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After Mass Shooting, O'Rourke Campaign Hawks 'F-ed Up' T-Shirts

Proceeds will benefit anti-gun violence groups

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke denounced gun violence in no uncertain terms after Saturday's mass shooting in his home state—and his campaign has now put those words on a T-shirt. The Democratic presidential candidate repeatedly described the massacre in Odessa, Texas, and the "epidemic of gun violence in America"... More »

Law Officers ID the Odessa Shooter, Talk About Motive

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke refused to publicly say the name

(Newser) - Authorities said Sunday they still could not explain why a man with an AR-style weapon opened fire during a routine traffic stop in West Texas to begin a terrifying rampage that killed seven people, injured 22 others, and ended with officers gunning him down outside a movie theater, the AP... More »

17-Month-Old Has Teeth 'Knocked Out' in Odessa

Anderson Davis, 17 months, lost all her front teeth

(Newser) - "Toddlers are funny because they can get shot but still want to run around and play." So says the mother of Anderson Davis, a 17-month-old girl who took bullet fragments to the chest and mouth during a Texas mass shooting that killed at least 7 and wounded 24,... More »

'What a Horrific Day for Odessa'

Texas shooting began with a traffic stop

(Newser) - The nation's latest mass shooting began with a simple afternoon traffic stop: NBC News reports that a police officer pulled over the suspect, driving a gold Honda, for failing to signal a left turn around 3:17pm on Saturday between Midland and Odessa, Texas. The AP reports that the... More »

Police: 21 Shot, 7 Dead in Texas Shooting

Police say the shooter was a white male in his 30s

(Newser) - At least 21 people have been injured by gunfire and seven killed in a shooting in West Texas, the AP reports. At a news conference Saturday, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke also says that at least three law enforcement officers were among those shot. He spoke after a chaotic afternoon... More »

Red-Flag Gun Laws Are Gaining Momentum

It's still early, but studies say they do help

(Newser) - With bipartisan support in many cases, 17 states and Washington, DC, have now passed "red flag laws" that allow the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous. The back-to-back shootings that killed 31 people this month in Texas and Ohio have given new momentum... More »

Threat Assessment Leads to Scores of Arrests

Effort was stepped up after El Paso, Dayton shootings

(Newser) - After the El Paso and Dayton massacres earlier this month, the FBI ordered a new threat assessment to be made by agents across the country to head off another mass shooting. That step has resulted in the arrests of more than two dozen people charged with threatening to commit mass... More »

Cops: Marriott Cook Planned to Massacre Workers, Guests

It could have been a 'mass casualty incident' in Long Beach, police say

(Newser) - An apparently extremely disgruntled cook at a Marriott hotel in California is accused of plotting to massacre guests and fellow employees. Police in Long Beach say 37-year-old Rodolfo Montoya was arrested at his home after they received a tip from one of his colleagues, CNN reports. Montoya "had clear... More »

Alleged El Paso Shooter Now on Suicide Watch

El Paso suspect is accused of killing 22

(Newser) - Jail officials do not want alleged El Paso mass shooter Patrick Crusius to become the next Jeffrey Epstein. An El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokesperson tells KVIA that the 21-year-old is now on suicide watch at the El Paso County Detention Facility, where he was already segregated from the... More »

Cops: 3 More Potential Mass Shooters Stopped

Tips from public lead to arrests in 3 states

(Newser) - Three potential mass shooters in three states are now in custody after arrests over the weekend, authorities say. Police say the men in Connecticut, Florida, and Ohio were arrested thanks to tips from the public, CNN reports. In the Ohio case, police say 20-year-old white nationalist James Reardon was arrested... More »

Dayton Gunman's Parents: We're Sorry for Obituary

Death notice describing shooter as 'funny' and 'articulate' has been taken down

(Newser) - It's natural to want to say flattering things about loved ones in their death notices. But the family of Connor Betts, the gunman who killed nine in Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month, is now apologizing for what they say was an "insensitive" obituary for him. The BBC reports... More »

Letter From Alleged Mosque Gunman Appears on 4Chan

'This cannot happen again,' prison minister says

(Newser) - New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday that they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. The six-page letter from Brenton Tarrant was posted this week on the website 4chan, which has become notorious... More »

Biden Makes School Shooting Gaffe at Gun Control Forum

He got Parkland mixed up with Sandy Hook

(Newser) - Self-described "gaffe machine" Joe Biden did it again on Saturday. The Democratic frontrunner got his school shootings mixed up while speaking at a gun control forum in Des Moines, Iowa, CNN reports. He said twice that while he was vice president, he met with survivors of the school shooting... More »

Hatred and Violence Toward Women Often Tie Mass Killers

Attacks can begin with domestic violence, research shows

(Newser) - As the US dissects its recent mass shootings and tries to understand the killers' motivations in an effort to prevent the next one, at least one factor is "missing from the national conversation," California Gov. Gavin Newsom said. Why are the killers men, he asked—"dominantly, always?"... More »

Schools in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton Get Some Help From Gaga

Singer says she wants to channel 'fury into hope'

(Newser) - A star is reaching out to support three places suffering after recent mass shootings. "In this moment," Lady Gaga wrote, "I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope. Hope that we are there for each other and for ourselves." Through her Born This... More »

Dayton Funerals Begin

Derrick Fudge had told his son he was willing to die for him

(Newser) - A man who died in the arms of his son after a mass shooting in Ohio was remembered Saturday as a loving family man who painted houses and loved to fish and cook. The funeral for Derrick Fudge, 57, was among the first held for victims of the mass shooting... More »

Walmart Tells Employees to Remove Violent Displays

Retailer will still sell guns

(Newser) - Walmart is taking down any displays of violence in its stores—including video games, movies, and hunting videos playing on electronics screens. But the chain will still sell guns, as well as violent video games, and the new rule does not apply to displays of actual weapons. The instructions came... More »

'Intelligent' Background Checks Get Thumbs-Up From Trump

NRA opposition won't be an issue, president says

(Newser) - "This isn't a question of NRA, Republican or Democrat," President Trump said Friday in talking about passing gun-control legislation in response to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. "We need intelligent background checks." Trump said Mitch McConnell now is "totally on board,... More »

Fearing Dayton Shooter Would Kill Him, He Shielded Another

Meet 'the best boyfriend in the world,' Camryn Crowder of Ohio

(Newser) - On the first night out with his partner since the birth of their 3-week-old daughter, Camryn Crowder suddenly saw a "guy pointing a gun." That's when he dropped to the ground Sunday in Dayton, Ohio—but not before pushing his girlfriend to the ground first so he... More »

Weeks Before El Paso Shooting, Suspect's Mom Called Cops

She said she was worried about her son's new rifle

(Newser) - The mother of the man accused of killing 22 people in an El Paso Walmart called police weeks before the mass shooting because she was worried about his new gun, but they told her there wasn't a lot they could do, lawyers for the family say. Attorneys Chris Ayres... More »

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