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Firearms Law and Policy is a new group formed by LilithGardener, OregonOak, and Glen the Plumber for advocating sensible and doable changes in current firearms law and policy with the goal of reducing firearms deaths and injuries.  There seem to be two broad camps of people who care about firearm law and policy - those who seek safety from the protection of a gun and those who think safety will come with fewer guns.  More guns vs. fewer guns is the debate, yet both sides are concerned about safety, and rightly so. Is there enough middle ground to work with?  I think there is, and I think once we get through talking past each other, we can identify solutions that will save lives and reduce injuries while honoring the ideals of both camps.  

The first step is to listen to each other.  The Firearms Law and Policy group adopted Wee Mama's and akadjian's guidance on communicating.  This compendium of firearm-related diaries published in the last two weeks is another step in the direction of listening to each other.  (If I missed your diary, send me a message, and I'll include it in the next roundup.)

My suggestion is to read something written by someone you don't usually agree with.  Consider where this person is coming from that he or she would have a point of view that is so different than yours.  What would cause you to feel this way?  Most of all,

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

The firearms diaries from the last two weeks are below the fold.

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Introducing a new Group: Firearms Law and Policy - Glossary of Resources by LilithGardener

We are afraid. How did we come to be so afraid? Consider one Canadian's perspective on our national obsession with the right to bear arms, (h/t Vetwife).

America is Afraid!! Canada Rants!... Continue reading Introducing a new Group: Firearms Law and Policy - Glossary of Resources

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"LaPierre's Law" Revoked By One Tuff Woman (Who Deserves Her Wiki Page) by MacDaffy

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." -- NRA Director Wayne LaPierre
How wrong can a guy be, huh?

Most of us thought it was ridiculous when he said it, but we understood why he said it. What else could he say? After all, selling guns is the man's job.

But those of us who adhere to Gandhi's admonition that "an eye-for-an-eye leaves everybody blind" have found our most eloquent rebuttal to Mr. LaPierre in this Georgia woman, Antoinette Tuff:

TuffMain
... Continue reading "LaPierre's Law" Revoked By One Tuff Woman (Who Deserves Her Wiki Page)
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Comment by SalCanz in GunFAIL XXXIII

A better title would be Gun Makers Fail (10+ / 0-)
I've been following David's reports on Twitter for months, and it seems to me that his efforts highlight two things about the gun debate in this country. One thing is that too much of the public discussion focuses on the use of guns in crimes, though so much of the damage done with guns is accidental. (I won't get into the suicide issue, as I know David gave up tracking suicides.) The second thing is that there is something that Congress can do to lessen the number of gun accidents in the US. And Congress could do this without limiting anyone's right to own a gun... Continue reading A better title would be Gun Makers Fail
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Video from UPDATE: Dream Defenders Lifted (Long Ago) by Bayard Rustin - will YouTube video go viral?

       
This week's diaries (alpha by title)

Another Day in the (Gun Crazy) U.S.A. by Tom Begnal

September 4, 2013 edition

Sarasota, Fla. -- A 35-year-old woman shot and killed her 17-month-old daughter and then used the weapon to kill herself about 9:45 a.m. Sunday. The child’s father had gone for a scooter ride and called 911 after hearing gunshots as he returned home.

Paradise, Calif. -- A 53-year-old woman was shot and killed and two people were shot and wounded -- the woman’s 12-year-old daughter and the 49-year-old father of the girl -- at their home early Monday by the 63-year-old brother of the man. The girl was in stable condition. Her father was in critical condition... Continue reading Another Day in the (Gun Crazy) U.S.A.

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Child shoots SWAT officer at reading event by Jen Hayden

Yes, this really happened:
A Lodi Police SWAT officer had a Glock .35 with a flashlight in his thigh holster at a children’s reading event when a boy managed to pull the trigger and shoot the officer.
How was the child able to fire the weapon? The gun did not have a safety mechanism... Continue reading Child shoots SWAT officer at reading event
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Colorado recalls: gunning for a 'wave of fear' with one week to go by kos   

In Colorado State Sen. Angela Giron's local wingnut rag:
First, we actually agree with [County Commissioner] Sal Pace when he said “This recall will create a wave of fear.”

