push back against such violence and racism.

No easy solution exists to stopping hate and extremism. There is no quick fix. However, by focusing on purposeful action, morality in countering violence against women and unity in the face of extremism, we can try to work towards a world....



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Jamil SmithVerified account @JamilSmith 4h4 hours ago


Jemel Roberson was the Good Guy With the Gun.

Working as a security guard, he was shot by a police officer south of Chicago after apprehending a bar patron with a firearm.

Cops arrived, and assumed that he was the perp. Shot him dead. Roberson was 26.



"They basically saw a black man with a gun:"

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2 hours ago, mr6666 said:

Liz GoodwinVerified account @lizcgoodwin


Kentucky Rep John Yarmuth wearing an "F" pin in the Capitol yesterday:

"We unseated 15 A-rated NRA members with F-rated members.

So I’m going to have to get some more pins made."

7:14 AM - 14 Nov 2018

I have advised the gun-control activist to do 'this' (use 'good' NRA ratings against politicians if how voter 'feel' towards gun-control have really changed).     I.e.  it was silly to blame the NRA for a politician's stance on gun-control when all these politicians were doing was reflecting what many (or 'enough') voters in their district wanted.



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