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  • NRA's Wayne LaPierre promises apocalypse now (barf alert)

    07/29/2015 5:05:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 29 july 2015 | Francis Wilkinson
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, R, who presides over a state with a high rate of gun violence and a low quality of gun laws, is shocked. "We never would've imagined it would've happened in Louisiana or Lafayette," he said after last week's movie theater shooting in Lafayette, La. Jindal responded with a kind of gunner jujitsu, calling for other states to emulate the sloppy standards of Louisiana, which has loose gun laws and has largely failed to supply mental health records to the criminal background check system, although a law signed by Jindal now requires it. Louisiana has the nation's...
  • Editorial: Make gun laws work the way they're supposed to

    07/28/2015 6:25:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 july 2015
    Half the guns used by criminals in Illinois gush in from states that do an even lousier job than Illinois of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. When a big city like Chicago is a national hub of the illegal drug trade — even El Chapo has competition in this town, as Sun-Times reporter Frank Main wrote Sunday — then stopping that flow of guns is essential. Now, finally, a leading voice of the Republican Party, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, on Sunday said what Chicago leaders have been saying for years: At least close...
  • Americans now know: More guns = less crime

    07/28/2015 5:15:25 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 july 2015 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Americans are increasingly convinced that owning a gun makes them safer. A new Rasmussen poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans (68%) "feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed." And a series of polls by Gallup, the Pew Research Center and ABC News and The Washington Post show similar results. But it isn't just what people say. They are clearly putting more stock in self-defense. Since 2007, the number of concealed-handgun permits has soared, from 4.6 million to 12.8 million. A new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center finds that a record 1.7 million permits have...
  • Gov. Doug Ducey arms Arizona National Guard after Tennessee shooting (another one!)

    07/22/2015 5:40:28 PM PDT · by Marie · 11 replies
    KTAR ^ | July 22, 2015 | KTAR Newsroom
    PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order Wednesday arming the Arizona National Guard in response to multiple shootings at military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. "With the number of tragic shootings that have occurred on military installations in recent years, it's imperative that our soldiers and airmen -- people who put their lives on the line every day to protect our state and nation -- have at least the same level of self-defense as the citizens they're fighting for," Ducey said in a statement. Ducey's order will allow Guard personnel to carry weapons at Guard facilities and train them...
  • Milwaukee gun initiative is good step but more is needed

    07/25/2015 4:45:53 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 25 july 2015
    The initiative to curb gun violence in Milwaukee announced last week by state and local officials is a necessary and welcome step that may help reduce the sharp spike in homicides and shootings the city has experienced this year. Focusing on the aggressive prosecution of gun crimes, much like the successful Operation Ceasefire did when it was launched 15 years ago, this push should give authorities more of the the tools they need. The day the initiative was announced, Milwaukee matched its homicide total for all of last year with the death of a 17-year-old girl. While the total number...
  • 7th Circuit overturns Milwaukee gun conviction, say police stop improper

    07/22/2015 5:29:06 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 22 july 2015 | Bruce Vielmetti
    A federal appeals court has reversed a Milwaukee man's gun conviction and three year sentence, ruling that police unlawfully boxed him into an alley with their bicycles. The ruling -- the same day that law enforcement officials declared a new war on gun violence in Milwaukee”-- illustrates the kind of legal obstacles such an effort must overcome. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was written by Judge Anne Williams, and joined by Judge Richard Posner and U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood. In June 2013, Milwaukee officers Michael Michalski and Michael Flannery were bicycle patrol on the city’s north...
  • Guns on the bus: Still a bad idea

    07/20/2015 7:16:13 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 july 2015
    "Granny's got a gun" was the headline on the television news report the day Ramona Taylor-Kamate was mugged on a crowded bus in Detroit. Taylor-Kamate, then 56, told WJBK News that she struggled with the young man who grabbed her purse in January 2013. He tried to flee when the bus stopped, but she held on and followed him onto the sidewalk. When he reached for his boot, she thought he was going for a gun — so she pulled out her own pistol and fired 11 times. He escaped. Rauner OKs changes to concealed carry law as state gun...
  • This gun control tactic is hard to shoot down (barf alert)

