Saturday, February 7, 2015

Congressional Democrats Introduce Ban on Magazines over 10 Rounds in Capacity

Guns dot com

Ranking Democrats on Capitol Hill, along with gun control advocates from the Newtown Alliance, pledged to renew a federal prohibition on magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.

The legislation, to be introduced this week to both chambers Congress, aims to once again ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of so-called large capacity magazines.

“There is no place in our communities for ammunition magazines designed for military-style shootouts, which have been used inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Aurora, in Fort Hood, and in Tucson – and it is well-past time for Congress to listen to the American people and put this high-capacity magazine ban back in place,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, sponsor of the legislation, in an official statement.

The proposed measure would reinstate a portion of the decade-long Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004. That ban’s legacy has been upheld as a success by lawmakers who championed it while most criminologists point out that its effect on crime was negligible.

The bill, officially termed the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, uses expansive language to deem almost all conventional magazines that can accept more than 10 cartridges illegal. This would include not only traditional box magazines, but also any, “belt, drum, helical feeding device, or similar…” than can be converted or made to accept more than the allowed round limit. A host of exceptions for the military, law enforcement, and nuclear power plant security guards among others are included. The only type of firearm excluded from the ban would be .22LR caliber rifles with tubular magazines.

Feeding devices made before the ban is implemented would be grandfathered and those made after the law takes effect would be marked and dated.

Friday, February 6, 2015

What's Happening with the Smart Gun Technology?

Florida Backyard Gun Range Comes Down

Guns dot com suggested by George Jefferson

Now, with the city promising to prosecute him if he uses it, and a series of increasingly violent threats, the would-be target shooter has dismantled his range.

“I’ve gotten death threats out of this. People threatening to ‘SWAT’ my house, blowing it up with a bazooka,” Carannante told the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s been kind of scary. Sleeping with one eye open.”

It sounds to me like the only real threat was that of the city "promising to prosecute him if he uses it." He certainly doesn't sound like any gun rights advocate that we're familiar with, caving in over a few threats by the neighbors. And, interestingly, the ABC video report made no mention of the supposed threats by irate neighbors.

Texas Open Carry Advocate, Kory Watkins, Defines Treason and Threatens Politicians with Death

video link

The NRA’s Diabolical New Plan for Killing Gun Laws


It all started about five years ago, when a group of Pennsylvania cities, frustrated with the difficulty of getting gun-law reforms passed in the Republican-controlled state legislature, started passing laws and ordinances on their own. Their highest priority was requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen guns—a law that was intended to make it harder for gun traffickers to claim, after a crime gun was traced back to them, that the gun had been lost or stolen before the crime was committed. Most of the states bordering Pennsylvania had such a law, but it was going nowhere in Harrisburg. Eventually, more than 100 towns and cities passed the requirement. “The state was not taking any action on it and by putting together support at the grassroots level and showing that mayors and council could take action, we hoped it would compel action at the state level,” says Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who was on the city council at the time. “It’s the grassroots level that brings change to state capitals and then Washington, D.C.”

Such laws are anathema to the gun lobby, which argues they violate the Fifth Amendment’s bar against self-incrimination, since reporting a lost or stolen gun might implicate someone for other violations. Gun-rights advocates have also been peeved over another set of ordinances passed by Pennsylvania towns, banning guns from parks or other public areas, as well as by laws passed by Philadelphia that, among other things, limit assault weapons and gun ownership for domestic-violence abusers. Gun-rights groups argue that most of the local laws are in violation of a 1974 state law that bars municipalities against passing restrictions that are pre-empted by state gun laws. But they have had trouble getting the laws overturned, because that requires finding someone who can show injury from the laws to bring a lawsuit challenging them.

So the gun lobby got the state legislature to change the rules of the game. Late last year, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a bill, loosely modeled on a Florida law, to make it possible for any state resident or any gun-rights group to which they belong to challenge local gun laws in court. The law, Act 192, is an explicit carve-out for gun-rights groups from customary legal procedures—challenges of school-prayer restrictions, for instance, are typically brought by actual students who can show that their rights have been infringed by the restrictions. Not only that, but the law requires that towns and cities pay the legal fees of any plaintiffs who successfully challenge their gun laws in court.