A wave of fear is exactly what we want.

We want our legislators to be afraid that if they ignore their constituents and instead listen to East Coast money, they will lose their jobs.


... Continue reading Colorado recalls: gunning for a 'wave of fear' with one week to go
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Colorado recalls: NRA doubles down, early vote results by kos

Myia Young, 4, places a candle by an American flag during a vigil for victims behind a theater where a gunman open fire at moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012. A total of 71 people were shot in Friday's rampage at the Denver-area movie theater that has left 12 people dead, the local police chief said. REUTERS/ Jeremy Papasso
The NRA may be indifferent, but we can't have more of these.
Some smattering of news from the Rocky Mountain Recalls. First up, the NRA is doubling down:
The NRA is increasing financial support with $250,000 to try to recall two Colorado Democratic lawmakers who voted for new gun restrictions this year.
A campaign finance report released Tuesday covering Aug. 23 to Aug. 29 shows the NRA's new contribution to the races. The organization's total contribution so far is about $361,700.
... Continue reading Colorado recalls: NRA doubles down, early vote results
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Good News: Gilberton Police Chief Suspended Indefinitely by Celtic Merlin

You remember this guy.  He's the "chief" of a one-man police force in the town of Gilberton, PA who made a series of YouTube videos loaded with swearing, lots of gunfire, and liberal use of the term "libtard" - in both the singular and plural varieties.

The guy is one of those "around the bend" gun nuts who thinks that Obama is going to take his guns (The Preciousssss!) from him any day now... Continue reading Good News: Gilberton Police Chief Suspended Indefinitely

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GunFAIL XXXIII by David Waldman

Five of 44 guns discovered by TSA at airports around the country this week.
Five of 44 guns discovered by TSA at airports around the country this week.
It's Back-to-School time! Many areas of the country saw their kids back in school during this past week, while elsewhere, students will be returning over the next two weeks. So it's only fitting to note the two particular kinds of GunFAIL that coincide with the season. First, there's the old gun-in-school problem. We had eight of those in primary and secondary schools around the country. Specifically in St. Louis and Ferguson, MO; Griffin, Sandy Springs and Atlanta, GA; Mobile, AL; Winston-Salem, NC, and; Spring Hill, KS. From the post-secondary world, we have the story of the Texas Tech students who thought it would be fun to fire guns off the balcony of their off-campus apartment. Let college kids bring their guns to school? Sure. Why not?... Continue reading GunFAIL XXXIII
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Nature vs Nurture: Are Guns in the Blood? by BadKitties

I grew up in Manhattan, with rifles and shotguns in my closet. There was a gun rack and a chest in Daddy's library filled with guns. There was a glass-topped table in the living room with eighteenth-century dueling pistols nestled in velvet-lined cases. We had a beach house in the Hamptons, with a 50-foot pistol range in the basement, and even MORE guns. There were guns in my closet, my brothers' closets, and under our mattresses. Every single one had a trigger lock. The ammo was kept in locked boxes in the beach house attic. In the city, the ammo for the pistol he carried was on a high shelf in a green Army box in the pantry... Continue reading Nature vs Nurture: Are Guns in the Blood?
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Reporting 1st Hand from CO's Recall, don't be surprised by the results by RWN   

These last few weeks many of the nation's eyes have focused upon Colorado Springs, CO, that weird corner of the U.S. where contradictions and political battles seem to be periodically waged before getting franchised nationally. Outside the usual electoral cycle our community has become the next reluctant political battleground in in what I am beginning to describe as America's ongoing Cultural Cold War.

Tuesday's NY Times published a detailed overview for audiences outside of Colorado to get an idea of our significant election even (link here. Tuesday morning NPR did a similar broadcast version of essentially the same storyline. Both offered a foreboding potential that two Democratic legislators could be recalled for their leadership in Colorado's recent guns safety legislation. Until the last couple of weeks I too was seriously worried and thought that the party leadership and politicians had made strategic mistakes drawing a battle here, now I believe the nation will be surprised in a huge way... Continue reading Reporting 1st Hand from CO's Recall, don't be surprised by the results

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Rogue PA Police Chief Calls for Military Coup to Begin Next Week in DC by Michael Morrill

Mark Kessler has been something of a media darling the past few weeks.  The small town (Gilberton, PA) police chief has posted a series of flamboyant videos that have threatened elected officials and private citizens whom he has called “libtards.” The media have largely ignored these threats, instead focusing on what they call Kessler’s “potty-mouth” language and his fascination with anal sex.

