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  • Twelve Minutes (response to shooting)

    09/10/2008 4:55:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies · 179+ views
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | September 8, 2008 | Gerard Valentino
    Imagine what you can do with twelve minutes of your life. For some, the time is spent making a call to check on their mother, for others, it’s a quick smoke break while at work. One deranged murderer used his time to kill twenty people and wound twenty-one others. Just twelve minutes changed the life of at least one hundred people in the Killen, Texas Luby’s restaurant, and for some that same twelve minutes was a lifetime. They died during a hellish attack on the innocent. Gun advocates know how Suzanna Hupp lost her parents in the massacre and took...
  • Concealed carry rep speaks on gun laws

    04/26/2008 5:43:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies · 121+ views
    The Post ^ | 25 April 2008 | John Parsons
    A representative from Students for Concealed Carry on Campus argued for a more sensible policy for carrying concealed handguns on college and university campuses at Walter Hall last night. “It’s hypocritical to say you can bring a gun into a 300-person movie theatre but not a 300-person lecture hall,” said Stephen Feltoon, Midwest regional director of SCCC. Feltoon, a 2007 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, spoke for a 40-person group as part of the SCCC’s weeklong protest of concealed carry laws across the nation that forbid concealed handguns on college campuses. The OU Second Amendment club — comprising about...
  • John R. Lott Jr.: Gun-Free Zones Are Not Safe

    04/21/2008 8:34:27 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 13 replies · 148+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 21, 2008 | John Lott
    Last Monday, three colleges and four K-to-12 schools were shut down by threats of violence. This week over 25,000 college students at 300 chapters in 44 states belong to a group, Students for Concealed Carry on College Campuses, that will carry empty handgun holsters to protest their concerns about not being able to defend themselves. With the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech attack last week and the discussions that it created, we clearly have not been able to put that and other attacks behind us. There are good reasons why the safety measures adopted over the last year to...
  • State Bill Would Allow Guns on Campus

    03/06/2008 4:02:57 AM PST · by warrior9504 · 2 replies · 126+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 3/5/08 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD
    State Bill Would Allow Guns on Campus By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, The New York Times PHOENIX (March 5) - Horrified by recent campus shootings, a state lawmaker here has come up with a proposal in keeping with the Taurus .22-caliber pistol tucked in her purse: Get more guns on campus. The lawmaker, State Senator Karen S. Johnson, has sponsored a bill, which the Senate Judiciary Committee approved last week, that would allow people with a concealed weapons permit — limited to those 21 and older here — to carry their firearms at public colleges and universities. Concealed weapons are generally...
  • Statement of National Gun Violence Prevention Organizations in Wake of Northern Illinois Univ...

    02/28/2008 8:48:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 185+ views
    Violence Policy Center ^ | February 15, 2008 | NA
    Statement of National Gun Violence Prevention Organizations in Wake of Northern Illinois University Shooting Washington, DC--Following yesterday’s mass shooting at Northern Illinois University which left six dead, including the shooter, and 16 wounded, America’s leading national gun violence prevention organizations, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Violence Policy Center, issued the following joint statement: “Our sympathies go to all those affected by this terrible tragedy. America is in a gun crisis. Yesterday’s shooting at Northern Illinois University was the sixth mass shooting in less than two weeks. On college campuses,...
  • NC: Mock Gunman Drill Terrifies Students, Faculty at North Carolina University

    02/28/2008 7:09:35 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,543+ views
    AP via FOX News ^ | 2008-02-27
    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Elizabeth City State University is offering counseling to faculty and students after some became unknowing participants in an emergency response drill.The News & Observer of Raleigh reported in Wednesday's editions that an armed man burst into a classroom Friday, threatening to kill students. The drill came eight days after a gunman killed five people and himself in a classroom at Northern Illinois University.Anthony Brown, vice chancellor of student affairs, said ECSU was testing its response to such shootings. E-mail and text messages were sent five days before the drill, notifying students, staff and faculty, he said....
  • JOHN R. LOTT: Columbine To Va. Tech To NIU: Gun-Free Zones Or Killing Fields?

