FBI IDs Alleged Navy Yard Gunman In DC Shooting, Death Toll Reaches 13

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The FBI is seeking information about alleged U.S. Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis. Photo Credit: Screen grab via FBI.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FBI has identified the alleged gunman suspect in a Monday morning shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor from Fort Worth, Texas, officials announced.

The suspect was identified using fingerprints and an ID, according to the FBI, which is now asking the public for help in finding out more information about him.  Alexis was apparently shot by police responding to the incident, the FBI said.

It is unclear whether another gunman was involved.
At least 13 people, including Alexis, were killed, officials announced.  Several others have been injured and are being treated at area hospitals.

Local and state politicians, including Westchester and Fairfield officials, have tweeted messages about Monday’s shooting tragedy:

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand -- ‏@SenGillibrand: My thoughts& prayers are with the victims of today's tragic #NavyYardShooting & their loved ones.

Gov. Dannel Malloy -- @GovMalloyOffice: Thoughts and prayers are with everyone at the Navy Yard in DC right now, including first responders

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton -- @MayorMark: Praying for the people of the D.C. Ship Yard.

Rep. Nita Lowey ‏-- @NitaLowey: Sending my thoughts & prayers to the victims & those affected by the #NavyYard shooting in DC; thank you to our fiirst responders.

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson -- @NoamBramson: Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the #NavyYardShooting today in Washington, DC

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy -- @ChrisMurphyCT: Holding my breath for those at the Navy Yard, praying for the victims and their families on this awful day in DC.

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GTR:

It was just released that the shooter was a Republican... Why am I not surprised.. This has been the case with ever mass shooting

Right Wing Insanity:

Correct GTR... It seems the shooter was a far right wing fanatic.. The same as in the past mass shootings.

ffctguitar:

Turns out this guy was an Obama supporter. Opps, sorry main stream media...

http://www.infowars.com/friend-navy-yard-shooter-was-an-obama-supporter/

(Sorry for the 25 spams to follow, everyone)

GTR:

New Kind of Crazy: Conspiracy Nut Alex Jones Says Government was Behind Oklahoma Tornado
Conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones explained to his audience today how the government could have been behind the devastating May 20 tornado in Oklahoma.

On the May 21 edition of The Alex Jones Show, a caller asked Jones whether he was planning to cover how government technology may be behind a recent spate of sinkholes. After laying out how insurance companies use weather modification to avoid having to pay ski resorts for lack of snow, Jones said that "of course there's weather weapon stuff going on -- we had floods in Texas like fifteen years ago, killed thirty-something people in one night. Turned out it was the Air Force."

Following a long tangent, Jones returned to the caller's subject. While he explained that "natural tornadoes" do exist and that he's not sure if a government "weather weapon" was involved in the Oklahoma disaster, Jones warned nonetheless that the government "can create and steer groups of tornadoes."

According to Jones, this possibility hinges on whether people spotted helicopters and small aircraft "in and around the clouds, spraying and doing things." He added, "if you saw that, you better bet your bottom dollar they did this, but who knows if they did. You know, that's the thing, we don't know."

GTR:

The always hermetic Bilderberg Group is currently holding its annual meeting in England, thus making it the perfect time for the BBC to host America's foremost raving lunatic, Alex Jones, purveyor of foil-hat-making message board Infowars.com.
Fresh from suggesting that this year's Boston Marathon bombings were a "false flag operation," Jones went onto the BBC program Sunday Politics to assert that the Bilderberg Group helped launch the euro currency after taking its cues from a Nazi plan for global domination.
Makes sense.

The show ended with host Andrew Neil calling Jones an "idiot" and telling him, "You are the worst person I've ever interviewed,"

Enjoy watching a sad man's televised delusional ranting as he creeps ever closer to the brink

Baclgalupe:

Only a complete moron would post a link from Alex Jones. He has zero credibility. Even the mainstream Republicans have stated that he is a nut job. Well I guess anyone that would post a link to this wacko must also be a wacko...Thanks for the laughs.

john.real.965:

If tragedy like Newtown can't produce any new gun-control laws, no sane people should think this Navy yard tragedy will be any different. Anti-gunners will never learn.

JS84:

Another person with documented mental issues with two previous gun charges and nothing was done.

What makes anybody think more laws will stop this if existing laws are not enforced.

ffctguitar:

More laws will do nothing. People that are crying about gun laws are typically clueless when it comes to the truth.

They forget that bad guys do not obey laws. Funny how that works!