But the real story is not the cussing.  Nor is it Kessler’s threats to Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry or to “shoot a libtard” (although he should be prosecuted for those threats).

The real story is Kessler’s call for a military coup.  Kessler has called for a massive march to be held next week in Washington, where he hopes the military will join with the people to “give the tyrannical government 48 hours to step down.”... Continue reading Rogue PA Police Chief Calls for Military Coup to Begin Next Week in DC

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Shoddy gun paper excites right wing by danps

Conservatives discovered a six year old Harvard paper recently and immediately praised its claims.  Unfortunately, it is an extremely fact-challenged document.

Cross posted from Pruning Shears.

There is new interest in a 2007 study by Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser.  "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?" was published in Harvard's Journal of Public Law and Policy and has been cited recently on a number of political blogs, message boards, even on a popular right-leaning economics site.  I encountered it at Writer Beat, one of the sites where I cross post.  Announcing the publication by "Harvard, Obama's Alma Mater" (apparently for the benefit of those who didn't already know the place was a suspicious liberal bastion), the author summarizes its finding as "it's not guns that kill people," a commonly repeated phrase elsewhere... Continue reading Shoddy gun paper excites right wing

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Well y'all can go to hell, also by kboers

I have been a daily Kos reader for years and years, but I'm so disgusted with my fellow Kossacks right now i wanna puke. Or spank y'all with something painfully solid. Because many of you seem to think that anyone living in a state tainted by stupid Republicans deserves whatever the hell we get. Jump below the swirly if you dare.

I live in Missouri. Where a-wipes are attemping to "nullify" federal gun laws - - as if -- and foul up the transition to Obamacare - which is so shortsighted, stupid and just plain cruel that it renders me near speechless. We have a shitbucket of crazy, mean, reactionary, racist, and just plain stupid Republicans dominating our legislature. Governor Jay Nixon is a moderate barely holding back the worst of the crazy. How did this happen?... Continue reading Well y'all can go to hell, also

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White supremacist felon busted for arsenal of illegal guns by tytalus   

Great news! An ex-felon and white supremacist gets caught stockpiling guns, assault weapons, ammunition and body armor. And lists of Jewish and black leaders in Detroit! Well, that's great. Another potential domestic terrorist nipped in the bud. I suppose this must be the result of stronger gun laws, since we hear incessantly of the woeful burden of law crushing liberty-loving gun enthusiasts underfoot.

Alas, no...the arrest and conviction of Richard Schmidt on gun charges had nothing to do with gun laws. It was pure coincidence, the result of FBI investigation into counterfeit NFL jerseys and other knock-offs Schmidt sold at a sports memorabilia store in the local mall. And so the federal attorney on the job has to admit they have no idea how this ex-felon, banned from possessing a gun, managed to acquire his arsenal... Continue reading White supremacist felon busted for arsenal of illegal guns

   
Previous week's diaries (alpha by title)

(Another) That Gun Just Ain't Safe by DrillSgtK

Yup, another recall of guns for design issues.

This time it is the Springfield Arms 3.3XD series 9mm and .45ACP Automatics. These Guns/handguns/pistols/thunder sticks/whatever have an issue that "could experience an unintended discharge during the loading process when the slide is released, or could experience a double-fire when the trigger is pulled once."

This "condition" is supposed to be rare and from exceptional conditions, however gun forums have discussed this issue since 2005.  In 2007 a gun store owner recommended against the 9mm version because of reports of this when I was looking for a combat shooter pistol for IDPA matches ...Continue reading (Another) That Gun Just Ain't Safe

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A Psychopath Making News, Again by thinkingblue

And Beyond Sick!  … after getting away with murder (literally) Zimmerman can't stop his fascination with firearms. I wonder if he will get away with murder again, I think he’s cocksure enough to believe he will … Continue reading A Psychopath Making News, Again
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Angela Giron and her local Fox News-wannabee wingnut rag by kos

As noted last week, Colorado recall target Sen. Angela Giron has had to contend with ornery assholes at her hometown paper.
During Colorado's gun debate, the general manager of the Pueblo Chieftain, Giron's hometown newspaper, wrote to her opposing the gun control measures, identifying himself as a gun owner who is ""responsible for the entire newspaper, including the newsroom.""