In other words, the NRA, with its headquarters in northern Virginia and annual revenues well above $200 million, can sue towns and cities, and expect them to pay its costs if it wins.

Violence and Racism in US

In recent weeks, the White House has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening "community policing" around the country. The U.S. Conference of Mayors has coalesced around the same theme, releasing a report days ago with recommendations for community policing measures to be adopted nationally. The suggestions for building better "relationships" and boosting "trust" are comprehensive but, for a national crisis brought on by the killing of unarmed black people, there's one thing conspicuously absent from the public policy solutions: the acknowledgement of racism.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Washington Woman Shot in Head Finds 1lb of Stray Bullets in Yard from Nearby Gun Range

The Guardian

The family of a 65-year-old Washington state woman who was grazed in the head by a bullet says they can’t prove it came from the neighboring shooting range, but a metal detector turned up more than a pound of bullets in their yard.

Linda Sperling, of Brush Prairie, is still recovering from a concussion. She considers herself lucky the bullet didn’t do more damage when she was hit on 26 January while in her yard.

Sperling heard what sounded like an explosion, put her hand to her head and found blood on her gardening glove.

She was rushed to a hospital, where doctors told her a bullet had entered and exited her scalp, The Columbian reported Monday.

“I didn’t even realize I’d been shot,” Sperling said.
“What if it was a quarter-inch deeper?”

Sperling’s husband and son believe she was hit by a stray bullet from the Clark Rifles outdoor shooting range. The gun club has two rifle ranges and a handgun range, according to its website. One of those 300-yard rifle ranges points toward the Sperlings’ property.

Clark Rifles’ vice-president, Dave Christie, said there’s no proof the bullet came from the range.
“We know about no rounds that left the range,” he said.

Idaho Woman Kills Herself Accidentally

Local news

A 38-year-old woman has died after she apparently shot herself in the stomach while cleaning a gun, police say.

Mountain Home PD says officers were called out to a home on Rockridge Drive Wednesday morning for a report of a shooting. Officers found the woman unresponsive, not breathing and bleeding heavily from her abdomen.

She was taken to St. Lukes hospital where she later died from her injuries. Officers say she was on the phone with a relative attempting to clean the gun when the shooting occurred. No foul play is suspected.

Now, if this woman had had a concealed carry permit, do you think her demise would damage the incredible permit holder record?

Florida Accidental Shooting - No Need for an Arrest

Local news

Flagler County deputies on Tuesday responded to a home in Palm Coast to investigate a shooting.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found 18-year-old Shane Huber, a resident of the home, conscious and alert with a single gunshot wound to his neck. Huber was flown by the county's Fire Flight to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

Detectives looking into the incident reported that Huber was showing his Romania .762X39 mm AK-47 rifle to a friend.  Huber handed the rifle to his friend, who believing the rifle was not loaded, pulled the trigger firing the rifle striking Huber.

Detectives believe the shooting was an accident.  No one else was in the home at the time of the incident.

No charges have been filed in connection with this incident.

Wisconsin Accidental Shooting - Immediate Arrest

Christopher L. Jackson Jr.

Local news

A man who told police that he accidentally shot a friend through the seat of a car Friday after he dropped a gun was charged Tuesday with first-degree reckless injury.

Christopher L. Jackson Jr., 20, of Fitchburg, also was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by a person adjudged delinquent of a felony.

According to a criminal complaint, Jackson was in the back seat of a car in the parking lot of Auto Zone, 4627 Verona Road, when, he told police, he dropped a gun he was carrying, causing it to go off when it hit the floor of the car. He denied pulling the trigger on the gun, the complaint states.

According to the complaint:

Jackson told police that after the gun went off, his friend Adonis Sarrios-Reyes, 20, who was struck by a bullet, screamed and told Jackson, “You shot me bro,” and asked him to call an ambulance.

But Jackson said he was “panicking,” and told the driver of the car, Darryl Gobermann, to call the ambulance because he had to leave. Jackson ran, but was arrested a short time later by Fitchburg police.

