Terrorism

Frontman For Band At Bataclan Massacre Tries To Walk Back His “Messed Up” Attack On Parkland Students

The New York Daily News reports: In the spirit of Holy Week, Jesse Hughes attempted to walk back his attack on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students. The Eagles of Death Metal front man blasted the March For Our Lives protests in now-deleted Instagram comments that accused the “pathetic and disgusting” students of “playing hooky at the expense of ...

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BREAKING: Wife Of Pulse Gunman Found Not Guilty

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Noor Salman is not guilty of helping her husband, Omar Mateen, carry out the mass shooting that claimed 49 lives at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, a jury decided Friday. The 12-member jury delivered its verdict after deliberating for about 12 hours over three days. Salman was also acquitted of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors accused ...

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Austin Police Chief Reverses: Bomber Was A Terrorist

The Washington Post reports: In the days since police cornered the suspected Austin bomber last week, authorities faced intense criticism from some quarters for the way they described the man who paralyzed their city with fear. Interim Austin Police Chief ­Brian Manley called the 23-year-old suspect, Mark Anthony Conditt, a “challenged young man” frustrated about troubles in his personal life.  ...

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FLORIDA: Parkland Killer Flooded With Fan Mail

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: Mass murderer Nikolas Cruz is getting stacks of fan mail and love letters sent to the Broward County jail, along with hundreds of dollars in contributions to his commissary account. Teenage girls, women and even older men are writing to the Parkland school shooter and sending photographs — some suggestive — tucked inside cute ...

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ORLANDO: Wife Of Pulse Gunman Demands Mistrial After Revelation That Father-In-Law Was FBI Informant

CNN reports: Attorneys for Noor Salman called for a dismissal of charges or a mistrial, saying that new details from prosecutors reveal that Pulse gunman Omar Mateen’s father was an FBI informant who is currently under a criminal investigation. According to a motion filed by the defense, Assistant US Attorney Sara Sweeney sent an email on Saturday to the defense ...

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State TV Poll: Massive Support For Stricter Gun Laws

Fox News reports: Voters prioritize protecting citizens from gun violence over protecting the rights of gun owners. And while majorities support a variety of gun control proposals, the latest Fox News poll also finds doubt Congress will act — or that it would make any difference if it does. By a 13-point margin, voters consider protecting against gun violence more ...

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NRA Boosted Online Ad Buys By 600% After Parkland

The Chicago Tribune reports: Immediately after the horror of the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the National Rifle Association halted all of its digital advertising, including ads on YouTube, banner ads on websites, and Facebook ads. Within four days, though, the NRA had returned in force, increasing its advertising aggressively on Facebook, ...

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Austin Bomber Belonged To Christian Survivalist Group

The Independent reports: The Austin bomber was involved in a teenage Christian “survivalist” group that discussed weapons and dangerous chemicals, according to a childhood friend. Mark Anthony Conditt reportedly took part in a conservative outdoors club called Righteous Invasion of Truth (RIOT), in which home-schooled young people studied the Bible and were taught gun skills. Conditt attended RIOT events with ...

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Parkland Students Must Carry Transparent Backpacks

The Miami Herald reports: When Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students return from spring break the first week of April, they will only be allowed to use a clear backpack that will be provided to them. Students will also be required to wear identification badges at all times and could soon see metal detectors installed in the Parkland school, the site ...

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Austin Bomber Left 25-Minute Video Confession, Motive Still Unknown, Debate Rages Over “Terrorist” Label

The Austin Statesman reports: Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt left behind a 25-minute video confession recorded on his phone, which authorities found with him after he killed himself with an explosive device early Wednesday, interim Police Chief Brian Manley said in a news conference Wednesday evening. Manley said the recording – which officials believe was made between 9 and ...

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YouTube Bans Guns Sales And Tutorial Videos

Engadget reports: Gun videos may be a thing of the past on YouTube, with the Google-owned company updating its policies on firearms-related content. Videos can no longer sell guns or accessories via direct sales or even have links to sites that sell them. Videos also cannot have instruction on manufacturing firearms or associated items like magazines or silencers. Accessories banned ...

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POLL: NRA Favorability Rating Hits 18-Year Low

Business Insider reports: For the first time in nearly two decades, Americans have turned against the National Rifle Association, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The poll found that 40% of people surveyed had a negative view of the NRA, while 37% had a positive view. That represented a significant drop from April 2017, when the same poll ...

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Feds Name Austin Bomber: Mark Anthony Conditt

Heavy.com reports: The suspect in five bombings that left two people dead and five others injured in Austin, Texas, has died after a confrontation with police in Round Rock, authorities said Wednesday morning. He has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, NBC News reports, citing two federal law enforcement sources. Conditt, a 24-year-old white male, was identified as the serial ...

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NRA Mocks Student Activists With AR-15 Photo

Millions of teenagers will be old enough to vote for the first time in November and the NRA is determined to make all of them lifelong Democrats. The National Rifle Association (NRA) countered calls for new gun control legislation on Wednesday as thousands of students across the country walked out of schools to protest gun violence. The NRA tweeted an ...

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Florida Seeks Death Penalty For Parkland Shooter

NBC’s Miami affiliate reports: Prosecutors in the case against suspected Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz have announced they will seek the death penalty against the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people nearly one month ago. The public defenders appointed to represent Cruz, who was indicted last week by a grand jury for the shootings inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ...

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ILLINOIS: GOP Gov To Veto Bill To License Gun Dealers

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Despite Democratic pressure from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and gubernatorial rivals just days before the primary election, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday said he plans to veto a gun measure that would have required the state to license gun dealers. In an interview with WJPF radio station in southern Illinois, Rauner said he’ll veto the measure, while ...

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BRITAIN: Man Named “Jesus Christianity” Jailed For 17 Months Over Threat To Bomb Wales LGBT Pride Event

The BBC reports: A rail passenger has been jailed for 17 months for threatening to bring a bomb to a LGBT march in Cardiff. Jesus Christianity, 34, of Penarth, shouted Bible quotes at passengers going to Pride Cymru in August. Cardiff Crown Court heard he told revellers: “I’ve got a bomb in my backpack.” Christianity admitted communicating or falsely giving ...

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Shepard Smith: Trump Caved To The NRA [VIDEO]

“There is broad-based support for raising the gun age limit. There is a limit of 21 on handguns and they’re talking about doing it for everyone else. The President said to the kids at Parkland, ‘I’ll go strong on this, I’ll work on this age thing.’ He came up to the general public and said to the Congress, ‘The NRA ...

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TEXAS: Austin On Alert After Fatal Package Bombings

CBS News reports: Police in Austin say “similarities” between three package explosions in Texas’ capital city this month, two fatal, lead them to believe the incidents are related. The latest fatal incident, reported Monday morning, killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded a woman, Austin police chief Brian Manley said. The boy died at the scene and the woman in her ...

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The NRA Has Given $7.3M To Schools Since 2010

The Associated Press reports: The National Rifle Association has dramatically increased its funding to schools in recent years amid a national debate over guns and school violence, an Associated Press analysis of tax records has found. But few say they plan to give up the money in the aftermath of the latest mass shooting. The AP analysis of the NRA ...

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