U.S. Ranks #1 in Mass Shootings - 5% of world population but accounted for 31%
of shooting sprees since 1966 - Commercial shootings 'much more likely' in
America The United States is, by a long shot, the global leader in
mass shootings, claiming just 5% of the global population but an outsized share
- 31% - of the world's mass shooters since 1966, a new study finds. The
Philippines, Russia, Yemen and France -- all countries that can claim a
substantial share of the 291 documented mass shootings between 1966 and 2012 --
collectively didn't even come close to the United States. And what makes the
United States such a fertile incubator for mass shooters? A comprehensive
analysis of the perpetrators, their motives and the national contexts for their
actions suggests that several factors have conspired to create in the United
States a potent medium for fostering large-scale murder. Those
factors include a chronic and widespread gap between Americans' expectations for
themselves and their actual achievement, Americans' adulation of fame, and the
extent of gun ownership in the United States.
Set those features against a circumstance the United States shares with many
other countries -- a backdrop of
poorly managed mental illness
-- and you have a uniquely volatile brew, the new study says.
Perhaps no single factor sets the United States apart as sharply as does gun
ownership, wrote Lankford. Of 178 countries included in Lankford's analysis, the
United States ranked first in per-capita gun ownership. A 2007 survey found
270 million firearms in U.S. civilian households -- an ownership rate of 88.8
firearms per 100 people. Yemen followed,
with 54.8 firearms per 100 people.
America's "gun culture," wrote Lankford, is deeply rooted in the idea that broad
gun-ownership is a bulwark against the emergence of tyranny. And those roots
continue to lie close to the surface, he wrote: A national survey conducted in
2013 found that 65% of Americans believe that the purpose of their right to bear
arms remains "to make sure that people are able to protect themselves from
tyranny." At the same time,
mass shootings that took place in commercial spaces or schools were much more
likely to have been carried out by American shooters than by those elsewhere,
the new research found.
The Armed Citizen Retail Stores, Part 2 - Here's what they're saying on
'America's 1st Freedom' website about Concealed Carry in Retail
For a variety of reasons ranging from low light to easy in-and-out access,
retail store parking lots tend to be high-crime areas in many cities.
Consequently, law-abiding citizens must be especially diligent when going to and
from their vehicles. Here are five cases where Armed Citizens used firearms to
protect themselves and others in parking lots.
Tim Patterson was cooking
at The Big Yellow Mobile Kitchen as he did every day, when he heard a scream
coming from the parking lot of a nearby Goodwill store. He rushed toward the
cries for help and didn't hesitate to draw his Kimber 1911 .45 when he saw that
a man had grabbed hold of a woman and had a knife to her throat. "Drop it or
I'll shoot you!" Patterson warned. The assailant immediately released the woman,
dropped the knife, raised his arms and fled. The victim, a Goodwill employee who
was carrying a bank deposit in her purse at the time of the attempted robbery,
was not injured.
After locking up, a female employee of
Cakes and Confections 4U was leaving the business through a back door when she
realized she was being cornered by two strange men. One man struck her in the
jaw, while the other ripped off her necklace and earrings. When the men then
attempted to sexually assault the woman, she produced a concealed .32-cal.
firearm from her waistband and fired. Both men immediately dropped the stolen
jewelry and ran. It was last reported that the assailants were still at large.
After the incident, the woman said her firearm saved her life and that she had a
strong message to all women: "If you don't have a gun or you're scared of guns,
get familiar with them and get a gun."
Tattoo artist Sean Rodriguez
was working one afternoon when he was alerted to an assault occurring outside
Black Cobra Tattoo. Six men could be seen assaulting an individual in the
parking lot. "I couldn't just sit back and watch an innocent person being hurt
..." said Rodriguez. He grabbed the firearm he is licensed to carry and approached
the group of men. Upon seeing the gun, the suspects fled. Rodriguez never fired
a shot, nor did he point the gun in their direction. "That was just an incident
[sic] of a responsible gun owner doing what they're supposed to do," Rodriguez
explained. The victim was treated for minor injuries and nothing was stolen. It
was last reported that all six suspects were still at large.
Tariq Bell and his 13-year-old
daughter had just left a music store when they were approached by a 40-year-old
stranger. The man had just robbed someone at a nearby hotel and was being
pursued by police. The fugitive grabbed Bell from behind, jumped into the
driver's seat of his vehicle and demanded the keys. With his daughter already in
the backseat of the vehicle, Bell acted quickly. He drew his firearm and ordered
the man to get out of his vehicle. When the fugitive saw Bell's gun, he fled. It
was reported that he then tried to carjack another victim, who sped away. He
was, however, successful in carjacking a third victim and led police on a
high-speed chase. He was ultimately apprehended and faces charges including
armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and aggravated assault on a police
officer. Neither Bell nor his daughter was injured during the incident.
A group of shoppers
were waiting outside Wish clothing store in Atlanta, Ga., in order to purchase a
new model of $180 LeBron James sneakers, when a man drew a gun and attempted to
rob them. One of the customers, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, responded to the
threat by drawing his own gun and firing at the criminal, killing him. A
customer who witnessed the shooting said of the armed citizen, "He really stood
up for all of us." Police made it clear that they would not press charges
against the Right-to-Carry permit holder.
Read 'The Armed Citizen Retail Stores, Part 1' here.
Special Training to Prepare for Active Shooter Offered at Huntington Mall, WV
Law enforcement in Cabell County are preparing in the event there is an active
shooter inside the Huntington Mall. Several local law enforcement agencies and
first responders joined the FBI for the special training last week. Officers and
first responders are learning the latest strategies to thwart the efforts of
armed gunman. The training is to ensure the safety of those at the mall and to
learn which agency is responsible for what in those situations. "I think it's
critically important," Chris Courtright of the FBI said. "It gives everybody, in
the back of their mind, it gives them an idea of, 'Well, if this happens, this
is what I'm going to do or this is what's going to happen, particularly across
the board with merchants and law enforcement."