    07/20/2015 7:04:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 20 july 2015
    Aside from picking office holders, Nevada voters next year will have the opportunity to help keep guns out of the wrong hands. Granted, we can’t always identify “the wrong hands” because many crimes are committed in the passion of the moment by first-time gun-wielders who might not fit the profile of a gunman-in-waiting. But as a society, we at least can try to weed out those people who, on the face of it, shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon. It’s an obvious group: felons, domestic abusers and the mentally ill who have been identified by the state as having...
  • .Hutchinson Orders Adjutant General To Arm Full-Time Military Personnel (ARK)

    07/18/2015 6:49:37 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 26 replies
    5 News Online ^ | 17 JUL 15 1700hrs | Curtis Lanning and Dillon Thomas
    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Following the shooting death of four Marines in Chattanooga, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has authorized Arkansas National Guard Adjutant General Mark Berry to arm full-time military personnel. The governor also ordered the Arkansas flag to be flown at half-staff on Monday (July 20), according to a news release. “Our hearts break at the news of another senseless act of violence and terror, this time out of Chattanooga,” Governor Hutchinson said. “Our prayers go out to all the families of the victims, especially the family of Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Russellville, one of Arkansas’s own.” He continued, “I...
  • Plain Talk: John Wiley hit bull's-eye in critique of state's gun laws (barf alert)

    07/08/2015 5:48:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 26 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 8 july 2015 | Dave Zweifel
    If you didn't see retired UW-Madison chancellor John Wiley's Voice of the People contribution last week, you need to go back and read it. It succinctly describes the utter lunacy of our lax gun laws that, despite the protestations of the pro-gun fanatics, help make us the most violent nation in the world. That violence is expected to push the national gun death toll to more than 33,000 people this year, which would probably for the first time exceed the number of deaths in motor vehicle crashes throughout America. Wiley, a gun owner himself, is appalled that the state Legislature...
  • From Sandy Hook to Charleston to Chicago (barf alert)

    07/07/2015 5:48:27 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 07 july 2015
    When 20 schoolchildren, mostly first-graders, were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, the nation renewed a fierce debate over gun laws. The slaughter of children, many of whom hid under desks and in closets to avoid a mad gunman stalking their hallways, seemed the tipping point for a sincere re-examination of state and federal gun laws. President Barack Obama proposed a broad agenda on firearms. But it was narrowed to legislation that would expand the requirements for criminal background checks of gun-buyers. As parents of Sandy Hook victims watched from the Senate gallery, even...
  • It wouldn’t hurt President Obama to continue to push for gun reform (barf alert)

    07/07/2015 5:27:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 7 july 2015 | Dan Thomasson
    As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and the resulting worthless disingenuous rhetoric about changing the nation’s barbaric gun culture. Between now and then, this is certain: Nothing will alter the status quo and the victims will just be more martyred to the cause delivering us from the evil of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. If that seems unrelentingly cynical, it is justified by the refusal of American political and judicial...
  • Don’t Equate Same-Sex Marriage Decision with National Concealed Carry Reciprocity (NRA)

    07/06/2015 8:28:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | July 5, 2015
    On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which concerned whether same-sex marriage is a right protected by the U.S. Constitution. Although the case did not address the right to bear arms, some pro-gun advocates began debating whether the Court’s reasoning and analysis had application to national concealed carry licensing reciprocity. This is a reasonable question. If states that formerly did not sanction same-sex marriage now have to recognize all marriages from states that do, shouldn’t that also mean restrictive “may issue” concealed carry jurisdictions have to recognize concealed carry...
  • Cops hate this gun-shaped iPhone case

    07/03/2015 6:34:36 AM PDT · by ToxicMich · 47 replies
    "Most kids carry their cell phone in their back pocket, and if someone reaches for it, in my mind they're reaching for a gun," said Al Della Fave, a retired New Jersey state trooper and firearms instructor. Dellla Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey, shared a Facebook (FB, Tech30) photo of the iPhone case that he found on a closed social media site for cops. A model poses with her phone tucked into her back pocket, and the protruding case looks like the handle of a semiautomatic compact pistol.
  • Details emerge in Northeast Las Vegas home invasion shootout

