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At Least 32% of U.S. Mass Shooters Trained to Shoot by U.S. Military printable version
10 May 2023: posted by the editor - General, Features, International, United States
By David Swanson
It’s been two years since I wrote on this topic. At that time, at least 36% of U.S. mass shooters had been trained by the U.S. military. Since then, a grand total of nobody at all has written on the topic.
I’m picking it up again, because people have started asking about it, prompted by a former Marine using apparently trained skills to murder a subway rider in New York, and shooters in Atlanta and Texas actually being identified as veterans in news reports — an extreme rarity.
However, working from the database of mass shooters created by Mother Jones, I cannot include the Atlanta shooter, who did not kill at least four people, and I cannot include any strangulations, because those are not shootings. In fact, the recent Texas mass shooter is the only one of the 15 cases I’ve added to the database from the past two years whom I’ve been able to identify as a veteran. There have of course been more than 15 shootings, but most of them don’t make it into the Mother Jones database, and some that do I eliminate in order to create a meaningful comparison. In the United States, 14.76% of the general population (male, 18-59) are veterans. By limiting my database to male U.S. citizen mass shooters, aged 18-59, I can point out that 32% of them are veterans.
Needless to say, out of a country of over 330 million people a database of 122 mass shooters is a very small group. Needless to say, statistically, virtually all veterans are not mass shooters. But that can hardly be the reason for not a single news article ever mentioning that mass shooters are over twice as likely to be veterans as the general population. After all, statistically, virtually all males, mentally ill people, domestic abusers, Nazi-sympathizers, loners, and gun-purchasers are also not mass-shooters. Yet articles on those topics proliferate like NRA campaign bribes.
There seem to me to be two key reasons that a sane communications system would not censor this topic. First, our public dollars and elected officials are training and conditioning huge numbers of people to kill, sending them abroad to kill, thanking them for the “service,” praising and rewarding them for killing, and then some of them are killing where it is not acceptable. This is not a chance correlation, but a factor with a clear connection.
Second, by devoting so much of our government to organized killing, and even allowing the military to train in schools, and to develop video games and Hollywood movies, we’ve created a culture in which people imagine that militarism is praiseworthy, that violence solves problems, and that revenge is one of the highest values. Virtually every mass shooter has used military weaponry. Most of those whose dress we are aware of dressed as if in the military. Those who’ve left behind writings that have been made public have tended to write as if they were taking part in a war. So, while it might surprise many people to find out how many mass shooters are veterans of the military, it might be hard to find mass shooters (actual veterans or not) who did not themselves think they were soldiers.
There seems to me to be one most likely reason that it’s difficult to find out which shooters have been in the military (meaning that some additional shooters probably have been, about whom I’ve been unable to learn that fact). We’ve developed a culture dedicated to praising and glorifying participation in war. It need not even be a conscious decision, but a journalist convinced that militarism is laudable would assume it was irrelevant to a report on a mass shooter and, in addition, assume that it was distasteful to mention that the man was a veteran. That sort of widespread self-censorship is the only possible explanation for the whiting out of this story.
The phenomenon of shutting down this story does not exactly require a “motive,” and I would like to recommend to reporters on mass shootings that they, too, devote a bit less energy to the often meaningless hunt for “a motive,” and a tad more to considering whether the fact that a shooter lived and breathed in an institution dedicated to mass shooting might be relevant.
For more on how I’ve reasearched this and what I think of it, see my report from two years ago.
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News Agnitum, the home of Outpost Personal Firewall Pro and Tauscan-Windows security applications for business and home use-has signed a distribution agreement with Reflex to market Agnitum's Outpost Firewall Pro in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Outpost will be customized for the local market, and sold in an online store at www.outpost.uk.com
Reflex will also provide technical support for customers."After investigating several competing products we decided on Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro because of its versatility and reliability. It is a feature-rich product and offers an excellent line of defence towards PC security," said Richard Foley, Reflex's Managing Director. Outpost Firewall Pro is a powerful, full-featured firewall for Windows that is designed for families and businesses of all sizes. Outpost Firewall Pro gives peace of mind from any threats by cookies, banner ads, e-mail viruses, backdoors, spyware, hackers, adware and virtually every other Internet danger. Unlike other personal firewalls, Outpost starts protecting against internal and external attacks as soon as it's installed. This is the first firewall with an open architecture and support for plug-ins, so its capabilities can easily be extended by thousands of developers worldwide. Outpost Firewall Pro protects your system from worm and virus attacks that arrive by e-mail. You can filter e-mails based upon their content, and Outpost will prevent dangerous attachments from executing. Outpost performs web filtering, allowing parents, educators and businesses to exercise control over the content that is allowed to reach each computer. Outpost offers a privacy guard feature as well as a plug-in that will block banner advertisements from your web pages. When processing packets, the program offers complete flexibility for power users who want to fine-tune their firewall protection. You can use Outpost's wizard to develop custom rules for dealing with all packets. Application authentication (MD5), ICS support, Trusted IP group and ICMP rules can all be controlled. Less experienced users can simply use the predefined system and application settings for all common tasks such as browsing the Web, allowing ICQ and allowing DNS and DHCP. There is even an easy NetBIOS rule-creation process for working with home and office networks. Users can get free updates to Outpost automatically, using the program's built-in update utility. Outpost's interface is multi-language, configurable for each user and its settings can be password protected. Inexperienced users will appreciate the ease of installation and ability to simply set Outpost's protection features. Power users will appreciate that Outpost resides on the lowest possible level of the operating system, allowing it to filter RAW-SOCKET and direct packet sending into the drivers, bypassing the TCP/IP stack. Outpost runs under Windows 98/Me/NT4/2000/XP, and a free version is available for home, business and educational use. You can download a copy from the Outpost web site at http://www.outpost.uk.com
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Since 1999, Agnitum has been developing and marketing Windows security applications for business and home use. In addition to Outpost, Agnitum also offers Jammer and Tauscan. Jammer is a multi-barrier protection complex design for novice users. Jammer investigates incoming and outgoing Internet traffic, monitors applications, and protects the Windows registry. Tauscan is a powerful Trojan virus detection and removal application - www.agnitum.com
Reflex was founded in 1992 and specializes in IT security solutions. The company distributes award winning NOD32 anti-Virus, Adhaero Access Control software and specializes in IT security solutions including SurfControl WEB & Email filtering, RSA, Veritas, Symantec, Nokia, CheckPoint & Citrix - www.reflex.ie
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