mass shootings

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The nation's capital went on high alert Monday after a shooting attack at the city's U.S. Navy Yard left at least 12 victims and one gunman dead and injured 8 others.

Politics, not massacres, drives gun sales

Dec 20, 2012
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After the mass shootings in Auoroa, Colo., last summer, the media were flush with articles noting huge runs on guns and spikes in the numbers of background checks associated with firearm purchases.

Police on Sunday said 20-year-old Adam Lanza was armed with a high-powered rifle, two handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when he forcibly entered a Newtown, Conn., elementary school and proceeded to gun down 20 young students and six faculty members.

The latest information on the tragedy, the worst violence at an elementary school in U.S. history, came ahead of President Obama's arrival in the town where Friday's mass shooting took place. The president met with families of the victims and planned to attend an evening vigil, where he will speak.

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., will surely spur pollsters to ask Americans again about guns, gun ownership, gun laws and the Second Amendment.

If recent experience is a good guide, public opinion may not shift too much.

Pew Research Center writes that:

The day after one of the worst mass murders in the nation's history, Americans are learning more about Friday's horrific attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults lying dead.

Newtown, Conn., is a white-collar community an hour and a half northeast of New York City. It's the kind of place where crime is rare and the biggest thing that happens each year is the Labor Day parade.

Now the peace and quiet has been shattered, and residents are trying to make sense of what's happened.

Hours after the shootings that left so many people dead, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church opened its doors for a prayer vigil. People filed through the streets and past houses decorated with Christmas lights.

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All across the country today, local reporting outlets are putting in calls to their local school district public relations professionals in an attempt to report a story about what would happen if the tragedy in Newtown, CT were to happen HERE.

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If the death count is 27 or higher as the AP reports, the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary in Connecticut will be the second deadliest shooting in U.S. history. This info graphic outlines some of the worst shootings thus far and the weapons that were used.
Crime
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This morning's mass shooting in Connecticut might have you wondering how schools in Columbia might react to a similar event. In October, the Columbia School District trained students and teachers in how to react to an "active shooter" event.
Education
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With the shooting in Connecticut this morning and one in Portland, Or., a few days ago, it's likely that guns and gun laws will start to come back into the public conversation. After the shootings in Aurora, Calif. earlier this year, KBIA took a look at the business of gun retail in Missouri.
Business