    02/26/2008 3:06:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 300+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/25/2008 | JOHN R. LOTT JR.
    As Northern Illinois University restarts classes this week, one thing is clear: Six minutes proved too long. It took six minutes before the police were able to enter the classroom that horrible Thursday, and in that short time five people were murdered, 16 wounded. Six minutes is actually record-breaking speed for the police arriving at such an attack, but it was simply not fast enough. Still, the police were much faster than at the Virginia Tech attack last year. The previous Thursday, five people were killed in the city council chambers in Kirkwood, Mo. There was even a police officer...
  • Lawmakers push for tougher gun-control measures (Schumer can't resist shootings & mental illness)

    02/22/2008 10:19:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 47 replies · 694+ views
    Newsday ^ | February 17, 2008 | PERVAIZ SHALLWANI
    Following a spate of campus attacks and threats, including the fatal shootings at Northern Illinois University and a chilling message scrawled in a boys' bathroom at a Levittown high school, federal lawmakers are renewing a push to beef up gun-control laws, fund safety procedures and study the link between college shootings and mental illness. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), at a news conference yesterday in Manhattan, said he and congressional colleagues plan to step up efforts to close loopholes in gun-control measures and create a federal task force to come up with national school safety guidelines. They also plan to push...
  • The right of individuals and students to protect themselves

    02/23/2008 9:46:19 AM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies · 171+ views
    University of Buffalo Spectrum ^ | FEBRUARY 22nd, 2008 | MARK W. WEBB
    In this fair country of ours, it would seem that the majority of the people consider some of our constitutional rights as more important or more sacred than others. For example, no one, except for the die-hard enemies of democracy, would challenge the first amendment rights of citizens to freedom of speech, religion, and the press. On the other hand, a great multitude of individuals and politicians seem to dismiss the Second Amendment, the right of all Americans to keep and bear arms. Compared to the general public today, our founding fathers felt much differently about this important issue. They...
  • C.U. Republicans Call for New Gun Policy

    02/23/2008 11:12:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies · 123+ views
    The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | Feb 22 2008 | Sarah Singer
    In the wake of last week’s tragedy at Northern Illinois University and last April’s massacre at Virginia Tech, the seemingly endless series of school shootings has incited debate over the safety of college communities across the country. Yesterday, the Cornell College Republicans placed about 20 signs on the Arts Quad that publicized their stance on the increasingly polarizing issue of the concealed carry of weapons. They have joined the approximately 12,000 students nationwide who are part of a grassroots effort that is advocating for concealed weapons license holders to be able to carry their weapons on campuses. Although prevalent on...
  • School shooter studied Hamas, says friend

    02/23/2008 7:35:25 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 23 replies · 269+ views
    'He would especially enjoy practicing his Arabic on me' WorldNetDaily A former Northern Illinois University newspaper reporter says the killer who gunned down five innocent students in an apparently unprovoked attack liked to study Arabic and the terror group Hamas. "'Assalamo alikum,' he [Steve Kazmierczak] would say to me, which means 'peace be with you' in Arabic," wrote Rasmieyh Abdelnabi in an essay published in the Chicago Sun-Times. "He would proceed to ask me how I was doing and what I was up to, all in Arabic with a thick accent and a huge, excited smile," she continued. She said...
  • Newsweek Pulls Back on Report That Provoked Afghan Riots [abuse tales spread by NIU prof Falkoff]

    02/22/2008 8:43:44 AM PST · by syriacus · 27 replies · 182+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | May 15, 2005 | BRIAN KNOWLTON
    Riots inspired by the Newsweek report have broken out elsewhere in the region. But at least 17 people have died in Afghanistan, where the worst violence erupted in the town of Ghazni, south of Kabul.The magazine said that notes from Marc Falkoff, who is representing 13 Yemenis held at Guantánamo, blamed a guard stomping on a Koran for an incident in August 2003 when 23 detainees tried to kill themselves. One of the 13 told Mr. Falkoff, according to his notes, that another detainee had attempted suicide "after the guard took his Koran and threw it in the toilet." A...
  • NIU shooter took steps to thwart probe, police say

