In an unprecedented move
, former United States press secretary James Brady's death has been ruled a homicide, 33 years after he was shot by John Hinckley Jr
of the incident at the Washington Hilton and a sweet rememberance of "Bear"
A refreshing, well researched, measured take on gun control
The police officer smiled and handed me a bucket with a revolver and thirty loose rounds of ammunition. Outside, it was dusk and the snow was falling sideways.
A Maryland gun store owner recently spent the night in his store
to guard against retribution for his store's (now-reversed) decision to sell the Armatix iP1 Smart Pistol
, the first smart gun to be marketed in the United States. Andy Raymond, co-owner of Engage Armament in Rockville, Maryland, initially supported the iP1 as a way to reach "fence-sitters", but backed down
after receiving death threats
. [more inside]
New York's SAFE act sought to ban so-called "assault weapons" by making certain physical features of such guns illegal in the state. Enterprising machinists have now created a modified version of the venerable AR-15 which complies with the law
. The New York State Police have declared that the gun is legal, and prototypes are being shown in gun shops all over the state.
The Simple Facts About Mass Shootings Aren't Simple At All
The first step in stopping future mass shootings is figuring out what we know and working from there. Unfortunately, the real first step is getting rid of a bunch of stuff we “know” that turns out to be wrong. [more inside]
It's time for Americans to gather around the dinner table, eat too much, and argue about politics! A new genre of Thanksgiving-themed web pages seems to be taking off this year, that being the "How to argue with your [opposite political party] family members at Thanksgiving" genre. From the left side of the political spectrum, the Democratic National Committee has launched "The Democrat's Guide to Talking Politics with Your Republican Uncle
", and The Huffington Post chimed in with "Here's Every Argument You'll Need To Win Your Obamacare Debate This Thanksgiving
". Not to be outdone, conservatives have responded with cheat sheets of their own, including RedState.com's "Thanksgiving dinner with your liberal relatives
" and The Washington Examiner's "The Thanksgiving guide to making conservative arguments liberals can understand
". [more inside]
"There’s never been an America, but rather several Americas—each a distinct nation.
There are eleven nations today. Each looks at violence, as well as everything else, in its own way."
" [more inside]
Bearing Arms: [New York Times]
Articles in this series examine the gun industry’s influence and the wide availability of firearms in America. [more inside]
Domestic violence becomes news - only when it turns into a mass murder
As the report points out, there's a glaring flaw in Washington State's protection-order system: "With very few, recent exceptions, law-enforcement agencies did not have protocols in place to remove firearms from protective-order respondents or convicted domestic-violence offenders." [more inside]
Late Friday night, a young man named Mark Carson
, shot point blank, in Greenwich Village. Carson's death was the 22nd anti-gay hate crime
in New York so far this year, and the fifth this month. [more inside]
, creators of the controversial printable AR-15 receiver
, have now released CAD files and video of the first firing of the Liberator, a real plastic pistol capable of firing between one and 10 .380 calibre rounds before exploding. [more inside]
Despite widespread popular support, on April 17th, 2013, the US Senate voted
to defeat four legislative amendments
that would strengthen background checks for gun purchases and place a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Victims and survivors of victims of recent shootings
who were in the Senate audience were heard to yell "Shame on you" at legislators as the final votes were tallied.
Using potential life expectancy numbers from the World Health Organization, Periscopic has created a beautiful, if depressing, visualization of the lost years resulting from gun deaths in the United States in 2010
, and 2013
A Contagion Of Violence
In exploring the occurrence of violence, researchers have recognized the tendency for violent acts to cluster, to spread from place to place, and to mutate from one type to another – similar to the infectious disease model, in which an agent or vector initiates a specific biological pathway leading to symptoms of disease and infectivity.
Is It Time To Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease? [more inside]
Defense Distributed of Austin, TX caused quite a stir a short time ago by creating a 3d printed gun
and releasing the CAD files for it for free online. But people were less alarmed after learning that the gun had failed after 6 shots.
The new version is still intact and functional after firing 600 rounds.
They have also created a fully functional 3d printed high capacity magazine for the AR-15 and released CAD files for it, free online.
founder, Cody Wilson
, also succeeded recently in eating Diane Feinstein's lunch
, and also in blowing Glenn Beck's mind
, while apparently trying to convert Beck to Anarchism.
"I certainly believe that the White House would like nothing more than to see an end to mass gun murders in America's elementary schools. But the fact remains that gun violence takes place every day, all across this country, at a rate of dozens of deaths a day, and as the leading cause of death among African-American youth. But when the vice president establishes a task force on gun control and violence that includes the media industries that the NRA has once again chosen as their patsies after a particularly heinous and public example of gun violence, all it can do is shift attention away from guns." -- How the video game industry has lost out in the gun control debate
On Dec 14th, Gene Rosen found six kids "sitting in a neat semicircle at the end of his driveway.