    07/02/2015 4:55:49 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 02 july 2015 | COLTON LOCHHEAD
    A 23-year-old man was able to fend off two intruders in his family’s home Tuesday morning, killing one and wounding the other, according to a police report released Wednesday. Just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Tarneshia Harris, 29, also known as Tiffany Carter, and a male accomplice broke into a house in the 3800 block of King Palm Avenue, near Pecos and Alexander roads, while several people were home, according to the report. The duo initially tried a ruse to gain entry, police said. Harris knocked on the door of the house and told the 12-year-old boy who answered that her...
  • Commentary: Why Israel has lots of guns but few gun crimes (barf alert)

    06/30/2015 5:44:47 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 30 june 2015 | Daniel Gordis
    Early in 2002, as the Second Intifada was raging, guns — normally ubiquitous in Israeli society — were even more in evidence. In restaurants, at synagogue and especially on the street, you could see pistols stuck into men’s belts or pants. One of my wife’s closest friends kept a gun in her purse. Those were dangerous times in Israel. More than once, legally armed civilians killed or wounded terrorists in places as seemingly benign as the grocery store. I decided that I, too, should probably get a gun license, and promptly went to the appropriate government office to apply. Obama...
  • With Knife Murders Spiking After Gun Ban, UK Urges "Save A Life - Surrender Your Knife"

    06/28/2015 6:37:58 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 59 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6-28-15 | Tyler Durden
    Just a week ago, we noted the hard-working US government was drawing up plans for "knife regulations." Well, in The UK it appears to have already begun... As SHTFPlan.com's Mac Slavo warns, don't try to think this one through - the logica fail and sheer volume of absurdity might just make you sick if you do...For the UK – whose laws and policies all-too-often influence those of the U.S. – gun control isn’t enough. Probably nothing will ever be enough.Now a call to surrender knives, ongoing for years, is in full swing. Via Citizen Action: The right to bear arms...
  • Paul Fanlund: Flags may fall, but in Wisconsin, gun culture stands tall (barf alert)

    06/26/2015 4:59:42 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 26 june 2015 | Paul Fanlund
    David Barden, 7, loved to ride waves at the beach and make s’mores around a bonfire with his cousins. Jessica Rekos, 6, loved orca whales, playing with her two brothers and everything about horses. Both were killed by automatic weapons at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012 along with 18 other students and six adult staff members.
  • The Right to be Free From Guns (barf alert)

    06/25/2015 4:59:36 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 40 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 25 june 2015 | E.J. Dionne,Jr.
    WASHINGTON -- Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said "Enough" after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying "Enough" after Charleston. But this time, we don't even expect anything to happen. What's needed is a long-term national effort to change popular attitudes toward handgun ownership. And we need to insist on protecting the rights of Americans who do not want to be anywhere near guns. None of this should...
  • Why is Obama giving up on gun laws?

    06/21/2015 7:04:33 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 21 june 2015 | Clarence Page
    Witnesses say the white gunman who killed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., was quite vocal about his motives: He wanted to kill black people. Sylvia Johnson, whose cousin the Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of three ministers killed in the church, said a survivor of the horror told her the shooter muttered, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go." In Charleston, a slaughter in the sanctuary In Charleston, a slaughter in the sanctuary Facebook photos and other evidence suggest...
  • Handgun waiting period is still a good idea

    06/21/2015 6:47:59 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 40 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 21 june 2015 | Dana Wachs
    I am a lifelong hunter and gun owner. Until my father gave his shotgun to my oldest son at age 92, three generations of my family would hunt together. Like in so many Wisconsin families, the importance of gun safety and responsibility was a lesson I learned from my father and passed on to my children. Four decades ago, an important gun safety law was placed on the books in Wisconsin. On March 10, 1976, Gov. Patrick Lucey signed into law a bill, passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature, mandating that a buyer wait 48 hours after passing a background check...
  • Obama's shameful, phony gun control rhetoric in the wake of Charleston massacre

