In this image from video, Virginia police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Tuesday night. Photo: WAVY-TV 10 via AP
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Multiple people dead in Virginia Walmart shooting, including gunman

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Several people were killed and injured in a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Tuesday night, including the shooter, police said, just days after a gunman killed at least five people and injured 25 at a Colorado LGBTQ nightclub.

It was not clear whether the shooter died of self-inflicted injuries, public information officer Leo Kosinski said in a media briefing. The police have so far not provided any details about the shooter, but several media outlets have identified him as a manager at the store.

At 10:12 p.m., police responded to a report of a shooting inside a Walmart, Kosinski said, adding that "less than 10" people were dead but declining to give the exact number.

Kosinski also said no shots were fired at police "to his knowledge".

"We're only a few hours into the response, so we don't have all the answers yet," the City of Chesapeake said. "We do know there are multiple fatalities plus injuries and the shooter is confirmed dead."

Walmart said in a statement early Wednesday that it was "shocked" at the shootings at its Chesapeake store, and that it was working closely with law enforcement.

A spokesperson for Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, which has the area's top trauma center, told television station WAVY that five patients were being treated there.

"Sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake. I'll be monitoring developments closely," Virginia senator Mark Warner tweeted on Wednesday.

The police department did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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Another day, another mass shooting..... Maybe its the fluoride in the toothpaste?

Or possibly the easy access to firearms?

Kosinski said, adding that "less than 10" people were dead, without disclosing the exact number.

So just a small one then, move on until the next one, and the one after that......

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why does this never happen in places like switzerland with its similarly permissive gun laws and high ownership?

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Another mass murder. Will they never end?

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Until when is this madness??, there are two shootings a day in the US, for the third consecutive year the US has passed the record of more than 600 shootings with multiple deaths in the year...

According to other sources, an employee says the manager shot up the break room, then shot himself…

Every crazy day. A gun-sick nation.

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And yet the usual deranged gun supporters will defend this piece of scums right to be armed to the teeth in public. They are just as responsible as him, and in fact empathise with him.

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The US is a violent nation. It was founded on violence and has long seen violence as a solution. It would be strange if this did not permeate all levels of society. Add intolerance and you have a very toxic mix.

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There was a time when you got in a fight you would have a fist fight or do as they do in West Side Story. Now, people just pull out a gun as fast a lightening. What happen? Have we all just gone mad?

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And things won't change until we vote out every Repub that is beholden to the NRA which opposes even common sense gun control measures most of its members approve...

The gun-nutters pray at the alter of the AR15....because they feel helpless....and a gun gives them their only sense of self-esteem and power...

Then they sit at home and get fed pure hate and outrage in the far-right media cesspool - until a point where they can't take it anymore and pick up their gun and act...

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Then they sit at home and get fed pure hate and outrage in the far-right media cesspool - until a point where they can't take it anymore and pick up their gun and act...

Yeah that was the false media narrative you pushed for the last shooting in Colorado too, wasn’t it?

cut and paste.

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There was a time when you got in a fight you would have a fist fight or do as they do in West Side Story. Now, people just pull out a gun as fast a lightening. What happen? Have we all just gone mad?

That happens to a country that idolizes freedom and confuses it with debauchery..

US is the rebellious and poor educated son of the British Empire..

The more I read US news, the more I love my clean, safe, civilized and FREE of guns JAPAN !!..

Thank God I dont live in that savage country..

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why does this never happen in places like switzerland with its similarly permissive gun laws and high ownership?

Switzerland is a high income, high IQ country. Also, the beautiful natural environment, mountains with their negative ions help to soothe people's minds and calm them down. It's kind of hard being extra when you're in awe of the world around you and making a lot of money.

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America is the world's most powerful country. Why is the government so weak that it can do nothing to stop this self massacring violence?

I have lived in Montreal, Canada for fifty years and have never heard a gun go off, seen anyone with a gun except some police officers, seen a hand gun, rifle or, do I know any friend who owns a gun. There are a few shootings in Canada but, not every month or week or day as in the U.S.A.

It seems that every one or family in the U.S.A. owns a gun. There must be millions upon millions of guns in the U.S.A. Why is the most powerful country in the world a slave of the gun?

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And things won't change until we vote out every Repub that is beholden to the NRA which opposes even common sense gun control measures most of its members approve...

