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Beto Blows Up at Heckler During Texas Town Hall

O'Rourke blasts 'motherf---er' who laughed as he talked about Uvalde mass shooting

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke isn't afraid to get a little salty when taking on the topic of gun violence in the US, and he didn't disappoint on that front this week during a Texas town hall. Speaking Wednesday in front of a crowd gathered in Mineral Wells, the Democratic...

Shooting Outside Cincinnati Bar Leaves 9 Wounded

None of the injuries are life-threatening, and gunman is still at large

(Newser) - At least nine people were wounded—none critically—in a shooting outside a Cincinnati bar early Sunday, police said. Most of the victims suffered wounds to their lower halves, Lt. Col. Mike John of the Cincinnati police told news outlets, per the AP . A police officer fired at a suspect...

Lollapalooza Guard Accused of Ill-Chosen Attempt to Ditch Work

Janya Williams, 18, allegedly sent message to co-worker about a supposed shooting threat

(Newser) - A teen security guard for the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago last week has been arrested after allegedly making a phony mass-shooting threat so she could try to clock out early. Per the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times , Cook County prosecutors say Janya Williams, 18, was working the fest on...

Alex Jones Takes Stand, Addresses Parents of Slain 6-Year-Old

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis got into a heated exchange with him later

(Newser) - The parents of Jesse Lewis, who was murdered at 6 years old in the Sandy Hook massacre, took the stand Tuesday in the trial to determine what damages Alex Jones owes for defamation. Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis said the conspiracy theorist Infowars radio host made their lives "hell,...

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How Alex Jones' Trial Relates to the First Amendment

All defamation suits are First Amendment cases

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones arrived at a Texas courthouse for his defamation trial for calling the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack a hoax with the words "Save the 1st" scrawled on tape covering his mouth. Although Jones portrays the lawsuit as an assault on the First Amendment, parents say...

'Bullets Everywhere' as Birthday Party Turns Into Mass Shooting

Suspect was reportedly upset that his driveway was blocked

(Newser) - Partygoers were celebrating a birthday at a Detroit home. Across the street, a neighbor, upset that his driveway was being blocked, was strategically placing 11 weapons around his own home. Then he opened fire, killing two partygoers and injuring six others, including at least one critically, according to Detroit Police,...

Mass Shooting Took Place at Ball Game Meant to Promote Peace

Weekly softball game meant to promote peace between LA gangs

(Newser) - Update: The shooting that left two dead at a Los Angeles park Sunday took place at a weekly softball game that had for years worked to peacefully and safely bring together members of different Los Angeles-area gangs, the AP reports. The league was organized about five years ago by a...

Mounties: Shooter Who Targeted Homeless People Is Dead

2 were killed in attacks in Vancouver suburb

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. A man suspected of shooting homeless people at multiple locations in the Vancouver area, killing two of them, was shot and killed during an "interaction" with police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police says. The RCMP earlier said the man had been...

Benatar Won't Sing This Song Anymore Due to Gun Violence

'80s star refuses to keep 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot' on concert tour lineup

(Newser) - If Pat Benatar is against war, she's chosen (so far) to keep "Love Is a Battlefield" on her concert tour playlist. Not so for one of her other famous hits, whose lyrics have now become problematic for the '80s star in the wake of America's proliferation...

Utah Teen Pleads Guilty to Killing Mother, 3 Siblings

Colin Jeffery Haynie was 16 years old when he tried to kill his entire family

(Newser) - Update: A Utah man pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally shooting his mother and three siblings in early 2020, when he was 16 years old. Colin Jeffery Haynie, now 19, killed his mother and one of his sisters as they returned from her school pickup, then waited for two more siblings...

Police Name Mall Gunman, Bystander Who Stopped Him

Jonathan Sapirman spent an hour in restroom before opening fire

(Newser) - Police have identified the man who opened fire at a mall food court in an Indianapolis suburb Sunday evening, killing three people before he was shot by an armed bystander , as 20-year-old Jonathan Sapirman, who lived around a mile from the Greenwood Park Mall. Authorities identified the man who shot...

Police Thank 'Good Samaritan' for Stopping Mall Shooting

Armed citizen stepped in, killed gunman, who'd already killed 3, injured 2 at Greenwood Park Mall

(Newser) - Authorities are expressing their gratitude to an armed bystander after he shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in a shopping mall food court in Indiana. The mass shooting took place Sunday evening at Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, leaving three dead and two injured, including a 12-year-old girl...

Gunman Kills 3 in Greenwood Park Mall Shooting

Shooter is also dead in Indiana tragedy

(Newser) - A gunman killed three people at the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana, Sunday night, police say. The shooter was also killed; it is believed that a bystander shot him, the Indianapolis Star reports. The mall was closing at 6pm when about 20 shots rang out in the food court....

Victim's Father Interrupts Biden, Who Agrees on New Gun Law

Advocates at White House and outside want stronger legislation

(Newser) - People affected by gun violence addressed a gathering on the White House lawn Monday to mark the passage of new restrictions involving weapons, then another shouted down President Biden from the crowd. Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin was killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...

Highland Park Marks a Week Since Mass Shooting

Churches tolled their bells 7 times

(Newser) - One week after a shooting at a Fourth of July parade that left seven dead, the Chicago suburb of Highland Park held a moment of silence Monday morning to mark the exact time police say the first shot was fired. More than 100 people gathered and hugged each other in...

'Cold-Blooded Attack' in Bar in S. Africa Leaves 15 Dead

Gunmen fire randomly into tavern in Soweto, police say

(Newser) - For the second time in weeks , mass tragedy has unfolded at a bar in South Africa. Gunmen opened fire at a tavern in Soweto around midnight, killing 15 and wounding nine more, reports Reuters . Police don't know a motive, and no arrests have been made. The gunmen, armed with...

Scott Adams Offers Eyebrow- Raising Take on Troubled Young Men

'Dilbert' creator sees only 2 options available: 'murder your own son or watch him die'

(Newser) - Scott Adams has had controversial takes on gun violence before, but his latest one, on the Highland Park mass shooting , is spurring backlash from those speaking on mental health illness and addiction. The 65-year-old creator of the Dilbert cartoon strip posted an eyebrow-raising series of tweets on Wednesday that discussed...

Richmond Police: 'Hero Citizen' Thwarted July 4 Shooting Plot

The intended target was reportedly the Dogwood Dell

(Newser) - Updated with more details on the alleged plot. Police in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday said a mass shooting was planned for their city on July 4, but that they fielded a tip that allowed them to thwart the plot. In an afternoon press conference, Police Chief Gerald Smith said a...

Officials: Parade Suspect Drove North, Considered 2nd Shooting

Suspected gunman will be held without bond

(Newser) - Update: The man charged with killing seven people when he shot at parade-watchers in Highland Park, Ill., confessed to police that he fired on the crowd, a prosecutor said Wednesday, though no plea has been entered in the case. Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Ben Dillon added that police...

How Parade Shooting Suspect Managed to Buy 5 Guns

Police were called to his home in 2019, but no formal complaints or arrests were made

(Newser) - More details are emerging about how the suspected gunman in the July 4 parade shooting in Highland Park managed to legally purchase weapons—five of them. Lake County Major Crime Task Force rep Christopher Covelli says that in September 2019, police confiscated 16 knives, a dagger, and a sword after...

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