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The mass shooting in #Buffalo, right wing extremism on guns, and the takeover of the judiciary by leveraging abortion (per last week's thread) are connected. The connection is money. It fuels the complex right-wing network that captured the Court and props up politicians.
The network is complex and confusing by design. It makes the "All the President's Men" mantra of "follow the money" really hard. But here are just a *few* of the threads we do know about, and how they connect to #RoeVWade, #GunViolence, #SCOTUS, and white nationalism.
Start with Leonard Leo, who sits at the center of many more overlapping right-wing groups than even he can count (literally: "I have no idea how many groups I’ve been involved with over the years”).… Here's a tiny portion (h/t @EXPOSEDbyCMD):
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While I was knocking doors people didn’t say good bye to me they said be safe. When my best friend leaves my presence she says be safe & make good decisions. Being black anywhere is dangerous & we need to be honest about that fact. The murders yesterday were tragic & horrendous
Since the leaked #scotus decision my timeline has been flooded by people claiming to be pro life lamenting the loss of potential lives yet after 10 black people were murdered I see no response no outrage against #WhiteSupremacy, #gunviolence or calls to ban or limit guns.
Time for a whole sale call out on racism those who promote white supremacy and those who promulgate gun violence. Time to center on the fact #blackpeople are impacted the most by guns @shannonrwatts & @GabbyGiffords are calling out the gun violence time to include the #racsim
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Horrific. A gunman wearing military-style clothing and body armor kills at least 10 people at a supermarket in #Buffalo, #NewYork#racism, misogyny, lax regulations and #gunviolence are interlinked. US policymakers are equally responsible! #endgunviolence…
I live in upstate NY and visit the local #Topssupermarket — I have seen young men dressed as military personnel. The #Buffalo #shooting is just a chilling reminder that U.S. civilians own 400 million #guns —almost half of civilian held firearms globally.
120+ guns/ 100 residents
In 2015 @MotherJones published a special investigation detailing the cost of #gunviolence:$229 billion a year (2012 data). $8.6 billion in direct spending—emergency/medical care & $221 billion in “indirect” costs, quality of life of victims.
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Hot off the presses: new data from @CDCgov on firearm injury & #gunviolence.

3 big takeaways:
1. Firearm injury (like #mentalhealth) is not a NEW epidemic
2. It affects all of us -but some are more at risk than others
3. It is not inevitable.
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Let's start with the data.

This analysis provides more evidence that firearm homicide increased dramatically in 2020 - close to all-time highs.

Though MOST #gun deaths in this country are suicides - rate of gun suicide (thankfully) was stable in 2020.…
This analysis also shows - once again - that all of us are at risk...

Rates increased for everyone.

And: gun deaths now outnumber car deaths among American kids.…
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As DC sniper info comes in, when people say “he obtained his weapon legally” we should read “The Roberts Court, led by Scalia, made up a new version of the 2nd amendment to get votes for GOP billionaires…which put this gun on the street.”

#GunViolence #Scalia #ExpandTheCourt Image
Stephanie works for Murdoch-owned local Fox 5 DC, which is why I didn’t retweet it. No Murdoch media on this feed.
Scalia made up his version of the 2nd amendment, to flood our streets with guns because that divides America and allows billionaire oligarchs to profit.

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As a Survivor of #GunViolence and a Trauma Surgeon at @hopkinsmedicine, I’ve seen this public health crisis from numerous vantage points.

Despite my own experience, nothing prepares you when the person you have to take care of is one of your own.

After walking in for Trauma call this AM, my colleague called with the most unexpected message.

Joe, are you on call?


Our fellow trauma surgeon was just shot and he is on his way to the trauma center.

Listening to that communication, I was frankly numb and in disbelief.
Realizing this was not some bad #AprilFoolsDay joke, I quickly gathered my things and headed down to the trauma bay to prepare the team.

