George Zimmerman’s Ex-Attorney Mark O’Mara Calls for Gun Control After Isla Vista Mass Murders

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Elliot Rodger’s victims: (top row, from left to right) Katie Cooper, Chris Michael-Martinez, Veronica Weiss, (bottom row, from left to right) Weihan Wang, George Chen, Cheng Yuan Hong. (Credit: Daily Mail)

Mark O’Mara, who represented George Zimmerman during the Trayvon Martin murder trial, is calling for gun control in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in the U.S. He stopped short of proposing any measures to increase gun control. Elliot Rodger, son of “The Hunger Games” assistant director Peter Rodger, killed seven, including himself, and wounded 13, in retribution for being rejected by women. O’Mara’s article comes a day after “Bowling for Columbine” filmmaker Michael Moore said “disturbed white men” were the most dangerous people in America and that the gun, not the bald eagle was America’s national symbol.

The fact is, race seemed to have played a role in the police handling of their contact with Elliot Rodger. The parents cried out for help and they didn’t get it. Instead, the cops paid him a visit and said he was a “nice” young man. Really? He was a ticking timebomb waiting to explode and they may have dropped the ball. He has been called “severely mentally disturbed” as if to somehow excuse his heinous acts. I am pretty sure had this been a black or Hispanic male without the financial means of Elliot Rodger, the cops would have assumed they were troublemakers.

The Isla Vista mass murders comes after we narrowly dodged another shooting massacre recently, when Minnesota teen John David LaDue’s plan to use his alleged arsenal, which included homemade bombs, to murder as many students as he could at his high school, was derailed after a civilian tipped off the police. We can’t go on this way.

We have a problem with gun violence in this country. I think this much is not in dispute. The real debate is this: What do we do about it? Unfortunately, most answers to this question involve greater governmental regulation and intrusion into our lives.

Americans are fiercely independent, sometimes to a fault, and we bristle at any effort seen as trampling our inalienable rights. But the freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution have never been unfettered. Each amendment in the Bill of Rights has spawned a legacy of case law that interprets, defines, refines and restricts our basic freedoms based on the values and needs of the people at the time.

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The Constitution is not written in stone. It evolves as our society evolves. The Second Amendment is more complicated, however, because it deals with issues larger than freedom and oppression; it deals with life and death.

Buried in the Second Amendment is the right to self-defense, the very mechanism that allowed our Founding Fathers to win freedom from tyranny. Some argue it is the right that guarantees all other rights. Our forefathers wanted us to be able to protect ourselves against outside threats, and even from internal tyranny. They may have even intended us to be able to protect ourselves from each other.

It is a stretch to argue they intended guns to be so available, in such strength, that children, high-school populations and co-workers and law enforcement could be so easily slaughtered. Source: CNN

It’s a sad commentary that gun rights advocates are digging in and ignoring the obvious — too many mentally unstable people can get their hands on guns. Why did Elliot Rodger need three automatic guns and 410 rounds of ammunition? That’s despite have three or four police encounters and a history of mental illness? When will real change come instead of the continued stonewalling because of politicians who are in bed with the National Rifle Association?

 George Zimmermans Ex Attorney Mark OMara Calls for Gun Control After Isla Vista Mass Murders

Gun Rights: Atlanta Soccer Club Menaced by Man Walking Around with Gun, Knife

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Gun Rights: Atlanta Soccer Club Menaced by Man Walking Around with Gun, Knife

GUN RIGHTS:  While some are applauding Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal for signing into law an expanded gun bill, some are concerned and upset that guns could now be present in bars, churches, schools and government buildings. We all know that guns and alcohol don’t mix. What’s interesting is that someone sent me an email about an incident at a Georgia soccer club that has rankled many.

The United Futbol Academy, based in Forsyth County, Ga. (same county where Hosea Williams was spat on and called a n*gger during a march), sounded the alarm over a man walking around the fields at Fowler Park with a knife and a gun visible on his hip. On any given evening, there are easily over 100 kids along with their parents and UFA staff on the fields. The club management was so concerned about this individual that they contacted the police. Training was cancelled on Thursday because of this menace. Here’s an excerpt from the UFA email:

Dear Parents

We wanted to reach out to you and give you some info regarding the individual that was at Fowler Park the last two days walking around with a knife and an exposed firearm in a holster on his hip.

We contacted the police and the Parks & Rec department. Unfortunately, there is no restriction on ‘open carry’ in Forsyth County. Furthermore, when questioned by Forsyth County Sheriff Office he did produce a Georgia permit. He is exercising his 2nd Amendment rights. These guys know the law very well and he was walking the line the entire time. IF he brandished the weapon, that is a chargeable offense.

