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FBI Distributing 40-Minute Film to Prepare Law Enforcement for School Shooting Response

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is distributing a 40-minute film to teach emergency responders how to respond to school shootings.

“We felt like we had a wealth of knowledge and we wanted to put it in a format that would be realistic to people who watched it,” said Jeff Peterson with the FBI in Nashville, WSMV reports. “So when they saw it, they would be like, ‘Oh my God, that could happen here in my jurisdiction.’”

The film is designed to prompt discussions about better responses to shootings.

“What it brings to the forefront is the overwhelming nature of these incidents,” Peterson said. “Things like witness management, like mass casualties, like dealing with the media, that have to be handled.”

Father of Mass Shooting Victim in Oregon Said He Was Denied Access to President Obama Meeting

Father James Cooper

Father James Cooper

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of an 18-year-old who was fatally shot during the mass shooting at an Oregon community college said the Secret Service and FBI blocked him from meeting with President Obama while in town to comfort the victims’ families.

Biz Pac Review reports that the father, James Cooper, was upset after being denied access to the meeting at Roseburg High School.

“I cannot believe the president of … the whole United States has denied a grieving father the right to see what’s going on and the right to see,” the father said.

It’s unclear why Cooper was blocked access, but he was vocal about his opposition to gun control.

“All I hear is gun control, gun control… hell with gun control, that’s not the issue,” Cooper added. “The issue is we are grieving, we are hurting and he won’t see me, that’s wrong.”

Other Stories of Interest

Former Baseball Star Chipper Jones Claimed Sandy Hook Shooting Was a Hoax

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The horrific Sandy Hook school shooting that killed 20 children and six staff members was a hoax?

So claimed former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones in an odd tweet that suggested the FBI confirmed the shooting was not real, Huffington Post reports.

The next day, on Saturday, Jones apologized, saying he misunderstood what happened.

“My apologies for my Sandy Hook tweet yest. I had heard something from someone which I thought to be credible and tweeted w/out researching.

He added: “It was irresponsible of me to do that and will not happen again. Please accept my heartfelt apology to those who were hurt or offended.”

FBI to Help Train 30,000 Officers to Handle Active Shooters in Public Places

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI plans to train 30,000 officers nationwide how to handle an active shooter in schools, businesses and other public places, the USA Today reports.

More than 200 agents are helping with the training, which was hatched after the 2012 Newton, Conn., school massacre.

“We have found a block of training that, in a short period of time, provides the best investment in saving lives,” FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano said.

The training, which is in partnership with Texas State University, is critical and aimed at shaving time to respond, identify and “eliminate” suspects.

“If we don’t get the initial response right, it’s always going to be a train wreck,” said Terry Nichols, assistant director of Texas State’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center. “You have to stop the threat. That means urging first responding officers to move quickly toward the gunfire. That’s hard to do, even if you are a law enforcement officer.”

Authorities: Minnesota Teen Planned to Kill Family, Bomb His High School and Shoot the Survivors

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota teen, who kept a notebook critiquing school shootings, planned a massacre of his own at his high school and was found with several pressure-cooker bombs, an assault rifle and other guns, the New York Daily News reports.

John David LaDue, 17, planned to kill his family, bomb his school and shoot the surviving students, authorities said.

LaDue had weapons ready for the attack before his neighbor saw him enter a storage unit where he kept the stash of supplies, police said at a news conference Thursday

LaDue “was fully prepared and ready to go,” police said.

Authorities learned of his plot in a 180-page notebook that chronicled other school massacres, which he said was done by amateurs.

Gun Lobby Keeps ATF Under-Resourced, Beleaguered As Industry Grows

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Following the mass shooting in a Connecticut elementary school, attention has shifted to the ATF, the federal agency responsible for regulating the gun industry.

A Washington Post investigation found that ATF is inadequately resourced and so beleaguered that it hasn’t had a director in years.

Sources said the gun industry, particularly the NRA, has blocked resources from the ATF, preventing the agency from accessing computerized records of gun sales, for instance.

Despite the growth of the industry, ATF has fewer officers now than it did nearly 40 years ago, the Post found.

ATF: Connecticut Gunman, Mom Visited Shooting Range Before Friday’s Slaughter

Adam Lanza

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Shooter Adam Lanza, who killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, and his mom visited a shooting range before Friday’s tragic events, the Associated Press reports, citing the ATF.

The agency declined to identify the shooting range or give more specifics

What’s clear, according to the ATF and AP, is that Lanza’s mother, Nancy, practiced firing her weapon at a shooting range several times.

Investigators are trying to determine whether her son ever fired a weapon there.

The AP said Lanza shot his mom four times in the head before unloading his gun at the elementary school.