The problem is, bad guys always have guns. I've lived in several countries where guns are illegal but gangsters all have them. Now, gangsters don't generally go on mass shooting sprees but nutjobs will find a way to commit violence and murder. Look at the OKC bombing.

Why does America have so many mentally ill people?

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And yet the usual deranged gun supporters will defend this piece of scums right to be armed to the teeth in public. They are just as responsible as him, and in fact empathise with him.

Wrong, guns are for hunting or self-defense, it's never OK to use them for murder. But, most people are not that responsible.

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The US is a violent nation. It was founded on violence and has long seen violence as a solution.

All nations were founded on violence, so you'll have to look elsewhere for your explanation. Personally, I think it's the destruction of society that has left so many feeling alienated, in addition to the cultural and media promotion of violence and the ease of access to guns.

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Why does America have so many mentally ill people?

No more than other nations. I would like to see data to suggest otherwise.

The difference is in most advanced nations citizens do not have uninhibited and free access to guns.

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Honestly, at this point, I'm actually surprised there aren't more of these types of incidents in that country.

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As to why Switzerland doesn't have the same problems:

For one, it's more of a socialist country, meaning they care of their citizens health care, education and pension.

Those three alone go a long way in developing good relations amongst its citizens.

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It's very easy to see why this happens, someone mentioned Swiss as an example, lots of guns few killings. Easy answer, they have money, they have safety nets, they get help. These things happen when mentally unstable people get pushed to the edge, which happens in countries with no access to affordable medical/mental care and no safety nets or help for the poor. Cheap and accessible guns is the topping on the cake on all of this.

Overall the mentality and culture in the US that everyone should fend for themselves needs to change. You live in a society, everyone living a better life is in the best interest of everyone. What use is there to be rich if you can't go out without feeling unsafe.

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@commenteer destruction of society that has left so many feeling alienated, in addition to the cultural and media promotion of violence and the ease of access to guns.

So many in USA society are alienated and angry, and Florida-male the most cynical and venal politician in modern US history and his sect of followers constantly strive to pour fuel on the society's long-burning fires and then fan them, knowing many among the angry and alienated are poorly educated, plus are religious sorts that actually believe in messiahs that can save them, and also believe they must have guns to protect themselves from those their messiah claims are enemies. And many do have serious mental problems, a most recent example the male who murdered dozens at a Colorado LGBQT bar, that male should not have been allowed to have a gun after the incidents he's been involved in. But the NRA and Colorado's Republican politician Boebert among others in the far right value gun owners more than citizens who want to live in peace, and be protected from the mentally ill gun owners.

Once again I'm happy to live in Japan where I can go to a supermarket and not have to worry about a nutcase with an automatic weapon opening fire.

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The media will prevaricate, politicians will procrastinate, then the hand wringing.

Until the next atrocity. restart.

The people of America will never change the second amendment.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."

Politicians will dance around the subject.

However ........

Key facts about Americans and guns

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/09/13/key-facts-about-americans-and-guns/

Weapons sales are a huge industry.....

Guns & Ammunition Manufacturing in the US - Employment Statistics 2003–2028

https://www.ibisworld.com/industry-statistics/employment/guns-ammunition-manufacturing-united-states/

Bite sized.

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update....

Multiple People Are Fatally Shot at a Walmart in Virginia

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/23/us/multiple-people-are-fatally-shot-at-a-walmart-in-virginia.html

Name have yet to be revealed, the investigation probably yet to begin to ascertain any confirmed motive.

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But wait, we’re not out of the “thoughts and prayers” phase for Colorado yet!

What do all of these mass-shootings have in common? two things:

Easy access to guns regardless of capacity or background.

An unwillingness of one party, the GQP, to do anything about it.

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My guess is that there's family breakdown in there, and possibly child abuse.

Maybe nobody, including teachers and police, listened when the shooter asked for help at a younger age, and the anger and resentment built up until this horrible incident.

I'm not excusing what happened, but these events don't come out of nowhere. There's always lots of trauma leading up to them. And if a gun hadn't been the weapon, something else would have.

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No more than other nations. I would like to see data to suggest otherwise.

The difference is in most advanced nations citizens do not have uninhibited and free access to guns.

The US is not at the top of the list, but it's not low either:

https://ourworldindata.org/mental-health

Spain, Portugal, Oz, NZ, and Iran are higher.