Tonight, Wednesday April 23rd we have decided to cancel all training at Fowler Park only. We have reason to believe that this person may return in an effort to provoke confrontation with police. His plan is to use us through fear of an armed man to call the Sheriff and create a confrontation. The Sheriff has already investigated this particular individual and he has a license to carry a weapon so they are really at a disadvantage and fear a lawsuit for harassment.
Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of all our members, parents to players, and we are in the process of working with the county on additional patrols, hiring an off duty policeman as well as having a Park Ranger at Fowler. As of today we are not able to provide the off duty officer however we will plan on having one starting Thursday and over the weekend. We will keep the police officer at Fowler until we feel this issue has been resolved. We are waiting on a response from Parks & Red at this time to provide us with additional guidance on this sensitive issue and there may be further information regarding United FA training at Fowler.
Thanks to Gov. Deal, the gun advocates in the Republican-controlled state legislature, as well as the National Rifle Association, there are people in fear for their lives over a nut walking around with a gun and a knife.  Do you really need to walk around soccer fields with a gun and knife? What if this man suddenly got “fearful” and started shooting? SMH.
 Gun Rights: Atlanta Soccer Club Menaced by Man Walking Around with Gun, Knife

Rodney Black Kills Garrick Hopkins & His Brother, Wrongly Claims They Were Trespassing

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Rodney Black Kills Garrick Hopkins & His Brother, Wrongly Claims They Were Trespassing

Rodney Black shot and killed two men he claimed were trespassing and breaking into his shed in Barboursville, WV. One problem — the shed and the property it sat on belonged to Garrick Hopkins, who was showing his brother Carl Hopkins Jr., his new purchase, when they were fatally shot by Black.

Black shot the two men without giving any warning, notes WCHS.

However, the new shed and the property it sat on belonged to Garrick Hopkins, who was showing his brother Carl Hopkins Jr. his new purchase when they were shot by Black, reports The Herald-Dispatch.

“Garrick Hopkins took his brother to his newly purchased lot to show him the property where he and his family were to build a new residence in the coming weeks,” the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “The outbuilding in question was on the Hopkins property and contained no belongings of the suspect Rodney Black.”

According to sheriff’s deputies, Black admitted to shooting the two men and was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.  Source:  Opposing Views

Detroit Police Chief James Craig Believes Good Gun Owners Can Deter Crime

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Detroit Police Chief James Craig Believes Good Gun Owners Can Deter Crime (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Detroit Police Chief James Craig believes that if more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice before attacking them. He said responsible gun owners would likely deter crime, the Detroit News reports.

During a press conference Thursday at police headquarters, Craig siad, “When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department.” Sounds like something National Rifle Association executive Wayne LaPierre would say.

Chief Craig was a staunch gun control supporter during his 28-year tenure at the Los Angeles Police Department. That changed when he left California in 2009 and became police chief in Portland, Maine.

He said, “coming from California, where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs [carrying concealed weapon permits], and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying. That was my orientation.” He then added, “I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

As of December, nearly 80,000 concealed carry permits were approved in Wayne County, where Detroit is located, Michigan State Police documents show.

Chief James Craig supports a ban on assault weapons, regulating magazines and ammunition, as well as tighter background checks at gun shows, the Huffington Post reports.  So, do you agree with Chief Craig that more good guys with guns will deter criminals from acting?

LAX Shooter Paul Ciancia’s Manifesto Had Homophobic Slurs Against Janet Napolitano

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LAX Shooter Paul Ciancia’s Manifesto Had Homophobic Slurs Against Janet Napolitano

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that the note the LAX shooter Paul Ciancia had with him referenced conspiracy theories and referred to former Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano as a ‘bull dyke.” The note also allegedly said “FU Janet Napolitano.”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a law enforcement source confirmed that he note contained racist, homophobic and sexist slurs aimed at government officials, security agencies, liberals and racial minorities.

Raw Story noted on Friday that police reported that Ciancia was carrying a document that referred to the “New World Order,” a favorite phrase of the conspiracy-minded right used to describe an amorphous group of world elites who seek to impose one world government on all people. Both Alex Jones and Glenn Beck have included the phrase in their rantings.

The SPLC said that “a knowledgeable source with ranking law enforcement contacts” had read Ciancia’s manifesto and that its contents placed him squarely in the right-wing “Patriot” movement of anti-government conservatives.

Mark Potok of the SPLC’s “Hatewatch” blog wrote, “So-called Patriots also increasingly see the DHS, which produces intelligence assessments of extremists that are distributed to other law enforcement agencies, as an enemy and even a collaborator in the New World Order conspiracy. Many believe DHS has targeted their movement and is somehow connected to the alleged construction of concentration camps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).”

Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis Cited 8 Times for Misconduct During Navy Stint

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Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis Cited 8 Times for Misconduct During Navy Stint

Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was cited eight times during his Navy career for misconduct, insubordination, disorderly conduct and multiple excessive absences from work, the Washington Post reports.

Alexis was also given an administrative sanction by the Navy after he was arrested by DeKalb County, Ga., police in 2008, and held for two nights in jail.

Aaron Alexis, who lived in Fort Worth, Tx., was hired by a private company to do a project at the Navy Yard and had security clearance and a valid military ID card,  which is known as a common access card, the Washington Post reports.

