13 killed, including lone gunman, in Navy Yard shooting rampage; motive remains unclear

  • Article by: BRETT ZONGKER , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 16, 2013 - 11:55 PM

WASHINGTON — The deadly attack at the Washington Navy Yard was carried out by one of the military's own: a defense contract employee and former Navy reservist who used a valid pass to get onto the installation and started firing inside a building, killing 12 people before he was slain in a gun battle with police.

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newsnutSep. 16, 1310:08 PM

It's a good thing we don't need any gun control measures. We clearly have the situation under control in this country.

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brokenclockSep. 16, 1310:15 PM

This was a systemic failure at multiple levels but it won't be covered that way. Heads should roll on this one but they won't. Sympathetic coverage of the shooter has already begun. "Nice guy." "9/11 rescuer." "PTSD." And of course, Feinstein and Bloomberg are already caterwauling about gun laws after a shooting in a city where guns are completely outlawed. There is a period after every tragedy where the anti-gun people can say whatever they want and pro-gun supporters are just supposed to shut up. We're in that period now. Now I'm not advocating arming everyone in the Navy Yard or any place else. But us peasants out here are supposed to depend on the government to protect us. Yet we have seen time and time again that the entire security apparatus in this country is dysfunctional. We get groped at the airport, bags checked at the stadium, tracked on the Internet. Hell we can't even buy Sudafed anymore until the pharmacist calls the DEA hotline with our driver's license. And this bozo walks into a secure military and intelligence installation three miles from the White House with a semi-automatic weapon and starts blasting. Unbelievable. He should have been caught well before he got to the fourth floor and deployed his weapon. Is it any wonder trust in the government is at an all time low?

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benturnerSep. 16, 1311:15 PM

I am sure if there were more guns involved there would be less carnage.

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benturnerSep. 16, 1311:17 PM

Having strict gun laws in some states and not in others is like having smoking sections in a restaurant to be every other table.

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minn12Sep. 16, 1311:39 PM

Ok gun haters, please explain how this could happen in the most gun-restrictive place in the country? Toughest laws against guns anywhere. Could this finally demonstrate that no matter how many 'gun control' laws you have on the books, none of them would have stopped this? The bodies haven't been identified yet, and already the gun-haters are crying out for more 'gun control'. Oh, and by the way, this is one more example of a shooter choosing a 'gun free zone'. Guns are not allowed on the site where this happened. No matter how many times this happens, and how many facts are presented, the gun haters will never admit it's not the gun that's the problem. It's the criminals using them.

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benturnerSep. 17, 1312:21 AM

re: minn12 Sep. 16, 13 11:39 PM Ok gun haters, please explain how this could happen in the most gun-restrictive place in the country? Toughest laws against guns anywhere. Could this finally demonstrate that no matter how many 'gun control' laws you have on the books, none of them would have stopped this?.... You should check out Australia's gun laws. They are working.

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butski29Sep. 17, 1312:53 AM

The point NONE of you get and will NEVER get is that it is not the government's job to protect you. It never has and it never will be. Protection via the Military is to guarantee protection from invasion and our interests home and abroad. The Right to bear arms is intended solely for the purpose of each citizen to protect themselves, not just from criminals, but also from the potential tyranny of a rogue government. That used to be taught in grade eight. Read the Federalist Papers and realize the Founding Fathers intent. For those of you whining about how different it is now, you have lost your mind. NSA and other invasive policies ring a bell? The Constitution IS NOT A LIVING DOCUMENT!! The intentions are the same and as some on here have pointed out correctly, there are dead people because they were in a "gun free zone".

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christopherhaanSep. 17, 1312:55 AM

Really the only solution to all these massacres is to arm every man, woman and child with a gun. We need to carry our guns with us everywhere and be ready to blast all potential crazies on hair-trigger notice.

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nrabadSep. 17, 13 5:05 AM

When are we going to do something about the problem we all know we have? The pro gun lobby does not have a rational answer, they are a very big part of the problem. I'm a gun owner for common sense gun laws. Get involved to change this insanity.

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