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690 mass shootings in the US last year, only 7 reported, Need better reporting.

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Sad and sickening it really is,

My beloved America is well set on a path of self destruct if this gun syndrome continues to be out of control.

So much death, pain and suffering caused by guns and yet NOTHING has been done to improve the situation due to so many corrupt politicians who wont dare to take a stand for their country

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Next they’ll have a NRA March near the shooting site and scream if more popeople carried Cygnus it wouldn’t have happened…the US has lost the plot with their insane “anyone can buy a gun” Laws

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Imagine a country where you're afraid to go to work in case a colleague (manager in this case) has a bad day and shoots you. Crazy and somewhat terrifying.

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All the State and Federal politicians carry the can for these mass murders. Are none brave enough to do something to end them?

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There's the usual background level of every day gun violence in America, and then these higher profile shootings, such as this one and the one at the Colorado nightclub, seem to come in waves.

Obviously the "the most significant firearms legislation in nearly 30 years," passed by Congress in June was nowhere near enough to stem the tide. That's what happens when you let the gun lobby set the terms.

Condolences to the victims' families.

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because all that matters to you is partisan politics. 

Odd you didn’t reply to this guy-

An unwillingness of one party, the GQP, to do anything about it.

or this guy-

But the NRA and Colorado's Republican politician Boebert

In your “muh partisanship” rant?

so you don’t mind their partisan comments. just cant allow ones that make your current Dem leaders look bad.

criticize them then come talk to me.,

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As long as they attack "the other guys", nothing will be done.

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Btw there was a mass shooting last week where one black athlete murdered 3 other Black athletes.

same state, Virginia. No one cared because no political angle there.

I commented on that one, too. Called it a tragedy and got downvoted. Go figure.

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Yes Nemo, as human beginning we must acknowledge the loss to the communities.

The funerals and the grieving.

All seem endless.

Where do these communities ever get closure? Answers?

Politically the answers only lie with the people.

When is enough finally enough?

With the justice system?

Gun crime, the ownership of fire arms, the constitutional right, grey area, politically of the second amendment?

All my American friend and colleges

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American carnage! It's going to get worse before it gets better and, yes, the worst is yet to come because right-wing politicians and their profit-driven paymasters are putting money and personal interest before people's lives. When will they ever learn?

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At the end of the day, if it's not their family, they don't care. Prove me wrong.

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Sorry...fingers

Own firearms of one description or another, but they are not Annie Oakley, Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, or even the sandtown lady.

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@Itsonlyrockandroll,

My post, which may have been admittedly vague, was making light of the fact that for one party, the GQP, there’s never a good time to talk about guns, their contribution to mass casualty incidents or the easy availability of high capacity “military style” guns.

First, “It’s too soon. Now is the time to let the families grieve. Thoughts and prayers (usually on Twitter and strangely, no one ever seems to ask the families if it’s “too early”.)

Then, pivot to “We cannot politicize this issue for political gain even though one party wants to deal with guns and gun violence and one party does not which makes it by definition a political issue.

THEN, pivot to an interpretation, an inaccurate one at that, of the 2nd Amendment to shrug shoulders as if nothing can be done, mass murder on a never-ending cycle is the cost of “Freedumb” as Cancun Ted Cruz came out and said once, and go back to life until the next one.

Then comes the next one as it always will as long as racists, xenophobic morons, homophobes, white nationalists (these are not mutually exclusive categories) and nutters have easy access to high capacity firearms. And we start the process all over again, only with more people dead, more people ripped apart with horrific life changing injuries (The parents of some dead kids in Uvalde had to provide DNA because their children were no identifiable) and more families experiencing a level of grief I don’t even want to think about.

By now, the routine is so ingrained that one can pretty much tell when said tragedy happened by where in the cycle we are.

That is the point I was alluding to.

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Ok to understand why, one has to take part.

It starts here to change minds

Sweet Scents of Gun Solvents and Oils: 12 Perfumes for Firearms

https://www.rifleshootermag.com/editorial/sweet-scents-of-gun-solvents-and-oils-12-perfumes-for-firearms/460305

I have been able to experience a number of ranges in france.

You know it's additive.

And this is where politics separates from the reality/outcome of a bullet penetrating flesh and the lost of life.

