Friday, November 27, 2015

Alcohol's Role in Gun Violence

Philly dot com

Set aside politics and posturing about gun violence in America and there is still one indisputable fact: Alcohol use plays a primary role in gun violence. 

A startling 48 percent of homicide offenders were reportedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the offense, and 37 percent were intoxicated, according to an analysis by University of North Carolina researchers who reviewed more than 23 independent studies examining 8,265 homicide offenders in nine countries. 

In the United States, guns are the leading cause of homicide and suicide. 

"Both acute alcohol intoxication and chronic alcohol misuse are strongly associated with risk for committing firearm violence, whether that violence is directed at others or at oneself," said Garen J. Wintemute, founding director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis. 

He added that of the nearly 400,000 firearm-related U.S. deaths in 12 years, "it is probable that more than a third of these deaths involve alcohol."

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Texas Man Brought Gun to 2014 Shooting, Faces Jail

Michael Barrera 

Local news

A 24-year-old Pearsall, Texas, man will be sentenced Monday in the accidental shooting of a Port Huron woman.

Michael Barrera pleaded guilty in district court Oct. 6 to carrying with unlawful intent, a 5-year felony, and careless discharge of a firearm causing serious injury or death, a 2-year high court misdemeanor.

Port Huron police Detective Sgt. Brian Georgia said Barrera was charged in relation to the Sept. 13, 2014, fatal shooting of 40-year-old Nellie Jo Pearson.

Charles Joshua Kelly was sentenced in May to three to 15 years in prison for his involvement in the shooting.

Kelly pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm while under the influence causing death, a 15-year felony, and using a controlled substance, a one-year misdemeanor.

Senior Assistant Prosecutor Mona Armstrong said Barrera has cooperated during the investigation and voluntarily returned from Texas for his September arraignment.

“You had individuals who were intoxicated who were playing with (the firearm), dry firing it, and that is a recipe for disaster,” Armstrong said.

“It did not appear and does not appear that it was an intentional act to harm someone but, regardless, there’s still criminal responsibility.”

Barrera’s lawyer, Dan Damman, said his client has remained in custody since his arraignment.
“To say he is remorseful is an understatement,” Damman said. “He very clearly recognizes that his actions have done damage than can never be undone.”

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Conflating Two Good Ideas - Disqualifying Those on the Terror Watch List and Universal Background Checks

‘NRA’s Sick Jihad': N.Y. tabloid declares war on the NRA

(New York Daily News)

The Washington Post

A New York tabloid is calling the National Rifle Association's platform "sick jihad" and the organization's leader "Jihadi Wayne" after the organization fought legislation that would prohibit people on the government's watch-list for terrorists and suspected terrorists from purchasing guns.

The New York Daily News, a longtime NRA adversary, has published two front-page stories during the past week calling out the NRA and its "gun-loving Republican cohorts" for opposing legislation that would block people on the watch-list from purchasing firearms.

The tabloid's response comes after The Washington Post and others reported that, over the past decade, more than 2,000 terror suspects legally purchased guns in the United States — and a bill to put an end to it had hit NRA resistance. 

"These bills have rarely made it out of committee, in part due to vehement opposition from the National Rifle Association and its allies in Congress," Wonkblog's Chris Ingraham wrote last week.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Another Good Guy With a Gun Making the World a Better Place

More Harm than Good