Navy Yard Shooting: D.C. Mayor Says Sequestration Cuts ‘Put People at Risk’

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Navy Yard Shooting: D.C. Mayor Says Sequestration Cuts ‘Put People at Risk’

NAVY YARD SHOOTING:  Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said that sequestration cut costs of projects and then “we put people at risk,” in response to questions about Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis’ access, whether it was about policy or money.

“Well it’s hard to know, we’ll continue with this investigation, but certainly as I look at, for example, sequestration which is about saving money in the federal government being spent, how we somehow skimped on what would be available for projects like this and then we put people at risk. You know, obviously 12 people have paid the ultimate price for whatever, you know, whatever was done to have this man on the base,” Gray said to CNN’s “New Day.” Source: Politico

Sen. Dianne Feinstein also called for renewed gun control efforts as the National Rifle Association remained quiet. Aaron Alexis had a history of ‘serious’ mental health issues, even claiming to “hear voices.” This begs the question of why was someone with a history of gun issues and serious mental health issues granted security clearance and allowed to purchase guns? Haven’t we heard this storyline before? Namely Adam Lanza, who massacred over 24 people, including first grade students and administrators in Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting?

Navy Yard Shooting Victims Include Michael Arnold, Sylvia Frasier and Kathy Gaarde

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Names of 7 people killed during Aaron Alexis Navy Yard shooting rampage (Busted Mugshots)

NAVY YARD SHOOTING RAMPAGE:  Seven of the 12 victims in Aaron Alexis shooting rampage at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard have been identified. Those killed in the Navy Yard shooting range in age from 46 to 73. The following names were released Monday night:

  • Michael Arnold, 59
  • Sylvia Frasier, 53
  • Kathy Gaarde, 62
  • John Roger Johnson, 73
  • Frank Kohler, 50
  • Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46
  • Vishnu Pandit, 61

Officials said they will release the other five names once their families have been notified. Although not officially released, Arthur Daniels, is also among the victims. Jacqueline Alston told CNN that she hasn’t heard from her husband, Ernest, who is a custodial employee at the Navy Yard. We are praying that he will be found safe. Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said eight people were injured.

NBC News reports that shooter Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, may have lost his job recently. According to NBC News sources, Alexis “had been treated multiple times for psychological issues, including sleep deprivation, anger and paranoia.” He was reportedly most recent treated at a VA Hospital in New England.

There are about 3,000 people working at the Naval Sea Systems Command and it could take a full day before everyone is notified, the Navy Secretary said on Monday.

[UPDATED 09/17/13 12:06 pm EST]: The Metropolitan police released the names of the five remaining victims:  Arthur Daniels, 51; Mary Francis Knight, 51; Gerald L. Read, 58; Martin Bodrog, 54 and Richard Michael Ridgell, 52.

Here are some pictures of the victims of the Navy Yard shooting:

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Arthur Daniels, a 19-year-veteran of the Navy Yard, killed by Aaron Alexis

Kenneth Proctor, father of two, also killed:

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Kenneth Proctor, father of 2, killed by Aaron Alexis during Navy Yard shooting rampage

NRA Claims NSA Surveillance Programs Could be Used as ‘Backdoor’ for National Gun Registry

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NRA Claims NSA Surveillance Programs Could be Used as ‘Backdoor’ for National Gun Registry

The National Rifle Association has started a new freak-out. The leaders of the NRA plan to press members of Congress to block the NSA’s surveillance program to collect records of phone calls made by Americans, claiming these efforts can be used as a “backdoor” to construct a national gun registry. SMH. What’s sad is that there are people who will believe this mess coming from the NRA.

“We will be up there and we will be making our feelings known,” David Keene, a member of the NRA’s executive board who served until this spring as the group’s president, told NBC News. “Our members are concerned about this. This metadata can be used to construct a list” of every gun owner.

Keene’s comments signaled a new determination by the gun lobby to take up opposition to the NSA surveillance efforts as a political cause, joining with civil liberties groups and others on the left who have been lobbying against the program for months, and potentially complicating the Obama administration’s efforts to preserve the phone surveillance program.

The comments came as NRA board members gathered this weekend in Arlington, Va., for a quarterly meeting and to celebrate the gun lobby’s latest political coup: Its defeat of two state senators in Colorado — including the state Senate president — in a special recall election pushed by the NRA as payback for the lawmakers’ support of gun control measures….. Source: NBC News

Iowa Granting Gun Permits to People Who are Legally or Completely Blind

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Iowa Granting Gun Permits to People Who are Legally or Completely Blind (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WTF: Iowa is granting permits to purchase or carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind. It’s not enough that some mentally ill people are getting their hands on guns, but now the blind.

No one questions the legality of the permits. State law does not allow sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.

The quandary centers squarely on public safety. Advocates for the disabled and Iowa law enforcement officers disagree over whether it’s a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons.

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“I’m not an expert in vision,” Delaware County Sheriff John LeClere said. “At what point do vision problems have a detrimental effect to fire a firearm? If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you probably shouldn’t be shooting something.” Source: USA Today