Saturday, December 12, 2015

NRA News Minute - Half Truths and Twisted Nonsense

President Obama Planning to Expand Background Checks Without Congress


President Barack Obama's advisers are finalizing a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval.

White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says the president has asked his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review "in short order." She says the recommendations will include measures to expand background checks.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Meet Johnny Max Mount - Concealed Carry Permit Holder and Avid Smoker

Johnny Max Mount returns to his seat after his initial appearance in front of Judge Albert Fountain in Harrison County court on a charge of first-degree murder in the Friday shooting of Waffle House server Julie Brightwell.

Local news

The man accused of shooting a Waffle House server over a smoking ban had only one question when standing before a judge for his initial appearance on Monday.
"Is the death penalty going to be involved in this charge?" suspect Johnny Max Mount asked Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.
According to authorities, Brightwell was trying to get Mount to stop smoking in the restaurant when he pulled out a 9 mm handgun and shot her. She was taken to Merit Health Biloxi, where she was pronounced dead.
Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said she died of a single gunshot wound the head.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Marjorie Cohn on Drones and American Exceptionalism

Dog Reportedly Shoots Toledo Pizza Delivery Man

local news

A pizza delivery man is recovering after being shot on the job and the trigger man is believed to be an animal.
Toledo Police tell us Ryan Brill was delivering a pizza when he was shot in the leg.
The home owner, Anthony Wulf, said his gun discharged when it hit the floor after his dog knocked it off the table.
Brill is expected to recover.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Fox News Tells Young Children To Run At Active Shooters

Media Matters

A Fox & Friends demonstration where children neutralized a gunman during an active shooter situation offered dubious advice to parents, as experts emphasize that confronting the gunman should be "a last resort."

The Fox News segment never explained that in an active shooter situation people should prioritize escaping and hiding over physically confronting the gunman -- only mentioning the first two actions in passing -- and instead emphasized engaging the gunman in a physical confrontation.

The December 8 broadcast of Fox & Friends featured two krav maga instructors and three children who demonstrated martial arts techniques that could be used to disarm an active shooter.

Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck introduced the segment saying, "In an active shooter situation five seconds can mean the difference between life and death. But there are some things that you can do, and your children can do, to make a difference" before asking the instructor to "display for us and exemplify what would happen in an armed shooter situation." The instructor then used a stapler as a prop while his co-instructor demonstrated how to disarm a gunman from behind.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Marco Rubio's Whopper: 700,000 Americans Could be Affected - PolitiFact Is On It


"If these were perfect lists, that would be one thing," he said. "But there are over 700,000 Americans on some watch list or another that would all be captured under this amendment the Democrats offered. And that's the problem."
We wondered if there were really 700,000 Americans who could potentially get caught up on a terrorist watch list and be prevented from buying guns under Democratic legislation.
Rubio’s count is way off. The number of Americans on the consolidated terrorist watch list is likely in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands.
We reached out to Rubio’s team, but they didn’t get back to us.
By the numbers
The FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center maintains what is colloquially known as the terrorist watch list. The Terrorist Screening Database is a consolidated collection of information about people known or reasonably suspected to have some level of involvement in terrorist activities. The no-fly list is a subset of the terrorist watch list.
The terrorist watch list is the one the attorney general would pull from when deciding whether someone should be denied a firearm if there’s reasonable belief that the person would use that firearm for terrorism, under the Democrats’ bill, said Ashley Schapitl, spokeswoman for bill sponsor Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
The terrorist watch list pulls information from numerous government agencies in the United States and around the world, so American citizens and legal residents only make up a portion of the list. A pretty small portion, in fact.
A Terrorist Screening Center spokesman declined to comment on the watch list’s current size, but we found an estimate on a 2011 FBI fact-sheet that put it at 420,000 individuals. Of those, only about 8,400 were American citizens or legal residents. The no-fly list subset included about 16,000 names, only 500 of whom were Americans.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Mapping Gun Deaths by US States' Political Leanings


We calculated a score for each state based on the political donations of the people who live there, using campaign finance records from 2004 to 2016. Scores range from 10L (most liberal) to 10C (most conservative).
We then mapped these 'state political leaning' scores against official data on gun-related deaths per capita. As it turns out, there is a significant correlation (.66) between a state's political leaning and the number of gun deaths it registers.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Zappadan 2015 - Day 3 - San Ber'dino

New York Times Front Page Editorial


It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency. These are weapons of war, barely modified and deliberately marketed as tools of macho vigilantism and even insurrection. America’s elected leaders offer prayers for gun victims and then, callously and without fear of consequence, reject the most basic restrictions on weapons of mass killing, as they did on Thursday. They distract us with arguments about the word terrorism. Let’s be clear: These spree killings are all, in their own ways, acts of terrorism.