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UPDATE: Fort Lee Soldier Takes Her Own Life at Army Post

2014-08-25_0959A soldier took her own life at Fort Lee Monday morning, prompting a lockdown for a portion of the morning, U.S. military and law enforcement officials told NBC News.

Fort Lee officials say the incident was reported at Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters, building 5020. The woman entered the building “brandishing a gun,” which she reportedly turned on herself.

Military officials say the woman was an active-duty soldier.

No other information has been released.

According to WWBT, the incident comes as the post was preparing to release a new emergency notification system.

The last shooting on a military installation was reported in April, when an Iraq War veteran killed three people and injured 16 others at Fort Hood, Texas, before shooting himself. The shooter was identified was Ivan A. Lopez, 34. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gun Rights and History: A Primer on the ‘Transformation’ of Europe and Australia

Europe and Australia’s gun violence still flourishes in the wake of Government’s forced confiscation of citizen’s firearms, U.S. cities with highest gun-control also have highest gun crime.

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Obama’s Obsession with Our Gun Rights 

Wayne LaPierre: Barack Obama, the candidate who promised Americans in 2008 that “I will not take your guns away,” now, as President of the United States in 2013, has embraced the universal firearm confiscation of Australia and England—schemes that saw the destruction of hundreds of thousands of registered, legal firearms that had been outlawed and taken under threat of force from licensed gun owners by their governments.

Obama revealed his gun control endgame in a Sept. 22, 2013, political speech at a solemn memorial for the 12 Washington Navy Yard victims murdered by a deranged killer on Sept. 16, 2013.

Obama coldly used the madness of a delusional lone mass-murderer to claim that the rampage “ought to lead to some sort of transformation … it ought to obsess us.”

In the same breath, Obama defined his personal “obsession” and his notion of “transformation” for ordinary American gun owners:

“That’s what happened in other countries when they experienced similar tragedies. In the United Kingdom, in Australia … they mobilized and they changed.”

The Washington Post praised Obama’s demand for “transformation” to an Australia-style gun roundup and destruction as “commonsense.”

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Woman in DC chase may have thought Obama was stalking her

Pete Williams and Erin McClam, NBC News report: Miriam Carey, the woman authorities say rammed her car into the White House gates and led police on a chase before she was shot and killed.

The woman who led authorities on a chase from the White House to the Capitol before she was killed by police may have thought that President Barack Obama was stalking her, law enforcement sources told NBC News.

The sources said that the woman, Miriam Carey, had a history of mental health problems.

The chase, on Thursday afternoon, stirred panic in the capital and briefly stopped the mechanisms of government. It happened two weeks after a man shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy Yard.

Members of the House and Senate, in a standoff over the government shutdown, were ordered to stay in place. One lawmaker was cut off mid-sentence during a speech. A swarm of police startled tourists who were taking in Washington on a summery day.

Carey, 34, was a dental hygienist living in Stamford, Conn. Details of her background began to emerge in the hours after the episode.

Dr. Barry Weiss, a dentist, told NBC Connecticut that Carey was working for him in January 2012 when she suffered a fall and missed two to three weeks. He said that she appeared increasingly stressed after an unplanned pregnancy. Relatives have said that she may have suffered postpartum depression. Read the rest of this entry »


Reality Check: U.S. Has More Guns, Fewer Homicides than Russia

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I sneer at gun laws. I sneer at America. Bring me that zombie target! No, wait, bring me the Obama target. I hear a phone ringing. Do you hear a phone ringing? Where were we?

AWR Hawkins reports: In an effort to provide Obama with cover and respond to Russian Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Alexei Pushkov’s mocking of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, National Public Radio (NPR) dug up some facts about shootings and gun crime around the world and made a startling discovery–the U.S. has more guns than Russia but fewer homicides.

According to NPR, on the day of the Navy Yard shooting, Pushkov tweeted: “A new shootout at Navy Headquarters in Washington…A clear confirmation of American exceptionalism.”

In response, NPR wrote, “Pushkov sneers at U.S. gun laws, but how to do the stats look in Russia?”

