Saturday, September 11, 2010

Bad Doggy

Apparently, guns don't kill people...dogs do.

Officers soon learned a loaded shotgun had been placed on the bed, when the family dog jumped onto the bed causing that shotgun to discharge.

Maybe the Eddie the Beagle training didn't take.

"I Know You Are, But What Am I?"


The Pee-Wee Herman of Gunloon blogging, Linoge, gets very self-righteous and huffs and puffs about someone who dared ban Mikey W's comments. On Mikey W's blog, Linoge bleats:
Intellectual coward.
Unwilling to tolerate dissent.
Incapable of identifying facts.
Blinded by grief.
And a paid shill, to boot.
I am unquestionably sorry for the loss she has suffered, but using that emotion as a springboard to abridge and infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens is simply wrong, no matter how poignant it might be.
But, given that she is on the Brady Bunch board, she has so much of her identity wrapped up in her cause, she is never going to be willing to admit it...

Oh, the irony. Linoge is all of these things and more.

Another Beauty

Ohh Shoot has the report.

The bowler has been charged with careless discharge of a firearm. Police have confiscated his gun and have contacted the gun board to get his concealed weapons permit revoked.

I didn't think anyone believed in the one-strike-you're-out law yet. Maybe they're catching on in Detroit.

What do you think?

The Damage of Gun Violence

The true extent of the damage caused by gun violence is often much greater than it seems.

Jon Stewart on the Media

In the middle of the video he mimics Arianna Huffington. It's hysterical.

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The Media

Laci wrote a wonderful post about the media in the U.S. After examining a few examples, Laci's conclusion is summed up like this.

Seriously, the US needs a public media outlet otherwise it is indeed “500 channels and nothing’s on”.

Do you think it's right to accuse the U.S. media of being either biased or irresponsible?

Please leave a comment.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Media Matters
published a fascinating article about the reaction to this interview by the conservative media. To support their idea that Fox News and the others distorted the intentions of the Imam's words, they provided several examples of laughably hysterical quotes and headlines.

I thought the remarks by Imam Feisal were thoughtful and reasonable. I didn't sense any dissembling or deceit in him.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Paul Helmke on the “Reform and Modernization Act”

The Brady Campaign published an informative article about the latest attempts on the part of the NRA to increase gun availability. On September 21st the Senate will hold a hearing on the "Reform and Modernization Act" for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) (H.R. 2296 and S.R. 941).

Here's the Brady take on the legislation. It would...

1. Cripple the ATF’s ability to shut down crooked gun dealers. Before the ATF could revoke a crooked dealer’s license and put him out of business, ATF would have to show that the dealer not only violated the law, but had the specific intent to break the specific law. This is an almost impossible standard of proof for law enforcement to meet.

2. Prohibit ATF from revoking licenses of gun dealers who commit many dangerous crimes, for instance, allowing hundreds of guns to “disappear” from their inventory with no record of sale.

3. Cap fines at extremely low levels for violations found during an inspection of a gun dealer. For example, a dealer with 900 federal gun law violations could face a maximum fine of less than $8.50 per violation.

4. Allow most dealers who violate gun laws to continue selling guns for 60 days after their licenses are revoked, even if they had committed willful violations of federal law.

Who in their right mind would want these four things? You would have to be gun-biased to the point of mental illness to think these four results would be good for the country.

Why do law-abiding gun owners so often support obviously bad policies?

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Double Sword Wielding Man Killed by Police

I realize people are going to accuse me of being soft on the police, but I have to say this sounds like a legitimate shoot. When the story says a guy "lunged" at the police with a knife, I don't like it. But this:

Armando Aponte, 35, died from gunshots wounds when two police officers shot him as he charged them with swords raised in each hand.

I call that a lethal threat. How about you?

Please leave a comment.

Ex-Philadelphia Cop Acquitted in Brother's Shooting

Any time I read about a Philly cop getting off, I think it's another cover-up. But after reading some of the facts, I think it was a good call on the part of the judge.

