Saturday, October 3, 2015

It's the Money


After each mass shooting, gun control activists, bereaved parents and lawmakers reissue a call for more restrictive gun control laws. However, eight years after the shooting at Virginia Tech University that killed 32 and two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary that left 27 dead, Congress has not enacted substantial legislative changes.

The latest mass shooting in Oregon on Thursday again raises the issue of gun control and why efforts to pass gun law reforms have failed. 

A simple reason is, perhaps, money. In 2015, the gun rights lobby outspent the gun control lobby about 6 to 1.

Australia is Not Like the US

Friday, October 2, 2015

Women Murdered by Men


Oregon School Shooting - 10 Dead

Chris Harper-Mercer

New York Post

A 26-year-old gunman singled out Christians for slaughter during a rampage at an Oregon community college Thursday, leaving at least 9 people dead and many more wounded, survivors and authorities said.

“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” tweeted “@bodhilooney,” who said her grandmother was inside the Umpqua Community College classroom that was the scene of the 10:40 a.m. carnage.

“If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.”

Student Kortney Moore, 18, said she was attending a Writing 115 class inside the Roseburg college’s Snyder Hall when a bullet pierced a window, the southwestern Oregon city’s News-Review newspaper reported.

She saw her teacher get shot in the head and said the gunman asked people to state their religion before he opened fire.

The gunman, identified as Chris Harper-Mercer, was killed during a shootout with police outside one of the classrooms, according Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Firearm injuries in the United States



We examined the epidemiology of fatal and nonfatal firearm injuries in the United States.
The majority of firearm deaths were suicides (over 60%).
Males, racial/ethnic minorities and young Americans are disproportionately affected.
Firearm injuries declined in the 1990s, but firearm suicides and assaults recently increased.
Nonfatal firearm assaults have increased in recent years to a level not seen since 1995.

Daniel Webster on the Solution

Florida Leads in Kid Shootings

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Champagne Bottle Ricochet

I still don't believe the armadillo story, though.

The Newest NRA Poster Child - Mia Higginbotham

from ssgmarkcr

Here is another example of New Jersey shooting itself in the foot.  A gun owner actually in the process of moving out of state and got arrested for having a firearm locked in her checked baggage.

While I'm not into videos, I ended up having to watch it because I wasn't understanding what her criminal act was.  

While the video was a bit melodramatic for me, You eventually get a good grasp of the situation and Mr. Nappen explains things very well.  You would think that after the first four, or is it five, I've lost count, they would figure it out. 

"New Jersey just keeps adding to its tally of gun-control victims. The latest: Mia Higginbotham, whose crime was trying to legally transport her legally owned firearm out of the state. She and her husband researched the TSA rules and were following the instructions to the letter of the law. But in the blink of an eye, she found herself arrested — not charged with a federal crime, but charged with a second-degree New Jersey felony."

More Humor from the Right Wing Gun Rights Fanatics

In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States - who later died from the wound.
In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.
In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby's cafeteria in Killeen , TX.
In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.
In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US ...
In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung - Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.
In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.
In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.
In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown , CT.
As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.
Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.
Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders.

SOLUTION: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.
…Best idea I've heard to date!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Georgia Bar Shootout - 10 Injured

Local news

The victims were five women and five men, and include various injuries to their arms, legs, feet, shoulder and one was grazed in the head; all of the injuries have been reported at not life-threatening at this time, and all victims have been treated and released. The ages of the victims range from 16 years old to 29 years old.

“We called in the GBI Crime Scene Unit to assist us in processing the crime scene while our investigators responded to area hospitals to interview the persons shot. The initial incident occurred within the confines of the building which was occupied according to information received by a very large crowd,” Smith said. “Our investigators determined through witness statements that an altercation occurred involving several subjects over illegal gambling that was taking place in the back portion of the building.”

The suspected gambling reportedly caused a fight where weapons were drawn and shots fired. Many of the victims fled the scene before law enforcement arrived.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Guns Everywhere in Georgia

White man trying to buy gun shoots self in penis — blames it on a black guy

Raw Story

South Dakota man is currently in custody after telling police officers he was shot in the penis by a “black guy” when he actually shot himself while attempting to purchase a gun illegally.

Convicted felon Donald Anthony Watson, 43, was admitted to a local emergency room late at night on Sept. 6  for a gunshot wound to his penis, and told local law enforcement that he had been shot during a botched robbery.

According to the arrest report, Watson said he was shot by “a black guy (who) tried to rob” him while he was taking out the trash at his apartment.

Pressed by police, Watson admitted that he made the story up and was looking at a handgun he was thinking about buying and placed it in his pocket where it went off, with the bullet hitting his genitals.

Watson — who refused to tell police where the gun disappeared to — has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm by a drug offender, and two counts of false reports to law enforcement.

Can they do that, charge him with possession of a gun that has disappeared ?

Texas Concealed Carry Permit Holder Intervenes and Shoots the Wrong Man

Southern Beale

One of what I am guessing to be our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH who knows one must always be in Condition White or be a parasite on society was pumping gas on Saturday night when a carjacking occurred. Being a good guy with a gun, he immediately intervened and opened fire on the attackers, when the utterly predictable happened:
When the assailants attempted to take his truck, a witness parked at the gas pump started shooting at the men, according to authorities.
Police said he accidentally shot the victim in the head.
Slow clap. Thanks for playing! Next time let them have the goddamn car. It’s easier to get a new car than a new brain.

I love this report not only because it illustrates what I'm always showing - that guns do more harm than good - but that it debunks the long-standing pro-gun lie that only cops do this kind of thing. Civilian gun owners, according to the gun rights fanatics, have never shot the wrong person in an attempted DGU.

Irresponsible North Carolina Gun Owner Shoots His Brother - No Charges - It Was Just an Accident

Local news reports

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said 20-year-old David Padron was disassembling a gun and didn't realize it was loaded before it went off. The bullet hit his brother, 22-year-old Jesus Padron.

"He was just taking the bullets out of his weapon because there were kids in the house and he wanted to make sure it was empty," said Sheriff Harrison.

All of this happened just after noon.

At last check, Jesus Padron was responsive before being take to WakeMed for surgery.

The sheriff said they are investigating but at this time believe it was an accidental shooting. No one was arrested.

TSA Finds Record Number Of Guns At Airport Security Checkpoints

Huffington Post

U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes during one week in September, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Of the 67 firearms found during the week ended Sept. 17, 56 were loaded and 26 had a round in the chamber, the TSA reported. The tally set a new weekly record. The prior record was 65 firearms found during a week in May 2013, TSA said.

For the most recent week, ending Sept. 24, TSA said it found 64 firearms in carry-on bags at airports. Of those, 55 were loaded and 22 had a round chambered, TSA said.

In July, new TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger told a congressional panel that his top priority would be to close security gaps at airport checkpoints.

Lawmakers opened a U.S. House of Representatives hearing after a Department of Homeland Security report that found TSA airport screeners did not detect banned weapons in 67 of 70 tests at dozens of airport checkpoints.

Maybe our resident math whiz can tell us what the estimate would be based on that little 67 out of 70 stat. And I know he'll follow that with the observation that in spite of all those guns on planes there has been no bad result, presumably showing that guns on planes is a good thing. Well, needless to say, I and many others don't agree.