Wal-Mart: America’s #1 gun salesman.

After the recent tragic shootings in El Paso, it’s absolutely unthinkable that Walmart would continue to profit from gun sales. They must stop the sale of guns in their stores now!

Walmart must prioritize community safety over profits made from gun sales. They must stop the sale of guns in their stores now!Sign Matthew’s petition

Companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods have already taken actions to use their economic leverage to curb gun violence.1

Walmart is one of America’s largest gun sellers and must be part of the movement to end gun violence. The company has taken some steps in recent years—but the stores are still selling weapons of destruction and selling bullet-proof backpacks at the same time. Walmart has the power to make a real difference, not just cosmetic changes.

Please join with us and ask Doug McMillon, the Chief Executive of Walmart, to stop the sale of guns in his stores now.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thank you.

—Matthew Hildreth, Rural Organizing

Deadly shooting at California bowling alley [Yay, USA!]

Police say three people killed and four injured in a shooting at a gaming complex near Los Angeles.

Police said they were searching for a suspect or suspects [Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images]
Police said they were searching for a suspect or suspects [Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images]

Three men have been killed and four wounded in a shooting in the US state of California after a late-night fight at a bowling alley.

The Torrance Police Department said officers responded to calls of “shots fired” at the Gable House Bowl in Torrance, a town about 40km south of Los Angeles, shortly before midnight on Friday

Multiple victims were found with gunshot wounds inside the gaming venue, which offers bowling, laser tag and an arcade.

Police said three men died at the scene and four male victims were injured, two of whom were transported to a hospital for unknown injuries while the other two injured sought medical treatment on their own.

“Investigators are currently conducting a follow-up investigation, and are working to identify the suspect(s) involved,” the department said in a statement.

Authorities have not released details about what led to the shooting, but witnesses said it stemmed from a fight between two large groups of people at the bowling alley.

‘Complete chaos’

Wes Hamad, a 29-year-old Torrance resident, was at the bowling alley with his 13-year-old niece and cousin when he saw a “huge fight” break out.

Hamad told the Associated Press news agency that the brawl, which lasted about five minutes, blocked the entrance of Gable House Bowl and devolved into “complete chaos”.

“I grabbed my niece and started running toward the far end of the bowling alley,” Hamad said. “As we were running, we heard 15 shots.”

As he was leaving, Hamad said he saw a woman weeping over a man who had multiple gunshot wounds to his head and neck.

Damone Thomas was in the karaoke section of the venue, a regular stop for him and his friends after work on Fridays, when people ran in saying there was a shooting.

The 30-year-old Los Angeles resident said his friend flipped over one of the tables to shield them as they heard gunshots.

Thomas told the AP he didn’t feel scared because he was “just trying to survive”. But when he was driving back home, he said he realised how traumatic the situation had been and he hasn’t been able to fall asleep.

“Closing my eyes, all I can see is the women against the wall crying, not knowing what to do,” he said.

The US has long dealt with the issue of mass shootings. In the first four days of 2019, there have been five mass shootings that resulted in five deaths, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a group that tracks such incidents.

Both Thomas and Hamad said they had never witnessed any violence at Gable House Bowl in the past, but Hamad said he had stopped going for a while because he heard someone with a gun was recently seen there.

“I definitely won’t be going back any more,” he added.

According to health authorities, nearly 40,000 people died in the US as a result of firearms in 2017 – a figure that includes suicides.

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Chicago hospital shooting: Doctor, pharmacist and policeman killed

Eyewitness at the cancer centre: “I was in the gunfire and had to duck down”

A doctor, a newly graduated pharmacist and a police officer were killed after a gunman opened fire at a hospital in Chicago, police say.

The gunman was seen arguing with the doctor, Tamara O’Neal, who he had been in a relationship with, before shooting her and turning his gun on others.

The shooter, named as Juan Lopez, 32, also died but it is not clear if he was killed by police or took his own life.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the attack “tears at the soul of our city”.

“It is the face and a consequence of evil,” he said, adding that the three victims were “all going about their day, all doing what they loved”.

What happened?

The shootings began with a row in the Mercy Hospital car park between the gunman and Dr O’Neal at about 15:00 local time (21:00 GMT) on Monday.

