Name: Clay A. Duke
Weapon: Hand Gun
Target/s: School Board Members
Victims: None, all shots missed intended target – Duke later dies of self-inflicted gun shot.
Mental Illness: Duke’s family revealed he suffered from a history of Bi-Polar symptoms.
Social Media: Duke used his ‘About Me’ section on Facebook to leave a politically charged departing message prior to attending the public meeting.
Media Reaction: Calm/Limited: Clay Duke was a troubled, broke ex-con with bipolar disorder, an interest in anarchy, a wife whose unemployment benefits had run out and frustrations that reached their boiling point on a day circled on his calendar at home. Clay A. Duke, School Board Gunman, Had Dec. 14 Marked On Calendar – AP/Huffington Post
Name: Jared Lee Loughner
Weapon: 9MM Glock Pistol
Target/s: Rep. Gabriell Giffords (AZ)
Location: Public appearance of Rep. Gabriell Giffords during ‘Congress on your Corner’ event at Tucson AZ - January 8, 2011
Victims: 5 Dead, 14 Injured including Rep. Gabriell Giffords.
Mental Illness: No mental health reports have been released on Loughner, media reports have circulated basing his mental health on his You Tube videos, and expulsion from a community college over his erratic behavior.
Social Media: Loughner had extensive use of message boards, posted a final message on My Space profile, as well as a number of self-made You Tube videos covering Mind Control /The Gold Standard, and burning the American flag.
Media Reaction: Ongoing: Within moments of another American horror – the shooting of a congresswoman and 19 other people in Tucson on Saturday – the proclaiming of causes, reasons and influences began. The insta-commentators quickly formed a consensus: Something about our uncivil political conversation had acted like a virus on a 22-year-old “loner,” inflaming him with murderous rage. - Jared Loughner’s alleged shooting rampage blamed on media by commentators- Washington Post