Archive for the ‘Guns’ Category

Five-Year Old Boy Killed Two-Year Old Sister With His First Gun

Posted By Levi

May 4th, 2013 5:39pm

Category: Guns

Just when you thought that gun rights extremists have ran out of crazy ideas, they are still able to surprise you. This time they are marketing guns for kids. A company named Crickett is selling a rifle for children under the label My First Rifle. To make it attractive to children they even manufactured the weapon in different colors. In a recent post I highlighted four cases in which children were involved in shootings. In Kentucky, the parents of a five-year boy purchased one of the Crickett guns and gave it to him as a birthday present. The boy accidently used the gun to kill his two-year old sister. Here is one of the company’s ads for the weapon. The police in Kentucky has ruled the shooting accidental and closed the case. Should the parents be held responsible for the child’s death? FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Background Checks are Necessary to Reduce Gun Violence

Posted By Levi

April 21st, 2013 1:00pm

Category: Guns

The US Senate this week rejected the three most serious proposals in years to curtail gun violence in the nation despite huge public approval for these measures. The measures rejected included a ban on assault rifles, a ban on high-capacity magazines and a tightening up of background checks on gun buyers. This chart shows the level of public approval for these measures. Let me just focus on background checks. By a vote of 56-44, the Senate rejected the bill that would have extended background checks to individuals who wished to buy a gun. It is simply basic common sense that certain individuals should not be allowed to own guns – people with criminal records, those who are mentally ill, those convicted of domestic abuse etc. As the law currently stands today, not every gun buyer goes through a background check; some do and others don’t. Because of this loophole dangerous individuals who are not supposed to buy guns can do so easily and legally. Here is how the system currently Read More

The Madness Continues: Four Toddlers Involved in Shootings

Posted By Levi

April 11th, 2013 7:29pm

Category: Guns

Here is the latest from our gun-loving culture. From Thing Progress: • A Tennessee woman was shot in the stomach by her 2-year-old child on Sunday. Rekia Kid was sleeping with the toddler and her three-week-old baby when the toddler discovered a Glock 9 mm stored underneath her pillow and discharged the weapon. Kid managed to get out of the house and crawl to a neighbor’s porch where she was found by the neighbor, who told local news “[s]he just kept screaming that she didn’t think she was going to make it, she didn’t think she was going to make it and to please please take care of my children.” Image that. A mother with two young babies sleeping with a Glock 9 under her pillow! Josephine G. Fanning was shot and killed Saturday at a Tennessee barbecue when a 4-year-old boy discharged a handgun owned by Fanning’s husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Fanning. Fanning had left the loaded gun “for just a moment” on the bed while he went to retrieve another weapon fro Read More

Whites Shoot Themselves, African-Americans Shot by Others.

Posted By Levi

April 4th, 2013 7:58pm

Category: Guns

According to an analysis by the Washington Post, gun deaths in America are shaped by race. Whites are far more likely to shoot themselves, and African Americans are far more likely to be shot by someone else. A white person is five times as likely to commit suicide with a gun as to be shot with a gun; for each African American who uses a gun to commit suicide, five are killed by other people with guns. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

No, Allowing Teachers To Carry Guns Will Not Make Schools Safer

Posted By Levi

April 3rd, 2013 8:01pm

Category: Guns

Yesterday, the National Rifle Association issued new proposals for containing mass shootings. One of the proposals calls for allowing teachers and administrators to carry guns in schools. South Dakota recently became the first state to allow guns in schools. One argument promoted by gun supporters is that we continue to have mass shootings because too many places, such as schools, banned guns from their premises. Only if we allowed more people, including teachers, to have guns then the good guys can always take out the bad ones.  Hence, the NRA proposal to allow more guns in schools. The problem is that this argument has no basis in fact; there is no evidence to support it. Recently, Mother Jones did an in-depth investigation into America’s mass shooting over the past 30 years and did not find a single case in which  the killer chose to target a place because it banned guns. To the contrary, in many of the cases there was clearly another motive for the choice of location. For exam Read More

White Men and Boys, Not Blacks or Hispanics, Responsible for Most Mass Shootings.

Posted By Levi

April 1st, 2013 2:17pm

Category: Guns

Why is it that most mass shootings in the United States are carried out by white men and boys? I have been thinking about this question for a while and wanted to write a post about it but was not quite sure how to do it. I have not seen much writing on this topic maybe because much has not been written. Writing in the Washington Post a few days ago, Charlotte and Harriet Childress, while not answering the question directly, add some interesting points. “Imagine if African American men and boys were committing mass shootings month after month, year after year. Articles and interviews would flood the media, and we’d have political debates demanding that African Americans be “held accountable.” Then, if an atrocity such as the Newtown, Conn., shootings took place and African American male leaders held a news conference to offer solutions, their credibility would be questionable. The public would tell these leaders that they need to focus on problems in their own culture and commun Read More

South Dakota Allows Teachers to Carry Guns into the Classroom!

Posted By Levi

March 9th, 2013 6:15pm

Category: Guns

Image source: salon.com Since the Newtown shooting, the National Rifle Association called for arming teachers as a way to prevent shootings in schools. Of course, many people believe that this is just crazy but several states find the idea appealing. On Friday, South Dakota became the first state to allow teachers and other school employees to carry guns into schools. May school districts throughout the country also allowed this practice. Guns, teachers and students – a very bad idea.  The job of teachers is to educate children, not to take out the bad guys. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

No, More Guns Don’t Make You Safer

Posted By Levi

February 27th, 2013 8:04pm

Category: Guns

The National Rifle Association and its supporters like to make the claim that we need more guns to keep us safer. The more, the better.  In 1995, “there were an estimated 200 million guns in private hands. Today, there are around 300 million” — a 50 percent jump. If more guns make us safer, then the United States would be the safest nation on the planet. But it is not. These two charts tell the story.   FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Do you know how many Americans have been killed by guns since Newtown? 1,318 and Counting.

Posted By Levi

January 28th, 2013 8:06pm

Category: Guns

The Newtown shootings took place on December 14, 2012 – approximately 6 weeks ago. During that short period of time 1,318 Americans have been killed by guns. Yes, 1,318. That’s almost 220 people every week for the past six weeks. The news site Slate has been tracking gun deaths since Newtown. You can see their latest figures here. It seems as if Congress will eventually tighten up the laws on gun ownership. Some of the measures proposed by President Obama will surely help. Background checks on all individuals wishing to own a gun should go a far way in keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t own them in the first place. Most of the focus in Congress now is on assault weapons and it looks as if we will have stronger restrictions placed on them. Yes, any restrictions on assault weapons are indeed welcome but the truth is that they are only part of the problem. The overwhelming majority of gun deaths are not caused by assault weapons; they are caused by handguns. The o Read More

Gun Murders vs. Terrorism by the Numbers

Posted By Levi

January 17th, 2013 7:40pm

Category: Guns, Terrorism

Source: Professor Juan Cole: Number of Americans killed in domestic terrorist attacks, 2002-2011: 30 Number of Americans murdered by firearms, 2000-2011: 115,997 Cost of the War on Terror since 9/11: $5 trillion Cost of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms since 9/11: $12.32 billion FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More