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for one party, the GQP, 

There is no such party by this name.

to have an “inside joke” people must (a) know what you are talking about and (b) think it’s clever.

it’s not. Few even really know what all your cutesy names mean or why you think they are clever enough to repeat over and over and over….

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why does this never happen in places like switzerland with its similarly permissive gun laws and high ownership?

Yes, very strange, isn't it?

I wonder how long this will be thrown around in the news before it's forgotten...

Also, I wonder if the shooter was known to the authorities?

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Nemo, for the first time, I will visit The US December, it is a business trip admittedly

But it also a meet in flesh,

Oh yes we spit and debate everything you can wave a stick at with UK/ France/US/ EU people focused college conference calls.

Where US gun crime is concerned I am a voyeur.

Today, I listen in disbelief.

Decembe,r I will not hold back.

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Itsonlyrockandroll,

Best of luck to you. I hope you have a good and a safe trip.

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Nemo no doubt my friend. best to your family.

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why does this never happen in places like switzerland with its similarly permissive gun laws and high ownership?

Why don't you google it and find out? Plenty of people have addressed that question. Basically it comes down to this: Switzerland has high gun ownership (and relatively high rates of gun violence), but still low when compared with the States. Also the gun laws are permissive when compared with Europe -although strengthened recently to retain membership in the Schengen Area - but still more restrictive than the USA's.

Here's a starter:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.businessinsider.com/switzerland-gun-laws-rates-of-gun-deaths-2018-2%3famp

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What if the “nutter with a gun” at Walmart happened to be ….black and gay? 

what if the Colorado shooter is a non binary and has special pronouns? 

That’s ok? 

One party wants to deal with gun violence and one party does not. Gun violence is bad regardless of race or sexual orientation of the shooter. Seems like you are the only one who needs this explained to them.

and if you need a paragraph to explain your made up names for people? probably better to just refer to them in a way that people know them….their actual names.

It’s illustrative of the cult, that Trump’s base, all Republicans, have become.

If you don’t like it, you can:

Not be a supporter of said cult.

Go somewhere else.

The GQP used to be admittedly good at negatively branding the other party and/or it’s policies (the “death tax”, “climate change” instead of Global warming, “Obamacare” although that one didn’t really work out like you guys planned, eh?)

Seems like they don’t much care for the same rhetorical tools applied to them. Much like the party of the name-caller in chief doesn’t like being given derogatory nick names.

There’s a term for that popular among the Trump base but not allowed here.

So GQP it is because that’s what it’s become; the party of conspiracy cultists.

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Another day, another mass slaughter in the USA. Do they have a rota, which state is next?

Claiming it is this or that political party to blame does not address the issue and to be blunt neither party when in power has changed things or really wanted to as politicians on both sides have been bought and paid for by the gun lobby. The causes are not the tribalism that has of late infected the US political system and is so obvious in posts above, though it inflames tempers and fuels divide which both incites the unstable and prevents meaningful solutions.

The underlying mindset prevalent in the USA that leads individuals to these actions is not easy to define (contrast with Switzerland shows there is a difference, a cause but not what it is) but regardless of this the proximate cause of so many deaths is the promiscuous access to guns, without which the mass slaughter would be considerably less and considerably less frequent.

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and to be blunt neither party when in power has changed things or really wanted to

This is inaccurate. The Clinton administration passed an assault weapons ban that the GWB administration let lapse.

After Sandyhook, the Obama administration proposed sweeping changes to gun laws at the federal level and the Republican Congress blocked it.

After the March for our lives school shooting (Apologies; there have been so many I cannot recall the name of the school at the moment), the parents and students pushed hard on the Dotard (who needed a note telling him to make the families feel heard - something sleepy Joe has never needed) an Marco Rubio for changes in gun laws. Sadly to no avail.

After the Vegas shooting, the GQP had to be dragged kicking and screaming to ban the sale or possession of bump stocks which effectively made semiautomatic rifles fully automatic.

At the State level, efforts to control who can carry guns and where they can carry them have been struck down by GQP appointed justices.

So saying this is a “both-sides” thing is not accurate. One party wants to deal with guns and gun violence and one party, the NRA-bankrolled GQP, does not.

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Over six hundred mass shootings in the US this year already.

And the usual people claim their isn't a problem with guns.

Unbelievable.

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