Updating the @MotherJones mass shootings database is the worst part of my job and I have to do it far too often motherjones.com/politics/2012/… #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 motherjones.com/politics/2015/…

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Jan 6
Trump and his GOP allies have tried for two years to cover up the horror of January 6.

"Peaceful patriots," they say.

"No guns," they say.

These are lies.

Now, yet more evidence shows that many Trump extremists were armed and dangerous that day motherjones.com/politics/2023/… 🧵
Many brought guns or other weapons. In the area of Trump's speech, the Secret Service confiscated "269 knives or blades, 242 canisters of pepper spray, 18 brass knuckles, 18 tasers, 6 pieces of body armor, 3 gas masks, 30 batons or blunt instruments" motherjones.com/politics/2023/… 2/x
One perp among a group of Three Percenters from Florida "posted a video of himself outside the Capitol wearing body armor and a gas mask and carrying an AR-15-style rifle."

The group called themselves "B SQUAD," apparently to obscure their militia ID motherjones.com/politics/2023/… 3/x
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Dec 14, 2022
This is jaw-dropping and should be a much, much bigger story. How DHS had specific, highly alarming intel well in advance but failed to sound the alarm about January 6 news.yahoo.com/exclusive-an-i…
“On the morning of January 6th, 2021,” the DHS analyst wrote, “I made one more phone call begging for us to be given the intelligence reporting that we needed desperately which could have been used to inform those on the ground of the full kinetic threat"
It's not as if the intel community didn't have some sense of what was coming. Journalists paying attention sure did too. We published this story on January 6, just hours before the assault on Congress. (The social media headline here was a later update) motherjones.com/politics/2021/…
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Dec 14, 2022
Ever since Sandy Hook, experts have learned a lot more about how to intervene with disturbed and suicidal young men — before they get their hands on AR-15s and body armor. Threat assessment, red flag laws, higher age limits for guns. motherjones.com/crime-justice/… #SandyHook10YearsLater
2/ This pattern with assault rifles and tactical gear used in the grim spate of mass shootings in 2022 is telling. It's an escalation of a trend over the past decade. motherjones.com/crime-justice/… #SandyHook10YearsLater Image
3/ Among the 83 mass shootings since 2012 documented in our @MotherJones database, 34 of the cases involved assault rifles. motherjones.com/politics/2012/…
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Oct 28, 2022
Regarding the awful attack on Paul Pelosi: it's important not to get ahead of verified facts. We know little yet about the suspect's circumstances & motive. That said, it's worth highlighting again more broadly the dangers of #StochasticTerrorism that I’ve long written about. 1/x
We’re in an era in which the Trump-dominated GOP has more openly accepted—and participated in—dangerous political incitement. It will cause further bloodshed. And let's be clear: There is little if any equivalent behavior from the Democratic Party. motherjones.com/politics/2022/… 2/x
The incitement Trump has long used—which is knowingly enabled by his GOP and Fox News allies—has had a grim effect. As I reported recently, new research shows that Americans have grown more accepting of political violence, foremost partisan Republicans motherjones.com/politics/2022/… 3/x
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Oct 27, 2022
THREAD: Trump is continuing to spew rhetoric that could easily incite more bloodshed motherjones.com/politics/2022/… #MassShootings #StochasticTerrorism
2/ I know many are sick of this and just want to tune him out, but many millions of Americans still back Trump—including partisan extremists who think political violence is justified. What happens when “armed citizens” patrol polling places on November 8? motherjones.com/politics/2022/…
3/ Trump’s efforts to dehumanize and breed contempt for his purported enemies increase the risk for political violence, research shows. And he has spread these tactics. Republican leaders aren't rejecting his dangerous incitement—they're now copying him motherjones.com/politics/2022/…
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Oct 21, 2022
NEW: Trump's ongoing incitement is feeding into a growing appetite for political violence in America, new research shows motherjones.com/politics/2022/… #January6th #StochasticTerrorism
"12 percent of 'strong' Republicans indicated support for violence to 'return Trump to the presidency this year,' and 17 percent indicated the same to 'stop an election from being stolen.' They were also more likely to agree that 'armed citizens should patrol polling places'" 2/x
Threat assessment experts I spoke with this month told me that that they continue to see alarming levels of political extremism in threat cases, foremost driven by Trump’s rhetoric and the so-called ultra MAGA movement motherjones.com/politics/2022/… 3/x
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