"It was either accidental or self-defense," DeFino-Nastasi said. "It was not an intentional act beyond a reasonable doubt."

What a heartbreaking story.

What's your opinion? Please tell us.

Pot Growers in California

The Mercury News has the report.

The 40-year-old man was shot Wednesday morning at the home across the street from Roeding Park. He's in critical condition at Community Regional Medical Center.

I thought all these medical marijuana guys were just stoners with cooperating doctors. I guess some of them are armed pot dealers with cooperating doctors.

The solution: Prop 19.

What do you think?

The Empowering of Women

Now, I hope you're satisfied. It's not bad enough that any crackpot male loser who feels like it, can shoot up the joint, now you've got the women doing it. (Does anyone not know to whom I'm addressing this?)

Mass shootings are rarely carried out by women, said Dr. Park Dietz, president of Threat Assessment Group Inc., a Newport Beach, Calif.-based violence prevention firm.

Thanks doc for confirming what we already knew.

What's your opinion? Is this the future of gun violence in the U.S.? When are the short-sighted folks who want to arm everybody going to start singing a different tune?

Please leave a comment.

The Insurrectionist Storm

via CSGV. We've looked at it before, but it's worth repeating.

The insurrectionists will not be bound by the rule of law or the democratic process to get what they want—and thanks to the gun lobby they are awash in handguns and assault weapons.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dennis Kucinich, Vegan

via Liberality. This guy's not too shabby on gun control either.

More Trouble Every Day

Dennis Henigan on States' Rights

The Huffington Post published an article by Dennis A. Henigan reminding progressives that it's our Constitution too. He referred to what he called "Firearms Freedom" laws, the ones I said were in the process of being "slapped down."

There is little doubt that the federal courts will make mincemeat of these "Firearms Freedom" laws. The first ruling came down last week, as a federal magistrate judge in Montana struck down that state's law. Agreeing with the Brady Center's brief, the judge found the law flatly unconstitutional under decades-old Supreme Court precedent recognizing federal authority to regulate entirely intrastate activity if exempting that activity would undercut federal regulation of interstate activity.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

A Gun Owner

Heeeeeeeeere's Terry.

Jones said he has received more than 100 death threats and has started wearing a .40-caliber pistol strapped to his hip since announcing his plan to burn the book Muslims consider the word of God and insist be treated with the utmost respect. The 58-year-old minister proclaimed in July that he would stage "International Burn-a-Quran Day."

Gunloons ♥ Gays

Who knew gunloons were champions of the LGB&T community? I surely didn't.

Thanks to Sevesteen, using the latest, most scientific-est methodologies available to men (presumably, hetero- and homosexual), we learn:

So bigoted, right wing gun nuts are doing more than gay-oriented bloggers to spread the word about a particular incident of anti-gay bigotry.

Now, I can't claim to use the super-complicated, mystic arts of research employed by Sevesteen. But I'd suggest the following: take a look at the records of politicians with "A" ratings or better from the NRA. Then take a look at their records on gay issues. Who knows, we might learn something.

Mikey W. Gets Ejected

Mikey W. gets tossed from Common Gunsense:

To all who are reading my posts: Mike W. has posted 6 of the most offensive and inane comments yet received by me on this blog. I will no longer post his comments but I will keep them in my files as an example of how rude and perjorative some of the gun guys get while trying to intimidate people about the gun issue. If any elected leader wants to know why they should not believe what they hear from the NRA, Mike is a prime example of the type of hyperbolic rhetoric that should not be considered valid in this "discussion".

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Guns and Women and Men

Guns are bad news for women even in cases like this.

Breaking the Rules in Virginia

The Washington Post has the story about one of those guys who up till now was a legitimate gun owner, the kind who take some liberties with the law.

Of course some will say he can't be expected to know who's a convicted felon when he's trying to make a private sale to the man at a gun show. He's not a mind reader. And having those restricted weapons at home, although in violation of certain overly-restrictive laws, is not really criminal.

I'll bet a lot of lawful guys would like to get their hands on a real machine gun and a 61 mm mortar.

