Washington: Hearing for Bill to Expand Gun Seizures Without Due Process

On February 18th, 2019 by admin

On February 19th, the Washington state Senate Committee on Law & Justice will be holding an executive session on Senate Bill 5745 to expand the circumstances under which Second Amendment rights may be revoked without due process.  In addition, the committee is also scheduled on February 21st to vote on Senate Bill 5434 to expand arbitrary zones where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless while nothing is done to hinder criminals....

Counselor: Reasons for mass shootings 'complex', not always related to mental illness

On February 18th, 2019 by admin

GENEVA – After a mass shooting, the national conversation often turns to the issue of mental health and its culpability in violent behavior. But while mental illness can be a factor in some shootings, according to Sarah Lloyd, licensed clinical professional counselor and co-owner of Action Consulting Therapy LLC in Geneva, it’s not the cause of most violent outbursts. While Lloyd clearly stated she cannot speculate on the mental health of Gary Montez Martin, who killed five co-workers in Aurora Feb. 15 and doesn't know the details of his case, she emphasized that most people with a diagnosed mental illness do not commit violent acts like the one on Friday, and that there are often other complex reasons for such behavior. “There is no psychological profile or set of warning signs that can definitely predict violence,” she said. “There are some predictors of future gun violence, like criminal past or history of aggressive behavior, history of property damage and vandalism, lack of empathy or cruelty to animals. Violence is often a learned behavior and if there is violence in the home or guns in the home, violence can be used as a response to some circumstances.” She said that Martin may have known that things weren’t going well at his job and could have had a violent plan in place. Lloyd referred to that as “instrumental aggression,” which is when someone plans violence in a way that causes harm, and is intentional. That type of violence is difficult to predict because when someone is planning an act of violence,...

Vigils set for Sunday, Monday to honor victims, police

On February 17th, 2019 by admin

AURORA – The five people killed in Friday's Aurora mass shooting will be remembered at vigils that will be held over the next few days. The Aurora Prayer Coalition, area churches and Greg Zanis' Crosses for Losses - with support from the city of Aurora – will hold a prayer vigil at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Henry Pratt Co., 401 S. Highland Ave. An "Aurora Strong" vigil will be held at at 5 p.m. Sunday outside the Henry Pratt Co., followed by a salute to the Aurora Police Department at the Aurora Police Station, 1200 E. Indian Trail Road. In addition, Indivisible Aurora will hold a vigil at 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. The group, which is calling for gun reform, also set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the funeral expenses for the victims. The city of Aurora has launched the Aurora Strong Community Fund to help support the families of those who lost their lives. ...

Henry Pratt shooting: a timeline

On February 16th, 2019 by admin

AURORA – Friday afternoon’s workplace shooting, which left six people dead at an Aurora company took place over 95 harrowing minutes, according to police. For more than an hour during the ordeal, no contact was made with the shooter. A brief timeline of the actions, from the first 911 call to confirmation that the shooter was “neutralized” is provided below: BY THE MINUTE 13:24 Officers dispatched to the site when original call came in to 911 of an active shooter in the plant 13:24 Another call came in- caller stating shots fired, employee being terminated 13:25 Another call - two shots fired inside the warehouse 13:25 Another call - shots were heard over the phone 13:26 Another call - shots fired 13:27 Another call - more shots fired 13:28 First officers arrive on the scene 13:28 Special response team activated 13:30 Report from police of first officer shot 13:31 Indication there were four victims upstairs, determined deceased 13:31 Indication there was a victim in the bay, determined deceased 13:32 More shots fired 13:32 Second officer reported shot 13:33 More shots reported 13:34 Third officer reported being shot 13:35 Fourth officer reported being shot 13:37-13:52 Police personnel were responding to extract wounded officers at the scene 13:41 Emergency vehicle breaches facility to allow for police to access the scene and reach the officers. A simultaneous effort began to look for injured and clear the warehouse. 13:52 -14:58...

UPDATE: Victims identified from Aurora shooting include student intern

On February 16th, 2019 by admin

AURORA – Northern Illinois University student Trevor Wehner of DeKalb had just begun working in the human resources department at Mueller Water Products when he was included in a meeting in which an employee was being terminated. That meeting turned tragic when employee Gary Martin, subject of the termination, opened fire in the room. Wehner was among the five employees killed yesterday in the Aurora shooting Police released the names Saturday morning of the five employees killed in Friday's shooting at the Henry Pratt building in Aurora. In addition to Wehner, they included: Clayton Parks of Elgin, the human resources manager Russell Beyer of Yorkville, a mold operator Vicente Juarez of Oswego, a stock room attendant and forklift operator Josh Pinkard also of Oswego, plant manager Another shooting victim, a male employee, was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening gunshot wounds. In the morning hours following the shooting at the historic Henry Pratt Building in Aurora, family members of the victims began identifying loved ones, surviving employees met with grief counselors and a community continued to absorb the shock of this local tragedy. Mueller Water Products, the company that operates the Henry Pratt facility, released this statement on its Twitter account: “Mueller Water Products is shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy that occurred today at our Henry Pratt facility in Aurora, Illinois. Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones, the first responders, the Aurora community and the...