Niikk:

58 Murders a Year by Firearms in Britain, 8,775 in US
umber of Murders, United States, 2010: 12,996

Number of Murders by Firearms, US, 2010: 8,775

Number of Murders, Britain, 2011*: 638
(Since Britain's population is 1/5 that of US, this is equivalent to 3,095 US murders)

Number of Murders by firearms, Britain, 2011*: 58
(equivalent to 290 US murders)

Number of Murders by crossbow in Britain, 2011*: 2
(equivalent to 10 US murders).

For more on murder by firearms in Britain, see the BBC.

The international comparisons show conclusively that fewer gun owners per capita produce not only fewer murders by firearm, but fewer murders per capita overall. In the case of Britain, firearms murders are 30 times fewer than in the US per capita.

Do hunters really need semi-automatic AR-15 assault weapons? Is that how they roll in deer season? The US public doesn’t think so.

jason parraga.5:

GUN CONTROL WORKS
LONDON — When police on a weapons raid swarmed a housing project after London’s 2011 riots, they seized a cache of arms that in the United States might be better suited to ‘‘Antiques Roadshow’’ than urban ganglands.

Inside plastic bags hidden in a trash collection room, officers uncovered two archaic flintlock pistols, retrofitted flare guns, and a Jesse James-style revolver. Now, that kind of an­tiquated firepower is about the baddest a gang member can get.

Spurred to action by a series of mass shootings — including one startlingly similar to the Sandy Hook school tragedy in Connecticut — Britain entered an era of national soul searching in which legislative bans on assault weapons and handguns were pushed through and background checks for other types of firearms tightened.

Moving to combat gun violence, police also launched rounds of antigun sweeps during the past decade in major cities from London to Liverpool. Even Olympics-style starting pistols are now banned.

The results here hold lessons for the United States as it debates a major reexamination of gun laws. In the Britain, a nation of 62 million people, more than 200,000 guns and 700 tons of ammunition have been taken off the streets during the past 15 years, with offenders in search of firearms now resorting to rebuilt antique weapons, homemade bullets, and even illicit ‘‘rent-a-gun’’ schemes.

Legal guns, including some types of rifles and shotguns largely suitable for farms and sport, must be kept in locked boxes bolted to floors or walls and are subject to random police inspection and vigorous inquires about the mental health and family life of owners.

Britain has seen one mass shooting since its most onerous gun ban went through in 1997, with criminologists arguing that a 2010 rampage in the British countryside

could have been worse had the perpetrator had access to stronger firepower.

Today, law enforcement officials say ballistic tests indicate that most gun crime in Britain can be traced back to less than 1,000 illegal weapons still in circulation.

Statistics, however, suggest that the gun bans alone did not have an immediate impact on firearm-related crime. Over time, however, gun violence in virtually all its guises has significantly come down with the aid of stricter enforcement and waves of police antiweapons operations.

The most current statistics available show that firearms were used to kill 59 people in England and Wales in 2011, compared with 77 such homicides that same year in the District of Columbia alone.

‘‘What we have in the UK now are significantly lower levels of gun crime, levels that continue to fall today,’’ said Andy Marsh, firearms director at Britain’s Association of Chief Police Officers. ‘‘People say you can’t unwind hundreds of years of gun history and culture [in America], but here in the UK, we’ve learned from our tragedies and taken steps to reduce the likelihood of them ever happening again.’’

ffctguitar:

Just doing some math here; The deadliest shooting was under George W. Bush's term, VA Tech, 32 dead. But the number of actual mass shootings....this bothers me:

Obama: 11
George W. Bush: 3
Bill Clinton: 4
George H.W. Bush: 2
Ronald Reagan: 4
Richard Nixon: 1

Why is it that under President Obama's two terms in office...we've had ELEVEN deadly mass shootings, all 8 people dead and above? Not just simple one or two dead....but eight people dead, 28 people dead, 12 people dead...anyone else see the trend? What does this mean?

wwW.CnN.Com/2013/09/16/us/20-deadliest-mass-shootings-in-u-s-history-fast-facts/?iref=obinsite

BORG:

DO THE MATH
Some 9,960 people were murdered with a firearm in the USA in 2010, a rate of 3.2 per 100,000 people.

On a global scale, this rate puts the US 26th in the world, behind Honduras, El Salvador and Jamaica, according to UN data.

GTR:

It was just released that the shooter was a Republican... Why am I not surprised.. This has been the case with ever mass shooting.

lousfool:

The Republicans and the NRA should be considered terrorist groups.

ffctguitar:

Among President Clinton’s first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases. In March 1993, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection.

