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FREAK NATION
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Tue Dec 31 06:00:12
http://apnews.com/4441ae68d14e61b64110db44f906af92

US mass killings hit new high in 2019, most were shootings

The first one occurred 19 days into the new year when a man used an ax to kill four family members including his infant daughter. Five months later, 12 people were killed in a workplace shooting in Virginia. Twenty-two more died at a Walmart in El Paso in August.

A database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University shows that there were more mass killings in 2019 than any year dating back to at least the 1970s, punctuated by a chilling succession of deadly rampages during the summer.

In all, there were 41 mass killings, defined as when four or more people are killed excluding the perpetrator. Of those, 33 were mass shootings. More than 210 people were killed.

Most of the mass killings barely became national news, failing to resonate among the general public because they didn’t spill into public places like massacres in El Paso and Odessa, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Jersey City, New Jersey.

The majority of the killings involved people who knew each other — family disputes, drug or gang violence or people with beefs that directed their anger at co-workers or relatives.

In many cases, what set off the perpetrator remains a mystery.

That’s the case with the very first mass killing of 2019, when a 42-year-old man took an ax and stabbed to death his mother, stepfather, girlfriend and 9-month-old daughter in Clackamas County, Oregon. Two others, a roommate and an 8-year-old girl managed to escape; the rampage ended when responding police fatally shot the killer.

The perpetrator had had occasional run-ins with police over the years, but what drove him to attack his family remains unknown. He had just gotten a job training mechanics at an auto dealership, and despite occasional arguments with his relatives, most said there was nothing out of the ordinary that raised significant red flags.

The incident in Oregon was one of 18 mass killings where family members were slain, and one of six that didn’t involve a gun. Among other trends in 2019:

— The 41 mass killings were the most in a single year since the AP/USA Today and Northeastern database began tracking such events back to 2006, but other research going back to the 1970s shows no other year with as many mass slayings. The second-most killings in a year prior to 2019 was 38 in 2006.

— The 211 people killed in this year’s cases is still eclipsed by the 224 victims in 2017, when the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place in Las Vegas.

— California, with some of the most strict gun laws in the country, had the most, with eight such mass slayings. But nearly half of U.S. states experienced a mass slaying, from big cities like New York, to tiny towns like Elkmont, Alabama, with a population of just under 475 people.

— Firearms were the weapon in all but eight of the mass killings. Other weapons included knives, axes and at least twice when the perpetrator set a mobile home on fire, killing those inside.

— Nine mass shootings occurred in a public place. Other mass killings occurred in homes, in the workplace or at a bar.

James Densley, a criminologist and professor at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, said the AP/USA Today/Northeastern database confirms and mirrors what his own research into exclusively mass shootings has shown.

“What makes this even more exceptional is that mass killings are going up at a time when general homicides, overall homicides, are going down,” Densley said. “As a percentage of homicides, these mass killings are also accounting for more deaths. ”

He believes it’s partially a byproduct of an “angry and frustrated time” that we are living in. Densley also said crime tends to go in waves with the 1970s and 1980s seeing a number of serial killers, the 1990s marked by school shootings and child abductions and the early 2000s dominated by concerns over terrorism.

“This seems to be the age of mass shootings,” Densley said.

He and James Alan Fox, a criminologist and professor at Northeastern University, also expressed worries about the “contagion effect,” the focus on mass killings fueling other mass killings.

“These are still rare events. Clearly the risk is low but the fear is high,” Fox said. “What fuels contagion is fear.”

The mass shootings this year include the three in August in Texas and Dayton that stirred fresh urgency, especially among Democratic presidential candidates, to restrict access to firearms.

While the large death tolls attracted much of the attention, the killings inflicted a mental and physical toll on dozens of others. The database does not have a complete count of victims who were wounded, but among the three mass shootings in August alone, more than 65 people were injured.

Daniel Munoz, 28, of Odessa, was caught in the crossfire of the shooting that took place between a 10-mile (16-kilometer) stretch in West Texas. He was on his way to meet a friend at a bar when he saw a gunman and the barrel of a firearm. Instinctively, he got down just as his car was sprayed with bullets.