    06/19/2015 5:47:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/19/2015 | By Daniel John Sobieski
    If access to firearms were as easy as President Obama insisted in the aftermath of the South Carolina church massacre, Carol Bowne would be alive today. The 39-year-old New Jersey woman with a restraining order against an ex-boyfriend was murdered by that boyfriend while she waited for her application for a gun permit to wind its way through a process that takes at least two months to complete. But it wasn’t completed soon enough: The Berlin Township woman got a restraining order against a former boyfriend, installed security cameras and an alarm system to her home and began the...
  • Obama's shameful, phony gun control rhetoric in the wake of Charleston massacre

    06/19/2015 6:50:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/19/2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    If access to firearms were as easy as President Obama insisted in the aftermath of the South Carolina church massacre, Carol Bowne would be alive today. The 39-year-old New Jersey woman with a restraining order against an ex-boyfriend was murdered by that boyfriend while she waited for her application for a gun permit to wind its way through a process that takes at least two months to complete. But it wasn’t completed soon enough:
  • Rand Paul to GOP: It's Time to Move Beyond the Second Amendment

    06/18/2015 7:11:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 18, 2015 | Emma Roller
    The senator from Kentucky continues to takes the road less traveled through the GOP primaries.Sen. Rand Paul took a risk Thursday. Speaking to an audience of religious conservatives in the wake of a racially charged shooting in South Carolina, Paul delicately suggested that Republicans might want to start focusing on other parts of the Bill of Rights than the Second Amendment. "Everybody is for the Second Amendment. All 55 candidates running for president are for the Second Amendment—on our side," Paul told the crowd. "But the thing is that a lot of young people, that might not be their primary...
  • Obama on Charleston: It’s too easy to get guns in America

    06/18/2015 11:18:58 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 58 replies
    Yahoo Politics ^ | 6/18 | Olly Knox
    President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed profound “sadness and anger” at the Charleston church shooting as well as deeply personal frustration that America’s political climate makes it virtually impossible for now to tighten restrictions on who can buy firearms. “We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” Obama said in the White House briefing room, Vice President Joe Biden standing at his side.
  • CBS2 Exclusive: ATF To Join NYPD In Fighting New York City Gun Crimes

    06/16/2015 5:08:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    CBS NewYork ^ | June 15, 2015
    Security Expert: Feds Involved In Day-To-Day Busts Isn't Something Seen Every Day. Bullet-riddled windows, yellow crime scene tape, and evidence markers denoting where shell casings fell on the sidewalk are becoming all-too-familiar sights on New York City streets. Now in an unprecedented move, a federal agency is joining the effort to get gun crimes under control, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Monday. Kramer is told it was a collective decision made by the federal government, the NYPD, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Those agencies are mounting a...
  • Why assault rifle sales are booming

    06/16/2015 5:00:54 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 61 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 16 june 2015 | Robert J. Spitzer
    "The most wanted gun in America" is what The New York Times dubbed the AR-15-style semiautomatic in February 2013. Even though assault weapons — guns originally designed for combat use and rapid fire — constitute only about 1% of all 300 million firearms in America, lately they've been flying off the shelves. Demand has outpaced production. Weapons like the AR-15 represent the leading edge of the gun debate. Successfully enacted on a limited basis at the national level in 1994, the assault weapons ban lapsed in 2004. After the Sandy Hook school shooting, a new ban was introduced in Congress,...
  • Pfleger and Jackson vs. the NRA

    06/15/2015 10:14:13 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 15, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    One would think that Catholic priests like Chicago’s Rev. Michael Pfleger, an early supporter of Barack Obama and his push for gun control, would not be bearing false witness against one of his neighbors. Yet there he was standing in front of Chuck’s Gun Shop in suburban Riverdale, Illinois, to blame it, and other legal businesses like it, along with the National Rifle Association, for the murder spree in the gun-controlled progressive worker’s paradise of Chicago. Standing with the camera-shy Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence president Dan Gross in front of the gun shop,...
  • Concealed carry draws opposite views — and a murky middle