What's your opinion? Does owning one of these restricted weapons make one a criminal? Isn't it possible to be law abiding person but break some of the rules along the way? Isn't this what is meant by the gray area?

Please leave a comment.

Police Shoot Pastor

I know we've agreed to give the police the benefit of the doubt, but sometimes you just have to wonder.

Murder - Suicide in Michigan reports on the latest murder - suicide incident. As unbelievable as it may seem, it was the man who did the shooting, he had no prior criminal record and it was over a marital/domestic problem.

Here's the interesting part:

The Moores are the fourth metro Detroit couple in the past month involved in attempted murder-suicides. On Aug. 18 in West Bloomfield, Ellery Bennett, 47, stabbed his wife, Lisa, 46, before apparently stabbing himself and driving to the hospital.

On Aug. 22., Daljit Rangi, 65, of Lake Orion, stabbed his wife, Rosemary, 56, before setting his home on fire, and dying inside. She survived. In Westland, on Aug. 30, Lutfi Dashi,59, killed himself after shooting his wife, Ermira, 50. She died of her wounds in the hospital.

Now, don't go jumping to the conclusion that half of these incidents involve knives. Serious maniacs use guns, we all know this. But please take note of the higher survival rate among the knife victims.

Another thing is the frequency of these stories. I appreciate what Jadegold said about road rage shootings being a daily happening anymore, but these murder/suicides seem to be just as frequent.

What's your opinion? Do you think increased gun availability, which the pro gun folks so desperately want, would have a positive impact on domestic murder/suicide?

Please leave a comment.

More on Mexico's Gun Problem

(Tomas Bravo/Reuters)

ABC reports on the percentage of guns used in the Mexican Drug Wars which are estimated to have come from the U.S.

A shocking new report obtained by ABC News says that as many as three out of four guns used in crimes in Mexico can be traced to gun stores just across the border in the U.S. The numbers bolster complaints by Mexican officials that the country's unprecedented bloodshed – 28,000 people have died in drug-cartel violence since 2006 – is being fueled both by the U.S. appetite for drugs, and by American weapons.
I don't know what's new or shocking about that, in fact they used to say 90%, so I guess if they wanted to they could spin this as progress.

Getting away from the percentage for a moment, what do you think about the idea that the bloodshed in Mexico "is being fueled both by the U.S. appetite for drugs, and by American weapons?" Isn't that a fair way to say it?

Please leave a comment.

NRA's 'Thoughts and Prayers' with Perpetrators of Road Rage

It seems as though there is a road rage gun incident just about every day.

FL Driver Pulls Gun In DE

Man Murdered in FL Road Rage Incident

CA Father Killed in front of Children in Road Rage Shooting

What's the NRA position on these incidents? Well, when the son of an NRA Board member (David A. Keene) shot at another motorist and was arrested, here's what NRA spokesperson Andrew Arulanandam said:

Keene's father, besides being chairman of the ACU, is also on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association, which said the group's thoughts and prayers go out to the Keene family, according to NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.

Just another example that the NRA will support criminal behavior if 1.) you commit it with a gun; and 2.) you're white.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

When the NRA talks about 'Enforcement'...

very demotivational
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...criminals and terrorists laugh:

ONLY ABOUT 10 percent of the nation's 100,000 licensed gun dealers are audited each year by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The ATF cannot fine wayward dealers; its only tool at the moment involves revoking a miscreant's license. And that happens only about 100 times annually.

But even this level of scrutiny rankles the National Rifle Association, which is pushing for legislation that threatens to gut the ATF's already limited ability to keep illegal guns off the streets.

George Carlin's American Dream

via Menopausal Stoners. No one said it better than old George.

Donna Marsh O'Connor

via A Theatre of the Absurd. I agree Donna O'Connor has a message of hope.

New Orleans Shooting - No Motive

CNN, as if in response to my observations the other day that too few Louisiana gun stories are reported, reports on a terrible shooting which took place in New Orleans.

