Tag: mass shootings

Smith & Wesson Maker to Split Into Two Companies

American Outdoor Brands, which owns Smith & Wesson firearms, said Wednesday it would split into two companies. The move would leave an outdoor products business and hive off the firearms business into a separate publicly traded company. The decision was motivated by “significant changes in the political climate as well as the economic, investing, and […]

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Justice Dept. Unveils Gun Plan, Sidestepping a Preoccupied Washington

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr unveiled a new Justice Department initiative on Wednesday to tackle gun violence as Congress and the White House remain largely immobilized on the issue. The initiative, Project Guardian, is focused primarily on strengthening partnerships among the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, federal prosecutors and state and […]

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F.B.I. and Prosecutors Try Speaking Plainly About Domestic Terrorism

OAKWOOD VILLAGE, Ohio — As a group of prominent black pastors listened, the top federal prosecutor in northern Ohio, Justin E. Herdman, spoke recently at Mount Zion church about the prospect that a gunman could target one of their congregations. The subtext was clear. Mr. Herdman is among a group of federal law enforcement officials […]

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Beto O’Rourke Is Dropping Out of the Presidential Race

Former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas is dropping out of the presidential race, ending a campaign in which he struggled for months to recapture the energy of his insurgent 2018 Senate candidacy on a national stage full of other big personalities and liberal champions. Mr. O’Rourke made the decision to quit the race in the […]

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Judge Strikes Down Gun Laws Enacted in Wake of Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday struck down three gun control ordinances enacted by the City of Pittsburgh after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue last year, saying that state law prevented the city from regulating firearms. The ordinances, announced in December, include an assault weapons ban, a ban on large-capacity magazines and […]

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The C.E.O. Taking On the Gun Lobby

Ed Stack didn’t set out to be an activist. The chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Mr. Stack spent his career selling fishing rods, camping gear and athletic equipment at big-box stores around the country. Dick’s was founded by Mr. Stack’s father in upstate New York. As a young man, Mr. Stack worked for the […]

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Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons.

Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn. I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men. The first sign […]

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2,200 Viewed Germany Attack Before Twitch Removed Post

Twitch, the Amazon-owned live-streaming platform known for its video game content, is developing another, darker reputation as a place to find footage of mass shootings. On Wednesday, a heavily armed man with a head-mounted camera live-streamed his shooting rampage in Halle, Germany, on Twitch for more than 35 minutes. Two people were killed and two […]

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Our Collective Responsibility for Mass Shootings

We have reached a point in America at which mass shootings happen so often that the country sometimes only has a few days — sometimes only a few hours — to catch its breath in between. When the shooter is white and male, as mass shooters so often are, the narrative of the “lone wolf” […]

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Destroyed $5 Million Worth of Guns

ImageA Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Tucker, Ga., last year.CreditErik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency Edward W. Stack, the chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods, said in an interview this week that his company had destroyed over $5 million in military-style, semiautomatic rifles and was reviewing whether it would continue to sell guns in its more […]

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As the Supreme Court Gets Back to Work, Five Big Cases to Watch

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to start a term that will be studded with major cases on gay and transgender rights, immigration, abortion, guns and religion. The rulings will arrive by June, in the midst of an already divisive presidential campaign. That will thrust a court that has tried […]

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Incel Shitposts Are Making People Nervous About the Joker Premiere

The long-awaited Joker movie hits theaters Friday — but in the last few weeks, hysteria surrounding its release reached fever pitch amid rumors that incels were plotting violence at screenings. “Incel,” which stands for “involuntarily celibate,” is an online cult made up of angry, young men that’s been linked to several mass killings in recent […]

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‘Joker’ Movie Is a Risk, but a Calculated One, for Warner Bros.

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s latest comic book movie, “Joker,” arrives in multiplexes on Thursday night, and it has all the makings of a juggernaut. The R-rated film, which portrays the DC Comics villain as sharing the psychological traits of real-life mass shooters, is expected to collect at least $80 million in the United States and […]

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‘Joker’ Is a Risk, but a Calculated One, for Warner Bros.

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s latest comic book movie, “Joker,” arrives in multiplexes on Thursday night, and it has all the makings of a juggernaut. The R-rated film, which portrays the DC Comics villain as sharing the psychological traits of real-life mass shooters, is expected to collect at least $80 million in the United States and […]

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Homeland Security Dept. Affirms Threat of White Supremacy After Years of Prodding

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is beginning to address white supremacist terrorism as a primary security threat, breaking with a decade of flagging attention after bigoted mass shooters from New Zealand to Texas took the lives of nearly 100 people in the last six months. In a little-noticed strategy document published last month […]

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Trump Meets With LaPierre to Discuss How N.R.A. Could Support Political Defense

President Trump met on Friday with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, to discuss how the N.R.A. could provide financial support for the president’s defense as he faces political headwinds, including impeachment, according to two people familiar with the meeting. It was not clear whether Mr. Trump asked Mr. LaPierre for […]

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After Attacks in U.S., Extremist Symbols Draw Scrutiny

The bowl-shaped haircut worn by the white supremacist who killed nine black worshipers in Charleston, S.C., stands among the most disturbing and distinctive images that extremists have shared online. Others include letters drawn from the ancient runic alphabet — a particular favorite among neo-Nazis — or slogans like “Diversity=White genocide.” They are among the many […]

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