Cleveland police officers and steelworkers destroyed more than 350 firearms on Wednesday by lobbing them into a big ladle filled with 200 tons of molten iron. Don’t you feel safer? . . .
Using the theory that the best course of action when someone ignores you is to repeat yourself, only louder, Moms Demand (some) Action is redoubling its efforts to get Staples to ban guns from their stores nationwide. You’ll recall that they wrote an open letter to CEO Ron Sargent in late September. Since that seems to have not provoked any response, they’re going full wharrgarbl, with “letters moms can take to the manager of their local Staples asking them to go gun-free; a petition that will be hand-delivered to Staples headquarters; reaching out to Staples CEO Ron Sargent through letters, emails and Tweets; writing letters to the editor of local papers to educate moms in their communities about Staples’ gun policy; and pressuring the company through social media.” I wrote my own open letter to Staples a few weeks back, feel free to make use of it.
In a rare example of bringing a knife to a gunfight working out the right way, watch the convenience store clerk in the video above chase a robber out the door with a machete despite having a gun not only pointed, but fired at him. (Ignore the 2011 date on the video, the incident happened on September 25th.) It’s great that it worked out well, but he’s lucky the goblin didn’t decide to shoot him while he fumbled with the sheath. I don’t know if the clerk could have legally possessed a gun in the Long Island community of Brentwood, New York, but it’s likely the criminal on the other side of the counter doesn’t care. [h/t: Dan E.]
The Jackson (MS) Free Press has a story about a man killing another man and police letting him go because it was self-defense. What makes the story interesting is the way the article tries to blame everyone but the guy responsible, who ended up dead. It starts with the headline, which reads Was William Brown an Open-Carry Casualty?, blaming it on the open carry law that recently went into effect. Then the wife of the decedent repeats that charge, but not before saying it went beyond self-defense, because her husband was shot 12 times. (Marksmanship what?) She goes on to say that the open carry law may also have the effect of giving police an excuse to not investigate crimes that are more complicated to untangle, but doesn’t say how that’s so. But the best part is you have to read twelve paragraphs into the story to find out that the reason her husband was shot and killed in self-defense is because he drew and fired first. But it’s the law’s fault.
Our favorite laughing German debuted a hand-cranked pencil shooter a few days ago (click here if you haven’t seen it). It wasn’t super-stable, so the next day he had table-mounted it (click here for that one). But this was all with the ultimate goal of motorizing the whole thing, and although it’s not ready yet, he released this teaser today. Hold on to your potatoes!
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