A recent shooting at an Oregon community college is renewing calls to ban or control gun ownership as a means of quelling violence, but a largely overlooked 2007 Harvard University study shows that’s a bad idea.
Both President Obama and leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have rallied gun control advocates in the wake of a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College that left nine dead Oct. 1.
Obama told the Washington Post last week he may take executive action to impose new background checks on gun buyers, and a new licensing process with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for certain dealers.
Veteran newsman Dan Rather says Donald Trump could be headed to the White House.
“I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility he gets elected,” Rather, former “60 Minutes” correspondent and “CBS Evening News” anchor, told The Hollywood Reporter.
“I said in the beginning he’s not going to go away quickly. He isn’t going to be the shooting star that goes away.
“Because whatever else you think of Donald Trump, he is smart, he’s very television smart. Donald Trump certainly has a good shot at the nomination.”
A uniformed Kansas City, Mo., cop hoping to celebrate his birthday with lunch at Olive Garden on Sunday was kicked out because of his duty firearm.
A hostess caught sight of Officer Michael Holsworth’s holstered handgun as he waited for his family and asked the decorated officer to leave the restaurant at once, he ranted in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon.
An Oregon middle school cracked down last week on a student who showed up in a battlefield cross T-shirt that said, “Standing for those who stood for us.”
Eighth-grader Alan Holmes’ T-shirt imagery of a rifle, helmet and boots denoting loss may have symbolized patriotism to him, but not to administrators at Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham who demanded the boy change his shirt and then suspended him when he refused.
“I’m not changing into a Dexter shirt,” the 13-year-old told Fox 12. “They won’t let me wear a shirt that supports the people that keep us free, I’m not going to support them.”
A former member of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon said Sunday he’s angered by an Army officer’s recommendation that Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan.
Josh Korder, an ex-U.S. Army sergeant, said Bergdahl should face life imprisonment because he holds him responsible for several deaths that occurred after Bergdahl abandoned his post in 2009, leaving his platoon in Blackfoot Company.
“Was it during the search for Bergdahl that we lost men in Blackfoot company? No. But was it as a result of that search and as a result of him leaving that we lost members of Blackfoot company? Yes,” Korder said in a telephone interview.
Amid the bloodbaths of 21st-century America, you might think that there would be a lot of research into the causes of gun violence, and which policies work best against it.
You would be wrong.
Gun interests, wary of any possible limits on weaponry, have successfully lobbied for limitations on government research and funding, and private sources have not filled the breach. So funding for basic gun violence research and data collection remains minuscule — the annual sum total for all gun violence research projects appears to be well under $5 million. A grant for a single study in areas like autism, cancer or HIV can be more than twice that much.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s invitation to migrants to come to her country has been described as “insane” by U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has predicted more violence will follow in the country as a result.
Donald Trump, the Republican Party presidential front-runner, was talking about Mrs. Merkel’s invitation to migrants on the American political interview show, ‘Face The Nation’.
Mr Trump said: “I do not like the migration. I do not like the people coming”. Instead he favours “a safe zone for people”, an idea on which he expanded.
We know that gun-free zones can work to prevent gun crimes… so long as nearly impenetrable fortresses manned by armed guards surround them.
That’s why so few inmates are killed with guns by other inmates in Federal prisons.
Of course, the lack of gun-related deaths in prisons doesn’t mean that crime overall is reduced in the “gun–free” zone but that doesn’t matter because the whole concept of “gun-free” zones is an exercise in symbolism over substance.
An armed man was shot dead by a patron after the suspect tried robbing the Waterbury, Connecticut, cafe and the patrons inside, police said.
Police are investigating the fatal incident as a homicide.
Police received reports of gunfire at Cafe Azzurri at 500 Bank Street at about 2:30 a.m. Responding officers found a man with at least one gunshot wound at the cafe and pronounced him dead at the scene.
Witnesses told police that the would-be robber had come into the cafe wielding a gun and tried to steal from the business and the customers, police said.
Last week I wrote a column that burnt the internet down about how a good guy with a gun could’ve “dissuaded” with hot Cor-Bons coming out of his pistol at 1100 feet-per-second the murderous weasel who wasted nine lives and wounded several others at Umpqua Community College.
As usual, and on cue, my detractors (cough… liberals) said how insane I was to augur for guns in the hands of a trained and licensed civilian on campus.
I was hammered with the standard and oft times disastrously deadly blah-blah “wisdom” that we must wait for the cops to sort it out. That guns in the hands of an average Joe would lead to bedlam and only Johnny Law can settle such scenarios.
Another mass murder and the country once again is grieving. The long knives come out for the NRA and the anti-gun lobby again demands new laws to restrict people from accessing guns. This time the president and the Democrats’ leading candidate to be the next president chimed in with Hillary stating she would pull an Obama and create a lawless executive action if Congress would not bend to her will and pass new restrictive laws. It came to me that I don’t think either one of these people actually understand what gun laws are in place.
That is because I didn’t really know. I am neither a gun owner nor a member of the NRA. I was having a discussion with my brother (I am the younger and much better looking one) who has taken up target shooting as a hobby. He has joined the NRA and owns more than one gun. He has a bad habit of becoming very involved in whatever he does and thus he sometimes shows off his knowledge. While we were discussing what happened in Roseberg, Oregon, and the political reaction, he gave me a tutorial on what is involved in legally obtaining a gun in California. I followed up his explanation with a discussion with a gun retailer.
Lefty Blogger Josh Marshall: ‘We Really Do Want to Take Your Guns. Maybe Not All of Them. But a Lot of Them’
“Keep your eyes on the prize” is a phrase widely associated with the civil-rights movement, but Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall implies that it’d be a good one for liberals to keep in mind regarding gun control. In this case, the prize would be, in Marshall’s words, “a society where there were radically fewer guns, where buying a gun meant getting a license…where you had to carry insurance to own a weapon (like you do with a car and most everything else), etc.”
In a Tuesday post, Marshall acknowledged that “support for unfettered rights to guns has grown tremendously over the last generation and politicians in most parts of the country don’t want to go up against that. Understandably. But the first step to creating change is to understand and think about…what change would actually look like, what it would mean, what would be ideal.”
Marshall concluded, “Those of us who see the current situation as not just non-ideal but actually a sort of societal sickness need to start thinking way beyond things like closing the gun show loophole…In other words, yes, we really do want to take your guns. Maybe not all of them. But a lot of them.”