Company releases statement following Aurora shooting

On February 16th, 2019 by admin

AURORA – In the morning hours following a workplace shooting that took the lives of six people at the historic Henry Pratt Building in Aurora, family members of the victims began identifying loved ones at the coroner’s office, surviving employees met with grief counselors and a community continued to absorb the shock of this local tragedy. Mueller Water Products, the company that operates the Henry Pratt facility, released this statement on its Twitter account: “Mueller Water Products is shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy that occurred today at our Henry Pratt facility in Aurora, Illinois. Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones, the first responders, the Aurora community and the entire Mueller family during this extremely difficult time. Our entire focus is on the health and well-being of our colleagues and we are committed to providing any and all support to them and their families. We continue to work closely with law enforcement, with whom we share our deepest gratitude for their support.” Five employees of the west suburban valve company were killed Friday when their former colleague, Gary Martin of Aurora, apparently despondent following the recent loss of his job, entered the building with a handgun and began firing. Police responded, and immediately took fire from Martin. Five of the officers were struck by gunfire at the scene before eventually shooting Martin, who died from his wounds. Officers continued to search the 29,000-square-foot warehouse for additional evidence late Friday as the investigation...

UPDATE: Six dead, six police officers injured in shooting at Aurora's Henry Pratt plant

On February 16th, 2019 by admin

AURORA – Aurora Chief of Police Kristin Ziman has confirmed that five victims have died and five officers received gunshot wounds in a workplace shooting that occurred Friday afternoon at the Henry Pratt plant in the 400 block of Highland Avenue on the city's near west side. Another officer was injured at the scene, but not shot. Police were called to the plant at approximately 1:30 p.m. in response to a report of a shooting at the metal fabricating shop, which manufactures industrial valve actuators and control systems. Chief Ziman said, in a press conference, that police took gunfire immediately upon arrival at the scene, and remained engaged in pursuit of the shooter. Clayton Muhammad, director of communications for the City of Aurora, announced at 3:15 p.m. the shooter had been "neutralized" by police inside the plant. Martin, believed to be a former employee of the company, died in the incident. Identities of the victims have not yet been released. Police officials will be updating again at 9 p.m. ...

UPDATE: One confirmed dead in Aurora plant shooting

On February 15th, 2019 by admin

AURORA – The Kane County Coroner's Office has confirmed that one person is dead in a shooting that occurred Friday afternoon at the Henry Pratt plant in the 400 block of Highland Avenue on the city's near west side. Aurora police are expected to announce further details on the shooting during a press conference at 5 p.m. at the Aurora police station. Police were called to the plant at approximately 1:30 p.m. in response to a report of an shooting at the metal fabricating shop, which manufactures industrial valve actuators and control systems. As of 3:04 p.m. the plant remained on lockdown. However, witnesses outside the plant reported hearing gunfire coming from inside the building about 2:55 p.m. Clayton Muhammad, director of communications for the City of Aurora, announced at 3:15 p.m. the shooter had been "neutralized" by police inside the plant. A Henry Pratt employee reached by Shaw Media inside the plant said she believed the shooter was an employee at the plant who had been laid off Friday morning. The employee said the shooter, after being given his layoff notice, went out to his car, got a gun and then came back inside and started shooting. The employee said "easily about 200 people" work inside the plant. ...

UPDATE: One dead, multiple injuries Aurora plant shooting

On February 15th, 2019 by admin

AURORA – One person is dead and there are multiple injured after a shooting Friday afternoon in Aurora, the Kane County Coronor's office confirmed. The shooting occurred at the Henry Pratt plant in the 400 block of HIghland Avenue on the city's near west side. Police were called to the plant at approximately 1:30 p.m. to a report of an active shooter. The suspect was reportedly "neutralized" by police at about 3 p.m. As of 3:04 p.m. the plant remained on lockdown. However, witnesses outside the plant reported hearing gunfire coming from inside the building about 2:55 p.m. Clayton Muhammad, director of communications for the City of Aurora, announced at 3:15 p.m. the shooter had been "neutralized" by police inside the plant. A Henry Pratt employee reached by Shaw Media inside the plant said she believed the shooter was an employee at the plant who had been laid off Friday morning. The employee said the shooter, after being given his layoff notice, went out to his car, got a gun and then came back inside and started shooting. The employee said "easily about 200 people" work inside the plant. ...

Polls: No Lasting Support for Gun Control One Year After Parkland

On February 15th, 2019 by admin

Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the terrible crimes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
It was a somber occasion, but some media outlets couldn’t contain their glee this week that last year’s horror might finally advance the anti-gun agenda. A CNN headlined heralded “A new era on guns.” “After Parkland, everything is different,” Salon gushed....

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