Archive for the ‘Guns’ Category

The NFL Gun Club

July 2, 2013

The NFL Gun Club

Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged’s Camaro convertible sped down Central Avenue like it was the Indianapolis Speedway until it was stopped by DC police. A loaded, unregistered .40-caliber H&K pistol was found under the driver’s seat.  The New England Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez favors the Glock .40, the same model New York Jet’s Plaxico Burress used to shoot himself in the thigh back in 2008.

Mr. Lefeged is being held on gun charges in DC jail; Mr. Hernandez is charged with murder. Plaxico Burress spent two years in prison for illegal possession of a handgun and poor marksmanship reckless endangerment.

As Chattanooga reporter Mark Wiedmer says, “Remember when the two biggest names in the National Football League were Brady and Manning rather than Smith and Wesson?”

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71 More Children Killed By Guns Since Newtown

May 10, 2013

71 More Children Killed By Guns Since Newtown

“In the last five months there have been at least 71 of them. None older than 12, several as young as five or six months, all of their lives ended by a bullet.”

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Who Supports Gun Show Background Checks? The NRA.

April 14, 2013

Who Supports Gun Show Background Checks? The NRA.

“We think it ‘s reasonable to provide for instant checks at gun shows just like at gun stores and pawn shops.”

Wayne R. LaPierre
Executive Vice-President, National Rifle Association
Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime
U. S. House of Representatives, May 27, 1999 (transcript)

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Foul Shooter?

April 3, 2013

Foul Shooter?

Former Washington Wizard Javaris Crittenton has been charged with a handgun murder in Atlanta.The highlight of his time with DC’s NBA team was his misdemeanor gun charge for brandishing illegal firearms in the Wizards locker room after a disputed card game.

More:

“Javaris Crittenton, Ex-Wizards Player formerly involved in Gilbert Arenas Gun Saga, Indicted on Murder, Gang Charges,” Simon Landau, WUSA-9 News

“Bourré-Playing Former Wizards Player Charged With Murder,” Will Sommer, Washington City Paper blog

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NRA Robocalls Newtown Residents

March 25, 2013

NRA Robocalls Newtown Residents

As part of it’s lobbying campaign to block gun violence legislation before the Connecticut legislature, the National Rifle Association has been robocalling residents of Newtown, site of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting which cost the lives of 20 small children and 6 educators on December 14th. Newtown residents are understandably appalled and enraged.

You can hear the recorded message by clicking on the link below. Imagine how it would sound if you got this robocall while sitting at the dinner table with your child, a surviving schoolmate of the young victims, or if there was an empty chair at dinner since December 14th.

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NRA Testimony

January 31, 2013

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday, explaining that Americans need high-capacity firearms in order to defend their right to own high-capacity firearms. He probably did that to draw attention away from the fact that the NRA now opposes background checks for all gun buyers, a policy it once supported, and the fact that he is paid a million bucks a year for this kind of blather.

More:

“LaPierre under fire,” Jillian Rayfield, Salon

“At Hill hearing, Wayne LaPierre tries to manhandle facts and logic,” Dana Milbank, Washington Post

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God Wants You to Own an Assault Rifle

January 28, 2013

God Wants You to Own an Assault Rifle

Blessed are the Bushmasters, according to David French. His column on sacred smiting in National Review asserts that “gun control represents not merely a limitation on a constitutional right but a limitation on a God-given right of man that has existed throughout the history of civil society.”

– “Top Conservative Publication: God Wants You To Have An Assault Rifle,” Zack Beauchamp, Think Progress

Of course, some religious people think otherwise.

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Shootings at 3 Gun Shows on ‘Gun Appreciation Day’

January 20, 2013

Shootings at 3 Gun Shows on 'Gun Appreciation Day'

While firearms enthusiasts around the country rallied in support of their gun show loophole, gun owners at three gun shows managed to shoot each other:

“Police say a security guard and two others were wounded Saturday afternoon at the Dixie Gun & Knife Show after a shotgun went off as it was being checked in. The gun owner was planning to sell the weapon at the show, which attracts thousands of people to the fairgrounds in West Raleigh.”

 “As part of Saturday’s national Gun Appreciation Day, gun-rights supporters marched around the Legislative Building in downtown Raleigh. State Capitol Police estimated the crowd numbered around 200 people.”

– “Three wounded at shooting at Dixie Gun & Knife Show,” T . Keung Hui and Hayley Paytes, Charlotte Observer

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NRA Blames Gun Violence on Shooting Games, Then Releases Shooting Game

January 14, 2013

NRA Blames Gun Violence on Shooting Games, Then Releases Shooting Game

“Videogames are among the suspects that the National Rifle Association blames for gun violence in the United States. In his press conference after the Newtown massacre, for instance, the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre called game makers ‘a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.’ So the rest of us are entitled to ask, aren’t we, why the NRA just released a free app for iOS that teaches how to shoot? Especially since, as Annie-Rose Strasser noticed, the first screen shot that pops up on the game’s page is of coffin-shaped targets, with helpful red marks at head and heart level.”

– “The NRA, Which Blames Shooting Games for Gun Violence, Has Just Released a Shooting Game,” David Berreby, Big Think

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Security Firm Lobbyist Runs NRA School Gun Program

January 10, 2013

Security Firm Lobbyist Runs NRA School Gun Program

When 26 school children and educators were murdered in Connecticut last month, the National Rifle Association’s response called for government to spend billions putting armed guards in every American school, putting kids in the crossfire. Heading the NRA’s “National School Shield Program“: Asa Hutchinson, who sits on the board of Pinkerton Government Services, which stands to reap huge profits from such a program. Mr. Hutchinson’s law firm has also represented the trigger-happy Blackwater mercenary army, shadowy Iraq war engineers SAIC, and Point Blank Body Armor.

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