Allowing Guns in Schools is a Bad Idea

by Steven Singer – Guns were not allowed at Donald Trump’s inauguration. They were not allowed at his speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA). Nor were they allowed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) or at most of his hotels, golf courses and other properties. But he wants them to be allowed at our public schools. He promised to eliminate gun free zones at schools around the country on day one of his presidency. With all the tweeting about crowd size, he didn’t get around to it. But he may – soon. Press Secretary Sean Spicer promised in February that the President has an executive order in the works to address the issue. Before running for Chief Executive, Trump had been much more moderate on guns. But since then he has echoed the NRA’s official position several times, saying that there are fewer shootings in areas where guns are...

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New Data Proves How Effective Gun Control Laws Are

by Ryan Denson – The liberal “third-world hell hole” (as Ann Coulter calls it) that is California has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the United States, far surpassing Illinois and New York. Naturally, Republicans will use these facts to somehow smear the liberal state as being one that exhibits the most gun violence around — even though red states produce more gun violence per capita than blue. Surprisingly, what many people may not know — and what they won’t hear on Fox News — is that California has experienced a sharp decline in gun violence over the last 20 years, putting a fatal dent in the right’s scare tactics when it comes to guns and the Second Amendment. Gavin Newsome, California’s current Lieutenant Governor, recently spoke at a press conference regarding Prop 63, which limited magazine sizes, banned the sale of assault weapons, and conducted background checks on...

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Gun Sales on the Rise in Anticipation of a Clinton Win (VIDEO)

by Jurriaan van Eerten – Gun sellers report increasing sales as voters prepare for possibility of president who backs firearms restrictions. New Orleans, Louisiana – In the run-up to the November 8 elections in the US, Miranda Evans has already noticed an increase in gun sales in her shop in Mississippi. Some customers are worried Hillary Clinton will be the 45th US president. During her campaign, the Democratic candidate has said it is necessary to further regulate gun sales to lower the amount of deaths related to firearms. Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, signed an anti-gun law in 1994, banning assault rifles for a period of 10 years – a ban Hillary Clinton has vowed to reinstate. Evans has seen gun sales growing before. After the Sandy Hook massacre, when a 20-year-old man killed 20 children and six staff members at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, using an AR-15...

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Trump: We Should Take Guns Away from Clinton’s Bodyguards and ‘See What Happens to Her’

by David Nir – Just last month, Donald Trump proposed that “Second Amendment people” could thwart Hillary Clinton if she were to become president. But evidently he doesn’t want to wait until he’s already lost, because now he’s suggesting a new remedy: She’s very much against the Second Amendment. She wants to destroy your Second Amendment. Guns, guns, guns, right? I think what we should do is—she goes around with armed bodyguards like you have never seen before. I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm. Right? Right? I think they should disarm—immediately. What do you think? Yes? Yes. Yeah. Take their guns away! She doesn’t want guns. Take their—let’s see what happens to her. This kind of eliminationist rhetoric is at once terrifying and destructive. It’s the same kind of call to stochastic terrorism that’s inspired killers to murder abortion providers and drove Yigal Amir to assassinate...

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What Would Actually Happen To The Second Amendment If Hillary Clinton Wins? Not Much

by Ian Millhiser – Well, it’s come to this. Tuesday afternoon, Donald Trump appeared to suggest that assassination is the appropriate remedy against a liberal judiciary. If Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “gets to pick her judges,” Trump said at a political rally “there’s nothing you can do, folks.” Then he corrected himself — “although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” Without skipping a beat, the National Rifle Association weighed in on Trump’s side, ignoring the implicit call to violence in favor of a substantive message about what happens to the Second Amendment in a Clinton administration. NRA  ✔@NRA .@RealDonaldTrump is right. If @HillaryClinton gets to pick her anti-#2A #SCOTUS judges, there’s nothing we can do.#NeverHillary 4:31 PM – 9 Aug 2016 It’s an unusually congenial response to comments by Trump that, as Thomas Friedman argues in the New York Times, bear a stark resemblance to the sort of...

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The 6 Most Tiresome Arguments Against Commonsense Gun Laws

by Alonso del Arte – An old ad for a revolver  Like a revolver with its six bullets, these are the six most tiresome arguments against commonsense gun laws. “Criminals won’t obey gun laws.” Or, to put it more poetically, “when you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.” It makes perfect sense. That’s why we call them criminals. But it also makes me wonder: what is the point of legislating anything? For example, since criminals are going to steal cars, we don’t need to have laws against stealing cars. As long as we’re oversimplifying things, let’s say that the two purposes of any law are: first, to deter people from doing things we consider to be morally bad, and second, to punish those who are not deterred. Of course it’s hard to know how effective a law is as a deterrent. I doubt many people who have thought about stealing...

