Archive for the ‘Guns’ Category

First Day of Georgia’s new “Guns Everywhere” Law: Two armed citizens came face to face

Posted By Levi

July 2nd, 2014 7:08pm

Category: Guns

Georgia’s new gun law went into effect today. As of today, just about anyone can pack heat and it is legal. You can now openly carry guns into bars, restaurants, nightclubs, classrooms and even some government buildings. And if you don’t believe the protection of the Almighty is enough for you, you can carry your gun to church as well. This was the deal that the NRA made with the governor of Georgia who is aptly named Nathan Deal. Never mind that the majority of Georgians disagree with the law. But this is funny, this is what happened today on the first day that the law went into effect. “A man carrying a holstered firearm entered the store to make a purchase. Another customer, also with a holstered firearm, approached him and demanded to see his identification and firearms license, according to the Valdosta Police Department report. The customer making demands for ID pulled his firearm from its holster but never pointed it at the other customer, who said he was not obligated to Read More

President Obama on Gun Violence : “There’s no place like this.”

Posted By Levi

June 10th, 2014 8:21pm

Category: Guns

As the nation continues to suffer from gun shootings after gun shootings, President Obama, in response to a question on the subject said, “My biggest frustration [as president], so far, is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage. We’re the only developed country on earth where this happens, and it happens now once a week. And it’s a one day story. There’s no place like this.” Just this morning there was another school shooting, this time just outside Portland, Oregon. There have been 117 mass shootings (in which at least 4 people are injured) in 2014 alone. This insanity continues simply because gun nuts in the country believe their right to own and carry guns trumps common sense. Let people arm themselves, they proclaimed, because the only way to stop the bad guys is for the good guys to carry as many guns as they want. Guess what? Just as few days ago in Las Vegas, Read More

Blind Man Who Shot Friend to Death, Gets Guns Back

Posted By Levi

February 25th, 2014 6:26pm

Category: Guns

I have already written about Florida’s “Stand You Ground” laws describing them as a license to kill. See here and here.  Apparently, when it comes to guns, we have lost all basic common sense. My friend, Digby, reminds me of this. No, this is not a joke: A blind man in Florida who was acquitted after shooting his friend to death under Florida’s “stand your ground” law got his guns back on Thursday, according to WESH Orlando. It’s hard to know where to start with the absurdity. Blind man has a gun. Blind man shoots a friend of his with that gun. Blind man is acquitted of killing his friend under stand your ground law which says you can shoot anyone who scares you (after all he couldn’t see it was his friend.) Blind man gets his guns back Police confiscated both of John Wayne Rogers’ guns when he was arrested for shooting a friend in the chest during a fight in his Geneva, Fla. home in March 2012. He was granted immunity after ci Read More

Another ‘stand your ground’ case? Florida shooting suspect claims he was attacked.

Posted By Levi

January 21st, 2014 8:09pm

Category: Guns

On Thursday, an Orlando man shot and killed a 21-year-old who was fleeing his yard. He didn’t  appear to be stealing anything, according to witness accounts. He didn’t appear to be threatening anybody. But Claudius Smith said he feared he was a burglar, followed him over the fence to a neighboring apartment complex, where he shot him after he said he felt threatened, according to a confession documented in an Orlando Police Department report. Smith even said he feared victim Ricardo Sanes was armed “because his pants were falling down” and his hands were in his hoodie pockets. Now, questions are emerging about whether Smith will also invoke the state’s Stand Your Ground law, which gained notoriety over the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, shot in a Florida residential development while wearing a hoodie. . . According to statements by Smith’s girlfriend, Angela Kemraj, to police, the incident started when she saw a man in the yard on surveillance cameras an Read More

At Least 194 Children Have Been Shot to Death Since Newtown, Most in Their Own Home.