Indianapolis 9-Year-old Girl Shot While Selling Girl Scout Cookies

Local news

A 9-year-old girl was injured in a shooting early Tuesday evening on the northwest side of Indianapolis, officials with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.

The incident happened in a neighborhood near North Michigan and Westlane roads.

Neighbors say they saw two suspects — one wearing a hooded sweatshirt and the second with dreadlocks — pull up to the side of the Retreat Cooperative apartment complex in a green or blue Expedition. Neighbors described a hand with a glove reach out of the vehicle.

After the Expedition pulled up, neighbors say shots were heard. Police say the 9-year-old girl started running and was hit in the calf. She was transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in stable condition.

According to the child’s family, she was selling Girl Scout cookies when she was shot.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How Would You Explain Louisiana's Many Gun Deaths?

Local news reports

The Violence Policy Center has just released a report that says that in American in 2013, Louisiana was only second only to Alaska in the number of gun deaths per capita. You might be inclined to put a positive spin on that news - because the last report from the group put Louisiana at the very top of American gun casualties.

The VPC draws a strong correlation between rates of gun ownership and rates of gun deaths. But that seems to be a rather obvious point: sort of like saying that the number of children drowning inside their homes increased with indoor plumbing. It's not necessarily shocking that the number of gun deaths in a state jibe somewhat with the number of guns owned by residents of that state.

Besides, relative to the other states that lead the nation in gun deaths, Louisiana's gun-ownership rate is low.  With a 45.6 percent rate of household gun ownership, Louisiana trails Wyoming, Mississippi and Alabama. Yet it has more gun deaths than all of them.

So, assuming the accuracy of the figures the Violence Policy Center is using, there's something other than the mere presence of guns that's driving deaths from guns.

What is it? I'm sure folks here - at least when they feel safe in doing so - would say that it's the presence of black people that drives up the rate of gun deaths. But there aren't many black folks in Alaska - only 3.9 percent. And black people make up only 1.7 percent of the population in Wyoming, the state that rounds out the top five in gun deaths. The presence of those two states on the list should help us talk about guns and gun deaths in a way that doesn't fixate on supposed black pathology.

10 Things I Wish People Understood About Suicide


6) Physical barriers to suicide have been shown to work and so can conceptual ones

Studies show that when we put up a barrier fence on a bridge famous for suicides, the people who go there to jump do not go to another bridge. Bridge barriers lower the real, overall suicide rate. That is why we are finally putting up a barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge — as a chorus of experts in various fields explained, suicide barriers save lives. The act is so impulsive that most of the time people do not seem to plan ahead enough to find a backup bridge and make sure it is climbable and high enough to do the job.

In the 1990s the United Kingdom was seeing a lot of suicide by acetaminophen overdose, so they legislated that the drug had to be sold in smaller quantities. Deaths by acetaminophen overdose fell significantly. The number of overdoses stayed constant, but far fewer were fatal. People survived because the act is so impulsive that they only ingest what is in the house, so smaller bottles save lives.

In the US over half the gun deaths are suicides and over half the suicides involve guns. Having immediate means is bad. If you are looking after yourself, see that it would at least take you a few hours and a bit of effort and human interaction. I have heard from several men and women who store their guns in someone else's home for this reason.

The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said suicide is always a rushing of one's defenses, and added that there is nothing worse than rushing your defenses. Wittgenstein felt suicidal off-and-on his whole life and three of his four brothers committed suicide, but he had worked out reasons suicide was wrong and he didn't do it. As a rule, we cannot usefully tell ourselves not to be depressed, but it seems that we can usefully tell ourselves not to commit suicide.

Guns Confiscated at Airports Increasing

Infographic related to statistics stated in blog post.

A fascinating array of other items were confiscated as well.

Florida Man Builds a Gun Range in his Front Yard

WFLA News Channel 8

Boston University Will Not Divest from Firearms Manufacturers

BU Today

After a protracted deliberation that spanned two meetings of the Board of Trustees, the Board’s Executive Committee has decided not to adopt a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI) that the University divest from civilian firearms manufacturers.

