How the N.R.A. Uses Fear to Sell Guns. Mike Weisser runs a blog called Mike the Gun Guy and describes himself as a “gun nut beyond all gun nuts.”
He joined the N.R.A. when he was eleven years old, a budding sportsman with a rifle for sport shooting. He later worked in his uncle’s gun business building revolvers, sold guns wholesale to law enforcement, and eventually opened a retail shop. He has written six books about guns.
Toddlers have shot at least 23 people this year. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images) This past week, a Milwaukee toddler fatally shot his mother after finding a handgun in the back seat of the car they were riding in.
The case drew a lot of national attention given the unusual circumstances: Little kids rarely kill people, intentionally or not. But this type of thing happens more often than you might think. Since April 20, there have been at least seven instances in which a 1- , 2- or 3-year-old shot themselves or somebody else in the United States: On April 20, a 2-year-old boy in Indiana found the gun his mother left in her purse on the kitchen counter and fatally shot himself. A researcher explains the sad truth: we know how to stop gun violence. But we don't do it.
Every day in America, about 31 people are killed in gun homicides.
It's a grisly death toll — one that no other developed nation has to deal with. The political response to this violence has focused on gun control. But while the research shows gun control is truly effective, federal legislation curtailing access to guns seems unlikely to happen anytime soon. So what can America do to stop gun violence? A new, major report from Harvard University researchers Thomas Abt and Christopher Winship reviewed the evidence, putting together the big take from 43 reviews of the research that covered more than 1,400 individual studies, while following up with on-the-ground fieldwork across the US and Latin America. But the findings aren't exactly new or shocking. I reached out to Abt to get his views on these issues, how to frame the debate around fighting crime, and what the evidence shows the solutions should be.
The "oversimplification" of America's criminal justice debate. The N.R.A. Reimagines Classic Fairy Tales, With Guns. 'Oh, what a big gun you have': NRA re-writes fairytales to include firearms. The US pro-gun lobby is entertaining its younger members with its own take on classic fairytales, but they have a unique twist: firearms.
The National Rifle Association’s nrafamily.com website is featuring the pro-firearms stories. The latest Hansel and Gretel (Have Guns), written by Amelia Hamilton and posted last week, is accompanied by a picture of the titular siblings lost in the forest, as is traditional, but rather than being petrified of the story’s witch they’re supplied with rifles. The story opens with their family bemoaning their lack of food, and deviates from the classic text with the lines: “Fortunately, they had been taught how safely to use a gun and had been hunting with their parents most of their lives. 'Refuse to Be a Victim,' and More Lessons for Women from the NRA. I'm sitting inside a storefront in Orange, CA, trying not to look at myself in the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall mirror.
A large metal chain, where a punching bag surely hangs sometimes, peeks out from the perforated ceiling. Gun-loving Florida mom shot by 4-year-old son hours after bragging he ‘gets jacked up’ to shoot. A gun-loving social media activist was shot and wounded Tuesday by her 4-year-old son while driving.
Investigators said Jamie Gilt was driving a four-door pickup truck hauling a horse trailer about 3 p.m. when the boy somehow managed to gain access to a .45-caliber handgun and shoot her from the back seat, reported the Florida Times-Union. A Putnam County sheriff’s deputy spotted the 31-year-old Gilt behaving frantically inside the pickup, which was partially parked in a travel lane on Florida 20, authorities said. The bullet passed through Gilt’s torso, and she is expected to survive. Deputies said the boy was not strapped into a booster seat, but they haven’t determined whether he was strapped in at the time of the shooting.
Silence Broken: A Mother's Reckoning (Sue Klebold Interview) Armed Texans Celebrate State’s New Open-Carry Status. Photo AUSTIN, Tex. — For decades, the south steps of the State Capitol have served as a staging area for rallies on issues ranging from abortion to immigration rights, but Friday was the first time that demonstrators walked around here with handguns on their hips.
The Riddle of the Gun (Revisited) Why do some mass shootings make the news and some don't? - BBC News. Image copyright Google Last week, a gunman killed nine people at a community college in Oregon.
Several hours later, another man shot three in Florida. Only one made international news. Walter "Buzz" Terhune was a Vietnam veteran who moved to Florida to care for his elderly parents. He loved kids, helping other veterans and participating in civic life in tiny Inglis, a commercial fishing town near Florida's west coast. Terhune didn't know Otis Ray Bean, but that didn't stop the 68-year-old from coming to Bean's aid when he was shot across the street from where Terhune was getting cash at a bank. Why Gun Lovers Don’t Get To Grieve Another Massacre With Me. I am grieving again today.
Once more I am mourning the senseless execution of beautiful souls torn to shreds in the prime of their lives and in the middle of their ordinary. I am grieving more premature funerals and canceled weddings and discarded futures—and I want to be alone right now. Gun lover, please don’t tell me you’re grieving along with me today too. I just don’t think I want your company right now. If you’re still against greater gun control measures—you don’t get to grieve with me today. Not again. 4 Pro-Gun Arguments We're Sick of Hearing. Another day, another horrible mass shooting.
This one was in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon, on the Umpqua Community College campus. More than two dozen people were reportedly hit with gunfire. While victims are being rushed to the hospital, many right-wing pundits and politicians are no doubt readying their talking points to explain why the 264th mass shooting of the year does not mean the United States should tighten up access to deadly firearms.
An Australian's view on America's... - Occupy Democrats. 994 mass shootings in 1,004 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks lik... Fear by Marilynne Robinson. America is a Christian country. This is true in a number of senses. Most people, if asked, will identify themselves as Christian, which may mean only that they aren’t something else. Non-Christians will say America is Christian, meaning that they feel somewhat apart from the majority culture.
There are a large number of demographic Christians in North America because of our history of immigration from countries that are or were also Christian. We are identified in the world at large with this religion because some of us espouse it not only publicly but also vociferously. There is something I have felt the need to say, that I have spoken about in various settings, extemporaneously, because my thoughts on the subject have not been entirely formed, and because it is painful to me to have to express them. Newsweek. Jim Jefferies - Gun Control - Full Length Official Clip. Gun violence: who's accountable when a child is charged with manslaughter? An 11-year-old boy was charged with manslaughter in Detroit this month for the fatal shooting of a three-year-old, after the boy allegedly found a gun at his father’s house.
On Monday, his father was arraigned on several criminal charges, including involuntary manslaughter. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement on the boy’s charges that “very unfortunately and very tragically, the alleged facts in the case demanded it”. Yet it remains exceedingly rare to charge a juvenile that young for killing someone, especially in cases when a shooting might be considered an accident. And experts say parents are not frequently charged for child shootings, raising questions about where accountability belongs for gun violence.
In 2013, 14 children under the age of 12 were charged with murder and non-negligent manslaughter, according to the FBI. Details of the Detroit case remain scant.