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  • 11 Killed in Synagogue Massacre; Suspect Charged With 29 Counts

    Armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and at least three handguns, a man shouting anti-Semitic slurs opened fire inside a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, killing at least 11 congregants and wounding four police officers and two others, the authorities said.

    In a rampage described as among the deadliest against the Jewish community in the United States, the assailant stormed into the Tree of Life Congregation, where worshipers had gathered in separate rooms to celebrate their faith, and shot indiscriminately into the crowd, shattering what had otherwise been a peaceful morning.

    The assailant, identified by law enforcement officials as Robert D. Bowers, fired for several minutes and was leaving the synagogue when officers, dressed in tactical gear and armed with rifles, met him at the door. According to the police, Mr. Bowers exchanged gunfire with officers before retreating back inside and barricading himself inside a third-floor room. He eventually surrendered.

    Mr. Bowers, 46, was injured by gunfire, although the authorities said it was unclear whether those wounds were self-inflicted or whether the police had shot him. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital.

    Federal officials charged Mr. Bowers with 29 criminal counts. They included obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs — a hate crime — and using a firearm to commit murder. He also faces state charges, including 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.

    The authorities said that he had no previous criminal history.

    Though a bris, a ceremony to mark a child’s birth, was among the ceremonies taking place Saturday, no children were among the casualties, law enforcement officials said. The wounded included a 70-year-old man who had been shot in the torso, and a 61-year-old woman with soft tissue wounds, said Dr. Donald Yealy, chairman of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

    The attack Saturday morning struck the heart of the city’s vibrant Jewish community, in the leafy Squirrel Hill neighborhood that is home to several synagogues, kosher restaurants and bakeries. Hours later, hundreds gathered at three separate interfaith vigils on a cold, rainy evening to mourn the dead and pray for the wounded.

    The assault on the synagogue unfolded on a quiet, drizzly morning, and came amid a bitter, vitriolic midterm election season and against the backdrop of what appears to be a surge in hate-related speech and crimes across America. It also took place in the wake of the arrest Friday morning of a man who the authorities said sent more than a dozen pipe bombs to critics of Mr. Trump, including several high-profile Democrats.

    Calling it the “most horrific crime scene” he had seen in 22 years with the F.B.I., Robert Jones, special agent in charge in Pittsburgh, said the synagogue was in the midst of a “peaceful service” when congregants were gunned down and “brutally murdered by a gunman targeting them simply because of their faith.”

    “We simply cannot accept this violence as a normal part of American life,” said Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, speaking at a news conference Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. “These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Pennsylvanians and are not who we are as Americans.”

    The anguish of Saturday’s massacre heightened a sense of national unease over increasingly hostile political rhetoric. Critics of President Trump have argued that he is partly to blame for recent acts of violence because he has been stirring the pot of nationalism, on Twitter and at his rallies, charges that Mr. Trump has denied.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/27/u...-shooting.html

    "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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    • Does anyone still think it's media narrative / Huffpo clickbait / insignificant emotionalism?
      "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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      • Originally posted by skooly View Post
        Does anyone still think it's media narrative / Huffpo clickbait / insignificant emotionalism?
        I think that narrative is still a factor. I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with that.

        Pete (thinks this particular incident would be big news no matter what, though)

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        • Today I was at my cousins bar Mitzvah in suburban Boston. There was armed security, at least two people watching the perimeter.

          That's fucked up. Armed guards at a 13 year olds birthday party.
          They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
          -Mr. Raceboy

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          • Originally posted by skooly View Post
            Does anyone still think it's media narrative / Huffpo clickbait / insignificant emotionalism?
            I think there's a kernel of truth in the whole "Fake News" narrative, but it's much better described as "media bias." That said, the kernel of truth has turned into the 83 pound Tumor of Psychotic Self-Affirming Paranoia.
            "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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            • Yet another shining moment for the AR-15... a weapon of war whose only value is murdering people en mass.

              It's the mass murderer's weapon of choice.
              "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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              • I'm pretty sure the basic AR-15 platform is the weapon of choice for just about everyone.

                Pete (thinks simplicity and standardization make this so)

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