After Orlando shooting, gay leaders train sights on guns – “The group that included Evan Wolfson, often described as the architect of the modern same-sex marriage movement, was there for action. The participants discussed how to mobilize the same grassroots machinery that moved marriage equality from political pipe dream to reality in a matter of years, this time in the name of gun safety.
“That meeting was the first of many solidifying an alliance between advocates for gun control and gay rights. Prominent leaders in both movements have created a working group, hashed out strategy and are planning a Washington, D.C., rally that aims to capitalize on one of the hallmarks of the gay rights movement – street-level activism.” It’s failed before and it likely will again.
This should make everyone feel much better. Apple replaces the pistol emoji with a water gun – “The gun swap is just one of a number of emoji changes the company announced on Monday. It will also introduce new and revamped emojis that show women doing stereotypically male jobs like detective, construction worker, and police officer. There are new female athletes, a pride flag, and family options for single parents. The water gun swap is not Apple’s ( , Tech30) first foray into cartoon gun control. Earlier this year the governing body in charge of emojis nixed a proposed rifle emoji.” And people wonder at the anti-PC appeal of a Donald Trump.
Shut up, peasant! Accused of illegally banning guns in courthouse, Waller County sues guns rights activist – “Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis last month filed suit — seeking a declaratory judgment — against gun rights advocate Terry Holcomb over his complaint that the county is violating state law by banning guns in the entirety of its courthouse. Holcomb, executive director of Texas Carry, had filed the complaint under a new state law that allows Texans to challenge local ‘no guns’ policies. The measure toughened a 2003 law that said gun license holders can carry at most property ‘owned or leased by a governmental entity.'”
Surveillance video shows Gator players firing BB guns into dorm – “The University of Florida Police department released a video on Monday of freshman wide receivers Rick Wells of Jacksonville and Tyrie Cleveland of Houston shooting BB guns into the Keys Dorm. The video was released as the result of a public records request by the Independent Florida Alligator. The two players are under suspension after they were charged with shooting into a dwelling and criminal mischief causing property damage at $1,000 or more. Both charges are felonies and punishable by a combined 20 years in prison.” Yes, that was stupid, but c’mon…twenty years for a BB gun?
No. Next question. Firearm Tech – Are Smart Guns Even Realistic? – “The biggest concern from people is that at the critical moment, a firearm cannot fail. With that in mind, designing a piece of technology gets more difficult by an order of magnitude. Wireless becomes tricky because of the possibility of jamming, biometrics becomes tricky because of gloves, dirt, sweat, and all kinds of things that usually prevent biometrics from working, and timing becomes tricky because it has to work just as quickly as taking the safety off. Guns already fail for lots of mechanical reasons, but adding in electronics and electromechanical components adds dozens more points of failure.” Pretty much what gun guys have been saying for years.