NLRB 'Joint Employer' Ruling Adds Complexity to Compliance - Catch 22 for
Franchise Retailers A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board
revising the "joint employer" standard such that temporary or contract workers
will be more easily able to unionize has compliance ramifications as well, said
one employment lawyer. Before last week's ruling, a company not only had to have
the potential to control the terms and conditions of employment for a worker to
be considered a joint employer, it had to directly and immediately exercise that
control, said Liane Fisher, a partner at Serrins Fisher. The new rules say the
company could be viewed as a joint employer if it merely has the potential alone
to affect working terms and conditions. That means a company that imposes
compliance standards or codes of conduct on contract or temporary workers will
be seen by the NLRB as being a joint employer, creating potential liabilities
under wage and labor laws the company was trying to avoid by using those workers
in the first place, said Ms. Fisher. On the flip side, companies that avoid
imposing these requirements and standards could face much larger problems from
regulators should those workers be found to have violated rules or laws that
lead to expensive investigations and fines, she said.
Wal-Mart Cuts Some Workers' Hours After Pay Raise Boosts Costs
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., in the midst of spending $1 billion to raise employees'
wages and give them extra training, has been cutting the number of hours some of
them work in a bid to keep costs in check. Regional executives told store
managers at the retailer's annual holiday planning meeting this month to rein in
expenses by cutting worker hours they've added beyond those allocated to them
based on sales projections. The request has resulted in
some stores trimming hours from their schedules, asking employees to leave
shifts early or telling them to take longer lunches,
according to more than three dozen employees from around the U.S. Chief
Executive Officer Doug McMillon is trying to balance a desire to improve service
- partly through increased spending on his workforce - against investors'
pressure to keep profit growing. Labor costs, which rose after Wal-Mart
increased its minimum wage to $9 an hour in April, have weighed on earnings,
which missed analysts' expectations last quarter.
Supply Chain Security Begins At The Loading Dock
Across America, companies are upgrading their facilities to comply with new
governmental regulations designed to enhance supply chain integrity. In some
cases, companies are even going a step further and taking measures to comply
with anticipated future regulations. In addition to improving safety, these
proactive measures are also helping companies protect themselves from financial
losses due to cargo theft, product damage or major product recalls. While there
are many links in any supply chain, loading docks always play a pivotal role -
from processing and manufacturing all the way through to distribution. By
comprehensively addressing the many challenges to dock operations - and taking
advantage of state-of-the-art solutions to them - facilities managers can go a
long way towards ensuring the safe and timely delivery of products moving
through their system. Cargo theft is one of the largest and fastest-growing of
these challenges. According to the FBI, there is an estimated $30 billion in
cargo stolen each year in the U.S. with the most highly sought-after shipments
being pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, apparel, and food.
Unsecured trailers at busy loading docks are a prime target for cargo thieves,
as well as dropped trailers and those left unattended by drivers.
Retailers Increasing Security Measures by Swiping ID Cards
Many businesses are moving towards keeping track of people's buying and return
habits with a simple swipe of a license ID. Columbus, GA Better Business Bureau
President and CEO Leonard Crain said if a store picks up on abusive return
behavior, that store could then deny a request to return an item. According to
'The Retail Equation,' a company that logs returns for retailers using a
person's ID says: "The report lists return activity information such as the
stores you've returned an item to, what the item is, the date and time, dollar
amount and whether a customer had their receipt or not." Aside from stores using
your ID to increase security measures, many stores like Piggly Wiggly, have new
technology to make sure customers are leaving stores paying for all of the items
placed in a shopping cart. This program is called 'Stop-Lift' and it's been
installed in 20 local Piggly Wiggly stores.
early look at Macy's new Backstage off-price stores Macy's has an answer to T.J. Maxx and other stores that sell deeply discounted
The department store chain, which is set to open its previously announced
"Macy's Backstage" discount stores this fall in the New York City area, gave The
Associated Press an early look at one of its new outlet stores. The store, which is opening
this week in Elmhurst, Queens, is about the same
size as a T.J. Maxx and offers Calvin Klein, Sunglass Hut and many of the other
designer brands that shoppers come to expect at Macy's department stores.
But the outlet is distinctly different from Macy's department stores. Backstage
is working with new brands, like Fila and Reebok, and new labels like Elf in the
beauty section. And whereas shoppers can get basics like suits and makeup at
Macy's, Backstage is meant more for treasure hunting, the company says.
Backstage offers a no-frills experience targeting busy moms looking to grab a
deal on purses, lipstick or something for their children. Shopping carts are
stacked at the front entrance, and there's clear signage directing shoppers to
various departments. There are large fitting rooms that have charging stations
Economy on a healthy road as August comes to a close
The end of August brings a bit of economic confidence for the retail segment as
U.S. consumer spending was up in July, according to the latest Commerce
Department report. The increase of 0.3 percent was likely due to an increase in
wages and salaries, states an AP report published at ABCnews.com. Overall the
economy grew at what AP describes as a healthy 3.7 percent, and states economic
experts predict such a healthy trend will continue through September.
Walmart Pledges $25MM On Katrina Anniversary But The Region Needs Stores
The anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is cause for reflection. The disaster -
both the natural and man-made ones - continues to impact the gulf coast.
Charitable efforts continue - Walmart recently made a large monetary pledge -
but the real charity may be opening stores in areas sill under-served by retail
and in desperate need of goods and services. Walmart pledged $25 million over
five years to support organizations in disaster recovery and resiliency efforts
worldwide. Part of this money is earmarked for grants to select local nonprofits
in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.
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