A man accused of threatening to bomb the offices of Merriam-Webster over its dictionary definitions of “boy” and “girl” was arrested, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. His alleged threats resulted in a shutdown of the company’s offices at its headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts, and in New York for five days in October, prosecutors said. The man is accused of making similar threats to several more companies. Jeremy David Hanson, 34, of Rossmoor, California, was charged with one count of interstate communication of threats to commit violence, acco...
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Yet another mass killer reportedly threatened misogynistic violence after being sexually rebuffed, according to a Friday evening report by CNN on the Uvalde school shooting massacre.
"Salvador Ramos told girls he would rape them, showed off a rifle he bought, and threatened to shoot up schools in livestreams on the social media app Yubo, according to several users who witnessed the threats in recent weeks," CNN reported. "But those users -- all teens -- told CNN that they didn't take him seriously until they saw the news that Ramos had gunned down 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, this week."
According to police, Salvador Ramos shot his grandmother in the face before driving the Robb Elementary School.
"During one livestream, Amanda Robbins, 19, said Ramos verbally threatened to break down her door and rape and murder her after she rebuffed his sexual advances. She said she witnessed Ramos threaten other girls with similar 'acts of sexual assault and violence.' Robbins, who said she lives in California and only ever interacted with Ramos online, told CNN she reported him to Yubo several times and blocked his account, but continued seeing him in livestreams making lewd comments," CNN reported.
Robbins was not the only teenager to report a threat of rape.
"Hannah, an 18-year-old Yubo user from Ontario, Canada, said she reported Ramos to Yubo in early April after he threatened to shoot up her school and rape and kill her and her mother during one livestream session. Hannah said Ramos was allowed back on the platform after a temporary ban," the network reported.
Police say nineteen students and two teachers were murdered in the attack.
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MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes on Friday broke down why he thinks the Uvalde mass shooting undermines a key new talking point from the National Rifle Association.
Hayes noted the famous claim by Wayne LaPierre that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
He offered his analysis of the talking point.
"Ironically, that's the moral cosmology of a child, like a small kid, who thinks about the world as good guys with guns and bad guys with guns," he said.
"I mean, it was obviously ridiculous back then, a ludicrous thing to say and ludicrous now. it's simply not how it functioning society works. it's a wild west state of nature in which conflicts are resolved only through violence and bloodshed," he explained.
On Friday, the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed there were 19 armed law enforcement officers were gathered in the hallway inside Robb Elementary School.
He said the Uvalde shooting tested the NRA's theories of more guns and militarized police.
"Here's the proving ground — and we saw it fail in real-time," he said.
"Whatever Donald Trump and Ted Cruz say, the entire NRA worldview collapsed in and of itself in a pool of blood in that elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. And in the end, the sheer, brutal bankruptcy of what these cretins have been proposing — Cruz and Trump and Greg Abbott and Wayne LaPierre — everyone celebrating culture in Houston today. "It has been laid bare."
Watch the segment below or at this link.
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Authorities in New York have announced a 16-year-old high school student was arrested on Friday for threatening a mass shooting.
"The teen was arrested for making a terroristic threat after he made a Wednesday Instagram post on his “Bellport Scholars” page that warned there could be a shooting at Bellport High School the next day, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office," NY Post reported Friday.
Authorities said they did not find any guns during a search of the boy's home.
“We take these threats seriously and will devote out resources to ensuring the safety of our children,” Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney said in a statement. “I thank Suffolk police for their swift action here. Upon learning of this threat, they worked with my office to locate and interview the individual responsible for the threat.”
The teen received a misdemeanor charge of aggravated harassment. A judge released him with a CPS monitor, 9 p.m. curfew along with drug and alcohol tests.
He was also banned from social media.
Watch the coverage from CBS New York or at this link.
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