Hero in Colorado
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Started by metmike - Nov. 22, 2022, 11:13 p.m.

Colorado veteran who tackled gunman at LGBTQ club describes risking his life to save his family

“I’m not a hero, I’m just some dude,” Richard Fierro said.


“I have never encountered a person who had engaged in such heroic actions who was so humble about it,” Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said of Fierro during a news conference Monday. “He simply said to me, ‘I was trying to protect my family.’”

In an interview at her home Monday afternoon, Jessica Fierro described her husband's heroic efforts to prevent greater tragedy.

“My husband took the gunman down,” she said. “My husband knocked the guns out of his hands and took the pistol and literally started hitting the guy with it.”

A Bronze Star Medal recipient, Fierro served as a field artillery officer in the Army from June 1999 to November 2013, and held the rank of Major at the end of service, the Army said. 

Besides the Bronze Star, which is given to service members who have “distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service,” he was also awarded several other commendation and achievement medals.

According to a biography on San Diego State University's website, Fierro graduated as the AROTC Distinguished Military Grad in 1999. He spent the next 15 years in the Army serving in various positions including platoon leader, battery commander, battalion operations officer, brigade plans officer and corps counter fire officer.

By metmike - Nov. 23, 2022, 9:45 p.m.
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Virginia Walmart mass shooting live updates: 16-year-old among victims

The suspect died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.


By 12345 - Nov. 23, 2022, 9:57 p.m.
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Authorities said the victims — three men and one woman, all Chinese citizens — were shot dead, “executed” on the 10-acre (4-hectare) property west of Hennessey, a town about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. A fifth victim who is also a Chinese citizen was wounded and taken to an Oklahoma City hospital.

Armed Guards A Fixture Outside Pot Farm Before 4 Were Slain

By metmike - Nov. 23, 2022, 10:07 p.m.
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In looking more at this, there appears to be a tremendous amount of either misleading, contradicting and/or false information out there on the topic.

New Study: Majority of Mass Shootings Linked to Domestic Violence


Authored by Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence state affairs manager Lisa Geller, the paper is the first to find mass shootings with domestic violence connections have higher fatality rates

WASHINGTON — More than two-thirds of mass shootings are domestic violence incidents or are perpetrated by shooters with a history of domestic violence, according to one of the first peer-reviewed research papers exploring the links between domestic violence (DV) and mass shootings. The paper also finds that DV-related mass shootings are associated with higher fatality rates than mass shootings unrelated to DV. 


Mass Shooting Factsheet



A mass shooting is an incident of targeted violence carried out by one or more shooters at one or more public or populated locations. Multiple victims (both injuries and fatalities) are associated with the attack, and both the victims and location(s) are chosen either at random or for their symbolic value. The event occurs within a single 24-hour period, though most attacks typically last only a few minutes. The motivation of the shooting must not correlate with gang violence or targeted militant or terroristic activity.

The majority of mass shootings took place at a

workplace (29.4%)

school (25.1%)


Public Mass Shootings: Database Amasses Details of a Half Century of U.S. Mass Shootings with Firearms, Generating Psychosocial Histories


                                  A troubled past and leaked plans are common to those who take part in mass shootings. Most use handguns, NIJ-supported research shows.                


          Date Published              February 3, 2022

Persons who committed public mass shootings in the U.S. over the last half century were commonly troubled by personal trauma before their shooting incidents, nearly always in a state of crisis at the time, and, in most cases, engaged in leaking their plans before opening fire. Most were insiders of a targeted institution, such as an employee or student. Except for young school shooters who stole the guns from family members, most used legally obtained handguns in those shootings.

Those are prominent traits of persons who have engaged in public mass shootings – that is, a shooting that kills four or more people[1] – collected in a comprehensive new database of identified U.S. mass shootings from 1966 to 2019. The data on 172 mass public shooters cover more than 150 psychosocial history variables, such as those individuals’ mental health history, past trauma, interest in past shootings, and situational triggers.


There have been more than 600 mass shootings so far in 2022

https://www.washingtonpost.com › nation › 2022/06/02

Jun 2, 2022 




 Opinion: We analyzed 53 years of mass shooting data. Attacks aren’t just increasing, they’re getting deadlier  


               The most recent U.S. mass shooting, in Odessa and Midland, Texas, on Saturday, left seven people plus the gunman dead.(Mark Rogers/AP)  
    By James Densley and Jillian Peterson     

If you look at mass shootings over time, two things are alarmingly clear: The attacks are becoming far more frequent, and they are getting deadlier.

We’ve studied every public mass shooting since 1966 for a project funded by the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Our research spans more than 50 years, yet 20% of the 164 cases in our database occurred in the last five years. More than half of the shootings have occurred since 2000 and 33% since 2010. The deadliest years yet were 2017 and 2018, and this year is shaping up to rival them, with at least 60 killed in mass shootings, 38 of them in the last five weeks.

The death count per shooting is also rising dramatically. Sixteen of the 20 most deadly mass shootings in modern history occurred in the last 20 years, eight of them in the last five years, including the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that claimed an unprecedented 58 lives.

For decades, the toll of mass shootings has risen steadily. During the 1970s, mass shootings claimed an average of 5.7 lives per year. In the 1980s, the average rose to 14. In the 1990s it reached 21; in the 2000s, 23.5. This decade has seen a far sharper rise. Today, the average is 51 deaths per year.

Mass shootings still represent just one-half of 1% of the more than 14,000 firearm-caused homicides per year in the United States, but while the number of homicides overall has declined in recent years, the number of mass shootings continues to surge.

There is no universally accepted definition of a mass shooting. But for our research at the Violence Project, we use the Congressional Research Service definition, which includes any event in which four or more victims (not including the shooter) are murdered in a public location with firearms. By that standard, the mass shooting in the Texas cities of Odessa and Midland on Saturday afternoon, in which seven people plus the shooter died, was the sixth this year.

By metmike - Nov. 23, 2022, 10:21 p.m.
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Thanks Jean,

This is a huge problem and you can find all sorts of discussions about it.

I am certain that this is a major contributor and also provides huge clues from shooters BEFORE they commit the crime.

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                Started by metmike - April 10, 2021, 12:32 a.m.        


Alumnus completes study on predicting mass shootings from social media



metmike: Just like with the previous page, there are people that say the exact opposite:

School Social Media Monitoring Won’t Stop the Next Mass Shooting


Increasing surveillance of students wouldn’t just be ineffective, it would also be harmful.


Mass Shootings: Diametrically Opposed Social Media Users Starting to Agree — Enough is Enough


Study by UNLV online misinformation expert analyzes conservative, liberal Twitter reactions to U.S. gun violence.