    06/12/2015 5:14:50 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 24 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 12 june 2015 | Ashley Luthern
    Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has made no secret that he thinks criminals can and will obtain permits to carry hidden guns. Supporters of concealed carry say he's overreacting, and the vast majority of permit holders are law-abiding citizens. In between are permit holders like Darrail Smith, who has no prior criminal convictions but who police say has a habit of turning up at shooting and homicide scenes, serving as a human holster. It took months of police work before prosecutors had enough evidence to issue an unusual gun-related charge against him. How many more cases like Darrail Smith are...
  • Residents of upstate New York town arm themselves as police search area for 2 escaped prisoners

    06/10/2015 6:38:48 AM PDT · by HammerT · 23 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | June 9, 2015 | Edgar Sandoval , Glenn Blain , Corky Siemaszko
    Terrified residents of a small upstate New York town grabbed their shotguns Tuesday after the two killers who staged a dramatic escape from a nearby state prison were tracked to their burg. They armed themselves even as legions of cops and corrections officers descended on tiny Willsboro, N.Y. in hot pursuit of escaped convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat. “My husband I both have conceal carry (licenses) and we have our guns loaded and they’re here in the house,” said Teresa Sayward, a former Republican Assemblywoman whose farm is located near where the wanted men were spotted. “Hopefully we won’t...
  • Democrats push ban on plastic guns

    06/09/2015 8:52:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 8, 2015 | Jay LeBlanc
    Congressional Democrats are pushing legislation that would ban the production of guns made entirely of plastic, The Hill reported. The Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, proposed in response to recent airport security lapses, would require firearms to contain enough metal to be detected.
  • Sen. Markey Pushes For $60M for CDC to Study ‘Epidemic of Gun Violence’

    06/09/2015 1:43:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 8, 2015 | 3:02 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to authorize $60 million in taxpayer money to go to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) for research on gun violence prevention. The measure, introduced last week, would give $10 million a year “for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2021 for the purpose of conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention under the Public Health Service Act.” “The epidemic of gun violence in America is not preordained, it is preventable,” Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) says in a press release. “In the 21st century, we should use research and advances in...
  • Gun ownership comes under fire

    06/09/2015 4:11:53 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Gun control advocates, in their never-ending quest to take firearms from those who are licensed and trained to legally carry them, are trying to advance a bill in the House of Representatives introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. But the bill itself stomps on constitutional rights, and Rep. Maloney’s arguments for it can be shot so full of holes that the legislation would look like a target at a shooting range. As reported by The Hill’s Lydia Wheeler, the Firearm Risk Protection Act, unveiled May 29, would require gun buyers to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase...
  • Sheriff Clarke Schools Rahmbo

    06/05/2015 10:17:47 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 5, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is famous for saying that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste since it allows you to do things you might not be able to get done except for the emotions of the moment spurring calls to action. Chicago’s bloody Memorial Day weekend, which saw a dozen people killed -- including a four-year-old-girl -- certainly proved no exception to Rahm’s Rule as he called for, wait for it, stricter gun control as he spoke at a luncheon honoring police officers for valor and service. “It’s not just about...
  • Open Carry in Lordsburg, NM

    05/21/2015 9:08:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 5/21/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On my way to the NRA annual meeting, I passed through Lordburg, New Mexico on I-10. It is a convenient place to fuel the truck and myself, so I pulled into a truck stop to grab a sandwich. Open carry is protected by the New Mexico Constitution. I was carrying a Glock 17 (9mm for those who have not kept up with Glock nomenclature). The young woman behind the counter had a streak of purple hair, multiple piercings, a sizable tattoo on her right forearm, and was friendly, courteous, helpful, efficient and pleasant to speak with. I could not ask...
  • Coordinate efforts to curb gun violence

    As the toll from shootings continues to increase in Milwaukee — including 11 people injured in seven separate shootings over the weekend — state Sen. Nikiya Harris Dodd is asking the community to not forget about the grass-roots efforts in the neighborhoods most affected by the violence. And she's right. Those efforts are critical; if neighbors don't work together to take back their neighborhoods block by block those neighborhoods have little chance of becoming safer places. That work is happening in many city neighborhoods; Harris Dodd pointed to several such efforts in a meeting with the Editorial Board on Monday,...
  • Report calls for elimination of ATF

