Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Alabama Gun Owner Kills School Bus Driver, Kidnaps Child

On January 29, 2013, a 65-year-old man kidnaps a 5-year-old boy after fatally shooting a school bus driver in Midland City, Alabama.

On February 4, 2013, authorities storm the killer’s bunker, free the boy and shoot the killer to death after a week of fruitless negotiations.

The killer had beaten a neighbor’s dog to death with a pipe, and patrolled his property with a gun, ready to “shoot trespassers.” Despite all this, he was licensed to own a weapon.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

"American Sniper” Author and Another Are Shot Dead at Texas Gun Range

On February 2, 2013, a 25-year-old military veteran allegedly kills two veterans at a gun range in Glen Rose, Texas. Both victims were armed and one of them was the former Navy SEAL who wrote the autobiography “American Sniper,” which recounts his record number of kills while serving.

The suspected murderer appears to have been mentally ill, and had threatened suicide. Despite this, he was licensed to own a weapon.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Phoenix Man Shoots Three Before Killing Self

On January 30, 2013, a 70-year-old man kills one and injures two others over a lawsuit, in an office building in Phoenix, Arizona.

On January 31, he is found dead, apparently from a self-inflicted wound.

He appears to have been licensed to own a weapon.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Newton Residents Call For Gun Control At Town Hearing

On January 30, 2013, during a six-hour hearing inside Newton High School, parents, top local officials, and law enforcement officers made an impassioned call for stricter gun-control measures following the massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school on December 14. 

The guns used in the Newton, Connecticut massacre were legally purchased.

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Gabrielle Giffords Speaks At Senate Gun Hearing

On January 30, 2013, former Representative, Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded in a mass shooting two years ago, urged senators to "be bold, be courageous" in addressing gun violence during the year's first congressional committee hearing on gun violence.

The gun that injured Ms. Giffords was legally purchased.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Michigan Third Grade Boy Brings Loaded Gun to School

On January 25, 2013, a third grade boy brings a loaded gun to school in Inkster, Michigan.
Teachers safely removed the weapon from the child’s possession. No one is harmed.

The gun is legally owned by a relative of the boy.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Minnesota Man Shoots Self with His Own Concealed Weapon

On January 27, 2013, a man accidentally shoots himself with his own gun in a grocery store in Plymouth, Minnesota.

The man has a concealed carry permit.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Florida Teen Accidentally Shot While Playing Basketball

On January 21, 2013, a 17-year-old boy accidentally shoots a 16-year-old boy on a public basketball court in Orlando, Florida. The victim is stable but could be paralyzed from the stomach down.

The weapon seems have been legally purchased.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

4-Year-Old Missouri Girl Killed By 6-Year-Old Boy

In January, 2013, a preschool girl was shot in the head by a 6-year-old boy in Kansas City, Missouri.
The child died seven days after the accidental shooting. The gun belonged to a relative of the boy.

The weapon seems to have been legally purchased.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lone Star College Shooting

On January 22, 2013, a gunfight injures four people at Lone Star College near Houston, Texas.

Investigators say a fight between two people erupted in gunfire. Four people were hospitalized, including the two who authorities believe were involved in the gunfight, a maintenance worker caught in the crossfire, and a fourth person who wasn't shot but was taken to a hospital for a medical condition.

Authorities have yet to reveal if the weapons were legally owned.

Monday, January 21, 2013

15-Year-Old New Mexico Boy Kills His Parents and Three Siblings, Ages 9, 5 and 2, on Gun Appreciation Day

On January 19, 2013, five people are murdered by their teenage son and brother, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, and several guns were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle. Investigators are trying to determine who owned the guns.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Gun Enthusiasts Accidentally Shoot Five People at Three Gun Shows on Gun Appreciation Day

On January 19, 2013, “Gun Appreciation Day,” five people are accidentally shot at gun shows in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio.

The weapons were all legally obtained.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

School Security Guard Leaves Gun in Bathroom

On January 14, 2013, a newly hired security guard at The Chatfield School in Lapeer, Michigan left a gun unattended in a school restroom.

The security guard, a former policeman, had been hired in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, to increase safety at The Chatfield School.

In response to the Newton tragedy, the NRA called for armed guards in every school as opposed to stricter gun regulations.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Minnesota Pastor Accidentally Shoots His Granddaughter

On December 10, 2012, a pastor shoots his teenage granddaughter in Rochester, Minnesota.

He fired on her when he believed someone was breaking into his house.

The 16-year-old sustained a gunshot wound to the left side of her neck, which damaged the carotid artery on the left side, according to the criminal complaint. The bullet struck two vertebrae in her neck causing them to fracture. The bullet traveled downward and struck a rib, fracturing it and causing injury to the upper lobe of her right lung. The 16-year-old had surgery and that her condition was improving.

The weapon seems to have been legally purchased.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The NRA's Violent New Video Game

After decrying the video game industry as the cause for gun violence in America, the NRA's new video game was deemed no longer fit for 4-year-olds, and a warning about "intense" and "realistic" violence was added.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Florida Teen Dies After Accidentally Shooting Self in Head

On January 9, 2013, an 18-year-old died when he put a gun to his head to show friends and family how safe it was, and the weapon fired, killing him, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

It’s possible that the victim had bought the gun for self-protection.
The weapon seems to have been legally purchased.

Monday, January 14, 2013

12-Year-Old Missouri Boy Accidentally Kills Self

On January 11, 2013, a 12-year-old boy accidentally shoots and kills himself with a handgun in Breckenridge, Missouri.

The child grew up learning to hunt, and had a hunter’s safety certificate.
The weapon seems to have been legally purchased.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

12-Year-Old Alabama Boy Kills His 12-Year-Old Cousin

On January 8, 2013, a 12-year-old boy accidentally shoots and kills his cousin with the shotgun he received for Christmas, in Pleasant Valley, Alabama.