Posted By Levi

December 14th, 2013 1:15pm

Category: Guns

It was one year ago today that 20 young children were massacred by a gunman in Newtown, Connecticut. Since then, according to the Daily Beast, there has been one school shooting every two weeks. A year after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a Mother Jones investigation has found that at least 194 children were killed by guns. The vast majority of these children were shot in their own homes. This is what they found. • 127 of the children died from gunshots in their own homes, while dozens more died in the homes of friends, neighbors, and relatives. • 72 of the young victims either pulled the trigger themselves or were shot dead by another kid. • In those 72 cases, only 4 adults have been held criminally liable. • At least 52 deaths involved a child handling a gun left unsecured. Despite this, The NRA and its allies continue to argue that that more guns in the home provide the best protection for children. Read the rest of the article here. Twitter: @Levianthon Read More

More Passengers Are Trying To Board Planes With Guns

Posted By Levi

November 3rd, 2013 6:32pm

Category: Guns

Source: Think Progress: The Transportation Security Administration intercepted nearly 900 guns on passengers since the beginning of 2013, according to a report from the Associated Press. That number is up 30 percent compared to last year, and the vast majority of guns intercepted tend to be loaded. The most common explanation passengers give officers when they get caught is, “I forgot it was there.” TSA agents discovered more than 200 guns in Texas airports, and an Atlanta airport saw 96, while small airports usually uncovered more guns in security than the larger airports. But the reason why more people have been intercepted — and the TSA does not think these passengers are terrorists — might have something to do with the national debate on where and when guns should be allowed. Sociology professor Jimmy Taylor of Ohio University-Zanesville suggested that people accustomed to concealed carry expect to be able to bring weapons on-board because they are used to concealed carr Read More

By 2015, More Americans Will Die from Guns than Cars!

Posted By Levi

September 19th, 2013 7:52am

Category: Guns

In a post not too long ago, I pointed to a study that says since 1968, more Americans have been killed by guns than in all the wars in our nation’s history, from the Revolutionary through the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars. Car accidents and guns have been two of the leading causes of injury deaths in the United States. Now, based on a recent report by Bloomberg News, by 2015, guns will kill more people than cars. Shooting deaths in 2015 will probably rise to almost 33,000, and those related to autos will decline to about 32,000. But, according to this report from the Violence Policy Center this prediction isn’t just hypothetical. In a number of states gun deaths have already surpassed motor vehicle deaths in 2009. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

There Have Been 17 Mass Shootings Since Newtown Than You’ve Heard About

Posted By Levi

September 18th, 2013 7:25pm

Category: Guns

From HuffPost: When 13 people died in a shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., on Monday, the story made front page news. Many of the mass shootings that have happened since the massacre of elementary school students and teachers in Newtown, Conn., last December didn’t. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Since 1968 More Americans killed by guns than in all U.S. Wars

Posted By Levi

September 17th, 2013 6:23am

Category: Guns

On a recent broadcast of PBS NewsHour, commentator Mark Shields said this to host Judy Woodruff: “You know, Judy, the reality is — and it’s a terrible reality — since Robert Kennedy died in the Ambassador Hotel on June 4, 1968, more Americans have died from gunfire than died in … all the wars of this country’s history, from the Revolutionary through the Civil War, World War I, World War II, in those 43 years. … I mean, guns are a problem. And I think they still have to be confronted.” More people killed by guns since 1968 than those killed in all the wars in US history! That’s a bold claim – could that be true? Over at Politifact, they decided to check out the claim and pronounced it to be true. To back it up they produced these two charts. Total Deaths by Firearms Note that these figures refer to all gun-fire related deaths — not just homicides, but also suicides and accidental deaths. In 2011, about one-quarter of fir Read More

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Laws is a License to Kill

Posted By Levi

July 23rd, 2013 6:41pm

Category: Guns

Source:http://jetmag.com/news/stand-your-ground-strikes-again/ According to one of the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin, the jury was told to take into consideration Florida’s “stand your ground” laws in their deliberations. What are these laws and how might they have contributed to the death of Trayvon Martin? There is an old common law principle called the “Castle Doctrine.” This doctrine says that if an intruder invaded your home, you have the right to use reasonable force, including deadly force, to protect your home and yourself. It’s from the old dictum “a man’s home is his castle,”and, as such, you have the right to protect it. Sounds fairly reasonable. However, in 2005 Florida became the first state to expand the premise of the castle doctrine outside the home and into public spaces. The state passed a set of laws known as “stand your ground” laws. The law states that “a person who is n Read More