    02/21/2008 8:47:38 AM PST · by Deo volente · 32 replies · 243+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 20, 2008 | Steve Schmadeke and Alexa Aguilar
    CHICAGO - Police think the graduate student who shot and killed five students last week at Northern Illinois University took steps to thwart investigators trying to figure out why he did it. In addition to removing the hard drive from his laptop computer, Steven Kazmierczak also removed the SIM card - a key computer chip - from his cell phone, a police source said. Police also said his former girlfriend gave a different account to police than she did in an interview with CNN about Kazmierczak's final weeks. The result is police still do not have a theory as to...
  • "Fewer guns, less violence" [Barf Alert]

    02/19/2008 8:48:23 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 63 replies · 123+ views
    The Minnesota Daily ^ | 2/18/08 | n/a
    The front page news of young college students being shot and murdered on campuses across the nation has become sickeningly familiar. The latest mass murder at Northern Illinois University took five students, plus the shooter, most of whom were under the age of 21. We all agree that the senseless slaughter of young people at school needs to stop. On the other hand, the question of how to stop it and why it happens in the first place has seen less collectivity. Nevertheless, it's clear this nation needs to make changes in firearm regulation to try and curb these events...
  • Five Questions about Shootings at Universities

    02/20/2008 5:26:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 118+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2008 | Dennis Prager
    Question 1: Why are murderers always counted in the victims tally? The day after the mass murder of students at Northern Illinois University (NIU), the headline in the closest major newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, was: "6 Dead in NIU Shooting." "6 dead" included the murderer. Why wasn't the headline "5 killed at NIU"? It is nothing less than moronic that the media routinely lump murderers and their victims in the same tally. This is something entirely new. Until the morally confused took over the universities and the news media, murderers were never counted along with their victims. To give a...
  • Girlfriend: [NIU] Shooter was taking cocktail of 3 drugs

    02/20/2008 3:31:12 PM PST · by do not press 2 for spanish · 146 replies · 502+ views
    CNN Special Investigations Unit ^ | 2/20/2008 | Abbie Boudreau and Scott Zamost
    Steven Kazmierczak had been taking three drugs prescribed for him by his psychiatrist, the Northern Illinois University gunman's girlfriend told CNN. Jessica Baty said Steven Kazmierczak was irritable but not erratic before his shooting rampage. Jessica Baty said Tuesday that her boyfriend of two years had been taking Xanax, used to treat anxiety, and Ambien, a sleep agent, as well as the antidepressant Prozac. Baty said the psychiatrist prescribed the medications, a fact that made her so "nervous" that she tried to persuade Kazmierczak to stop taking one of the drugs.
  • Reports of Gunman’s Use of Antidepressant Renew Debate Over Side Effects (NIU shooting)

    02/20/2008 2:37:25 PM PST · by dynachrome · 28 replies · 217+ views
    NYT ^ | 2-19-08 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Steven P. Kazmierczak stopped taking Prozac before he shot to death five Northern Illinois University students and himself, his girlfriend said Sunday in a remark likely to fuel the debate over the risks and benefits of drug treatment for emotional problems. A funeral on Monday in Cicero, Ill., for Catalina Garcia, 20, who was one of five students killed in a shooting Thursday in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University. Over the years, the antidepressant Prozac and its cousins, including Paxil and Zoloft, have been linked to suicide and violence in hundreds of patients. Tens of millions of people...
  • NIU grad recalls shooter as inquisitive, smart, nice (interesting comment bolded)

