What Do Mass Shooters Aaron Alexis, Adam Lanza and James Holmes Have in Common?

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What Do Aaron Alexis, Adam Lanza and James Holmes Have in Common?

While the meme is about Washington D.C. Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis looking like President Obama’s son, we need to ask ourselves how many more mass killings we have to live through before something drastic is done about the mentally ill getting their hands on guns. One has to ask, what to Aaron Alexis, Adam Lanza and James Holmes have in common? AR-15 rifles and mental illness. Well, you could also add a fascination with violent video games too.

Aaron Alexis, seething over being slighted, killed 12 innocent people and injured eight. Adam Lanza killed 20  first grade students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. He also used a Bushmaster .223 to carry out his shooting rampage. James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded several during a shooting rampage in Aurora, Co., at the midnight showing the new Batman movie in 2012. He, too, used an AR-15 rifle that had a super-magazine attached. Alexis purchased a ‘very basic’ Remington model 870 shotgun for $419 from Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Lorton, Virginia, the Daily Mail reports.

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Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis bought Remington model 870 from Lorton store (Remington)

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AR-15 Semiautomatic Rifle weapon of choice by mass shooters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New York Daily News responded to the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard with a front page Tuesday that decried one of the weapons suspected gunman Aaron Alexis reportedly had in his possession.

Under the headline “Same Gun Different Slay,” the Daily News used a photo of an AR-15 rifle and asserted that the “maniac” Alexis used the “Newtown weapon.” An AR-15 was used by Adam Lanza in last year’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Daily News columnist Mike Lupica denounced the AR-15 as a weapon “made for murder” in Tuesday’s issue.

According to the Associated Press, Alexis had an AR-15, a shotgun and a handgun in his possession. But Pete Williams of NBC News reported on-air Tuesday that Alexis brought only a shotgun with him to the scene and somehow obtained the AR-15 after he made it onto the premises. Source: Talking Points Memo

There are reports that the FBI confirmed an AR-15 wasn’t used in the Washington Navy Yard shooting massacre, but that means nothing in my opinion. Aaron Alexis, with all the evidence of mental illness, was still able to get his hands on a gun. Like Adam Lanza, James Holmes, Jared Loughner, Seung-Hui Cho and others, mental illness is the common thread that links them together. President Obama brags about America’s exceptionalism. Then, the greatest place on earth shouldn’t be grappling with repeated mass killings.

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 What Do Mass Shooters Aaron Alexis, Adam Lanza and James Holmes Have in Common?
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.
  • Paul Godward

    Janet, maybe you can then explain why the NICS didnt catch this. He purchased that shotgun from an FFL and had a background check run. Why was his mental illness not noted? Is it possible because Federal law bars healthcare providers from disclosing this information?

    Interesting that you have chosen to ignore facts like wile the Aurora shooter (I refuse to utter his name in any way and give him what he wanted) had an AR15, it jammed after only firing a few rounds, and had to resort to using his handgun and shotgun. You also choose to assume that the DC shooter also had an AR15 with him and not that he took it from one of the officers he ambushed. Biased much?

    in 20 years there have been less than 1000 people even wounded in mass shootings. Why are you not outraged by the huge percentage of shootings that take place in the inner cities? Did you know that if we would actually address gang ad drug violence that we would have one of the lowest gun crime rates in the world?