When a friend of the doctor’s tried to intervene “the offender lifted up his shirt and displayed a handgun”, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

Police officers line streets in Chicago to honour their colleague

As the friend ran for help, gunfire broke out, witnesses said.

One witness, James Gray, told reporters he saw Dr O’Neal fall to the ground and then the gunman “stood over her and shot her three more times”.

When police arrived, the gunman then moved into the hospital, shooting at random and killing pharmacist Dayna Less who was getting off an escalator at the time.

In an exchange of fire with the gunman, police officer Samuel Jimenez was killed. A second police officer avoided injury after a bullet fired in his direction became lodged in his gun in his holster.

Hospital patients scrambled to find cover under desks, police and Swat teams moved through the hospital in search of the gunman, and officers locked down hospital wings, including the nursery.

Hector Avitia, who was in the hospital waiting room with his wife, told the Chicago Tribune that he tried to get people away from windows as the bullets started flying.

“I’ve heard shootings,” he said. “I’ve known people that have died in the neighbourhood like that. But something like that? No.”

“He was just shooting like a maniac,” he continued. “And he obviously knows how to shoot because he was holding the gun with both hands.”

What more do we know of the victims?

Dr O’Neal was an emergency physician at Mercy Hospital on Chicago’s South Side. Dr Patrick Connor, director of the hospital’s emergency department, said she had been “dedicated to caring for her community – a wonderful individual”.

The gunman and Dr O’Neal had been engaged, and were had been planning to marry on 27 October – but that date passed without a wedding, according to CBS Chicago.

Dr Connor said Dr O’Neal had graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 2016, and had been raising money for disadvantaged children while also leading her church choir.

Dayna Less was amongst those killed in the attackImage Dayna Less was amongst those killed in the attack

After completing her first degree from Purdue University, she worked two jobs before beginning medical school, according to her hospital bio.

Dr Connor also paid tribute to 25-year-old Dayna Less, saying she had joined the hospital in July as a first-year pharmacy resident and was a recent graduate of Purdue University.

Police officer Samuel Jimenez was a 28-year-old married father of three young children. “We cannot thank him enough for his courage and bravery today,” Dr Connor said.

The officer who was shot at but escaped injury during the incident shared images of a bullet embedded in the side of his gun, Chicago news broadcaster ABC7 reported.

After Massacre in California Bar, Will a Democrat-Controlled House Take Action on Gun Control?

STORY NOVEMBER 09, 2018

 
The city of Thousands Oaks, California, is mourning after a former marine opened fire at a country music bar Wednesday night, killing 12 people, mostly students. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February. Police have identified the gunman as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a Marine veteran who had deployed to Afghanistan and had a history of mental health issues, including possible PTSD. The dead include 27-year-old Telemachus Orfanos, who survived the deadly Las Vegas massacre at a country music festival last year, only to be gunned down Wednesday night. We speak with Sarah Dachos, a Navy veteran and volunteer with the D.C. chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and a founding member of the Everytown Veterans Advisory Council.

Florida yoga studio shooting: Two killed and four injured (Shoot ’em if you got ’em!)

Emergency vehicles are parked outside the Hot Yoga studio where a guman opened fire in Tallahasee, Florida, U.S., November 2, 2018,The shooting at the hot yoga studio happened late Friday afternoon

 

Two women have been killed and five others injured after a gunman opened fire in a Florida hot yoga studio.

Scott Paul Beierle killed Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, after entering the studio in Tallahassee at 17:37 local time (21:37 GMT) on Friday, police say.

The 40-year-old then apparently turned the gun on himself, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo told reporters.

Beierle’s motive for “this heinous act” is not known at this time, he added.

Mr DeLeo said his officers responded to reports of the shooting at Tallahassee Hot Yoga within “three, three-and-a-half minutes”, by which time Beierle was already dead.

A number of other victims received gunshot wounds, while one person was pistol-whipped.

“There are indications that several people inside fought back and tried to not only save themselves but other people, which is a testament to their courage,” Mr DeLeo said.

Two of the victims remain in hospital, while three others have been treated and released.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum – who is currently running as the Democratic candidate for Florida governor – said he would be cutting short a campaign event and returning to the city.

“No act of gun violence is acceptable,” he said. “I’m in close communication with law enforcement officials and will be returning to Tallahassee tonight.”