He ran upstairs and grabbed an armful of stuffed animals. He gave those to the children, along with some fruit juice, and sat with them as the two boys described seeing their teacher being shot."
Now he's getting phone calls and emails from Sandy Hook Truthers
who think that the shooting in Newtown was a government sponsored hoax. [more inside]
Piers Morgan stares his chief critic in the face.
Alex Jones [previously
] is a controversial radio DJ responsible for, amongst other things, starting a petition
to have CNN's Piers Morgan deported for comments critical of the Second Amendment. Jones was invited by Morgan to debate gun rights on Morgan's primetime show. This is what happened.
How the Glock Became America's Weapon of Choice
The Glock was created in 1982 by a curtain rod manufacturer named Gaston Glock. Glock didn't like the handguns available on the market and decided to manufacture a new gun from scratch. [more inside]
The Secret History of Guns.
"The Ku Klux Klan, Ronald Reagan, and, for most of its history, the NRA all worked to control guns. The Founding Fathers? They required gun ownership—and regulated it. And no group has more fiercely advocated the right to bear loaded weapons in public than the Black Panthers—the true pioneers of the modern pro-gun movement. In the battle over gun rights in America, both sides have distorted history and the law, and there’s no resolution in sight." [Via]
The Cultural Cognition Project at Yale
looks at the cause of polarizing debates such as: global warming, gun ownership, school shootings, terrorism, nanotechnology, public health, nuclear power, foreign wars and just about every heated thread in Internet history. In short, the polarizing issue is "risk"- the perception of risk, and the proposed solutions to risk. It turns out people see risk in polarizing ways according to where they stand on a scale of cultural beliefs. [more inside]
Gun show undercover
- how dangerous people get guns.
Following the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others, Peter King (R), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, plans to introduce legislation banning firearms within 1000 feet of a government official.
In the wake of the Port Arthur massacre
, in 1997 Australia implemented a gun buyback program that reduced the stock of firearms by around one-fifth, and nearly halving the number of gun-owning households. Leigh and Neill (2010)
find that the buyback led to a drop in the firearm suicide rates of almost 80%, or about 200 lives per annum (with no significant effect on non-firearm death rates). This translates into an annual benefit of $500M
, or $800 000 per weapon destroyed. However, Baker & McPhedran (2006)
have previosuly concluded that there was no impact on homicides.
There's something about Mary.
Sarasota, Florida, resident Mary McFate was a prominent gun control activist, active in anti-gun groups around the country. Mary Lou Sapone was a freelance spy with an NRA connection. They are the same person.
Members of the Montana legislature
(out of session) appear to be attempting to force the Supreme Court's hand in a fairly landmark gun-control case, Heller v. DC
. Through an extra-session resolution
, they are invoking contract law, by stating that the contract between the Montana people, through our Constitution, and the Federal Government will be ... ? ... if the Heller case is decided 'incorrectly'. What is at issue is one of the SCOTUS' seminal opportunities to rule concerning collective rights versus individual rights
for firearm possession. [more inside]
In a lawsuit filed in Oregon, a local teacher with a permit to carry concealed is demanding the right to take her gun to school.
The anonymous plaintiff's personal reasons claim a fear for her life from an abusive ex who works at the same school, however, as the argument takes a life of it's own, we can see echoes of Columbine(wikipedia link)
and Virginia Tech
. [more inside]
Recent MeFi threads
have suggested how easy
it is (or not
) to build a gun
. The comparison to dynamite
is made, frequently, in these sorts of discussions, supposedly to illustrate another "weapon"
which is in the public corpus but largely outlawed. [more inside]
What the NRA wants the NRA gets.
The Assault Weapons Ban ends Monday. In an election season where first responders have become an issue it seems odd that both parties are ignoring pleas like these, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton:
"Nobody has an inalienable right to run around with a machine gun. I'm sorry, that's insanity!" Also, check out this fun and informative "banned or legal" page
explaining the 1994 ban. Ban FAQ here.
NRA Seeks Status as News Outlet
Deciding that laws regulating campaign spending are simply in their way, the National Rifle Association
thinks out loud about buying a radio or TV station and then filing a lawsuit so that money limits no longer apply to them. As we all know, federal gun regulations are a near-certainty without this effort.
is a organization dedicated to the notion of preserving "Private property first, foremost, and always."