The weapon was legally purchased.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Alaskan Mother of Three Accidentally Kills Herself

On December 30, 2012, a 31-year-old woman accidentally shot herself with her rifle while camping and kayaking in Samsing Cove, Alaska.

The weapon was legally purchased.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Debunking the Gun Nuts Who Run the NRA

1) "Violent movies and videogames are to blame!"

Europe and Japan have violent movies and videogames; but nowhere near the shootings that we have. What they don’t have is semiautomatic weapons in the hands of their citizens.

2) "But... the Second Amendment!"

The second amendment says this:
"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"

If the founding fathers wanted no limits on guns, why did they include "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state" in the amendment?

They could have simply had the amendment state: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

But they didn't. Because the purpose of citizens bearing muskets was to form a well regulated militia to act as security for the state because we (wisely) had no standing armies at the time.
That's no longer the case.

Furthermore, the founding fathers never envisioned automatic and semiautomatic weapons. They shouldn't be available for private ownership any more than Tomahawk missiles should.

3) "But I need my guns to overthrow the tyrannical federal government!"

This excuse doesn’t make any sense.
If the purpose of gun ownership is to outshoot the US government, I'm afraid you're going to need fighter jets, stealth bombers, aircraft carriers, and nuclear submarines.

4) "I'll never be safe without my guns!"

Studies prove that gun owners, and their loved ones, are more likely to be shot by their guns than are criminals. Just ask gun owner, Nancy Lanza.

5) "Liberals are always trying to take away our guns!"

“Liberals” like gun control advocates Ronald Reagan and Rupert Murdoch?
"I support the Brady Bill, and I urge the Congress to enact it without further delay." -Ronald Reagan
"When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?" -Rupert Murdoch
Or maybe “liberals” like Jesus Christ, who said: "Put your sword back in its place! Everyone who uses a sword will be killed by a sword."

6) "Guns don't kill people. People kill people!"

Tell that to all the people who accidentally shoot themselves and their loved ones. Tell that to children who find a gun in their house and accidentally kill themselves or their playmates.
7) "School shootings happen because God has been taken out of our schools!"

The supposed erosion of "American" values has nothing to do with increased gun violence.
Otherwise all the “godless, socialist, un-American” countries around the world would have more shootings than we have. But they don't.
What's really happened is the rise of the NRA as a political power. The result is more guns, and more semiautomatic guns, are out there than ever before.

Also, our politicians have been systematically cutting the social safety net that would have helped the mentally ill.

In short, too many guns, and less assistance for mental illness. The tragic result should come as no surprise.

8) "It won't make a difference if we take guns away! Evil will still find a way!"

Gun owners commit suicide at a higher rate than do normal people. Why is this if guns don't matter and people will find a way no matter what?

9) "If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns!"

Um, not only outlaws. Law enforcement will have guns too.
This excuse is like saying, "If we outlaw murder, only outlaws will be murderers!"

10) "We need armed guards at every school in America!"
Columbine had armed guards present when the massacre happened.
There were plenty of armed men at Fort Hood when that shooting happened.
Viginia Tech has a campus police force.

11) "The NRA is unstoppable! It's hopeless to oppose them!"

If we want it bad enough, it will happen.
A semiautomatic weapon ban is achievable.
The number of American households that own guns has declined, from less than 50% in 1973 to just over 32% in 2010.

If the NRA was so damned powerful, how did Obama get re-elected? How did all those Congressmen the NRA were backing in 2012 end up losing?

Look, the NRA is just a lobbying group for gun manufacturers who would make less profit if semiautomatic weapons were banned.

Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers and the Super PACs got beat.
The NRA can be beat.

If 20 dead children isn’t enough to make it happen, then what the hell is?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Outraged? Take Action Now!

If it was illegal to own semiautomatic weapons, the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School wouldn't have happened.

The killer's mother wouldn't have had them in the house for the killer to access.
This woman (who may have believed guns would make her safe) was killed with her own weapon.

A semiautomatic weapon ban would have also prevented:
  • the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting
  • the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting
  • the Oregon mall shooting
  • the Columbine massacre
  • the Virginia Tech massacre
  • the Tuscon, AZ shooting that included Gabrielle Giffords
  • and many, many others
All these crimes were carried out with legally owned semiautomatic weapons.

It's not hard to see how to stop this.

Please sign the petition.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Hampshire Teen Accidentally Kills Himself with Gun

On December 16, 2012, a 19-year-old accidentally shot himself in the head in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The firearm is missing. The identity of the gun’s owner has not been reported.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Oklahoma Boy, Age 3, Shoots and Kills Himself

On December 15, 2012, a toddler shoots and kills himself with the personal firearm of his uncle, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, in Guthrie, OK.

The boy was visiting his uncle’s home and found the loaded gun in the bedroom.

The weapon was legally obtained.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

On December 14, 2012, a man kills 26, including 20 young children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, and then kills himself.

Before the school massacre, he had killed his mother with her own weapon (which she may have purchased for "protection").

The semiautomatic weapons used to carry out the attack were legally obtained by the killer’s mother.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Philadelphia Boy, Age 7, Unlocks Safe, Assembles Gun, and Shoots His 8-Year-Old Sister

On December 6, 2012, a boy shoots his sister after finding the key to his grandfather’s lock box and assembling a dismantled firearm, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The young girl is in stable condition.

The grandfather had legally obtained the weapon.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oregon Mall Shooting

On December 11, 2012, a gunman kills two people and severely injures another before killing himself at a mall near Portland, Oregon. 

The AR-15 assault rifle used to carry out the attack was stolen from a friend of the killer, who had legally obtained it.