Friday, September 18, 2015

NSSF Gets Government Grant - CSGV Doesn't Like It

from ssgmarkcr

  I came across this and someone definitely isn't happy.

"NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) announced today that it has been awarded a two-year, $2.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Funds will go toward providing firearm safety education messaging and free gun locks through NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program to communities throughout the country, to encourage responsible firearm storage and help reduce firearm accidents, theft and misuse."

This project has distributed over 36 million free gun locks to gun owners along with literature to educate owners on safe storage of firearms.  However, as I said, someone isn't happy about government money going to this project,

"Newtown, CT−Two gun violence prevention groups, the Newtown Action Alliance and Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, have launched a petition campaign calling on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to cancel a planned $2.4 million grant to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and find a more suitable partner for their gun violence prevention efforts.
On September 10, 2015, the Newtown-headquartered NSSF announced that it had received a two-year grant from DOJ to produce Project ChildSafe Safety Kits, which the organization distributes to law enforcement agencies around the country. The kits include a cable-style gun lock and a brochure detailing gun safety procedures."

    Now if the CSGV had some evidence that funds that were supposed to go to go for gun locks was being spent to lobby congress,then they might have a justifiable beef.  But all I'm seeing is that someone they don't approve of is getting some good PR for the very beneficial program that provides real world and real time improvement in guns being safely stored.  
    What does everyone here think of what seems to me to be a bad case of sour grapes?

One thing I think is this: the NSSF says child locks "help reduce firearm accidents, theft and misuse." I'd like to know how "a cable-style gun lock" would reduce theft.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Millennials love guns as shooting sports rapidly gain popularity in high schools

The Washington Times

“What separates shooting sports from stick-and-ball sports is that when it’s time for our kids to go to a tournament, all the kids can compete — heavy, thin, tall, short, fast, slow, boy or girl — it doesn’t make them any different,” Mr. Wondrash said. “That’s what really lends itself to our sport.”

The SSSF has programs in 42 states and has seen participation grow from about 6,000 students four years ago to 13,000 now, Mr. Wondrash said.

Competitive shooting has become so popular and accepted in certain communities that some high schools award varsity letters for trapshooting. National organizations like the SSSF help students assemble teams, train coaches to teach athletes how to safely fire a gun and organize competitions and championships for teams.

Oklahoma 16-Year-old Shoots Himself in the Leg for the Second Time in Three Months

Local news

A 16-year-old boy from Tulsa, Oklahoma was rushed to the hospital on Monday after accidentally shooting himself in the leg. According to Tulsa World, officers were called to the scene of the accident, a private residence, and found the teen on a bed soaked with blood. Suspecting that the bullet had severed an artery, officers quickly stopped the bleeding with a tourniquet and had the boy transported to a hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

Strangely enough, the Tulsa Police Department claims that this is not the first time the teen has been involved in an accidental shooting. Roughly three months ago the boy had also shot himself in the leg with a handgun. At the time, officers investigated the case but found the injury to be not life-threatening. The department did not offer details on the aftermath of the investigation but did say that the handgun was confiscated and remained at the police station. Officials did not specify if the teen or his parents will face any charges.

At least this time, the boy was fortunate that police arrived when they did. Officials said in a news release that the teen was found conscious but incoherent in his residence. The victim had lost a lot of blood, which could cause dizziness, shortness of breath, and even hypovolemic shock in more serious cases.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

More on the Suicide Problem and the Role of Gun Availability

The New York Times

If it takes a sensational statistic to spur national concern about such self-destruction, consider the latest research showing that 82 percent of teenage suicides by firearms involve guns left poorly secured or foolishly unprotected by members of their families. These young lives are impulsively lost in supposedly safe home environments, where just the presence of a gun has been found to increase the risk of suicide three times, according to a new report by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun safety organization.

The report also notes that 85 percent of people attempting suicide by gun succeed, while drug overdose, the main method chosen for suicide attempts, is fatal only 2 percent of the time. Ninety percent of those who fail in a suicide attempt embrace their second chance at life and do not eventually die by suicide.

There is stark evidence that easy access to guns compounds the crisis. The states with the five highest rates of gun suicides have gun ownership rates notably higher than the national average, according to the Brady study. Meanwhile, the gun lobby and firearm industry are engaged in a reckless campaign to have more Americans own and carry guns.

More on the Mississippi College Shooting

Forgotten Weapons: The World War I Chauchat

No Charges for Irresponsible California Cop

Local news

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has opted not to file criminal charges against a veteran Gilroy police officer following a May incident where his teenage stepdaughter shot herself in the leg with his personal handgun.

Assistant District Attorney Cindy Hendrickson told the Dispatch this week there was no evidence the officer—whose name was not released—acted in disregard or indifference toward human life in storing the firearm, which the law requires for a criminal negligence charge.

The May 4 shooting on the 500 block of El Cerrito Way was the result of “inattention or a mistake in judgment at most” on part of the 13-year-old girl, Hendrickson said. The girl, not named due to her age, gained access to a .22-caliber handgun belonging to the officer, and shot herself in the leg around 3 p.m. It was not the officer’s duty weapon and was registered as a personal firearm, according to investigators.

“The facts suggest a confluence of events that normally didn’t happen led to a tragic accident,” Hendrickson said, adding that the unnamed officer “normally stored his personal firearm safely.”

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Legalizing Marijuana in Massachusetts

from ssgmarkcr

   I ran across this court judgment today regarding the decriminalization of marijuana at the state level.  It seemed particularly relevant in light of Massachusetts being a state that has gotten a grade of A- from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.  And this is something to be expected if recreational marijuana is going to be legalized. 

    It seems as if Massachusetts did a pretty good job of writing their law to insure that past offenses wouldn't be held against citizens for past offenses.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mississippi School Shooting - Shooter At Large

Yahoo news

A professor was killed in his office at Delta State University in Mississippi, forcing terrified students and teachers to hunker down in classrooms as investigators searched for another school employee in connection with the killing, officials said Monday.

Cleveland Police Chief Charles "Buster" Bingham said during a news conference that authorities have identified Shannon Lamb as a "person of interest" in the shooting of history professor Ethan Schmidt. Lamb is no longer believed to be on the Delta State campus.

Bingham also said police have information suggesting Lamb may have been involved in another slaying in the south Mississippi city of Gautier, about 300 miles away.

Gautier police spokesman Matthew Hoggatt told The Sun Herald ( that a woman was found dead in her home, and that Lamb is the suspect in her death.

"We're working right now under the assumption that both events are related," Hoggatt said. "We hope that they are not. But at this point in time, information indicates that they probably are linked in some way, shape or form."

Poor Ol' Mexico

Boys Will Be Boys - Georgia Style

Cops: Georgia teen killed during ‘horseplay’ with gun
 Kaleb Oliver Greene, the shooter

Local news

“Two other teens who were present when the shooting occurred told deputies that the suspect fled on foot into some nearby woods,” Selman-Willis said in an emailed statement.

The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Kaleb Oliver Greene, was located “several hours later” at a home in Houston County. He has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, pointing a gun at another and reckless conduct.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Oregon Recall Fails

Genius Obama Haters