Munoz, who moved to Texas about a year ago to work in the oil industry, said he had actually been on edge since the Walmart shooting, which took place just 28 days earlier and about 300 miles (480 kilometers) away, worried that a shooting could happen anywhere at any time.

He remembers calling his mother after the El Paso shooting to encourage her to have a firearm at home or with her in case she needed to defend herself. He would say the same to friends, telling them before they went to a Walmart to bring a firearm in case they needed to protect themselves or others during an attack.

“You can’t just always assume you’re safe. In that moment, as soon as the El Paso shooting happened, I was on edge,” Munoz said.

Adding to his anxiety is that, as a convicted felon, he’s prohibited from possessing a firearm.

A few weeks later, as he sat behind the wheel of his car, he spotted the driver of an approaching car wielding a firearm.

“My worst nightmare became a reality,” he said. “I’m the middle of a gunfight and I have no way to defend myself.”

In the months since, the self-described social butterfly steers clear of crowds and can only tolerate so much socializing. He still drives the same car, still riddled with bullet holes on the side panels, a bullet hole in the headrest of the passenger seat and the words “evidence” scrawled on the doors. His shoulder remains pocked with bullet fragments.
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Dec 31 06:03:44
Mass killing is such trendy loser shit. It's like going to a Marvel movie or eating McDonald's. The U.S. just needs a new trend for all that Popeye's chicken sandwich rage.. like, more roller coasters or something.
Paramount
Member
Tue Dec 31 06:35:11
The USA is a no-go-zone. They even got gangsters in the White House.
Dukhat
Member
Tue Dec 31 09:22:33
Just take your killings like a man. America was built on gun violence.
Forwyn
Member
Tue Dec 31 09:55:36
A much better metric to lean on, because most people know by now that when you discuss gun deaths as an aggregate, you're talking about majority suicides and gang slayings.

Something like .00006% of Americans die in mass killings each year. An epidemic, indeed.
Sam Adams
Member
Tue Dec 31 11:52:18
Ya if you want to really help american death rates, tell all those fat fucking retards to excersize and replace the average idiot behind the wheel with computers.
jergul
large member
Tue Dec 31 12:10:17
Sammy
You are parroting the coca-cola party line. Calorie control is by far the most important factor in not being a fat-ass.
Sam Adams
Member
Tue Dec 31 14:21:03
Wrong.
Wrath of Orion
Member
Tue Dec 31 15:11:42
Plenty of evidence shows that it's more effective for most people to lose weight by calorie reduction. However, weight loss is generally better maintained over longer periods with consistent exercise.

The problem with starting/increasing exercise is that you will often have feedback working against the net calorie deficit you're trying to create with exercise. This comes in the form of eating more, resting more at other times, etc.
Habebe
Member
Tue Dec 31 15:45:28
This is how we train, we have battle hardened and well trained citizens.

Look at Texas, guy comes in kills someone and bam some elderly citizen warrior dropped him.
Habebe
Member
Tue Dec 31 15:49:13
Also evolution of the American citizen will be that we grow Kevlar like skin or wolverine like healing powers...an entire nation of wolverines...American awesomeness....or we will all die out...idk either way.
Sam Adams
Member
Tue Dec 31 17:00:37
"Plenty of evidence shows that it's more effective for most people to lose weight by calorie reduction. However, weight loss is generally better maintained over longer periods with consistent exercise. "

Ya calorie reduction does matter quite a bit.

But im sure we agree it is not "by far" the best solution as our esteemed Norwegian fisherman has claimed.
CrownRoyal
Member
Tue Dec 31 17:27:24
Just google “ Diet vs exercise” Sam. If your goal is to lose weight, this is not close, what you eat is whats most important. You can lose weight without exercising.
CrownRoyal
Member
Tue Dec 31 17:34:14
“ Look at Texas, guy comes in kills someone and bam some elderly citizen warrior dropped him.”

This is what counts as a good uplifting story. Only two people murdered in church, before a volunteer member of church armed security team (this is like a church in MIddle East) kills the shooter
jergul
large member
Tue Dec 31 18:19:24
Sammy
You take functional illiteracy to new dishonest heights.