Darlings of the far right-wing
press, they are not anti-tax or anti-regulation of business, they are a group that exploits laws allowing landowners to apprehend or shoot trespassers by organizing armed expeditions
of "concerned citizens" to hunt down undocumented border crossers. Begun in Arizona and Texas, they have recently expanded to all Mexican/American border states. Check out the different state pages
to learn of their upcoming "operations".
This site requires a lot of perusal to ascertain the reality of what these people are doing, but they do give you some insight as to what the hell they are thinking.
At 2:26 p.m. yesterday,
the US House of Representatives was considering a gun control bill.
In the process of complaining about "a failed Democratic amendment that would have banned gun sales to drug addicts or people undergoing drug treatment
," Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-Wyoming) let slip this telling inquiry:
"So does that mean that if you go into a black community, you can't sell any guns to any black person?"
The Gun Industry Sins Exposed?
(nyt - registration required)
But Mr. Ricker, who has been working for more than two decades in the gun industry, including a stint as a lawyer for the N.R.A., said the gun makers had long known that "the diversion of firearms from legal channels of commerce to the black market" takes place "principally at the distributor/dealer level."
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Hundreds of people
with criminal records in Maryland may have been allowed to purchase guns illegally this year because the state temporarily stopped conducting background checks for the FBI.[More Inside]
Bush skeptical of ballistic fingerprinting.
This article talks about Bush's (and the NRA's) reluctance to set up a national ballistic fingerprinting system to trace bullets back to the guns which fired them. Some feel this technology could be helpful in finding the DC sniper. Apparently, legislation to set up this system has been in the works for about 2 years, but this is the first I've heard of it. Any MeFi people know more about this?
In a major policy reversal, the Justice Department has officially endorsed an individual right to bear arms
. In doing so, the Justice Department has abandoned its long-held position that the second amendment
is limited in scope to protecting militia activities
. Does this mean the Justice Department will stop enforcing federal laws
that it sees as violating the 2nd amendemnt? Should it? If there is a individual right to bear arms, how far
should it extend?
"From my cold dead hands."
A vice-president of the National Rifle Association took credit for President Bush's election Saturday, saying that those who would restrict gun rights are engaged in "political terrorism." Hyperbole aside, is gun control a failure in the USA?
Sarah Brady, champion of gun control, buys a gun
for her son. The Secret Service, who you can bet are armed, violate federal and state law
to keep legally carried arms away from Dick Cheney in Utah. Kofi Annan gets in trouble for machine-pistol carrying guards
shortly after the UN's international Small Arms Destruction Day
. Diane Feinstein admits the need to feel armed
. Rosie O'Donnell wants people to tote guns to protect her son
. One of Ted Kennedy's guards brought a machine pistol into the Capitol
. I'm not meaning to make a Memepool type linkfest, but these things are extremely under reported, and I'm interested in what people think of the apparent hypocrisy
to be found in the people who want to make you defenseless but feel above their rules themselves. Is this defensible? How?
Britain's strict gun laws not really working. While Britain has some of the toughest firearms laws in the world, the recent spate of gun murders in London has highlighted a disturbing growth in armed crime.
Could the NRA be correct? Should the Bobbies now be required to carry guns, something they have never done before?
How the Gun Industry Armed Osama bin Laden, Other Foreign and Domestic Terrorists, and Common Criminals with 50 Caliber Sniper Rifles. "Therein lies an object lesson in the danger of unrestrained civilian sales of weapons of war like 50 caliber rifles. Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda has acquired at least 25 Barrett 50 caliber sniper rifles. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing how many more 50 caliber rifles Al Qaeda has obtained from Barrett or from its many competitors. No one keeps track of them."
At the risk of chilling the patriotic rush to buy firearms, SUVs, gas masks, flags and Cipro (got to keep American rolling!
), ya really gotta read this study of America's moral superiority in controlling "terrorism" around the world.
How the hell did the FBI LOSE 265 firearms?
Love the line "lost OR stolen". A total of 449 pistols, handguns, rifles, shotguns and sub-machine guns are missing, a "small number" of which may
have been used in local crimes, such as robberies. Glad to know CSIS
isn't the only intelligence agency that screws up
regularly. God bless america
So, anyone can get a Nevada carry permit now?
You'll have to scroll down a bit, so here's the quote:
"On Wednesday, May 23, Governor Guinn (R) signed SB 20 and SB 172. SB 20 allows non-residents to apply for a Nevada Right to Carry permit starting October 1, 2001, and SB 172 abolishes the two-gun-per-permit limitation for Nevada Right to Carry permits beginning July 1, 2002, when the state's computer infrastructure is in place. "
An article that explains
, to some degree, what the law entails. I'm assuming that someone heading to Nevada to wear all his guns would still have to keep them locked up until he got there.