Mr Nelson:

Hey Einstein
Its now 2013 not 1993..That was 20years ago as in ancient history.. Also Clinton did not disarm military personnel.. He disarmed civilians on military bases. So as usual you're post is factless.

ffctguitar:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/11/end-clinton-era-military-base-gun-ban/#ixzz2f69fs4eZ

Maybe these liberals should start to think more about the consequences of their actions. How many people would have been saved if this policy never happened?

Mary Jane Nelson:

Clearly you didn't understand what you read. The Clinton gun ban refers to only privately owned weapons on base. All officers on military bases carry a side arm. I guess this disproves your theory.

ffctguitar:

I cannot take credit for writing this, however this sums it up:

"I always believed that gun laws should be much stricter. Then someone reminded me that 50 years ago, with little gun control laws, events like this rarely occurred. So I have come to believe the problem is deeper than "just pass a law". Years ago people had to work for everything. There was little fast food, little government hand-outs, families raised their own children, a greater sense of family and what's important. Now it's about "me". Am I happy? Satisfied? Don't have everything I want? Life's not perfect? Blame someone else and if they they don't listen start shooting! The problem isn't the guns or the laws. It's us!"

This is true, even evident on message boards. Look at the crazy people that post, and what they say. People are messed up, has nothing to do with gun control. Has to do with people control.

Jim J:

"Homicide rates tend to be related to firearm ownership levels. Everything else being equal, a reduction in the percentage of households owning firearms should occasion a drop in the homicide rate".

http://www.gun-control-network.org/GF01.htm

Mr Nelson:

Wow
Factless talking points from Ffctguitar.

ffctguitar:

Anyone that wants to repeal the 2nd amendment is only seeking attention from others on this site.

Niikk:

US Has Highest Gun Ownership In The World

The Guardian reports that the US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world – an average of 88 per 100 people. England and Wales, by comparison have an average of 6.2 per 100 people. As a result, 31,347 Americans were killed by guns in 2009, while the 2008 figure for the UK was 39.

The NRA is undoubtedly one of the most powerful lobbying organisations in the US, and it is not hesitant to divert campaign contributions to defeat advocates of gun control.. The organisation has raised $9m already for this November’s elections.

JS84:

Let's repeal the 2nd amendment....not.

bill10526:

The "profilers" say that mass murder is a white man crime. Hmmm.

Lots of people have guns, drink alcohol, use drugs, etc. Controlling guns and behavior seems beyond us. I do wonder if this guy obsessed. The Long Island shooter drove his neighbors nuts with his rants about racism.

Piage:

The blood of these victims are in the hands of the Republican party and the NRA...JUST LIKE NEWTOWN

Robby.Rob:

Love him or hate him, the former Mirror editor is at the centre of much of the debate about gun control at the moment.

Piers has been fact-checked to death by various US news sources over his repeated claims that there were 11,000 gun murders in America last year and only 35 in Britain.

But he could be right about shootings in America, depending on which set of statistics you prefer to use.

There were 11,078 firearms homicides in 2010, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The FBI puts the figure for that year much lower at 8,874 – a number which has been seized on by Piers’s critics – but the bureau’s records depend on voluntary contributions and may not be as comprehensive.

As far as the “35 gun murders in Britain” line goes, Piers has got this wrong. The Home Office recorded 60 shooting homicides in England and Wales in 2010/11. The average is 62 a year over the last 15 years.

Allow for population difference and we get a gun murder rate of about 0.1 per 100,000 people in England and Wales.

In America the rate is about 3.6 per 100,000 or about 2.9 per 100,000 if you prefer to use the FBI figures. The gun murder rate is 33 or 27 times higher in America, depending on where you get your data.

So Piers has made an error, but it doesn’t destroy the thrust of his argument.

ffctguitar:

http://www.ijreview.com/2013/09/79736-piers-morgan-skewered-triple-team-navy-yard-shooting-comments/

Piers is clueless, his reports are not accurate...

LOOK AT THIS:

Your link is from a far right wing blog with Zero credibility. The numbers Piers quotes have been verified even by the Republicans as being factual. Anyone that has simple arithmetic skills can see that.. The numbers do not lie unlike right wing blogs.. Thanks for the laugh.

Ken P Jr:

How stupid is that? In DC guns are pretty much forbidden, on US military bases theyre forbidden too thanks to Clinton. These people, as well as ALL the school shooting victims are victims of gun control. Gun free zones are helping kill dozens of people a year. Way to go guys!

jason parraga.5:

Ken please stop with your never ending support of weapons of mass destruction. How many more killings do we need for you to open your eyes. We need to outlaw all guns nationwide

Elizabeth G:

TWO WORDS as to what we need
GUN CONTROL

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