"Calorie control is by far the most important factor in not being a fat-ass"

kargen
Member
Tue Dec 31 18:20:12
Changing diet and lowering calorie count with no other changes you can expect to lose 2-3 pounds a week. Increase exercise to heavy activity one hour a day and you can expect to lose 1 pound per week if there is no change to diet.

Exercise does add some to weight loss but not near as much as people think. exercise is healthy for a person though and helps with all kinds of other stuff.
Sam Adams
Member
Tue Dec 31 19:25:49
Doing one but not the other is unhealthy. Obviosly a smart person does both. Except jergul that is. Jergul health. Lol.
Dukhat
Member
Tue Dec 31 20:29:45
Dukhat
Member
Tue Dec 31 20:42:11
"Only 2 people killed ..."

One is too many. And with sensible gun laws the crazy asshole is less likely to get a gun while the upstanding citizen gets to keep theirs.

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As for weight loss, everyone should learn how to do intermittent fasting. I could explain the science but you guys wouldn't care anyways (just google the shit). Basically, just imagine what humans were like past 10,000 years ago when we were hunter/gatherers for millions of years. You wouldn't get to eat for days sometimes but does the body downclock itself? Hell no. Your body starts burning fat and makes you more alert so you can hone in on that next kill.

And exercise does help in the long run, but only if you build muscle and only a little bit. I added like 20lbs of muscle over a year. Now my basal metabolism is at least 20% higher. Even that being said, you go from like 2000 calories burning a day to 2400 calories and a pound of fat is 3500 calories. Jogging an hour is only about 300-400 calories.

Skipping the 600-calorie frappucino is way more important to weight-loss than exercise.
Forwyn
Member
Tue Dec 31 20:54:25
Dude had a tube shotgun. He could have perpetrated this crime in any state in the nation.

..in most other states he would have been able to empty that, instead of only getting 2-3 shots off.

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Sedentary lifestyles are increasingly just as much of an issue as portion control and poor dieting.
kargen
Member
Tue Dec 31 21:24:59
"And with sensible gun laws the crazy asshole is less likely to get a gun"

Yeah, because crazy assholes always follow the law.
Habebe
Member
Tue Dec 31 22:18:01
Calorie control is more important than excersize with rare exception.

Not saying one is better or worse but unless your doing top %5 weight training our western diets are much more likely to make.you get by overeating than lack of excersize.

However excersize is also its own thing, with more benefits than just not being fat.
jergul
large member
Tue Dec 31 23:27:16
Sammy
Is gas-lighting the only debating skill you have?

You said something stupid. You got called on it. Man up. Get over it.
Forwyn
Member
Wed Jan 01 00:48:32
Yes, also stop eating chips between meals, fatass
Nimatzo
iChihuaha
Wed Jan 01 06:27:56
Jergul may say alot of stupid shit, but this was not one of them. And for once I have to fully agree with dickhat, people need to learn to be hungry. Fasting is a good way for better health but also learning that hunger isn’t the of the world. I don’t eat breakfast or lunch during workdays. People think I am crazy, how do you do it I would go mad! Even when I work out, I only ate a small low carb breakfast and nuts and seeds during the day. Then when I got home I would eat EVERYTHING. I can’t get fat, or I have noticed it is very hard to get fat following this pattern. I have not worked out for over a year and I would still make weight (welter).
Nimatzo
iChihuaha
Wed Jan 01 06:32:52
But you should still work out for a million other reasons. Also being a fatasses trying to lose weight, your body will actually work against you via leptine resistance. Funny little hotmone that is important in regulating hunger, it also actually makes you metabolism less efficient in normal weight people. In fat people it has the reverse effect, resistance towards it will actually make the body more efficient, thus working to keep them fat.
Habebe
Member
Wed Jan 01 06:47:48
What if you could get the benefits of excersize in a pill? But it may cause cancer?

http://freakonomics.com/podcast/exercise/

Oddly enough these are not hypotheticals.
Forwyn
Member
Wed Jan 01 10:57:47
The Futility of the Workout-Sit Cycle
In a new statement, the American Heart Association warns that exercise doesn’t seem to undo the health effects of excessive sitting.

http://www...he-new-exercise-mantra/495908/
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