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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Gun violence continues to consume American news

Oh my God! 
Every week, there's horrible news about another gun violence incident, with deaths, someplace in the United States. 

Today August 5th, was the occasion of yet another theater shooting. This time, the shooting was in Memphis Tennessee, an obvious copy cat incident, following a chain of other murder rampages.

Although right wing extremists point fingers about the conspiratorial causes of these deadly incidents, the fact is, easy access to weapons are like germs in a nurturing host environment.


We know this: Guns cause deaths. There are no other causes of deaths when guns are the sources of the moralities. Murderers intent on causing rampages can easily obtain a gun with ammunition to inflict carnage, wherever they want to create lethal pandemonium.  

Now, Americans are exposed to guns in the hands of terrorists and the mentally  ill. In fact, if terrorists and the mentally ill did not have access to guns, the number of deaths caused by these delusional criminals would obviously be far fewer than an unbelievable deadly rampage per week. 

A Nashville, TN incident comes a day after Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula released an online video calling for "lone wolf" attacks and praising Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old gunman who killed four Marines at a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn

Here's the latest: a murderer who was killed by police, in Nashville, Tennessee:


The suspect behind yet another movie theater shooting was declared dead after opening fire on a police officer early Wednesday afternoon in a Nashville, Tennessee, suburb.

Officers from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department responded to reports of a man with a gun and a hatchet inside a showing of "Mad Max: Fury Road" at the Carmike 8 Cinemas on Bell Road at 1:15 p.m. in Antioch, authorities said.

Don Aaron, a public information officer, said the gunman shot at a police office, prompting him to return fire. A SWAT team moved in and exchanged fire. Ultimately, he said, the suspect exited out the back door of the theater where he was confronted by more police officers who shot and killed him.

"The actions of that first officer who went in the theater to engage this individual may well have saved multiple individuals inside that theater," Aaron said during a presser on site.


The suspect, a 51-year-old local man, was wearing a surgical mask and doused two women's faces with pepper spray, authorities said.

“The gunman apparently unleashed this pepper spray throughout the theater,” Aaron said. 


“As the SWAT team entered that theater, it was very thick with chemical spray, with irritant. 

Gas masks were brought in to those officers as they attempted to get this person into custody.”

Brian Hass, a Nashville Fire Department spokesman, confirmed that two people were injured with pepper spray and one person was injured by the hatchet. The injuries were minor and no one was hospitalized.

"This could have been a lot worse" Hass said.

Aaron explained that the first two officers were able to respond quickly because they were working a crash on Bell Road just beyond the cinema's property. Moviegoers ran to the cops and alerted them of the armed man's presence.


Two backpacks were left inside the theater and bomb squad were called to the scene to clear the bags, Aaron said. The suspect was wearing one of the bags when he opened fire on the officer.

"We want to make sure that there is no danger with those backbacks," Aaron added.


Jeremy Cardoza, who works at the nearby Ford Ice Center, told The Tennessean that the business was placed on lockdown with roughly 25 people, mostly children, inside.

"We're waiting on instructions from police, we have not been contacted yet," he said to the local paper. "We had a parent come in and they kind of just told us that there were a bunch of cops posted outside."


The incident comes less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire inside a movie theater in Lafayette, La., killing two people and injuring nine others before committing suicide.

It also comes a day after Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula released an online video calling for "lone wolf" attacks and praising Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old gunman who killed four Marines at a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., and injured two others before he was killed by police. A Naval officer who was injured in the attack died two days later.

The FBI said it is investigating that attack as an instance of "homegrown violent extremism," but would not officially label it an act of domestic terrorism.

It's impossible to understand how right wing gun advocates can justify the proliferation of gun violence, by denial and projection. These zealots claim murders aren't caused by guns, but by criminals, as though there's no cause and effect.

Meanwhile, gun violence continues to consume American news media, like a rampant cancer, attacking a growing number of innocent people. America is now a nation in perpetual mourning, with no end in sight.  



  

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