17 June 2016 - British MP shot dead
(BBC News, 16/06/2016)
Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was left bleeding on the ground after the attack in Birstall, West Yorkshire. A man was arrested nearby.
One eyewitness told the BBC they heard her attacker shout "put Britain first" at least twice beforehand.
Tributes flooded in from politicians including David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Attacker Member of the National Alliance
Stephen Castle and Pauline Bock (The New York Times, 16/06/2016)
The lawmaker, Jo Cox, 41, who was considered a rising star in the opposition Labour Party and a passionate advocate for victims of the civil war in Syria, was shot in Birstall, a town about six miles southwest of the city of Leeds. A 77-year-old man was slightly injured in the attack.
A 52-year-old man was arrested in Ms. Cox’s killing, and the police said they were not looking for any other suspects. No motive has been established, officials said.
Decency and commitment
Editorial (The Guardian, 16/06/2016)
The killing, by stabbing and repeated shooting in the street, of Jo Cox is, in the first instance, an exceptionally heinous villainy. She was the mother of two very young children, who will now have to grow up without her. It is also, however, in a very real sense, an attack on democracy. Violence against MPs in Britain is mercifully rare. Only three have been killed in recent history: Airey Neave, Tony Berry and Ian Gow, all of them at the hands of the Irish republicans. Two others, Nigel Jones and Stephen Timms, have been grievously wounded, the latter by a woman citing jihadi inspiration and rage about the Iraq war. Whatever the cause, an attack on a parliamentarian is always an attack on parliament as well, which was as clear in Thursday’s case as any before.
Jacob Davidson (Time, 16/06/2016)
British Member of Parliament Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death on Thursday, shocking the U.K. and provoking an outpouring of sympathy from citizens and politicians from across the globe.
The killing, which police are still investigating, would have been jarring anywhere in the world. But in England, where guns are tightly controlled and gun violence is a rare event, the attack is all the more appalling.
Even by European standards, England and Wales are something of a gun-free zone, with just 6.2 guns per 100 people, according to the Small Arms Survey. That’s far less than Germany, Italy, Spain, France—and of course, the U.S., which leads the world with more than 88 guns per 100 people.
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