There are fewer than 13 million firearms in circulation in Russia, compared with an estimated 300 million in the United States. That works out to about 9 guns per 100 people in Russia and close to 100 guns per 100 people in America.

[Yet] the most recent homicide statistics for Russia show there were 21,603 [murders in Russia] in 2009… [while] the United States  had 13,636 homicides in 2009 with a population that is more than twice as large.

Russia has the type of gun control law Democrats in the United States have being pushing since Columbine. Read the rest of this entry »


FBI Releases Video Of Navy Yard Shooter Moving Through Building


The FBI on Wednesday released some preliminary findings in its investigation of the Washington Navy Yard shootings that left 13 people dead including the shooter.

Perhaps the most chilling piece of evidence released is security video that shows Aaron Alexis, 34, methodically moving through Building #197 armed with a sawed-off shotgun. During a press conference, Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said he was shooting at random people. We’ll embed the video; it doesn’t show Alexis shooting, but be warned some may still find it very disturbing: Read the rest of this entry »


U.S. Government gets poor marks on protecting gun rights

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Jersey college student wants Congress to stand strong against tougher gun laws. A Colorado software executive thinks the federal government goes too far in protecting gun rights. A child-care worker in Wisconsin just wants the shootings in her city to stop.

Even as the debate over tightening national gun control laws is rekindled after the latest mass shooting, a growing number of Americans are questioning the government’s stewardship of the right to bear arms, according to a poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Asked to size up how the government is doing on protecting a variety of rights and freedoms spelled out in the Bill of Rights and federal law, Americans pointed to slippage almost everywhere but most dramatically on the matters of guns and voting rights. The impression of a declining track record on guns rights turned up everywhere: among Republicans and Democrats, men and women, young and old, city dwellers and those in small towns.

Overall, 44 percent of Americans think the federal government is doing a good job of safeguarding the right to keep and bear arms, down from 57 percent two years earlier. Of course, not everyone wants the government to go all out to safeguard Second Amendment rights, and that affects how people assess the government’s success at protecting the right. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Un-flipping believable’: Obama, DC Mayor push gun control during memorial service for Navy Yard victims

As predictable as the sun coming up in the east, it was politics as usual during the memorial service for those killed in the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard:

  Surprising nobody in particular, President Obama used his address to set up calls for more gun control:

The shooter, Aaron Alexis, purchased a shotgun (as Joe Biden recently advised Americans to do) and obtained a handgun at the site of the shooting. A major factor in the shootings appears to be mental illness, but that fact won’t stop the push to pass more laws to stop people who don’t obey laws.

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Yard shooting: Swat team awaits answers

Personnel returned to work at the Washington Navy Yard on Thursday

Personnel returned to work at the Washington Navy Yard on Thursday

Debbie Siegelbaum writes: Members of a Washington DC Swat team who the BBC has learned were ordered not to respond to Monday’s Navy Yard shootings have yet to be contacted by the authorities.

The Capitol Police tactical response team was told by a supervisor to leave the scene instead of aiding municipal officers, sources told the BBC.

Meanwhile, the department has installed a new leader of the elite unit. No reason has been given for the decision. Read the rest of this entry »


Now Is Not the Time for New Gun Laws

A Washington, D.C., Metro police officer (left) and a Washington Naval District policeman (right) stand guard at the main gate of the Washington Navy Yard on September 17, 2013. (Jason Reed/Reuters

A Washington, D.C., Metro police officer (left) and a Washington Naval District policeman (right) stand guard at the main gate of the Washington Navy Yard. (Jason Reed/Reuters

In the wake of the D.C. shooting, some lawmakers are pushing for new regulations on firearms. But legislation should never be passed in the heat of a crisis.