    02/20/2008 11:37:06 AM PST · by Borges · 18 replies · 218+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 20, 2008 | RASMIEYH ABDELNABI
    I met Steve Kazmierczak in an introductory political science class in 2002 as a freshman in college. He was inquisitive, smart, respectful and nice. But now I find myself wondering if I ever knew Steve, the man who shot and killed five people and then himself in a lecture hall at my alma mater, Northern Illinois University. I found out about the shooting through a text message from a friend. A shiver went through my body when I called him for more details. As soon as I could, I ran to the nearest computer with Internet service and scoured the...
  • Daley gun control plan has new twists [Barf Alert]

    02/20/2008 8:26:17 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 27 replies · 1,203+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 2/20/08 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Moved by the shooting deaths of five students at Northern Illinois University, Mayor Daley today unveiled his annual package of gun control legislation, even as a state senate sponsor acknowledged that none of the bills could have prevented the tragedy. Once again, Daley wants to ban semiautomatic assault weapons and .50-caliber military-grade rifles, use the State Police to license gun dealers and limit handgun purchases to one a month per person.
  • New rampage, old solutions

    02/19/2008 3:38:37 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 30 replies · 100+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | February 19, 2008 | Editorial
    It's become an all-too-familiar scenario: A seemingly normal young man unable to cope with life's stresses shoots up a college campus. The nation mourns the dead and calls on its leaders to do something to stop these random acts of terror. Policymakers and educators who sowed the seeds of massacre by making campuses gun-free eventually settle on a strategy of more bureaucracy and more restrictions on individual liberties, and declare the campuses safe again. Then, another "disturbed individual" goes on a rampage, and the cycle begins anew. Northern Illinois University's response to the Virginia Tech slayings last April was typical....
  • Gunman's Contradictions Confound Police (NIU Murders)

    02/19/2008 10:39:43 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 43 replies · 1,409+ views
    ap.google.com ^ | Feb 17, 2008 | ASHLEY M. HEHER and CARYN ROUSSEAU
    Gunman's Contradictions Confound Police By ASHLEY M. HEHER and CARYN ROUSSEAU – DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Steven Kazmierczak had the look of a boyish graduate student — except for the disturbing tattoos that covered his arms. Professors and students knew him as a bright, helpful scholar, but his past included a stint in a mental health center. Many saw him as happy and stable, but he had developed a recent interest in guns and was involved in a troubled — possibly abusive — on-again, off-again relationship. What people initially told police about the Northern Illinois University shooter didn't add up,...
  • More Guns on Campus? (Q & A with W. Scott Lewis of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus)

    02/18/2008 6:48:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 170+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Feb 15, 2008 | Suzanne Smalley
    Web Exclusive It was a sickeningly familiar scene. A student-gunman opened fire Thursday during a lecture at Northern Illinois University, killing five and wounding 15 before turning the gun on himself. The deadly spree was the fifth school shooting this week—and a traumatic reminder that for all the efforts to improve campus security nationwide since the massacre at Virginia Tech last year, students and faculty remain disturbingly vulnerable. A nonprofit organization called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus would like to change that. The group, whose 12,000 members nationwide include college students, faculty and parents, champions legislation that would allow...
  • Gun laws stronger, but not foolproof ("he had stopped taking prescription medicines for anxiety.")

    02/18/2008 2:19:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 57 replies · 334+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 17, 2008 | Jeff Coen and E.A. Torriero
    The quandary: Preventing deadly campus shootings while respecting rights A week ago, Steven Kazmierczak walked into Tony's Guns & Ammo, a yellow shop in a back yard near the University of Illinois, and bought a Remington shotgun and a 9 mm Glock pistol. Around the same time, family members noticed that Kazmierczak was acting "erratically," after he had stopped taking prescription medicines for anxiety. Kazmierczak used his two new guns, and two more he had also purchased legally, to kill five students and himself Thursday in a shooting rampage at Northern Illinois University that leaves policymakers again scrambling to figure...
  • Obama, Hope, & the NIU Shooting

