Islamists claim gun attack on Nairobi mall, at least 39 dead

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Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Sep 21, 2013 9:26am EDT

Carnage? These types of gun fights happen almost daily in Chicago? Shows the hypocritical media of the USA. You hear MORE about an attack in Kenya before you hear about a gun fight in Chicago!

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Sep 21, 2013 9:42am EDT

For those who are not familiar with gun laws in Kenya:
“It is illegal in Kenya to own any type of firearm without a valid gun ownership license as spelled out under the Firearms Act (Cap. 114) Laws of Kenya. Anyone who is 12 years or older can apply to privately own a gun. However, such persons must provide in writing to the Chief Licensing Officer (CLO) stating genuine reason(s) for their need to privately own and carry a firearm. It remains at the discretion of the CLO to make a decision to award, deny or revoke a gun ownership license based on the reason(s) given. Anyone seeking to hold a gun license must pass the most stringent of background checks that probes into their past and present criminal, mental health and well as domestic violence records. Failure to pass one of these checks automatically bars one from being permitted to own a firearm. These checks are regularly repeated and must be continually passed for anyone to continue holding the gun license. Failure to pass any of these checks at any stage, means an automatic and immediate revocation of the issued license. Once licensed to own a gun, no permit is required in order to carry around a concealed firearm.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics

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Sep 21, 2013 10:46am EDT

Are they playing Grand Theft Auto V in Nairobi right now?
Didn’t know Nairobi’s shopping mall is included in the game.
It looks so real. I will buy the game to try it out. LOL

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Sep 21, 2013 11:15am EDT

This terrorist attack is sickening but so are the comments here of those trying to relate this event to right-wings talking points on gun control in the U.S.

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Sep 21, 2013 11:18am EDT

Kenya is a third world country. Laws are just for show. Nairobi means “cold water”. Sounds like hot water to me. “Expatriate Mall” is another word for the Euro/USA$. Good choice for terrorist action. Kenya having Somalia as a neighbor is like Mexico as ours. LAWLESSNESS.com.
Media’s object? A new name in the list of massacres. Chicago? With hourly carnage, the subject got monotomous.

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Sep 21, 2013 11:24am EDT

What a horrible tragedy, but also a reminder not to do commerce on the Sabbath. Don’t do any work, enjoy the company of your lovely family, and stay at home where God will keep you safe.

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Sep 21, 2013 12:09pm EDT

“Failure to pass any of these checks at any stage, means an automatic and immediate revocation of the issued license. Once licensed to own a gun, no permit is required in order to carry around a concealed firearm.”

Wow…and people who want to kill people will, and have been denied a license, of course, obey this law…in liberal fantasy land.

Hey, at least there wasn’t a shootout…only the gunmen had guns, everyone else played the role of sheep being butchered. Thank God no civilians shot back (because of these “common sense” gun laws, boy, that would have been the real tragedy.

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