    05/19/2015 4:59:27 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 19 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 19 may 2015 | John Diedrich
    The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, charged with enforcing the nation's gun laws and regulating the firearms industry, has been so hobbled by high-profile operational failures, internal dysfunction and external limits on its authority that the agency should be eliminated and merged into the FBI, a new report concludes. The report, by the left-leaning Center for American Progress, comes in the wake of a bill by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) that seeks to dissolve the agency and move its law enforcement and gun industry regulatory functions into the FBI and other agencies. The bill and the...
  • Pope Francis: Arms Manufacturing Is ‘Industry of Death’

    05/11/2015 8:43:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 11 May 2015 07:09 PM | Cathy Burke
    Outspoken Pope Francis is taking on the arms industry, lashing out at the “industry of death”—and condemning those who “live off war.” The remarks came Monday in response to a question from one of the 7,000 teachers, parents and children participating in an audience with the Pontiff, ANSA reports. “This is serious,” Francis said. “Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms. It’s the industry of death.” […] “When we see that everything revolves around money—the economic system revolves around money and not around the person, men and women, but money—so much is sacrificed and war is...
  • How a public health approach can help curb violence (barf alert)

    05/08/2015 5:47:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 08 may 2015
    On average each day in America, 85 people die from injuries related to guns. Amid a "violent spring in Milwaukee" come new calls for public health approaches to address persistent gun violence, as Journal Sentinel columnist James Causey did in his April 26 column "I'm not satisfied with just enough". are safe; preparing for quick, strong responses to disasters; improving birth outcomes and reducing chronic disease. How does a public health approach work? Public health practice focuses on prevention. We shape programs, policies and products to promote health and wellness, and protect the public from dangerous exposures. And if already...
  • GOA - Secret Deal Could Contain a Myriad of Gun Restrictions, Ammo Bans!

    05/07/2015 12:19:44 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    Gunowners.org ^ | Gun Owners of America
    ACTION: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch may soon give the President authority to write gun control restrictions into a “trade agreement.” So click here to contact your Senators –- whether they are liberal or conservative. Urge them to vote against the anti-gun “fast track” bill (S. 995). Will UN-style gun control be rammed down our throats? Gun import bans ... Microstamping of firearms ... Ammunition bans ... The full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty ... Illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters.This anti-gun wish list could be part of the...
  • Designer of 3-D-printed gun challenges feds to Constitutional duel

    05/07/2015 10:22:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 07, 2015
    Cody Wilson had a vision to forward the digital revolution by creating the nation’s first firearm on a 3-D printer, and, taking a page from WikiLeaks, share the blueprints with the world via the Internet in what he called the “Wiki Weapons project.” Now he is suing the federal government in hopes of keeping his dream on target - and staying out of prison. Wilson was so taken with the idea, he dropped out of law school and designed "The Liberator," the nation’s first pistol built exclusively on a 3-D printer, consisting of 12 separate parts made from plastic and...
  • Give the public access to concealed carry data (barf alert)

    In a recent meeting with the Journal Sentinel Editorial Board and reporters and editors, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett noted that shooting incidents in Milwaukee have been rising every year since the concealed carry law was passed in 2011. Fellow columnist Christian Schneider wrote in the Journal Sentinel's April 5 Crossroads section: "Yet nearly four years later, nearly 250,000 concealed carry licenses have been issued, and one would be hard-pressed to notice any difference in the state," at least in terms of crime statistics for violent crimes and murders. I have no reason to doubt either statement, but the fact is...
  • Gov. Scott Walker, Mayor Tom Barrett: Call a summit on crime

    04/26/2015 10:06:05 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 26 apr 2015
    In a series of meetings in recent days, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Edward Flynn have challenged state and community leaders to launch a conversation to address the gun violence that has hammered some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods this spring. With 46 homicides as of Friday (a 170% increase over last year), violence has reached a level that no one in the city — or the state — should tolerate. Barrett and Flynn make a good point. We think Flynn has a sound targeted, data-driven strategy that can and has worked, at least until this spring,...
  • David Hemenway: The science on guns is settled (barf alert) s