Robert Knox (CAS’74, GSM’75), chair of the Board of Trustees and of the Executive Committee, described the deliberation as “a big sprawling discussion that reflected a full spectrum of opinions.” When the Board did not find the “overwhelming consensus” required to support the proposal, the issue was referred to the Board’s 14-member Executive Committee, which determined that it should not be adopted.

The recommendation that “Boston University will prohibit new and divest of any existing direct investments in civilian firearm manufacturers until, in the University’s judgment, a level of state and/or federal regulatory control over firearm sale and/or ownership is achieved that merits repeal of this policy” is the first proposal to the Board from the ACSRI, which was established two years ago as an interface between the BU community and the Board of Trustees. The trustees first discussed divestment from gun manufacturers in the wake of the shooting of 20 schoolchildren and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012, before the ACSRI has been established. The issue was brought to the Board by the ACSRI in May of last year, and was the subject of comprehensive debate at Board meetings in September and December.

Wait till a few wealthy liberal alumni learn about this.  Donations will plummet and the board will reconsider.

Colorado Republicans Are Trying To Undo Recent Gun Control Measures

Huffington Post

Colorado Republican leaders have begun a legislative push to repeal recently passed gun control measures, reigniting one of the most intense political debates in recent history.

The first advance came Monday as discussion started on several measures in each chamber. One of the most prominent measures — a longshot bill that would undo expanded background-check requirements on private and online sales — was passed by a Senate committee.

Colorado, with Democrats in control of both chambers of state government and the governor's office at the time, was one of the only states to pass changes, including a measure limiting the size of ammunition magazines and another that expanded background-check requirements. But it came at great political cost. Two Democratic state senators were recalled over their support for the restrictions, and a third resigned as a campaign to oust her was mounting.

Republicans have maintained that the legislation is ineffective and burdensome to enforce, and they have made it a priority to go after the measures.

Monday's debates are the start of what is expected to be a session-long push by GOP leaders seeking to flex their new Senate muscle and pick up enough Democratic support in the House to make several changes.

The measure faces several legislative hurdles before it could become law and will face stiff opposition in the Democrat-led House. If it does pass, Gov. John Hickenlooper would be likely to veto it.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tremendous Sales of the iPhone 6 Result in Less Crime in 2014

Here's the explanation:

As previously reported, private gun sales skyrocketed during 2013 with 21,093,273 background checks.

And now the FBI reports that during the first six months of 2014–the first six months that all these new guns were in the hands of Americans–“offenses” in the categories of violent crimes and property crimes decreased.

In other words, More guns correlated with less crime in the first half of 2014.

According to the FBI, “murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape…aggravated assault, and robbery” all showed decreases when the first six months of 2014 were juxtaposed with the first six months of 2013. Murder fell by “6 percent,” rape by “10.1 percent,” aggravated assault dropped “1.6 percent,” and robbery fell by “10.3 percent.”

Offenses of property crime–“burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft”–all decreased during the first six months of 2014 as well, when contrasted with the first six months of 2013. Burglary fell “14 percent,” larceny-theft fell “5.6 percent,” and motor vehicle thefts fell “5.7 percent.”

The Ignominous End of an American Sniper

Reposted from a couple years ago in honor of the highly successful Clint Eastwood film.

Yahoo News reports

Former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle was fatally shot along with another man Saturday on a Texas gun range, a sheriff told local newspapers.

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Kyle, 38, and a second man were found dead at Rough Creek Lodge's shooting range west of Glen Rose, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Stephenville Empire-Tribune. Glen Rose is about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth.


  1. OK, we have a guy who has a gun, knows how to use it, and he's in an area loaded with guns.

    Yet, he gets gunned down.

    I can't imagine what the gunloon response will be.
  2. Something radical, like waiting to see what the investigation reveals so we can discuss facts rather than conjecture...
  3. It's really quite amusing. He was probably the most dangerous and well prepared man in the entire US, and he gets killed by a punk. Reminds me of Wyatt Earp.
    1. Um, Wyatt Earp died as an old man of natural causes.
  4. This is the first documented murder that took place at a gun range that I have ever been able to find. I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later.

    This is the trouble with criminals: we (the good guys) never know when they (criminals) will attack. All we can do is react which means criminals will always have the advantage. And since the bad guys always have the advantage, we need as many good guys as possible that can respond to such an event.