    02/18/2008 9:43:17 AM PST · by JulianaJohnson · 3 replies · 119+ views
    Urquhart Media ^ | 2/18/08 | Dan Proft
    In recent years, Americans have been forced to deal with a rash of senseless, inexplicable school shootings such as that which occurred at Northern Illinois University last week leaving five innocents dead. Part of the unhappy search for explanations in the wake of these gruesome events has invariably included inane pronouncements from the media. After Virginia Tech, Lisa Ling used her platform on the Oprah Winfrey Show to openly worry about a backlash against "anyone who looked Asian". Of course, this did not happen. Ling, you see, was unable to wrap her mind around the concept that the rest of...
  • Northern Illinois University Shooting Revives Horrible Idea: Guns on Campus

    02/18/2008 6:01:47 AM PST · by Invisigoth · 31 replies · 150+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | February 18, 2008 | Lucia Bill
    On the morning following the shootings at Virginia Tech last April, several Korean students missed class here at Arizona State University. We were up together until early morning going over statistical regression, so there had to be another reason that they were missing out on finals review. It turned out that they were afraid to come to class fearing retaliation from students stricken with grief and anger. While we assured our friends there was absolutely nothing to worry about, today – with two university shootings and 12 states considering allowing concealed weapons on school campuses, that may no longer be...
  • Obama says US must do 'whatever it takes' to end gun violence

    02/17/2008 12:48:40 PM PST · by Perdogg · 72 replies · 196+ views
    Hindu.com ^ | Saturday, February 16, 2008 : 0945 Hrs
    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, following a campus shooting in his home state of Illinois that left six dead, said on Friday that the US must do "whatever it takes" to eradicate gun violence. Obama stressed, however, he believes in an individual's constitutional right to bear arms. Obama said he spoke to Northern Illinois University's president this morning by phone and offered whatever help his Senate office could provide in the investigation and improving campus security. The first-term senator, a former constitutional law instructor, said some scholars argue the Second Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees gun ownership only to...
  • More guns make campus less safe (barf alert)

    02/17/2008 10:57:05 AM PST · by rellimpank · 38 replies · 194+ views
    Or so it seems, now that our state Legislature considered the issue of allowing firearms on college campuses in South Dakota. Earlier this week, at least six people died at Northern Illinois University when a gunman opened fire in a classroom. Add that to a handful of other recent college shootings, plus the horrific loss of life at Virginia Tech last year, and the idea of letting students defend themselves against deranged gunmen by carrying weapons on campus seems to almost make sense. Almost, but not quite.
  • College Presidents: How Many Students Have to Die Before You Allow Guns on Your Campus?

    02/17/2008 10:01:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies · 266+ views
    Townhall ^ | Feb 16,2008 | Doug Giles
    “Fear no man of any size, call on me and I’ll equalize.” —Common engraving on Frontier firearms “Call me simple. Call me a redneck. Call me whatever the heck you wanna call me—but until we allow credible and licensed, proven and protective professors and students to carry a weapon (gun) on campus, we will see this murderous madness occur again and again and again.” That paragraph was lifted from my April 21st, 2007 column from Townhall.com right after Cho Seung-Hui (or Seung-Hui Cho, however the heck you arrange his name) killed 32 students on Virginia Tech’s campus. Remember that? As...
  • One Gun Dealer, Two Campus Massacres

    02/16/2008 8:05:37 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 73 replies · 332+ views
    CBS 4 MIAMI ^ | 17 FEBRUARY 2008 | AP
    Wis.-Based Internet Gun Dealer Sold Weapons, Accessories To NIU And Va. Tech Shooters MADISON, Wis (AP) ― A Green Bay-based Internet gun dealer who sold a weapon to the Virginia Tech shooter last year sold handgun accessories to the man who killed five at Northern Illinois University on Thursday. Eric Thompson said Friday that his Web site, www.topglock.com, sold two empty 9 mm Glock magazines and a Glock holster to Stephen Kazmierczak on Feb. 4, just 10 days before the 27-year-old opened fire in a classroom and killed five before committing suicide. The order was shipped on Monday and...
  • After Thursday's mass shooting, should Illinois change its gun laws?