""They reign here in Pueblo,"" Giron said of the newspaper's influence in her district.

""The new general manager sends me an email while we're debating the legislation, and he says, 'I want you to know that I'm not only in charge of the newspaper but every piece of news that goes out, and I don't like these gun laws, and I don't want you to vote for them.'""

... Continue reading Angela Giron and her local Fox News-wannabee wingnut rag
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Another Day in the (Gun Crazy) U.S.A. by Tom Begnal

August 25, 2013 edition

New Boston, Tex. -- A teenager died Wednesday night from an apparent accidental shooting while with several other youths at a car wash.

St. Louis, Mo. -- A 15-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the head and killed by her 20-year-old brother about 1 p.m. Thursday. Police said the brother suffers from a mental disability.

Shaler, Penn. -- A 52-year-old man shot his family on Thursday -- killing his 19-year-old daughter and wounding his wife and 21-year-old son -- before using a gun to kill himself. The wife and son were listed in critical condition. Police say the father, who worked as an electrician, might have recently been disciplined at work. He also shot and killed the family dog." ... Continue reading Another Day in the (Gun Crazy) U.S.A.

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Antoinette Tuff made a difference; now you can, too. by 8ackgr0und N015e   

More Americans have died from gun violence since the Newtown massacre than have died in both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.   That's a fact. Look it up.
You want to change that?  Keep reading.

Wayne LaPierre, the Pied Piper for Handguns Inc. (AKA the NRA) has famously claimed

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
... Continue reading Antoinette Tuff made a difference; now you can, too.
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CO Recall: Kristen Gillibrand (D. NY) Fundraises For Angela Giron (D) by poopdogcomedy

U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D. NY) is getting involved in the Colorado recall election and is helping State Senator Angela Giron (D. CO) fight back at the NRA ... Continue reading CO Recall: Kristen Gillibrand (D. NY) Fundraises For Angela Giron (D)
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Dream Defenders: Ahmir Questlove Thompson talks about hip-hop, his life, and racial profiling by LilithGardener

Grammy award-winning musician, DJ, and writer, Ahmir Questlove Thompson,* sat down with Democracy Now! to talk about his career, his first book, and painful incidents of racial profiling. He learned of the Zimmerman verdict right before boarding a plane back to the US and shared its impact on Facebook. The Dream Defenders responded to the Zimmerman verdict in a different way; they mobilized a group to visit Florida Governor Rick Scott to demand action on Trayvon's Law ... Continue reading Dream Defenders: Ahmir Questlove Thompson talks about hip-hop, his life, and racial profiling
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Dumbass Police Chief Kessler threatens public official: 15 minutes about up. by xxdr zombiexx

This didn't take too long...

Gun-loving, libtard-hating police chief accused of threatening city official

Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler uploaded another video to YouTube on Monday. In the video, Kessler shoots at a picture of an evil “tyrant” clown that he calls “libtard Eric.”
... Continue reading Dumbass Police Chief Kessler threatens public official: 15 minutes about up.
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George Zimmerman tours factory that made gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin - Eyes new shotgun by Lefty Coaster

Zimmerman adds insult to injury by visiting the same gun manufacturing plant that made the semi-automatic pistol he used to kill Trayvon Martin with. Then Zimmerman looks over a tactical semi-automatic shotgun he wants, and poses for smiling photos with workers.

Zimmerman seems to be embracing a role his gun nutty admirers are sure to love. Was this a publicity stunt as Zimmerman tries to become the new Ted Nugent?... Continue reading George Zimmerman tours factory that made gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin - Eyes new shotgun

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GOP AR Senator Accidentally Shoots Teacher by NCJim

Yes we know that the GOP hates teachers, just as they hate government workers of all stripes.  However, this was not a hate crime it was just a stupid.

