During a week in which a man in Idaho was accidentally shot by a toddler, I just couldn’t bring myself to put together another depressing list of mishaps and tragedies caused by American gundamentalism. Instead, without editorial comment, I simply offer the policy proposals and realities they create offered by those who favor responsible gun legislation and those who favor their imagined Wild West. Enjoy.
Parents jeer gun laws that allow dad to open carry at school | – “Laws that allow a man to openly carry a handgun into a special needs school were repeatedly questioned and jeered at a special Monday night meeting of parents, staff and others at the school. “Kids with a toy gun can get kicked out of school but an adult with a (real) gun doesn’t?” one man asked.” MLive.com
In Wake Of The Shooting, Should The Capitol Remain Gun-Free? | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – – “Gun-free zones are magnets for murderers. Even the most ardent gun-control advocate would never put “Gun-Free Zone” signs on his home. Let’s stop putting them elsewhere, including the U.S. Capitol.” Investor’s Business Daily
These 3 laws might reduce U.S. gun deaths by 80% – – “A nationwide study that shows just 9 of 25 state gun laws are effective in reducing firearm deaths, suggests that if three laws implemented in some states were adopted nationwide, they could reduce gun deaths by more than 80 percent. Laws requiring firearm identification through ballistic imprinting or microstamping were found to reduce the projected mortality risk by 84 percent, ammunition background checks reduced it by 82 percent, and universal background checks for all gun purchases reduced it by 61 percent. Federal implementation of all three laws was projected to reduce the national firearm death rate—10.1 per 100,000 people in 2010—to 0.16 per 100,000, according to the study, which used data from 2010.” Futurity
Enough, Already! States Do What They Can to Stem Gun Violence | – “Other state lawmakers—mindful that gun control measures stand no chance in Congress and that President Obama’s executive actions on guns are largely symbolic—are also doing what they can to enact laws and change attitudes. Lawmakers in forty-one states have passed 125 gun control laws since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, reports the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a San Francisco–based nonprofit. “At least sixteen states are considering bills to close the private sale loophole by requiring a background check at some point prior to the transfer of a firearm by an unlicensed seller,” says Laura Cutilletta, a senior staff attorney at the center. “Another thirteen states are considering bills that will remove firearms from the hands of domestic abusers, and eight are weighing bills to prohibit individuals on the terrorist watch list from possessing and/or purchasing firearms.”” The Progressive
Gun Legislation in Iowa | – “On this legislative day edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with Gibson and one of Gibson’s daughters about their effort to eliminate the handgun use age limit. “As a parent, the Second Amendment guarantees my right to keep and bear arms, and guarantees my right to teach my children in the safe operation of that,” says Gibson. “I can’t right now teach my kids about gun safety in the state of Iowa, otherwise I’m considered a felon actually, if I let them touch a handgun.”” Iowa Public Radio
Chuck Grassley seems pretty okay with open carry in the convention hall at the RNC – “That’s Grassley, kowtowing to the NRA even when the Secret Service has put the kibosh on the hare-brained scheme. Which of course they did. Not only is the Quicken Loans arena where the convention will be held a gun-free zone, WTF? This convention a firearms free-for-all? For the record, Grassley is absolutely fine with that.” Daily Kos
Mississippi Senate Favors Allowing Armed Security In Churches – “Asked to choose between a Christian spirit of peace and a “God-given right” of self-defense,Mississippi senators Tuesday overwhelmingly favored the latter. The state Senate passed voted 36-14 in passing House Bill 786 (http://bit.ly/1ZIUFLb ), known as the Mississippi Church Protection Act. The senators sent it back to House counterparts for further work. Under the bill, places of worship could designate members to undergo firearms training and carry guns to protect the congregation. Notably, it also goes beyond church security and would allow people to carry guns in holsters without a state concealed weapons permit, a feature that drew opponents’ criticism. That would expand on last year’s state law allowing people to carry guns in purses or briefcases without a permit.” Talking Points Memo