It could have been road rage, or a drug or gang related thing. The shooter could have been a lawful gun owner with a CCW license, but somehow I doubt it. This one we'll have to blame on gun flow and you know whose fault that is.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

3 Dead in North Carolina

It was a crime of passion; nobody saw it coming. Of course the 10% theory covers this as well as the guns-and-women post. But the main thing I keep thinking is if we didn't have so many legitimate gun owners out there we wouldn't have so many legitimate gun owners on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Fewer guns equals less crime.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Gun-Friendly States Slapped Down

It's not over yet, but it looks good. Maybe they'll just have to secede.
HELENA, Mont. — A group of states seeking freedom from federal gun laws were dealt a blow Wednesday when a federal magistrate recommended dismissal of a lawsuit launched by gun rights advocates who argue Congress has overstepped its bounds with gun control.

The magistrate sided with the U.S. Department of Justice, which says courts have already decided that Congress can set standards on such items as guns through its power to regulate interstate commerce. The recommendation now goes to the federal judge in Missoula hearing the case — and even gun rights advocates recognized it is likely he will side with the magistrate.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Kids with Guns in Baltimore

As Eminem so eloquently said, "Where were the parents at?"

Minnesota Teen Survives Shooting in ND

Inforum reports on the unintentional shooting of Payton Rufsvold.

According to the Traill County Sheriff’s Office, Payton was shot by a 16-year-old boy from Grandin who thought the shotgun wasn’t loaded. Sheriff Mike Crocker said Friday the shotgun round passed through a soda bottle Payton was holding, which Crocker said may have saved the boy’s life.

Payton had part of his small intestine removed, and a skin grafting surgery is planned to repair two injured fingers on his left hand, the journal states.

Crocker said the shooting appeared to be an accident.

The alleged shooter was taken to juvenile detention in Fargo and is expected to face charges of felony reckless endangerment and minor in consumption.

I'm not sure what that last bit means, "minor in consumption." Maybe the shooter was drinking even though young Payton was holding a soft drink when he was shot. In any case, what's the deal here about responsibility for the gun? Are teenage boys considered old enough to own and use shotguns as if they were adults? Or is adult supervision supposed to be in place in a case like this? Wouldn't the owner of the home where the incident took place have to answer for this?

What do you think? Please leave a comment.

Police Shooting in Seattle

It's a very common scene. A well-armed man goes off the deep end and no one expected it.

How can we predict that, they ask. How could it be prevented? It's not rocket science to conclude that fewer guns would have an immediate impact on these spontaneous incidents, the crimes of passion and many of the suicides.

What's your opinion? Doesn't this case call into question Lott's contention that more guns equals less crime?

Please leave a comment.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Glenn Beck and Lincoln

via Daisy.

Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix

I've been thinking about this song ever since I read what Steven wrote about it last week. Here's some more background from songfacts.

Jon Stewart on Obama's Authority

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Ronning Arms in Modesto

Mercury News reports on the extremely rare happening.

Federal prosecutors are charging a licensed Modesto gun dealer with making illegal sales of arms to agents posing as Mexican nationals.

Robert John Ronning owns Ronning Arms Inc. He was arrested Thursday in connection to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation that began in February 2009 and led to the seizure of drugs and weapons, some of them from Ronning Arms.

After the arrest of the initial targets, undercover agents bought silencers, assault weapons and a machine gun from Ronning himself.

What's rare is not the fact that an FFL guy was doing this, but that the ATF got their act together enough to catch him.

And what about the business? You can't let a gold mine like a gun shop go belly up just because the owner and some of the employees where doing some dirty business. You need to find a close friend or relative to take it over, that's what they do in Wisconsin and Washington state anyway.

What's your opinion? Are unscrupulous FFL guys one of the main sources of guns in the criminal world? Aren't they often the last legitimate owner of a particular gun used in crime or found in Mexico?

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Another DGU Gone Awry.

What do we call this one - another ill-prepared and untrained concealed carry guy who made things worse?

Probation for Shooting

Does it sometimes seem that in Texas there's a big disparity in the sentencing of one case compared to another. Here's a case in point.