As we gathered our incredible multi-disciplinary team, I could feel my heart racing not knowing exactly what type of injuries we would face.
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"Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos. They keep moving. And, the costs & threats to America & the world keep rising.

Excerpt from @POTUS @JoeBiden #SOTU address.

#Ukraine #Russia #Putin
"American diplomacy matters."

Excerpt from @POTUS @JoeBiden #SOTU address.

#Ukraine #Russia #Putin
"#Putin’s war was premeditated & unprovoked. He rejected efforts at diplomacy. He thought the West & @NATO wouldn’t respond. And, he thought he could divide us here at home.
Putin was wrong. We were ready."

Excerpt from @POTUS @JoeBiden's #SOTU address.

#Ukraine #Russia
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 02/23/2022…
Government guidelines insufficient to protect freshwater ecosystem from salt pollution…
#FreshwaterEcosystems, #SaltPollution, #GovernmentGuidelines
Scientists discover new soil viruses…
#SoilViruses, #ScientificDiscovery
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THREAD: Everything is connected.

And so many of our modern societal problems & issues stem from disconnection.

This thread is about both connections b/w socio-cultural issues (connecting the dots) & also about connections between people. Those 2 things are connected.

What we have here is human disconnectedness caused - in part - or at least greatly contributed to - by technological (over)connectedness. Another big contributing factor, I believe, is our traditional gender norms around #masculinity.

Think about the phenomenon of employer “ghosting” during an interview process when they aren’t giving a candidate the job. I’ve learned it is quite common these days to not let that person know. You just stop communicating.

#ghosting #recruiting #HR

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Happening now: Live tweeting #BaltimoreConsentDecree quarterly meeting w Judge Bredar on "progress" of reform by 2022 Baltimore Police #MichaelHarrisonBPD #MosbyIndictment
Jim Shea and Lisa Walden signed in to represent Baltimore's electeds and presumably the will of the community. Judge Bredar begins with an opening statement.
BREDAR: Reform hasn't taken hold in Baltimore prior to #MichaelHarrisonBPD is to a small part due to a lack of intestinal fortitude of prior leaders and but primarily bc of the distraction of the murders (that Mayor Jack Young is NOT committing). #gunviolence #badpress #quotas
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So many people were shot in Philly over the weekend that #GunViolence was the lead on the early local news. If a 16 year old is shot EIGHT times, that's a targeted hit over drugs or gangs or both. Where is the PPD gang unit? Twice as many teens have been shot in 2021 as in 2020.
Another teen was shot in the face at close range. These are not accidental shootings or kids caught in crossfire (though there have been a few of those this year). These are retaliatory hits. Treat them that way and get the PPD to act like these kids' matter, gangs or not.
Also, WHY DO ALL THESE KIDS HAVE GUNS? A teen shot a Temple student to death on Sunday as he was returning home from the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a robbery gone bad RIGHT ON CAMPUS. 2nd shooting at Temple in a couple weeks. Unnecessary gun-stoked tragedy.
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1/Our new @washingtonpost @PostOpinions op-ed with @david_riedman of @K12ssdb examines “back to school” shooting trends since 2017. The findings are concerning. A 🧵…
2/School shootings more than doubled this September compared to the same month in previous years

