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Tell the whole story about Fort Hood shooter, okay "journalists"?

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The Fort Hood shooter gets no sympathy from me for gunning down soldiers and ending lives, but the reporting about his motives deserves some attention. I have heard at least two MSNBC anchors briefly (and very generally) refer to "paperwork" issues as a possible reason for Ivan Lopez's shooting spree. Alex Witt literally brushed it off as "some paperwork" during one interview. her tone and demeanor unmistakeably dismissive as she quickly moved on to her next point.

But that paperwork wasn't just about filling out routine Army forms at Fort Hood, it was a prerequisite for Lopez before he could go home when his mother died, and again to take care of family business following her death.

In no way does this excuse him for murdering three people and wounding sixteen others, obviously. But the responsible thing to do would be to provide context and depth when describing what happened. It's imperative to tell the whole story, because... journalism.

That brings me to today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Shooter said to be furious," April 5

The article states that investigators may never have a motive for Fort Hood shooter Army Spc. Ivan Lopez. Really? A soldier who was being treated for depression and anxiety was granted less than two days to go home to Puerto Rico for his mother's funeral five months ago; more recently, he was denied another temporary leave to return home to deal with family matters related to his mother's death.

This man was sent into harm's way to protect our country, and we can't give him compassionate leaves of duty during such a tragic time in his life? This is unconscionable.

Lopez wanted to go home to Puerto Rico; we sent him a lot farther away than that to defend our country.

Moira Niblo Obermeyer

Laguna Niguel

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Video- Fox News: Gun Advocate Larry Pratt: Gun Control Laws Are Killing People.

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No selfawareness what so ever. Via.

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Cartoons of the Day- One Year After Newtown

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Video- President's Weekly Address: Marking the One-Year Anniversary of the Tragic Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

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Cartoons of the Day- America's Gun Problem

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"Contrary to rhetoric, gun-free zones are not the problem." Oh, and gun retailers support background checks.

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Here is an email I just got from Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Debunking myths is a hobby of mine, so I had to share:

I want to bring to your attention to an updated analysis we're releasing that shows there have been nearly two mass shootings per month in the United States between January 2009 and September 2013. The survey can be found here.

Using FBI data and media reports, our report describes the more than 90 mass shootings that have occurred in this nearly five-year period. The FBI defines a "mass shooting" as any incident where at least four people were murdered with a gun. The survey's findings reveal a different portrait of mass shootings in America than conventional wisdom and previous media coverage might suggest:

  • Mass shootings represent a small share of total U.S. firearm homicides. Less than 1 percent of gun murder victims recorded by the FBI in 2010 were killed in incidents with four or more victims.
  • Military-style assault weapons or high-capacity magazines were used in at least 15 percent of the incidents. These incidents resulted in an average of 151 percent more people shot and 63 percent more deaths than in other incidents.
  • There is a strong connection between mass shooting incidents and domestic or family violence. In at least 57 percent of the cases, the shooter killed a current or former spouse or intimate partner or other family member.
  • Contrary to rhetoric, gun-free zones are not the problem. In all, 67 percent of mass shooting incidents took place wholly in private residences, while no more than 15 percent took place entirely in public places that were so-called "gun-free zones."
  • Those who serve and protect us are frequently the victims of mass shootings. In 14 percent of the shootings, law enforcement or military officers were targeted in the shooting or killed or injured responding

Oh, and there's this from Think Progress: NRA Tried To Stifle Study Showing Gun Retailers Support Background Checks.

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This week, 12 kids were shot, and children as young as 7 years old took guns to school.

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My old pal @KagroX (David Waldman) wrote up a stomach-turning post at Daily Kos. Here's an excerpt:

Twelve [kids] were accidentally shot this week, including four three-year-olds, three five-year-olds, and kids aged eight, 10, 11, 14 and 16. In addition, one college student was accidentally shot by another (who was, of course, just trying to make his gun "safe" at the time), and another found herself the uninjured victim of a home invasion shooting (of which there were a total of six). Ten guns were found in schools this week as well, in Kansas City, MO; Clarksburg, WV; Shreveport, LA; Chattanooga, TN; Knoxville, TN; Mobile, AL; Nashville, NC; Paramus, NJ; Providence, RI, and; Hawthorne, FL. That's a rough week.

Read that again: At elementary, middle and high schools, ten guns were found. This was during the same week, by the way, that yet another gun massacre took place at the Washington D.C. Navy yard. And let's not forget this WTF Moment: Republican staffer reportedly left loaded gun in Missouri state Capitol public restroom. Welcome to GunFAIL XXXVI.

You may recall that the brilliant KagroX has also been documenting shooting after shooting and was the one who brought us the following Twitter hashtags:

#protectingthefamily

#butwegrewuparoundguns

#responsible

#youdontunderstand

#AmericanTradition

#selfprotection

#JustATool

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