 Nick Gillespie writes: Monday’s horrific mass shooting at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard left 12 victims (plus the shooter) dead and more than a dozen people wounded. It has raised immediate, impassioned, and understandable—if ultimately misguided—calls for increased levels of gun control now.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a longtime proponent of assault-weapons bans whose effectiveness is questionable at best, announced that the killer was armed with a “military-style assault weapon” and asked, “When will enough be enough?” She argued for restricting sales of AR-15 rifles even though the shooter was not armed with that weapon. Read the rest of this entry »


Opinion: The impossibility of gun control

The Navy Yard rampage demonstrates the gun control debate's sterility, the author says. | AP Photo

The Navy Yard rampage demonstrates the gun control debate’s sterility, the author says. | AP Photo

For PoliticoRich Lowry writes: The Navy Yard massacre won’t revive the gun debate in Congress for a simple reason. There is no gun control agenda this side of a total ban and confiscation that would have stopped Aaron Alexis.

The Toomey-Manchin bill could have passed Congress unanimously. The assault weapons ban could still be in place. Gun-controllers could have achieved their long-ago goal of barring the private purchase of handguns. And every step of his mayhem at the Washington Navy Yard would have been unimpeded. Read the rest of this entry »


Yes, people were dying in a gunfight across town, but Obama had a speech to give

Carolyn Kaster / AP (Obama attacks Republicans while police hunt for Navy Yard shooter.)

Carolyn Kaster / AP (Obama attacks Republicans while police hunt for Navy Yard shooter.)

Andrew Malcolm writes: Barack Obama has never been accused of possessing the most refined sense of appropriate, especially when it comes to what normal people regard as tragedies.

Fifty-three weeks ago when four Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Obama appeared after a good night’s sleep, bemoaned the loss, vowed to deliver justice to the killers (still unfulfilled), then flew off for fundraising parties in Las Vegas. Hey, they’re still dead anyway, and there was big campaign money waiting.

When a 133-foot-tall wall of tsunami water rolled 10 miles inland to kill 16,000 in Japan two years ago, Obama expressed his sorrow, then went golfing. When bad weather canceled his trip to the funeral of Poland’s president, Obama paid his respects by golfing. Read the rest of this entry »


Cartoon: Reporting from the Navy Yard


WARNING: Our government is a threat to public safety

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Michelle Malkin writes: Forget gun control. America needs government control. Have you noticed the common thread among several mass killings and homeland security incidents lately?

Time and again, it’s the control freaks in Washington who have fallen down on their jobs, allowing crazies, creeps and criminals to roam free and wreak havoc while ignoring rampant red flags. Let’s review:

Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis: Despite gun-grabbing Democrats’ best efforts to blame a nonexistent “AR-15″ for this week’s horrific Navy Yard massacre, the truth is seeping out about shooter Aaron Alexis. The 34-year-old Navy veteran had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for a host of mental problems that plagued him for up to a decade. Read the rest of this entry »


New York Times gets it wrong, media obsessed with linking AR-15 with Navy Yard shooter

emily_miller_s90x96The liberal media is so obsessed with linking the Navy Yard shooter with the AR-15 rifle that it is making up false tales of Aaron Alexis trying to obtain one.

The New York Times attempts to give the impression that a so-called assault-weapon law stopped Alexis from buying a rifle in Virginia, but that is not true.

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At least 13 dead in Navy Yard rampage; one shooter dead, another suspect cleared

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said at least 13 people were killed in the Navy Yard rampage as D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier revealed one shooter was killed at the scene and and a second man was cleared of involvement in the attack.

A search for a third shooter has been called off. More here.

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RAW VIDEO: Washington Navy yard helicopter airlift [AP]


Live blog: 1 suspect dead after Washington Navy Yard shooting

A Park Police helicopter hovers above snipers on the roof of a building at the Navy Yard complex Monday.

A Park Police helicopter hovers above snipers on the roof of a building at the Navy Yard complex Monday. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Shots were fired Monday inside the U.S. Navy Yard, injuring several people, according to the Navy and a Washington police spokesman. The incident began about 8:20 a.m. ET when several shots were fired inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in the southeast portion of the capital. The injured included a Washington, D.C., police officer who has been hospitalized, and another law officer not affiliated with the city force, a police spokesman said.

[Updated at 1:21 p.m.] In announcing that three shooting victims transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center are expected to survive, Janis Orlowski, the chief medical officer, said there were other “individuals at the scene who will not be transported because they are deceased.”  Read the rest of this entry »