    02/16/2008 12:03:33 PM PST · by grundle · 41 replies · 418+ views
    me
    After Thursday's mass shooting, should Illinois change its gun laws? My answer is yes. In Illinois, it is illegal for law abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun for self defense. Source: http://www.handgunlaw.us/ In Texas, a guy walked into a restaurant, and shot and killed 23 people. One of the people who survived, survived because she pretended to be dead. She was a trained shooter and took her legal gun everywhere. She saw the shooter and she could have stopped him. But Texas law prohibted her from taking her gun into the restaurant, so she had left it in her...
  • Obama and Guns

    02/16/2008 5:27:52 PM PST · by jdm · 36 replies · 1,272+ views
    ABC News ^ | Feb. 15, 2008 | by Jan Crawford Greenburg
    A day after the tragic shootings at NIU, Barack Obama has revealed that he thinks the 2nd Amendment protects an individual’s right to own a gun. That sounds surprising—and certainly not what you’d expect from someone with the Senate’s most liberal voting record. Here he is, weighing in on one of the biggest and most contentious cases the Supreme Court will hear this term, a case that finally will answer one of the great unresolved question constitutional questions: Does the 2nd Amendment protects a person’s right to own a gun, or does it merely protects a state’s right to assemble...
  • Should Students Carry Concealed Guns on Campus? (YES)

    02/16/2008 2:48:33 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 283 replies · 1,110+ views
    ABC News ^ | February 16, 2008 | Staff
    Thursday's massacre on the campus of Northern Illinois University was the seventh mass shooting in the U.S. in the past month. In the almost-10 months since the nation's worst school shooting killed 33 people at Virginia Tech, debate has grown over campus security and gun laws. Thought the majority of students and universities are pushing for tighter regulation, a vocal minority rejects the idea that tougher gun laws will make schools safer. Michael Guzeman, the leader of the Texas chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, joined "Good Morning America Weekend" Saturday to make the case for his organization....
  • Gunman's Friendly Exterior Masked Past

    02/16/2008 10:53:04 AM PST · by Petruchio · 43 replies · 243+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2/16/2008 | ASHLEY M. HEHER and CARYN ROUSSEAU
    DEKALB, Ill. — Steven Kazmierczak checked into a hotel near Northern Illinois University three days before his deadly shooting spree at the campus, paying cash and signing in under only his first name, the hotel manager said Saturday. Kazmierczak was last seen at the Travelodge on Tuesday, hotel manager Jay Patel said. Cigarette butts, empty energy drink and cold medicine containers littered the room Friday. Authorities found a duffel bag, with the zippers glued shut, that Kazmierczak had left in the room, DeKalb police Lt. Gary Spangler said. A bomb squad safely opened the bag Friday, he said. The Chicago...
  • Concealed Carry: ABC Apparently Thinks Fish-In-a-Barrel Better Than OK Corral

    02/16/2008 9:27:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies · 198+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Interviewing a student advocate of concealed carry on campus, Good Morning America's Bill Weir fretted today that it coud lead to an "OK Corral" situation. Weir spoke with Mike Guzman, a student at Texas State University who's the head of a national group called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. Weir's opening question: "Are you carrying a gun now?" Guzman said that he was, and does so everywhere but on campus. Sort of made me wish Guzman had asked Weir if he was unarmed. You can view the video of the entire interview here, but I'd focus on this bit...
  • NIU Shootings Stir Sense Of Helplessness

    02/16/2008 8:49:25 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies · 249+ views
    cbs ^ | Feb 16, 2008 8:17 am US/Pacific
    DEKALB, Ill. (CBS) ― Bloody students fleeing in terror. Bodies carried out on stretchers. Candlelight vigils and makeshift shrines. Another campus, another deadly attack with a sickening senselessness that now borders on routine. Despite a national push to secure schools after the Virginia Tech shootings, the rampage at Northern Illinois University this week proves a gut-wrenching reality: Unless colleges are willing to turn themselves into armed camps, they're helpless against these kinds of attacks. As word of the shootings rippled throughout the country, students and authorities alike reacted with frustration and - tellingly - resignation. "I don't think there's anything...
  • Another Massacre At A "Gun Free Zone" College Campus (drudge)