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23 Senators Send Letter to Senate Leaders Seeking End to Ban on Gun Violence Research

by Meteor Blades – Twenty-two Democratic senators and one independent sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday seeking to keep a rider that blocks federal research into gun violence out of annual appropriations bills. In light of the “gun epidemic,” the letter states: One step that we should be able to agree on is to study the problem, in order to understand the causes and characteristics of gun violence and the best strategies to prevent future tragedies. Yet policymakers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, and others lack comprehensive, scientific information because gun-violence prevention research has ground to a halt. The principal reason is that, since 1996, Congress included an annual appropriations rider prohibiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from lobbying for gun control. Specifically, the rider provides that none of the funds available to the CDC may be used “to advocate or promote gun control.” Unfortunately, this rider has been misconstrued as a ban on supporting scientific research into the causes of gun violence...

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Justice Thomas Argues That Convicted Domestic Abusers Need Easier Access To Guns

by LAUREL RAYMOND – Today the Supreme Court handed down two decisions: The first is a monumental, headline-grabbing defeat for anti-abortion groups. The second is a highly technical case about gun rights that’s being mostly overlooked. In the dissenting opinion for the latter case, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas argues that convicted domestic abusers have been defrauded of their right to deadly weapons. At-issue in Voisine v. United States is a technical question of whether two men with convictions for “reckless” domestic assault fall under a federal law prohibiting people convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” from possessing a firearm. The law prohibiting domestic abusers from possessing firearms wasn’t the question under discussion — instead, the question was how far that law reached over certain states’ differing domestic assault laws. Justice Thomas, however, was very concerned in arguments about the broader law that domestic abusers at large can’t...

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Appeals Court Says the Second Amendment Protects Firearm Sales

by Jacob Sullum – The 9th Circuit reinstates a challenge to a California ordinance that blocked a gun store On Monday a federal appeals court ruled that local restrictions on gun sales can violate the Second Amendment. “The right to purchase and to sell firearms is part and parcel of the historically recognized right to keep and to bear arms,” said a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, concluding that a federal judge should not have dismissed a constitutional challenge to a zoning ordinance that prevented a gun store from opening in Alameda County, California. “If ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms’ is to have any force, the people must have a right to acquire the very firearms they are entitled to keep and to bear.” The three men who brought the lawsuit, John Teixeira, Steve Nobriga, and Gary Gamaza, planned to...

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Playing with Guns (at the GOP Convention)

by Robert C. Koehler – You shouldn’t play with guns, unless you do it the way “Jim” apparently did. His gun play — a (seemingly) satirical petition at change.org — has enveloped the looming Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer in awkward surrealism and forced the three Republican presidential candidates to duck for cover from their own words. The petition, posted by Hyperationalist, who later identified himself to certain curious reporters as a proponent of gun sanity named Jim, demanded that the Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention will be held, lift its ban on guns in the building and that the Republican National Committee explain “how a venue so unfriendly to Second Amendment rights” was chosen for the convention. “We are all too familiar with the mass carnage that can occur when citizens are denied their basic God-given rights to carry handguns or assault weapons in public,” the petition...

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Your Opinion on Gun Control Doesn’t Matter

 by Josie Duffy  – Can we stop looking at gun rights as an ideological issue? This is no longer ideological. I don’t care how you feel in theory: I care what is happening in practice. In practice, there have been 351 mass shootings in only 336 days. More people will die by guns than in car accidents this year. In practice, this is a public health crisis. If you still bristle at the idea of gun control, fine. All I’m asking is that you call a spade a spade. To you, the right to own a gun— including one of those assault weapons that looks like what a robot might utilize to kill the enemy in a movie called Robot War 3—is more important than people’s lives. People’s lives matter less than your gun. You may try to work your way around that statement, but evidence shows that I’m right. Nothing...

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The Scary Supreme Court Case That Could Set Off A Literal Arms Race In The United States

by IAN MILLHISER – The Supreme Court appears to be giving serious consideration to a case that, if taken up by the justices, could strip lawmakers of much of what remains of their ability to address America’s gun violence epidemic — 33,636 people were killed by firearms in the United States in 2013. Indeed, should the justices ultimately side with the plaintiffs in this case, it could set off an arms race where gun makers and the National Rifle Association sprint to ensure that new methods of killing people are widely available as fast as possible so that those methods will gain special constitutional protection. Friedman v. City of Highland Park largely turns upon the significance of one line in the Supreme Court’s 2008 DC v. Heller decision, which held for the first time in American history that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess guns. Though Heller...

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“Does the Second Amendment Prohibit Serious Gun Control?”

by mcstowy – The president of my university posed that question in her Constitution Day (we actually have such a thing, it’s September 17) blog in 2013 and asked students and faculty to respond.  The most recent mass shooting at that time was at the Washington Navy Yard. My response is below.  As President Obama noted: nothing ever seems to change on this topic. Prior to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decisions in Heller v. District of Columbia, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), there would have been no legal (as opposed to policy) dispute (as to whether the 2nd Amendment prohibited effective gun control laws). The law was clear and unambiguous. In the last 2nd Amendment case before the Supreme Court prior to Heller, United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939) a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the National Firearms Act did not violate...