Arkansas state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R) is an advocate of giving guns to school personnel.  What could go wrong with that?

In fact Jeremy is leading a legislative committee on the subject of giving guns to school teachers and is such an advocate that he personally participated in an "active shooter" drill earlier this year... Continue reading GOP AR Senator Accidentally Shoots Teacher

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Gun Discharged in Kindergartner's Backpack in School Cafeteria by night cat

According to the Associated Press, a gun went off in the backpack of a kindergartner in a school cafeteria in Westside Elementary School in Tennessee.  The children were in the cafeteria before school started for the day.  
Investigators determined the child obtained the gun from a closet at home and placed it in the backpack, police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said Friday. The information was presented to the district attorney general's office, which decided not to file charges at this time, she said.

... Continue reading Gun Discharged in Kindergartner's Backpack in School Cafeteria

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Gun Violence Messaging Guide by rover3

Came across this short piece on a Gun Violence Messaging Guide.
westernshootingjournal.com/second-amendment/manual-reveals-democratic-anti-gun-methods/

The manual titled ”Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging”, some of the tactics reveals taking advantage of current events that are gun violence to push the agenda forward... Continue reading Gun Violence Messaging Guide

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GunFAIL XXXII by David Waldman

Let's begin this week's installment with an update on one of last week's stories. Remember Terry Dunlap, Sr.? The gun safety instructor who accidentally shot a student in his concealed carry class? Turns out that this wasn't Terry's very first accidental shooting:
Cathy Schmelzer couldn’t believe it when she read in the newspaper that Terry J. Dunlap Sr. — a firearms instructor — had accidentally shot someone.

“Oh no, he’s done it again!” she said she thought to herself. Schmelzer, 50, was Cathy Hessler, a 14-year-old Pickerington girl, when she was accidentally shot in 1977 by Dunlap during a Halloween hayride.

... Continue reading GunFAIL XXXII
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If you think America is divided, you're wrong. by bigjacbigjacbigjac

First of all,
I must contradict my title,
to some extent.

America has deep divisions,
frightening divisions,
between
black
and white
and brown,
between men
and women,
between straight
and LGBT,
and,
most of all,
between
conservatives,
and liberals.

... Continue reading If you think America is divided, you're wrong.
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Mea Culpa, I've ticked off the Daily KOS Gun Owners by DrillSgtK

With the sin of terminology.

yesterday I posted Smith and Wesson's recall due to defective parts of their M&P Shield line of handguns.  I used the word "Automatic" before the word "handgun".  Rather than discuss the problem with S&W's design that use of the trigger can damage the safety mechanism that prevents discharge if the weapon is dropped, there were about 20 comments complaining about the words handgun, automatic, and gun... Continue reading Mea Culpa, I've ticked off the Daily KOS Gun Owners

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Missouri tries to nullify federal health care and gun laws by Jon Perr

If you ever wondered what a 21st century nullification crisis would look like, look no further than Missouri. One hundred and forty eight years after the end of the Civil War, the New York Times reports, "the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature is expected to enact a statute next month nullifying all federal gun laws in the state and making it a crime for federal agents to enforce them." Meanwhile, the Show Me State is doing everything it can to effectively block implementation of the Affordable Care Act... Continue reading Missouri tries to nullify federal health care and gun laws
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Mrs Nugent gets BUSTED, oops!! suck it NUGENT
by PeteInTx

Wife of Ted Nugent arrested at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
I hope this applies to her as well,

49 USC § 46505 - Carrying a weapon or explosive on an aircraft... Continue reading Mrs Nugent gets BUSTED, oops!! suck it NUGENT

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NJ-GOV: Chris Christie: Focused on the White House, Leaving NJ in the Dust
by BarbaraBuono

Barbara joined Seton Hall shooting survivor Nakeisha Vanterpool (friend of Jessica Moore, who died during the 2010 incident) and her mother Leslie Wednesday to condemn Governor Christie's Friday night clandestine veto of commonsense gun legislation.

