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DHS study on mass shootings

  • Let's take a look:

    "This is what a mass killer looks like, according to a Department of Homeland Security analysis. He works alone. He uses a semi-automatic handgun. He’s a he. And he probably didn’t serve in the U.S. military.

    That’s the conclusion of a November 28 analysis by the New Jersey branch of the Department of Homeland Security’s partnership with state and local law enforcement. The so-called intelligence “Fusion Center” sifted through data on 29 major mass killings in the U.S. since 1999, starting with the Littleton, Colorado school shooting. Its practical advice is to be more concerned by your co-worker with the bad hygiene who mutters about putting his “things in order” than by the war veteran in the next cubicle.

    The basic pattern found by the New Jersey DHS fusion center, and obtained by Public Intelligence (.PDF), is one of a killer who lashes out at his co-workers. Thirteen out of the 29 observed cases “occurred at the workplace and were conducted by either a former employee or relative of an employee,” the November report finds. His “weapon of choice” is a semiautomatic handgun, rather than the rifles that garnered so much attention after Newtown. The infamous Columbine school slaying of 1999 is the only case in which killers worked in teams: they’re almost always solo acts — and one-off affairs. In every single one of them, the killer was male, between the age of 17 and 49.

    They also don’t have military training. Veterans are justifiably angered by the Hollywood-driven meme of the unhinged vet who takes out his battlefield stress on his fellow Americans. (Thanks, Rambo.) In only four of the 29 cases did the shooter have any affiliation with the U.S. military, either active or prior at the time of the slaying, and the fusion center doesn’t mention any wartime experience of the killers. Yet the Army still feels the need to email reporters after each shooting to explain that the killer never served."



    Just as us pro-2A individuals have been saying all along -- semi-auto rifles are not the issue. Handguns are the issue when it comes to mass-shootings. Unfortunately for the gun-grabbers, the handgun has 2A protection under the 2008 Supreme Court finding in D.C. v Heller. Handguns are not going away.

    Oh, and Alan Gura, the attorney who successfully argued both the Heller and McDonald cases before the Supreme Court said that New York’s new legislation that limits mag capacity is clearly unconstitutional:


    My guess is that at some point, Mr. Gura will be appearing before the Supreme Court again, arguing against the mag-limit and perhaps at another time arguing against a ban on semi-automatic rifles.

    My guess is he'll win those arguments, too.

  • Our readers know that the semi-auto rifle ban, at least the scary ones, are only a precedent setting measure.

    While it is statistically irrelevant, it established the first step in for many more expected steps.

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  • Exactly. The same way that banning child pornography led to the banning of all pornography. The slippery slope is an airtight argument.

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