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Vince Vaughn Just Became The New Spokesperson For Tinfoil Hat Wearing Ammosexuals

by SARAH – Who knew the really tall goofy guy from all the moderately funny comedies was actually a tinfoil hat wearing, anti-government, pro-guns everywhere kind of guy? In the upcoming issue of British GQ, Vince Vaughn revealed quite a lot about himself regarding the American government and his feelings towards guns. When it comes to the American government, Vaughn considers Edward Snowden a hero. We should’ve seen this coming considering he is an ardent supporter of Ron Paul. Vaughn said: “I like what he did. My idea of treason is that you sell secrets to the enemy. He gave information to the American people. Snowden didn’t take information for money or dogmas. Governments claim to write endless laws to protect us, a law for this, a law for that, but are they working? I don’t think so. The consequences are that there is a staggering loss of freedom for the...

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How ‘Not Racist’ Cops React When A Black Man Tries To Open Carry (VIDEO)

By RANDA MORRIS, Addicting Info – A video uploaded to YouTube earlier this month, highlights the difference between how police approach a Black man and a white man, each exercising their right to open carry, under the law. According to the video, both men were carrying the exact same gun in the exact same area. Walking down the street with an AR-15 strapped to his hip, a single officer approaches the white man. He’s briefly questioned, before being allowed to proceed on his way. What happens when a Black man tries that? The first cop who spots him exits his vehicle, gun drawn. He orders the Black gun owner to lie face down on the ground. He then orders the man’s wife, who is seven-months pregnant and filming the encounter, to lay on the ground as well. Although the Black gun owner is repeating the exact same legal arguments that the white man...

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Surprise! State Lawmakers Defeat The NRA

by IAN MILLHISER – Lawmakers in a bright blue state, Oregon, passed extraordinarily popular legislation on Monday that closely tracks a proposal that was recently one of President Obama’s top priorities. Under normal circumstances, that wouldn’t be a particularly surprising news story. This bill, however, involved gun sales, an area where lawmakers appear immune to public opinion. At the national level, legislation requiring background checks for all gun sales is immensely popular. The most recent poll on the subject logged by Polling Report, a site that aggregates national polling data, found that 92 percent of registered voters support “requiring background checks for all gun buyers.” That includes 86 percent of Republicans. Yet, in 2013, a background check bill received only 54 percent support in the United States Senate — which, in the Bizarro World that is the Senate, means that the bill did not pass. A similar drama played out twice...

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Open Carry Gun Nuts Converge On Dallas To Bring ‘Freedom’ To #FreddieGray Protesters (VIDEO)

by ELISABETH PARKER – Four groups converged on Dallas City Hall on Friday: Mothers Against Police Brutality for their Dallas to Baltimore solidarity event; the Texas Organizing Project to demand immigration reform and an end to racist policing in their communities; Backing the Blue to support Dallas police; and gun-slinging open carry demonstrators to supposedly keep the peace. Because there’s no better way to keep things peaceful than by hovering around menacingly on the edge of three protests while carrying huge guns. Anomaly from Freak Out Nation ironically points out how those open carry gun nuts wanted to protect Dallas police from all those marauding moms: Texas open carry extremists attended a march on Friday night in Dallas which was held by Mothers Against Police Brutality. The Open Carry group dressed in camo and armed themselves with assault-style weapons under the guise of support – under the guise of “keeping the protest peaceful,” because you know how Moms are....

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Hillary Clinton on Guns: Not a Big Fan

The presidential candidate, who once supported licensing and registration, says resistance to gun control “terrorizes” the nation by Jacob Sullum – If Hillary Clinton ever gets around to telling voters her positions on controversial issues, it is not clear what she will say about gun control. Over the years, her stance has ranged from support for gun licensing and registration to an NRA-esque desire to “enforce the laws that we have on the books.” Still, her disregard for armed self-defense is a fairly consistent theme. Here are some highlights since she ran for the U.S. Senate the first time: June 1999: “If you own a gun,” Clinton says on Good Morning America, “make sure it’s locked up and stored without the ammunition. In fact, make it stored where the ammunition is stored separately. We’ve made some progress in the last several years with the Brady Bill and some of the bans...

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App Lets Gun Enthusiasts Track Down Gun Control Advocates’ Home Addresses

by LAUREN C. WILLIAMS – Ladd Everitt didn’t panic when friends and colleagues told him coordinates to his home address and details about where he worked had been leaked on an app that targeted anti-gun violence activists. An app in the Google Play Store called “Gunfree Geo Marker” listed the first and last names, social media handles, work phone numbers or addresses, home addresses or name of living complex, as well as location coordinates for activists or people who promoted gun safety regulations, first reported by Fast Company last week. “Harassment is par for the course,” said Everitt, who is the communications director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence in Washington, D.C., and learned from others in the gun violence prevention community he had been doxxed a few days before Fast Company published the story. Anti-gun violence advocates readily admit that harassment and violent threats from those with differing...

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