As we saw with the shooting in Arlington, TX, yesterday, the current #school shootings are an extension of the everyday #gunviolence that is devastating communities across America
3/There were 55 school shootings in September this year! These were not the attacks that schools rehearse for with “active shooter drills.” 11 were at or around high school football games
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Let's talk about what it means to be a white ally. I was taught everyone in America had equal opportunities. I was taught to be a financial gatekeeper. I have often spoken more than I've listened. I have centered my experiences and feelings. I'm working to undo all of that. 🧵
Most of my awareness has come from the labor of Black, brown, and Indigenous women. It hasn't always been comfortable. In fact, it's been damn hard. There is SO MUCH I still wrestle with and get wrong. And I can get tripped up; feeling guilty is not an action. But I keep moving.
I recently met a white woman who earnestly wants to end gun violence in DC. She is doing the work—reading @Abt_Thomas, reaching out to GVP groups. In a thread about a recent shooting, she asked @DMVBlackLives "how [they] were helping black communities with gun violence."
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Some 160 million Americans will be fully vaccinated by the end of this week, according to @PressSec. Image
Executive order to be issued by @POTUS giving American farmers more leverage in dealing with big ag processors and equipment manufacturers, announces @PressSec.
#KSA deputy defense minister is meeting with administration officials today, including @JakeSullivan46, confirms @PressSec.
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“We will hold gun dealers who break the rules accountable for their action,” says Attorney General Garland.
The attorney general says concerted effort being launched to “crack down on gun traffickers” with strike forces.
Comprehensive strategy being released today “to combat the epidemic of gun violence,” says @POTUS.
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Today, a cashier WAS KILLED because she asked someone to wear a mask.

This is the confluence of our country’s worst instincts - misinformation, firearms, & unbridled anger.…
Worse yet, if you Google “mask shooting”, you see that this is one of many such incidents in the US in the past year. (Screenshots of a few, below.)
These are a drop in the bucket in our country’s #GunViolence epidemic. But they are - to me - emblematic of such a deeper problem.
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I was grateful for the opportunity to discuss the impact of #ExtremeHeat on behavior & #MentalHealth with @kare11 on behalf of @HennepinHC on Friday.

A brief #tweetorial on some other important details that weren’t able to be included in the segment.🧵…
Hotter temperatures are associated with changes in behavior such as increases in violence, aggression, & impulsivity. #ClimateChange is increasing temperatures & it is predicted that we will see more violence & conflict as #HeatWaves increase. 2/9…
Regarding mental health, #HeatWaves are also associated with increased #SuicideRisk & psychiatric hospitalizations. 3/9
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Honored to be interviewed along with @EthansLaw2 and @JohnWoodrowCox on our uniquely American epidemic of #gunviolence, and how to help keep kids safe.

This movement is about policy, but it is equally about education and community norms. 🧵…
Firearm injury is the 2nd leading cause of death for American kids (2020 stats pending; it seems that #covid19 will be #3).… (great piece by @StrohCunningham et al)
So - this is important - when we stop kids from getting parents’ or friends’ guns, we prevent much more than unintentional (“accidental”) deaths.

Homicide & suicide are much more common, even in kids. And most of those, too, are with someone else’s gun.…
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Inspired by @PeterHotez #grandrounds, we started a pilot elective to teach #scicomm & debunking #misinformation to @uchipritzker medstudents

Each student selected a myth to debunk & created an infographic with science/#visualart guidance
#medtwitter #scienceupfirst 🧵
Inspired by @tropical_toxic cover art @TIME assignments, @sara_serritella and I are sharing their work here w/permission.
Students could choose any misinformation to debunk. While some chose COVID19, not all did! They also specified their audience.
For those skeptical of government creating vaccines by Zachary Newman MS1:

We have risen to the challenge before and accomplished amazing things through working together. The mRNA vaccines show us at our very best. #Getvaccinated #amazingthings #COVID19vaccine #thisisourshot 3/x
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There are 2 original sins in our American response to #gunviolence-both due to NRA lobbying:
1. conflation of public health approach w/firearm confiscation (NOT THE SAME)
2. defunding of federal research on firearm injury

I cannot begin to ...
... quantify the # of lives that could have been saved, had this org not promoted a culture of gun ownership that refused to acknowledge or manage risk.

Many/most firearm owners agree: this group has been toxic. (But still has a monopoly on, for example, access to ranges.)
Long story short, there is a path forward. But not with them as they currently exist -a group that exists to inflame hatred and enrich its leaders.

And this decision today, therefore, provides hope, at last, for forward movement on this American epidemic.…
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