"On Friday evening, Chris Christie failed to lead," Barbara said. "He chose the NRA and the conservative base over families here in New Jersey."... Continue reading NJ-GOV: Chris Christie: Focused on the White House, Leaving NJ in the Dust

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NRA directly engages in Colorado, time to match them by kos

The NRA has been working behind the scenes in the Colorado recalls, doing its dirty work through surrogates and allies. But that has now changed.
The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action has spent $108,667, through its own front committee to unseat the two senators who supported gun-control measures last session.
... Continue reading NRA directly engages in Colorado, time to match them
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Obama administration adds two executive actions to gun-safety measures by Meteor Blades

Tommygun in a violin case
Executive action will crack down on efforts to evade background checks by people

wanting to own one of these and other automatic weapons.
Vice President Joe Biden Thursday announced two new executive actions the Obama administration believes will help curb the number of guns that wind up in the wrong hands. As expected, the National Rifle Association issued a whine saying the actions won't accomplish anything other than hurting "law-abiding gun owners." The actions build on the 23 announced by the president in January.

The actions will restrict the reimportation of surplus military-grade weapons solely to museums and will close a loophole that allows people to evade required background checks for owning machine-guns and short-barreled shotguns by registering them with trusts or corporations... Continue reading Obama administration adds two executive actions to gun-safety measures

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Police temporarily detain armed Obama protester by Jen Hayden

Armed Obama protester in Virginia
Virginia tea partier arrested while protesting on a public overpass with a loaded assault rifle and handgun:
A local Tea Party member has been protesting perched above busy overpasses, with his assault rifle and semi-automatic handgun in plain sight.

He says he’s part of a grassroots movement across the country: American citizens holding signs on busy overpasses demanding President Obama’s impeachment.

Tea-partier Brandon Howard is a member of the Tri-Cities Liberty Alliance.
“We have a tyrant in office right now; he thinks he’s a king.”

... Continue reading Police temporarily detain armed Obama protester
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Police: 8-year-old shoots, kills 87-year-old after video gameby FiredUpInCA

CNN) -- An 8-year-old boy intentionally shot and killed his [87]-year-old caregiver on Thursday evening after playing a violent video game, authorities say.

Marie Smothers, 90, was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the head in a mobile home park in Slaughter, Louisiana, the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Slaughter is about 20 miles north of Baton Rouge.

... Continue reading Police: 8-year-old shoots, kills 87-year-old after video game
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POTUS to Close Gun Sale Loophole...Executive-Style by ericlewis0

From AP, via Talking Points Memo:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.
... Continue reading POTUS to Close Gun Sale Loophole...Executive-Style
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Recalling Colorado Democrats Not Popular in CO. (new poll data) by 3rdOption   

A Quinnipiac poll published yesterday tells us that Coloradoans oppose recalling two Democratic state senators, while also opposing the gun laws which sparked the recalls.

This is the first polling data I've seen dealing with the "they voted against the will of their constituents" charge the gun nuts have been leveling at Angela Giron of Pueblo, and John Morse of Colorado Springs... Continue reading Recalling Colorado Democrats Not Popular in CO. (new poll data)

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Recalls in two weeks, NRA smells blood by kos

A group of people hold hands in prayer at the &nbsp;memorial for the 13 victims of the shooting at Columbine High School during the 8th Anniversary of the shooting at Clement Park in Littleton, Colorado April 20 , 2007. REUTERS/Mark Leffingwell
How many more gun massacre memorials do we need before the NRA wisens up? They won't. So let's support those who fight them.
During the debate over a sweeping package of gun safety legislation in Colorado, state Sen. Angela Giron had to deal with this kind of shit:
During Colorado's gun debate, the general manager of the Pueblo Chieftain, Giron's hometown newspaper, wrote to her opposing the gun control measures, identifying himself as a gun owner who is "responsible for the entire newspaper, including the newsroom."
... Continue reading Recalls in two weeks, NRA smells blood
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RKBA: A Civil Right by KVoimakas

The right to keep and bear arms: civil right or not?

First, what is a civil right? Let's get a couple different definitions... Continue reading RKBA: A Civil Right

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RKBA: a non-unique Second Amendment by KVoimakas

The Second Amendment has that prefatory clause which is unique in the Bill of Rights. It's obvious that since they didn't do this elsewhere, it was meant to limit or constrain the rights contained in the rest of the amendment, right?

