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Aurora Massacre: Convicted Felon Kills Five After Being Fired From Job

Posted on | February 16, 2019 | 1 Comment


We can expect the media to quickly forget this story:

The gunman who killed five people and injured five police officers at a factory in Aurora, Ill., had been laid off and was “way too stressed out,” his mother said.
Gary Martin, 45, was shot dead by police while rampaging through Henry Pratt Co., a manufacturing plant in the suburbs of Chicago. He killed five people and wounded five police officers. His mother Felicia Martin told WGNTV: “My heart goes out to all the victims and their families.”
Martin was convicted in Mississippi in 1995 of felony aggravated assault and was imprisoned. The Sun-Times reported that the charge stemmed from his stabbing a woman in 1994. He was convicted of lesser offenses In Illinois, including illegally altering car speakers and squealing his tires. He was also sued by a landlord.
ABC 7 reported that Martin “was told Friday he was being fired from the company where he had worked for about 15 years as an assembler” and opened fire during his termination meeting, continuing to shoot throughout the plant. Martin’s family told local reporters that he was laid off.

The usual suspects make the usual irrelevant arguments:


The rote denunciations of “gun violence,” blaming “the gun lobby” and demanding that Congress “take action,” obscure the reality that it is already against the law for felons to have firearms, and the NRA is completely OK with such laws. We don’t know how Martin got the firearm he used in Friday’s massacre, but if he had been caught with a gun at any time prior to this shooting, he would have been sent to prison under Illinois law (720 ILCS 5/24-1.1), “a Class 3 felony, with a mandatory minimum 2 year prison sentence.”

When a mass shooting like this takes place, CNN goes into 24/7 coverage mode in the hope that the gunman will be a MAGA-hat-wearing Trump supporter or a “far-right white nationalist” of some kind. Because the Aurora massacre was committed by a black man, however, we can expect this crime to be quickly forgotten by the anti-Trump media machine.



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