    My preferred response to such an event is to be armed so I can defend myself and my family. Being armed certainly does not guarantee that I will prevail. Being armed guarantees that I have more options and much better odds when someone goes bad and lashes out.

      That took about 5 seconds. That makes your first sentence seem like a bit of a lie, don't you think? That you've "ever been able to find," you said.
  5. My best guess is that he was surprised. It happens. I had friends in the military who were as highly skilled and trained as Mr. Kyle who are no longer with us because they were surprised, or their equipment malfunctioned, or they were outnumbered, etc. Likewise, I know people who were never in the military and who are alive today only because they had a firearm when it was desperately needed.

    When I was in the USCG I carried a weapon while boarding suspected drug boats and ships (actually, for all boardings), even though we were taught that if the bad guys wanted to kill us badly enough they were almost guaranteed to succeed. Why, then, the weapons? Because they increased our chances of survival. Did they provide an impenetrable shield? Of course not. That there are no absolute guarantees of safety or success does not mean people should be deprived of their right to self defense or the means to exercise that right.

Third Shooting no Charm for Property Owner in Cleveland

Cleveland Shooter Miodrag Burgacic
Miodrag Burgacic

-( Property owner Miodrag Burgacic defended himself and his property one too many times in crime ridden Cleveland.  He has shot people who were attempting to steal from him twice before, and been able to hold people without shooting them at least once.   No charges were filed in those incidents. From
Miodrag Bugarcic seems to attract criminals like a magnet.
But because the Cleveland businessman has used firearms to thwart crimes on his property multiple times — once with lethal results — why crooks keep trying to rip him off is anybody’s guess.
After the third shooting, which happened on February 13th of last year, police found that Bugarcic shot at the burglary suspect as he fled.   From
A plea deal for shooting and wounding a man he said he’d found stealing wire in an empty old industrial building he owns on Cleveland’s east side.
Cuyahoga county prosecutors say Bugarcic shot the guy coming in to the warehouse, then twice more running away.
That seems to be the basis for the assault charge.   Bugarcic faces time in prison, but I do not know the details of the plea bargain.  But now that he has plead guilty, he will have a felony conviction for assault.  He will not be able to legally own a firearm.   There might be credit for time served, or probation.  From
Bugarcic faces two to eight years in prison. The price he’ll pay for protecting his property but going too far.

Texas Lt. Governor Flip-flops on Gun Bills

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has had to scramble this week to stay ahead of the state's gun politics. (Photo: Dallas Morning News)
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has had to scramble this week to stay ahead of the state’s gun politics. (Photo: Dallas Morning News)

Guns dot com

Within a 48-hour period, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick first said the time wasn’t right for gun reform legislation then praised a campus carry measure while backpedaling to explain his comments.

The confusion began Tuesday when Patrick, who made promises during his election campaign to support a pro-gun agenda, told local media that the state legislature, which began its session earlier this month, had priorities other than passing bills to expand open carry rights in the Lone Star State.

“Second Amendment rights are very important, but open carry has not reached the level of being prioritized at this point,” Patrick said during a Texas Tribune event. “I don’t think the votes are there.”

Within hours, gun control advocates such as the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, who urged members to contact Patrick with notes of support, celebrated his comments.

Michael Bloomberg-backed Gun Group Forced to Retract Claims about Dealers

In this Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, file photo, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg smiles prior to be conferred with the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by France's Foreign minister Laurent Fabius, at the Quai d'Orsay, in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

The Washington Times suggested by commenter George Jefferson

Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group financed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has gone into mea culpa mode for claims it made about firearms dealers that turned out to be wrong — and that may lead at least one to file a lawsuit.

The group issued a report a few days ago that said more than 1,000 online gun ads in Vermont were posted by unlicensed dealers and therefore, leading potential buyers to bypass background checks. But Everytown for Gun Safety wrongly identified 48 ads by dealers.

At least one misidentified Vermont dealer — Bobby Richards, owner and operator of CrossFire Arms in Mount Holly — is threatening a lawsuit, The Blaze reported.

