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.