Archive for the ‘Guns’ Category

Spring Break: Vacations for Villains

March 30, 2015

It’s Spring Break in America. While college kids head to the beaches of Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Cancún, career criminals are off to Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming, Louisiana and Montana. The college kids will come home with a tan, a tee shirt and a hangover. The bad guys will come home with guns — they plan their trips on CrimAdvisor.com.

More:

“The ‘friendliest’ state for criminals to buy guns?” Tim Devaney, The Hill

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Pistol Packin’ Bra Kills the Woman Wearing It

February 20, 2015

Pistol Packin' Bra Kills the Woman Wearing It

Michigan Republican official Christina Bond, a 55-year-old motorcycle-riding church administrator, former military police officer and mother of two, fatally shot herself in the head on New Year’s Day while adjusting her bra holster.

Some Americans carry handguns for self-protection, and each year thousands of them shoot themselves, hundreds fatally. Congress and state legislatures have blocked firearm injury research, so we don’t know how many of those victims kept their handguns in Second Amendment support garments or in their underpants.

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Since Newtown

December 14, 2014

Since Newtown

It has been 2 years since the gunshot killings of 20 young school children and seven adults in Newtown Connecticut. It the that time there have been almost 100 more school shootings, about one a week. We don’t know how many gun deaths and injuries have occurred since the gun lobby had Congress forbid the CDC from compiling that public health data, and crowd sourcing can’t keep up with the numbers. Nothing has changed; another Newtown could happen any day.

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Drone Defense

December 9, 2014

Drone Defense

On September 26th, a man in Lower Township, NJ shot down a neighbor’s drone quadcopter that was hovering over his yard and taking photos. Police decided that the small aircraft posed no immediate threat, and arrested the gunman on weapons and criminal mischief charges. Laws about personal drone incursions aren’t clear, so this case may establish precedent.

More:

— “Man Shoots Down Drone, Lawyers Scratch Their Heads,” Kelsey D. Atherton, Popular Science

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Pistol Packin’ Pork Lobbyist

July 24, 2014

Pistol Packin' Pork Lobbyist

Ronald Prestage, President-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, went to the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning because, you know, pork barrel politics. Mr. Prestage, a veterinarian who runs a 170,000-sow swine operation, was carrying a Ruger 9mm pistol. You never know when you’ll run across a fierce feral hog on The Hill, or a raging, veggie-wearin’ PETA protester. Unsympathetic Capitol Hill Police arrested him. House Republicans want everyone in DC to pack heat, just not around them.

When Dr. Prestage realized he had his gun in his bag, you can imagine how he felt. He’s a former Chairman of the National Turkey Federation.

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School Supplies

June 8, 2014

School Supplies

“One way to curb mass shootings in America’s schools would be for Congress to pass gun control legislation. But since that plan failed miserably, an enterprising father in Oklahoma is offering another solution—equipping children with bulletproof blankets.

The Bodyguard Blanket™ was developed by Steve Walker, a father of two elementary school students who was horrified by the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children and six adults dead. In the 14 months following Newtown, there were at least 44 school shootings. ‘We wanted our children to have a layer of protection immediately,’ Walker told Oklahoma NBC affiliate KFOR. ‘They can be stored in the classroom, and, when seconds count, they can be easily applied.'”

— “Gun Control Measures Are Going Nowhere, So Here’s a Bulletproof Blanket for Your Kids,” Dana Liebelson, Mother Jones

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Self-Defense

May 10, 2014

Self-Defense

Illustrator Mark Fiore has summarized the recent National Rifle Association annual meeting:

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Texas Town’s Request to Ted Nugent: Play ‘Far, Far Away’

March 26, 2014

Texas Town's Request to Ted Nugent: Play 'Far, Far Away'

The city of Longview Texas paid $16,250 to keep Ted Nugent from appearing at its municipal Fourth of July celebration. City leaders concluded that Mr. Nugent’s act was not the family-friendly entertainment they had in mind, but his agent claimed their preliminary talks constituted a verbal contract, so the town paid Mr. Nugent a “kill fee.” The 65-year-old rocker, once known for his guitar playing, now stays in the public eye through his racist comments, questionable lyrics, and gun-happy right-wing views.

More:

“Longview pays off rocker Ted Nugent to not perform,” Richard Yeakley, Longview News-Journal

“Rejection slip from Longview gig has Nugent hot as a firecracker,” Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star Telegram

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Gun Worship

March 22, 2014

Gun Worship

The Georgia State Senate has passed a bill allowing guns to be carried in churches. The Georgia House of Representatives passed a similar bill which also allows convicted felons ‘stand your ground’ status, the right to claim they acted in self-defense if they use deadly force. The House version also allows guns in airports and bars, and lets K-12 teachers and staff carry handguns on school grounds.

More:

“Georgia Senate Passes Bill To Allow Guns In Churches,” Caitlin MacNeal, Talking Points Memo

“Amid Wave of Pro-Gun Legislation, Georgia Proposes Sweeping Law,” Herbert Buchsbaum, New York Times

“Critics say Georgia stand-your-ground gun law ‘recipe for unnecessary killing,'” Karen McVeigh, The Guardian

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Florida: Play Loud Music, Get Shot Dead

February 16, 2014

Florida: Play Loud Music, Get Shot Dead

If you play loud music in your car while in the parking lot of a Florida convenience store on a Friday night, expect to be shot dead. It’s not murder.

If you stop your car for a few minutes in the parking lot of a Florida convenience store on a Friday night and you judge the music emanating from another car poses a threat to your life, remove the 9 millimeter pistol from your glove compartment and blast away. It’s not murder.

If you stop your car for a few minutes in the parking lot of a Florida convenience store on a Friday night and you instigate a confrontation with a group of teenagers in another car, remove the 9 millimeter pistol from your glove compartment and blast away, even as the other car is leaving the scene with the dead body of a young man you have just shot dead lying in the backseat. It’s not murder. It’s Florida justice.

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