Mr. Richards, who advertises firearms sales at the online venue Armslist, said he requires every potential buyer to fill out a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473 and undergo a screening by the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System, The Blaze reported.

Everytown for Gun Safety, meanwhile, has issued an apology for the error.

Hahahahahahaha.  Bloomberg is laughing as hard as I am. Of course this nonsense comes from the conservative rag The Washington Times and the conservative web site, The Blaze (Glenn Beck is well known for his honest portrayals).

What it boils down to is that Everytown said 1,000 and it's really 952.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Fun with Statistics

Starting with the chart from yesterday's post about gun death rates

States with the Five Highest Gun Death Rates
States with the Five Lowest Gun Death Rates
Household Gun OwnershipGun Death Rate per 100,000RankStateHousehold Gun OwnershipGun Death Rate per 100,000
1 Alaska 60.6 percent 19.59 50 Hawaii 9.7 percent 2.71
2 Louisiana 45.6 percent 19.15 49 Massachusetts 12.8 percent 3.18
3 Alabama 57.2 percent 17.79 48 New York 18.1 percent 4.39
4 Mississippi 54.3 percent 17.55 47 Connecticut 16.2 percent 4.48
5 Wyoming 62.8 percent 17.51 46 Rhode Island 13.3 percent 5.33

 Findlaw shows the top ten for violent crime

Here are the Top 10 states with the most -- and least -- violent crime per capita, according to the FBI's data:
Highest Crime Per Capita
  1. Washington, D.C.: 1,243.7 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants
  2. Tennessee: 643.6
  3. Nevada: 607.6
  4. Alaska: 603.2
  5. New Mexico: 559.1
  6. South Carolina: 558.8
  7. Delaware: 547.4
  8. Louisiana: 496.9
  9. Florida: 487.1
  10. Maryland: 476.8
In case you were wondering, California (423.1), New York (406.8) and Texas (408.6) didn't trail too far behind.
Lowest Crime Per Capita
  1. Maine: 122.7
  2. Vermont: 142.6
  3. New Hampshire: 187.9
  4. Virginia: 190.1
  5. Wyoming: 201.4
  6. Utah: 205.8
  7. Idaho: 207.9
  8. Kentucky: 222.6
  9. Minnesota: 230.9
  10. Hawaii: 239.2

CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics calculated age adjusted suicide rates by state. Here are the 10 most suicidal states in America:
10. Oregon:                        15.2 suicides per 100,000
9. Utah:                                15.4 suicides per 100,000
8. West Virginia:              15.9 suicides per 100,000
7. Arizona:                           16.1 suicides per 100,000
6. Colorado:                        16.4 suicides per 100,000
5. Nevada:                           18.3 suicides per 100,000
4. Montana:                        19.4 suicides per 100,000
*3. Wyoming:                       19.7 suicides per 100,000
2. New Mexico:                  20.4 suicides per 100,000
*1. Alaska:                             22.1 suicides per 100,000

Based on National Center for Health Statistics calculations, here are the least depressed and happiest states in America:
10. California: 9.8 suicides per 100,000 residents
*9. Hawaii: 9.7 suicides per 100,000 residents
8. Maryland: 9 suicides per 100,000 residents
*7.  Rhode Island: 8.7 suicides per 100,000 residents
6. Illinois: 8.5 suicides per 100,000 residents
*5. Massachusetts: 7.6 suicides per 100,000 residents
*4. Connecticut: 7.4 suicides per 100,000 residents
*3. New York: 7 suicides per 100,000 residents
2. New Jersey: 6.7 suicides per 100,000 residents
1. District of Columbia: 5.8 suicides per 100,000 residents

Surveillance Video Of Murder-Suicide Suspect Buying Gun

Local news

Kentucky Taking Gun-permit Applications Online

 USA Today

Kentucky gun owners can obtain concealed-carry permits faster under a new online application process that critics view as dangerous but others say pays heed to Second Amendment rights.

The process requires state police to either issue or deny a license within 15 days of receiving an electronic application — down from the 60-day processing period allowed for paper applications.

Rep. Jim Wayne, a Louisville Democrat opposed to the new rules, says state police are already hurting for personnel and that having officials process applications within 15 days could result in mistakes, such as approving permits for people with criminal histories.