    02/15/2008 4:45:23 PM PST · by traviskicks · 45 replies · 670+ views
    kxmb ^ | 2/15/08
    One gun, one person trained how to use it and willing to do so could have stopped most of this: DEKALB, Ill. - Another person shot when a gunman opened fire at a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University has died, bringing the toll to seven, including the gunman, a coroner said Friday. Investigators and school officials did not immediately know why the man indiscriminately fired into the crowd with a shotgun and two handguns Thursday, wounding 15 people and sending panicked students fleeing for the exits before killing himself. “We have no motive and I have no way of...
  • Mitchell: Maybe Obama Will Push Gun Control After N. Illinois Shootings

    02/15/2008 4:02:23 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 61 replies · 852+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Andrea Mitchell stopped just short of putting an impromptu Obama campaign advisor hat on. But the NBC correspondent has left little doubt she personally feels the time is ripe for Barack Obama to promote gun control as a campaign issue. Guest co-anchoring today's Morning Joe, Mitchell was discussing yesterday's shootings at Northern Illinois University with Willie Geist. ANDREA MITCHELL: You know, it does bring to mind all the debates we've had over the years about gun control. I remember covering it on the Hill in the '80s. Of course I know the Bradys and all the efforts they made, and...
  • Barack Obama: Shootings in his state call for action

    02/15/2008 12:23:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 86 replies · 189+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | February 15, 2008 | John McCormick
    MILWAUKEE – Sen. Barack Obama this morning commented on Thursday's shootings at Northern Illinois University, as he also discussed his views on gun laws. The Illinois... --snip-- Obama said the nation must commit itself to "do whatever it takes to eradicate this violence from our streets, from our schools, from our neighborhoods and our cities." Before speaking to a rally here, Obama said the nation must do a "more effective job of enforcing our gun laws, strengthening our background check system, being able to trace guns that are used in violent crimes to unscrupulous gun dealers -- so that we...
  • And so it begins....Fox News says NIU gunman, like VTech gunman "bought guns on the internet".

    02/15/2008 1:51:19 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 74 replies · 455+ views
    Cavuto on Fox | 15 FEB 08 | dcbryan1
    Sometimes I think my teenage neice is a better researcher, journalist, and patriot than even...gasp...fox news commentators. I just heard Neil Cavuto "confirm" that new updates were coming in that the NIU gunman had "legally bought his weapons and accessories from the internet". In addition , Cavuto specifically mentioned high-capacity "clips" (NOTE: THEY ARE CALLED MAGAZINES) and a "glock holster" from the same online retail gun dealer that the nut at V Tech used. However, with 5 minutes of searching on the internet, or even a phone call to a local gunstore (with an FFL) any "journalist" can find that:...
  • Police Say Campus Shooter Off Medication

    02/15/2008 10:25:01 AM PST · by Cagey · 55 replies · 272+ views
    Local 6 News ^ | 2-15-2008
    Northern Illinois University police said the gunman in Thursday's campus shootings had stopped taking prescribed medications and had begun acting erratically in the days before he walked into a science lecture and opened fire. Police said the suspect identified as 27-year-old former student Stephen Kazmierczak killed five students, wounded at least 15 others and then killed himself. It was reported that a sixth student had died Friday morning, but Coroner Rusty Miller told the media that there was a communication error between his office and the hospital. About The Shooter Police have yet to uncover a motive. Kazmierczak was an...
  • Illinois gunman 'may have been jilted lover'

    02/15/2008 7:14:58 AM PST · by txlurker · 77 replies · 188+ views
    Telegraph.Co.UK ^ | Friday 15 February 2008 | By Tom Leonard in New York and Bonnie Malkin
    Police are investigating whether a former student who opened fire in a university lecture hall killing six and injuring 18 may have been enacting revenge over a failed relationship
  • Report: Campus Shooter Had Been Honored by School

