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by Paladin
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Gun and/or Self-Defense Related Political Issues
Topic: New Secret Service report on mass shootings
Replies: 16
Views: 986

Re: New Secret Service report on mass shootings

stroo wrote:Interesting that it doesn't mention whether these occurred in gun free zones or not. Guess that wasn't part of the agenda.
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by Paladin
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Gun and/or Self-Defense Related Political Issues
Topic: New Secret Service report on mass shootings
Replies: 16
Views: 986

Re: New Secret Service report on mass shootings

...similar themes were observed in the backgrounds of the perpetrators, including:

-Over three-quarters made concerning communications and/or elicited concern from others prior to carrying out their attacks. On average, t hose who did elicit concern caused more harm than those who did not.

-Over half had histories of criminal charges, mental health symptoms, and/or illicit substance use or abuse.
86% had threatened a person or a "target"

71% had histories of criminal charges beyond minor traffic violations

64% experienced mental health symptoms prior to their attacks

Looks like these statistics show the vast majority of the time the attacks themselves may have been preventable by taking action with regards to their threats, prior criminal behavior, or mental condition. Proper background checks would prevent mass shooters from buying firearms from FFL's half the time.

These disturbed individuals can and have used vehicles and knives instead of guns. Banning guns is no "solution" to the problem.
Given the preliminary information on the attackers, of the 23 who used firearms, at least 10 [43.5%] possessed their weapons illegally at the time of the incident. Two of those ten were minors, and the others were either felons, had a protective order against them, or had some other factor that should have prohibited them from owning a firearm.
Unconstitutionally raising the age for firearms purchase won't do much.

10 U.S. Code § 246 - Militia: composition and classes states:
The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
The 2nd Amendment states:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Prohibitions of all able-bodied male citizens at least 17 years of age from purchasing or owning firearms are already unconstitutional.

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