Posts tagged with "Mass shooting"

Ominous video at #AMPFest19 shows Trump ‘offing’ reporters in ‘Church of Fake News’

October 15, 2019

A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Donald Trump shooting, stabbing, and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents inside a Church of Fake News was shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort, the Trump National Doral, last week, according to footage obtained by The New York Times.

According to the Times’ report on October 13, the video combines a series of memes and shows the president’s head superimposed on a mass shooter’s body. The president in the video then goes on to slaughter his political and media critics.

The conference was organized by American Priority, a pro-Trump group, and it was attended by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was speaking at the event, and the President’s son, Donald Trump, Jr.—neither of whom would admit to seeing the video, which supposed “was shown in a side room at #AMPFest 19,” the organization said.

In its official statement, AMP describes the video as “unauthorized” and says that it was never “approved, seen, or sanction by the #AMPFest 19 organizers,” who were “not even aware of the video until they were contacted by the NYT.”

The extremely violent video can be seen in this embedded tweet.

After news of the video broke, many politicians took to Twitter to condemn the video, including Democratic presidential candidate @Beto O’Rourke, who said: “ At a conference of Trump supporters, they played a video of our president murdering journalists in a church. Last year, a Trump supporter sent bombs to CNN—and a shooter entered a church yesterday. This video isn’t funny. It will get people killed.”

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) added his own outrage, tweeting: “Every mother and father in America should watch video. Play it all the way to end. Know that this is the re-election message of your President. And then ask yourself – how you sit your kids down and tell them you want this person to lead us. “

On Monday morning, the White House Press Secretary (@PressSec) Stephanie Grisham weighed in, trying to distance the president from the violent clip, which contained a Trump campaign logo. She tweeted, “Re: the video played over the weekend: The @POTUS @realDonaldTrump has not yet seen the video, he will see it shortly, but based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video.”

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Sticking to their guns: Walmart asks employees to pull violent video game signage from stores

August 12, 2019

Even a mass shooting at its El Paso, Texas, store is not enough to make Walmart gun-shy, it became apparent last week, when the major retail chain asked employees its employees nationwide on August 10 to take down signs and playable demos of violent video games—but made no changes to its policy on selling firearms.

According to a report by Reuters, in doing so, the retailer said it has taken the action following the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio in the past week, which left 31 people dead.

In an internal memo, the retailer asked employees to check their stores for signage or displays that contain violent or aggressive behavior and remove such items immediately. It also instructed employees to turn off hunting season videos.

The company has come under increasing pressure to act in the past few days. A petition started by Thomas Marshall, a category manager in Walmart’s San Bruno, California-based e-commerce business, to protest the retailer’s sale of firearms, has gathered more than 50,000 signatures by Friday, Bloomberg reported.

Walmart told Reuters there has been no change in its policy on gun sales after the mass shootings, one of which took place in a Walmart store. This has not always been the case: Years of public pressure led Walmart, the largest U.S arms retailer, to end assault-rifle sales in 2015 and to raise the minimum age for gun purchases to 21 in 2018.

Some gun control activists and Walmart customers now want the retailer to drop sales of guns and ammunition altogether.

Research source: @Reuters

Jitters about mass shootings rise nationwide

In the wake of two major mass shooting events over the past 18 months, 39% of Americans are “very” or “somewhat” worried that they or someone in their own families will fall victim to such an attack, according to results of a Gallup telephone poll  of more than 1,000 adults nationwide taken October 5 through October 11.

Overall, 10% of Americans are very worried, 29% are somewhat worried—and, surpisingly enough, a total of 60% of respondents said that they were “not too worried” or “not worried at all.”

The poll reflected the reactions of the adults nationwide to the barrage of gunfire leveled by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquiate, Nevada, at a crowd of 22,000 country music fans at a concert  in Las Vegas on October 1—killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500 within a few terrifying moments.

The most recent mass shooting followed another on June 12, 2015, during the course of which Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, shot and killed at least 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida; and injured at least 50.

Gallup noted that its pollsters have asked this “worry” question only twice—and that  U.S. respondents’ current level of anxiety is similar to the angst voiced by respondents to a survey conducted just after the terror-related San Bernardino shooting in December 2015 that left 14 dead.

Indeed, the Washington, DC-based company’s researchers stipulated that that concern about mass shootings might even be lower, if the question were asked at other times. “Still, the similarity of responses between December 2015 and now shows little evidence that worry is ‘ratcheting up’ as these tragic events accumulate, Gallup stated.

Worry about being the victim of a mass shooting is closely linked to partisanship, albeit not in a fixed manner. In 2015, with Democrat Barack Obama in the White House, Republicans were significantly more likely than Democrats to say that they were worried— 46% to 32%. Now, with a Republican president, the two partisan groups have flipped and Democrats are admitting to higher anxiety (49% to 27%)..

There are differences in worry across other population subgroups as well. Women are twice as likely to be worried as men are, and those under 55 are more worried than those who are older.

Gun owners are less worried than those who do not personally own a gun. Additionally, Americans who say that gun laws should be made stricter are more than twice as likely to be worried as those who want gun laws to stay the same or become less strict.

The Las Vegas incident has brought renewed calls for tougher gun regulations in the United States, but Americans are not convinced such laws would help reduce mass shootings. Forty-one percent of Americans say such laws would have a great deal of (21%) or moderate (20%) impact on these types of events. Effectively as many — 42% — say that new gun laws would have no effect on mass shootings, while 16% say new laws would reduce them a little.

Republicans and Democrats vary widely in their views on gun control laws, and the perceived effectiveness of new gun laws on reducing mass shootings is no different. Sixty-three percent of Democrats say such laws would have a great deal of or a moderate effect on reducing mass shootings, while 71% of Republicans say such laws would have no impact.

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