"They are so overloaded and they should have the leeway to not be pressed to get this job done," he said.

NC Concealed Carry Permit Holder Accidentally Shoots Himself at Work

Local news reports

City police said a man suffered an accidental gunshot wound inside a Burlington business.

The incident happened just after 2:30 p.m. Sunday near the sporting goods section of Dunham's Sports on Huffman Mill Road.

The victim, an employee of the business, suffered a gunshot wound to his upper leg. Police told WXII they think the self-inflicted wound happened with the employee's personal handgun.

There were patrons in the area when the incident occurred, but no other injuries were reported. The business remained open.

Since no charges are brought, the incredible record of permit holder behavior will remain unchanged.

Albuquerque Toddler Wounds Both Parents With 1 Shot From Handgun

Rep. John Conyers Calls For Police Reforms After Cop Who Killed 7-Year-Old Walks

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)

 Huffington Post

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has pledged to introduce legislation on police accountability following the dismissal of charges against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl.

On Friday, the case was dropped against Officer Joseph Weekley in the 2010 death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was killed during a botched police raid while she was sleeping in the couch. Conyers released a statement Saturday saying the decision was unlikely to end the controversy over the incident.

Joseph Weekley as star on previous AE DETROIT SWAT website cropped

Weekley was first through the door shortly after midnight during the 2010 raid in search of a murder suspect, and shot Aiyana shortly after a flash-bang grenade was thrown. A television crew was filming the incident for a reality show about murder investigations, raising questions about police procedure for the raid. 

The circumstances of the shooting were disputed at two trials -- Weekley maintained Aiyana’s grandmother had touched his gun, which she denied -- that both ended in a mistrial. At the second trial in October, the judge granted a motion to dismiss the involuntary manslaughter charge, leaving just the charge of careless discharge of a firearm causing death or injury, a misdemeanor that carries a 2-year maximum sentence. 

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Wednesday they would not seek a third trial for Weekley and called the judge’s decision to drop the manslaughter charge “unfortunate.”

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Powerful New York Gun Ban Politician Arrested for Bribery, Kickbacks

Arrested New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver joins Michael Bloomberg in trying to use the force of the state to ban guns in private hands -- in New York and in "Everytown."
Arrested New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver joins Michael Bloomberg in trying to use the force of the state to ban guns in private hands -- in New York and in "Everytown."

The Examiner

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been arrested on a five-count federal complaint charging him with accepting millions of dollars in exchange for using his political influence, New York Daily News reported Thursday. The charges are described as “stunning” for “the Manhattan Democrat [who has been] a state political fixture for decades.”

As such, Silver has been a leading proponent of “gun control” throughout his terms of office, including being a driving force behind passing Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “SAFE” Act. In 2012, Silver pushed through a package of bills after the Sandy Hook killings, using that as the springboard to enact legislation that had failed to be enacted in prior years, including microstamping, gun locks and “closing loopholes.” He stated his post-Newtown goal flatly, to impose “a complete ban on assault weapons.”

Silver’s arrest is reminiscent of other arrests for criminal acts that prominent citizen disarmament-demanding politicians have made headlines with in recent years, including numerous members of Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.” Other anti-gun pols charged with serious criminal activity include California State Senator Leland Yee, including racketeering and gun trafficking.

Silver’s arrest is expected to spark conversation among pro-gun activists discussing the case. As is typically the case when someone demanding to criminalize a right is himself found to be under suspicion of self-serving real crime, the environment that allows corruption to flourish also comes under scrutiny.

Louisiana 11-Year-old Critical - Shot by 14-Year-old Friend - No Charges Expected, Naturally

WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Illinois Man, 14-Year-old Son Hurt in Accidental Shooting

Local news reports

A Marengo man and his 14-year-old son were taken to a hospital after a gun accidentally fired while the man was cleaning it.

Marengo Police Sgt. Paul Fritz said officers responded to the 400 block of Hale Street at 5:20 p.m. to find the man and teen with gunshot wounds. Fritz said the man was cleaning his gun when the weapon fired. The bullet went through the man’s hand and hit the 14-year-old in the arm. The bullet then ricocheted off his arm and struck the teen in the leg.