    04/26/2015 10:01:31 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 26 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 26 apr 2015 | David Hemenway
    After the Sandy Hook tragedy, reporters often called me to ask for information on firearms. They wanted to know whether strong gun laws reduced homicide rates (I said they did); and, conversely, whether permissive gun laws lowered crime rates overall (I said they did not). I discovered that in their news articles journalists would write that I said one thing while some other firearms researcher said the opposite. This “he said, she said” reporting annoyed me, because I knew that the scientific evidence was on my side. After the Sandy Hook tragedy, reporters often called me to ask for information...
  • We all have a stake in reducing violence (barf alert)

    04/25/2015 5:34:40 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 25 apr 2015 | Tom Barrett
    Last Sunday, I attended the wake for Archie R. Brown Jr., who was gunned down after tragically hitting and killing 2-year-old Damani Terry. Later in the week, I attended the wake for Terry, his 15-year-old brother, Rasheed Chiles, and their uncle Ricky Chiles Jr. I saw two families who were absolutely devastated by a horrible accident and senseless violence. As a community, we must do more to reduce the epidemic of gun violence. We are all affected and it's going to take all of us to make real and lasting change. I will continue to advocate for common sense modifications...
  • Home schooling was focus of Child Protection investigation, N.J. family says

    04/24/2015 11:00:15 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 51 replies
    NJ.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Emily Cummins
    BELVIDERE—A Warren County family is suing the state's Division of Child Protection and Permanency for alleged unconstitutional home intrusion and civil rights violations. Christopher Zimmer and his wife Nicole, of Belvidere, filed a civil rights complaint in United States District Court in Trenton yesterday against DCP&P, a DCP&P supervisor and one of its case workers for an alleged "unlawful and unconstitutional home intrusion of their home." "I won't forget that morning for a long, long time," said Mr. Zimmer, thinking back to a Tuesday morning in January that began with a caseworker pounding on their door. .... Mr. Zimmer said...
  • Toy Guns in America: The 1950s Versus Today

    04/12/2015 2:38:34 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Check out this old toy gun commercial from the 1950s or '60s and compare it to how children who play with toy guns (or even their own food or fingers fashioned like a gun) are treated today. Do you think kids today are going to want to uphold their 2nd Amendment rights after they are terrorized and suspended or expelled by their schools for chewing a breakfast tart into an L-shape or being forced at age five to undergo a psych eval for bringing a Hello Kitty bubble gun to class? Others not included here are a kid who was...
  • Keep Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period for handgun buys (barf alert)

    04/22/2015 5:22:45 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 22 apr 2o15
    The National Rifle Association will not rest until every American is fully armed — all supposedly in the name of Second Amendment rights. And now Wisconsin Republicans stand ready to help the NRA in its mission by repealing a reasonable law that requires a two-day wait before a handgun can be purchased. Repealing the law is a terrible idea. But the state Senate passed a bill that would do that on Tuesday, and the bill appears likely to pass the Assembly and be signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker, who campaigned at the NRA's national convention earlier this month....
  • Vote to scrap wait period for handgun purchases comes after surge in Wisconsin gun violence

    04/21/2015 4:49:16 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 21 apr 2015 | Jesse Opoien
    State senators will take up on Tuesday a proposal to eliminate Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases. But in the wake of a recent surge of gun violence in Milwaukee, Rep. Mandela Barnes, D-Milwaukee, says the timing "couldn't be worse." A Senate vote is the last step between the bill and Gov. Scott Walker's desk. The governor has signaled his intentions to sign it into law. Under current law, adopted in 1976, anyone attempting to purchase a handgun cannot acquire it until 48 hours after a background check has been started. If the Department of Justice needs more time...
  • Texas set to approve open carry of handguns, seen as win for gun-rights activists

    04/18/2015 6:14:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 18, 2015
    Texas is poised to become the largest state in the U.S. to allow citizens to openly carry handguns, a change long sought by gun-rights activists. The Texas House of Representatives on Friday voted 96-35 to allow residents with concealed-handgun licenses to openly carry their guns in public in holsters. A similar open-carry measure passed the Texas Senate last month; the two open-carry bills must be squared before being sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has indicated support for the idea. In contrast to its reputation for being permissive on firearms, Texas is one of six states, including California, New...