    02/15/2008 9:23:31 AM PST · by nmh · 55 replies · 312+ views
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 2/15/08 | FOX NEWS
    The shooter who killed five students at Northern Illinois University on Thursday was a lauded sociology student who earned the Dean's Award in 2006, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Police identified the gunman as Stephen Kazmierczak, 27. He transferred last year to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. "He had stopped taking medication and become somewhat erratic in the last couple of weeks," NIU Campus Police Chief Donald Grady said. Kazmierczak had a shotgun and three handguns during the attack, police said Friday. ... The gunman, a former vice president of NIU's Academic Criminal Justice Association, wrote about social justice on...
  • Gunman Planned Campus Shooting for at Least Six Days

    02/15/2008 9:29:20 AM PST · by traumer · 26 replies · 80+ views
    The gunman who fatally shot five students before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University lecture hall had planned his murder spree almost a week in advance, investigators said Friday. The graduate student bought two of his four guns at a Chmpaign, Ill. gun store Saturday — indicating that he had been planning his assault for at least six days, police said. The gunman, Stephen Kazmierczak, 27, a one-time undergraduate and award-winning sociology graduate student at NIU who campus Police Chief Donald Grady said was "revered by faculty and staff" and gave "no indication that this was the type of...
  • The Teacher Made Me Do It

    02/15/2008 7:45:28 AM PST · by bocopar · 19 replies · 140+ views
    Outside The Wire ^ | 2/15/08 | Bob Parks
    “How could this happen again?” That was the question asked on “Good Morning America”. Suffice it to say, the next few days of media retrospectives will include all kinds of psychoanalysis of the student. Although the most recent shooter was a male, females have also gone on deadly rampages. There will be a search for a pattern. Fingers will be pointed at what the killer read, what the killer watched, who the killer idolized, who the killer despised. However, there will be one direction that fingers will not be pointed: at the faculty and the climate they’ve created on campus....
  • 5 Dead In N. Illinois University Massacre

    02/14/2008 5:56:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 67 replies · 522+ views
    cbs2chicago.com ^ | 2-14-08 | (CBS)
    DE KALB, Ill (CBS) ― A gunman opened fire on a geology class at Northern Illinois University Thursday afternoon, killing four people before killing himself on-stage in front of panicked students. Officials said the gunman opened fire in a lecture hall shortly after 3 p.m. and the campus was immediately placed on lockdown. The shooting happened at a geology lecture class in Cole Hall. Officials said the gunman emerged from behind a screen at the front of the lecture hall and opened fire with a shotgun. Police said the gunman, armed with a shotgun and two handguns, shot the professor...
  • BREAKING: Shooting reported on NIU campus

    02/14/2008 1:38:07 PM PST · by JennysCool · 381 replies · 1,279+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/14/08 | Chicago Tribune
    Police and fire officials were on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb Thursday afternoon after a report of a shooting near a dormitory. "There has been a report of a possible gunman on campus," an alert on the university's Web site said. "Get to a safe area and take precautions until given the all clear. Avoid the King Commons and all buildings in that vicinity." The possible shooting took place near Cole Hall, a DeKalb police officer said. There were reports of at least one injury.
  • The right lyrics for patriotism (My Weekly Column in the Liberal School News paper)

    09/28/2005 10:44:36 AM PDT · by metalmanx2j · 4 replies · 551+ views
    Two years ago this month, musician Johnny Cash passed away. I have been a fan of his music since as far back as I can remember, and one of my favorite songs is "Ragged Old Flag." Its theme resonates throughout American history, but today it seems lost. In "Ragged Old Flag," Cash tells the story of Old Glory, where it came from, where it went, and how it waves on despite hard times. In one verse he sings, "You see, we got a little hole in that flag there/ when Washington took it across the Delaware/ and It got powder...