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Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: decay
Date: June 15, 2017 03:30PM
Once Again, a Mass Shooter Has a History of Domestic Violence

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According to police records, he had committed violent acts before. In April 2006, Hodgkinson was arrested in Illinois after allegedly punching a woman in the face at a private residence and firing a shotgun at a young man at the scene. NBC reports that police recovered a shotgun, a pocket knife, and hair from a woman’s head at the scene; the Daily Beast is reporting that Hodgkinson was seen “throwing” another woman identified as his daughter around a room, hitting her, pulling her hair, and grabbing at her. The first woman tried to leave in a car with Hodgkinson’s daughter, but he reached in, turned off the engine, and cut her seatbelt with a knife. Though Hodgkinson was charged with battery, his case was later dismissed.

By now, news consumers are used to hearing in the wake of a public shooting that the perpetrator has been charged with domestic abuse or committed violence against women before. The shootings at the Fort Lauderdale airport; Virginia Tech; Isla Vista, California; Orlando’s Pulse nightclub; and San Bernardino—all were committed by men who had histories of abusing women. It would be more accurate to assume that any random mass shooter is a domestic abuser than to assume he’s not: The average mass shooter in America, defined as someone whose attack killed four people not including himself, has committed domestic abuse. A recent Everytown for Gun Safety analysis of crime records between 2009 and 2016 found that 54 percent of U.S. mass shootings in that time period involved the murder of a family member or intimate partner.



Hodgkinson wounded several people in his attack but killed no one, so he doesn’t qualify as a mass shooter under Everytown’s standards. Wednesday’s shooting wasn’t targeted at a partner or family member, either. This highlights the depth and scope of the connection between domestic abuse and public violence: Hodgkinson and people like him don’t even figure into these chilling statistics. In a great number of the shootings Everytown studied, domestic abusers killed bystanders and friends in addition to the targets of their abuse. Domestic violence is not a personal problem or an attack against a single individual. It betrays an attacker’s perverted relationship to power and should be treated with severity befitting of what it is: a warning sign and predictor of future acts of mass violence.

That is not how U.S. laws treat domestic abusers today. Though federal law prohibits convicted domestic abusers from purchasing guns, there are several cavernous loopholes that benefit abusers and put the rest of us at risk. If an abuser is his victim’s intimate partner but not legal spouse, cohabitant, or co-parent, the law doesn’t apply. In most states, abusers can keep the firearms they already have, making the ban moot for gun owners. And convicted perpetrators of domestic violence, like all people with criminal records, can avail themselves of a wealth of options for gun procurement without having to undergo background checks. Conservative judges and justices are still defending domestic abusers’ rights to own guns.

When they do, they’re protecting men like Esteban Santiago, who allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend multiple times before he was charged with the murder of five strangers in an airport, and Hodgkinson, who was never convicted on battery charges but whose history of violence against women might have warned of a future violent attack. The price for their freedom to own the most efficient weapons mankind has ever devised is nothing short of public safety and women's lives.



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Re: Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: billb
Date: June 15, 2017 04:02PM
Should he be disallowed from purchasing fists too ?



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Re: Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: vision63
Date: June 15, 2017 04:52PM
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billb
Should he be disallowed from purchasing fists too ?

We should have had them removed.
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Re: Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 15, 2017 04:53PM
Everyone should own a gun.


No macho posing, either!
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Re: Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: June 15, 2017 04:59PM
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billb
Should he be disallowed from purchasing fists too ?

Good demonstration of a quintessential "Strawman" billb! bunny smiley
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Re: Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: June 15, 2017 08:55PM
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billb
Should he be disallowed from purchasing fists too ?

And there you have it..Billbo illuminates the ridiculousness of his hardened stance.

Man gets gun and shoots elected official from a distance..comes close to killing someone..i won't even mention the coward aspect of the gun thing..ok, i will not.

vs.

Man who walks over and stands in front of someone and punches them, or, tries to punch them..(in this case he most likely would have gotten his ass kicked)

Now THAT is a really great equivalent in this context..and many others..LOL. Bill. You love this , don't you? IT's just FUN.

That statement makes it pretty easy to see into the ridiculous process going on in the gun freak's mind...this unbending, ongoing and desperate process.
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Re: Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 15, 2017 09:29PM

Trumpers bid goodbye to rationality as it fades into the sunset.
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Re: Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: pdq
Date: June 15, 2017 10:04PM
For the good of everyone, he was also apparently a horrendous shot. I heard there were something like 70 shots fired, and thank God no one was killed but this dipwad.

What a loser.
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Re: Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: June 16, 2017 11:01AM
unfortunately, there are plenty of people out there itching to murder someone...or a lot of someones.

religion or politics or just plain "I don't like the cut of your jib!" is often their excuse.
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Re: Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: $tevie
Date: June 17, 2017 03:35PM
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DeusxMac
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billb
Should he be disallowed from purchasing fists too ?

Good demonstration of a quintessential "Strawman" billb! bunny smiley

I'd like to know how one can acquire fists which deliver 45 to 150 punches a minute from 100 yards away!



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Re: Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: vision63
Date: June 18, 2017 10:51PM
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$tevie
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DeusxMac
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billb
Should he be disallowed from purchasing fists too ?

Good demonstration of a quintessential "Strawman" billb! bunny smiley

I'd like to know how one can acquire fists which deliver 45 to 150 punches a minute from 100 yards away!

Bruce Lee "Fists of Fury."
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Re: Shooter's background... not a surprise.
Posted by: JoeH
Date: June 19, 2017 09:26AM
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vision63
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$tevie
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DeusxMac
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billb
Should he be disallowed from purchasing fists too ?

Good demonstration of a quintessential "Strawman" billb! bunny smiley

I'd like to know how one can acquire fists which deliver 45 to 150 punches a minute from 100 yards away!

Bruce Lee "Fists of Fury."

That only works from about a yard away.
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