Well, let's take a look... Continue reading RKBA: a non-unique Second Amendment

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RKBA: CDC Report by KVoimakas

In January 2013, President Barack Obama issued 23 executive orders directing federal agencies to improve knowledge of the causes of firearm violence, what might help prevent it, and how to minimize its burden on public health. One of these orders directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to, along with other federal agencies, immediately begin identifying the most pressing problems in firearm violence research. The CDC and the CDC Foundation asked the IOM, in collaboration with the National Research Council, to convene a committee tasked with developing a potential research agenda that focuses on the causes of, possible interventions to, and strategies to minimize the burden of firearm-related violence. Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence focuses on the characteristics of firearm violence, risk and protective factors, interventions and strategies, the impact of gun safety technology, and the influence of video games and other media.
... Continue reading RKBA: CDC Report
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RKBA: Good for the Goose by R K B A

Ending the drug war has long been a goal of the progressive movement, especially legalizing the use of recreational marijuana. Last year Washington State legalized marijuana along with Colorado. We rejoiced as we rightly should. However it has not been without its attendant issues, discussed and diaried numerous times before.
I was listening to the morning news on Seattle's KIRO radio station when they discussed this issue. The idea, proposed by UCLA Professor Mark Kleiman: Sign a contract with the feds saying the White House promises not to notice that we're violating federal law, and in exchange, we promise that pot grown in Washington stays in Washington... Continue reading RKBA: Good for the Goose
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RKBA: More guns...less crime? by KVoimakas

It seems like the rule of thumb is that the more firearms a country has, the more crime there is. People like the NRA, some LGC members, and some RKBAers would argue otherwise, pointing to More Guns, Less Crime by John Lott.

Then the argument becomes about Lott and what he did or didn't do in regards to his study. Let's just bypass him completely and go all the way back to 2007. We'll look at a different study, which I wish I could quote more than three paragraphs of... Continue reading RKBA: More guns...less crime?

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RKBA: what right? by KVoimakas

Yesterday we talked about how the right to keep and bear arms is a civil right.

Let's talk about individual rights vs the group right view.

Where to start? How 'bout the actual text of the second amendment.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
... Continue reading RKBA: what right?
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South Carolina woman finds gun hidden in used car by Christian Dem in NC

A few days ago, Joyce Davis of Rock Hill, South Carolina--a suburb of Charlotte--got an unpleasant surprise.  While rummaging in her used 2002 Chevy Malibu, she discovered a 9mm semiautomatic pistol under the driver's seat.
She didn’t know it until Tuesday, when she noticed that the driver’s seat cushion in the car she bought at least eight years ago was loose. When she lifted the cushion, she found a gun underneath the seat.

“I said, ‘Oh my God,’ ” Davis said, adding that she never felt the weapon under her seat.

... Continue reading South Carolina woman finds gun hidden in used car
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That Gun Just Ain't Safe! by DrillSgtK

Smith and Wesson, one of the worlds biggest supporters of the NRA, has put out a product recall...because the gun they make is not safe.  

Due to bad production or design the safety system that is to prevent the gun from going off if you drop it, can cause the gun to go off when dropped or when being moved.  This is system is damaged by doing the unusual thing of pulling the trigger.  Once you have pulled the trigger, you may have damaged the safety so S&W gives the helpful advice "STOP USING YOUR PISTOL IMMEDIATELY"... Continue reading That Gun Just Ain't Safe!

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UPDATE: Dream Defenders Lifted (Long Ago) by Bayard Rustin - will YouTube video go viral? by DefendOurConstitution

UPDATE - will Agnew's YouTube video go viral? It is entirely up to us. As of this update the video has over 27,000 views (almost 10,000 additional views in the last 12 hours). I understand if you don't have time to read this diary (or the inclination to tip/rec), but please click on this video and help it go viral!  Now I am begging! Do it for our children and for our future.

What a week! Tens of thousands march in Washington to commemorate the 1963 march. DDs, denied attention like Bayard, pivot and uplift with video and 2-minute video challenge. Who was Bayard Rustin? See below... Continue reading UPDATE: Dream Defenders Lifted (Long Ago) by Bayard Rustin - will YouTube video go viral?

   
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