October 30, 2023

Maine Shooting

A gunman left 18 people dead and 13 wounded after opening fire at a bar and a bowling alley in the Maine town of Lewiston, authorities said on Thursday.” Reuters

“The [alleged shooter] was found dead of a likely self-inflicted gunshot wound on Friday.” Reuters

Police across Maine were alerted just last month to ‘veiled threats’ by the U.S. Army reservist who would go on to carry out the worst mass shooting in the state’s history… Two local law enforcement chiefs told The Associated Press that a statewide awareness alert was sent in mid-September to be on the lookout for Robert Card after the firearms instructor made threats against his base and fellow soldiers. But after stepped-up patrols of the base and a visit to Card’s home – neither of which turned up any sign of him – they moved on…

“Another law enforcement agency that came in contact with Card was the New York State Police, which on July 16 was called in West Point by commanders of the Army Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment with concerns about Card’s erratic behavior and ‘threats to other members of his military unit’ during a training exercise, according to a State Police document obtained by AP. State Police troopers took Card, a sergeant 1st class, to the Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point for what would be two weeks of mental health evaluation. What New York State Police did about Card’s threats is unclear.” AP News

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The right calls for increased mental health treatment, including involuntary commitment.

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The left calls for additional gun control measures, citing America’s high levels of gun violence.

The left calls for additional gun control measures, citing America’s high levels of gun violence.

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