Fritz said no major arteries were struck and both the man and teenager were taken to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock to be treated.

No foul play is suspected, Fritz said, but an investigation is ongoing.

"No foul play," did you get that?  Violating two or three of the major safety rules in front of his son, resulting in a negligent discharge and injury isn't considered foul play?  It certainly should be.

Texas Open Carry Looking Less Likely to Pass

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The Texas gun debate has gone wild, wild west.

A confrontation between gun owners and a state lawmaker who later was given a state security detail. Panic buttons installed in legislative offices. Guns made and displayed at the Capitol gates.

What many thought was a slam-dunk in the Republican-controlled Legislature — allowing the open carry of handguns in Texas — turned into a tempest in the opening weeks of the session. And its chances of passing seemed to further diminish when one of the state’s most outspoken conservatives flip-flopped on whether it’s even a priority issue.

The antics have left some gun-rights advocates shaking their heads.

“(Open carry) has been pushed off the rails by the nut jobs,” said Jerry Patterson, a former Marine, gun enthusiast and open-carry advocate who wrote the state’s concealed handgun license law as a state lawmaker in the early 1990s.

In Virginia, Tykes Have Gun Rights, Too

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You may not have noticed, but on Tuesday huge cheers boomed out of every nursery school classroom in the commonwealth.

Four-year-old boys and girls wept in happiness and relief. They’d been so scared of losing their gun rights they couldn’t concentrate on learning their ABCs. Thankfully, the National Rifle Association came through for them again.

The source of their fear was a nasty bit of legislation introduced by (who else?) a liberal lawmaker from (where else?) Northern Virginia. His name is Sen. Adam Ebbin. He’s from Alexandria and obviously, he’s a Democrat.

Existing Virginia law allows a child younger than 12 to use a gun under adult supervision. Had Ebbin’s bill passed, it would have been illegal for an adult to allow a child under 5 to use a gun under any circumstances.

In other words, Ebbin wants to limit tykes’ gun rights. From this we can conclude either that 1) he’s against hunting, the shooting sports and self-defense for preschoolers; or 2) he dumbly forgot to consider those factors at all — in a state where hunting is a constitutional right.

What the heck is a 4-year-old supposed to do when a child molester comes after him? Run? That won’t work. The predator’s legs are longer.

Tattle to an adult? That’ll increase chances the kid will grow up a sissy. He’ll be an object of scorn and bullying when he gets to high school.

States with Weak Gun Laws and Higher Gun Ownership Lead Nation in Gun Deaths


Newly available data for 2013 reveals that states with weak gun violence prevention laws and higher rates of gun ownership have the highest overall gun death rates in the nation, according to a Violence Policy Center (VPC) analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. 

Meanwhile, states with the lowest overall gun death rates have lower rates of gun ownership and some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation. However, even in these states the human toll of gun violence is far above the gun death rate in other industrialized nations.

The VPC analysis refers to overall gun death rates in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. A table of the states with the five highest gun death rates and the five lowest gun death rates is below. For a list of gun death rates in all 50 states, see

States with the Five Highest Gun Death Rates
States with the Five Lowest Gun Death Rates
Household Gun OwnershipGun Death Rate per 100,000RankStateHousehold Gun OwnershipGun Death Rate per 100,000
1 Alaska 60.6 percent 19.59 50 Hawaii 9.7 percent 2.71
2 Louisiana 45.6 percent 19.15 49 Massachusetts 12.8 percent 3.18
3 Alabama 57.2 percent 17.79 48 New York 18.1 percent 4.39
4 Mississippi 54.3 percent 17.55 47 Connecticut 16.2 percent 4.48
5 Wyoming 62.8 percent 17.51 46 Rhode Island 13.3 percent 5.33
  The five states with the highest per capita gun death rates in 2013 were Alaska, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Wyoming. Each of these states has extremely lax gun violence prevention laws as well as a higher rate of gun ownership. The state with the lowest gun death rate in the nation was Hawaii, followed by Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Each of these states has strong gun violence prevention laws and a lower rate of gun ownership.