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Updating the @MotherJones mass shootings database is the worst part of my job and I have to do it far too often… #VirginiaBeachShooting
In fact 12 people were murdered in Friday's mass shooting, but Sam's point stands. Moreover, four other people were wounded, and many others in the building and/or who are connected to the victims and survivors face devastation. This can't ever be 'normal'
On a similar note, we did this in-depth investigation more than four years ago into what gun violence really costs our society. Beyond the awful human toll, it's remarkable how little the vast economic toll is ever part of the discussion…
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First, my heart and prayers go out to the most recent victims of this madness that’s happening at our work places and schools.
The ironic part about all of this to me is back when I lived a street life and had to “hustle and grind” to make groceries,
I’d leave the house wondering if this would be the last time I’d see my mom and grandma, knowing that the odds of me making it back home alive were against me. #VirginiaBeachShooting #virginiabeach #VirginiaBeachStrong #GunControlNow #GUNviolence
They would all tell me that if I wanted to beat the odds and skew the stats I’d have to go back to school, get a job, and square up. It seemed I was constantly being told that I was going to lose my life out there in them streets. Well, guess what? #VirginiaBeachShooting
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1. After #VirginiaBeachShooting, @NRA spokesperson claimed that the gun lobby had nothing to do with "this man's crime."

This is false.

The truth is, @NRA actively lobbied VA lawmakers & Congress to make it *easier* for this man to kill.

This thread has the receipts.
@NRA 2. @WSJ reports #VirginiaBeachShooting killer

-made multiple firearm purchases in recent weeks
-used gun silencer
-used high capacity magazines

@NRA lobbied against purchase limits & high capacity magazine ban in VA. It pushed Congress to make it easier to buy gun silencers
@NRA @WSJ 3. I visited @NRA website & found its "call to action" from Jan. 15.

"Please contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE Gov. Northam's gun control bills."

It lists 3 bills that could've made it harder for #VirginiaBeachShooting killer to get guns…
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People often ask “how is the @nra responsible for mass shootings?” The #VirginaBeachShooting gives us several examples.

The incessant lobbying of that trade organization for the gun industry (and yes, this is what the NRA is) cost lives in this mass shooting. Thread.
It is legal to carry guns into public buildings in Virginia.

The @nra lobbies against bills that would keep guns out of public buildings and for laws that your specifically allow them to be carried there. #NoRA
The police found several empty large capacity magazines in the shooter’s possession after a “long” gun battle.

These magazines allow mass shooters to fire more rounds before reloading.

The @NRA lobbied against Virginia HB 2492 which would have banned them. The bill failed.
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