Dealing with a new reality: Half of today’s Army recruits have never held a gun – “More than half of raw recruits have never held, let alone fired, a weapon. Young people who form the bulk of the Army’s rookie soldiers don’t have nearly the exposure to guns as past generations. And the drill sergeants tasked with transforming these men and women into competent marksmen are going back into training to adjust their approach. Many are dropping the tendency to bark out orders and are adopting a more mentor-like coaching attitude.” Then again, the non-shooters are clean slates for ambitious drill sergeants.
Blame the gun or the man set to collect $900,000? Shotgun design could be key in murder defense – “Russell Bertram, 64, is accused of first-degree murder in the death of the young woman. Authorities plan to lay out a case in which they portray Bertram as a controlling abuser who murdered Stickney after he found out she was pregnant with another man’s child. Key to their argument is that Bertram was the beneficiary to two life insurance policies worth $900,000. But Bertram’s defense, according to court documents, could hinge on putting something else on trial: The shotgun he used that day during his hunt.”
Rifle about to get a rifle range? City of Rifle to consider a shooting range in town – “Among the numerous items to be considered when Rifle prepares its annual budget in the coming months, city leaders are expected to address the possibility of a shooting range in city limits.”
Ever wonder what life’s like in an urban hell hole? This Video Game Wants You To Experience Life On Chicago’s South Side – “The violence in Chicago has been splashed across headlines, been the focus of documentaries, and been presented in popular music. South Side hip-hop hero Chance the Rapper, who grew up on 79th Street in Chatham (nicknamed ‘Murderer’s Row’), told heavy-hearted stories throughout his second album/mixtape Acid Rap: people being murdered for phones, funerals for little girls, and firefights with police (who shot first). On the second track, ‘Paranoia,’ he spits: ‘They’ll be shooting whether it’s dark or not, I mean, the days is pretty dark a lot / Down here, it’s easier to find a gun than it is to find a fucking parking spot.'”
11 states are considering a law that could transform how the US prevents gun violence – “(I)f new legislation in 11 states passes into law, it could help transform how the US prevents one of its deadliest challenges. Instead of addressing violence as it happens, the country could improve its methods for detecting “high-risk” people and take guns out of the equation altogether. The proposed law permits judges to order police officers to confiscate people’s firearms for up to one year if those officers (or in certain cases, family members) report the person is at-risk for suicidal or homicidal behavior. The states considering the law include Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.”
Credulous UK rag finally discovers smart guns: Smart guns to stop accidental shootings could revolutionise firearms laws across world – “This new technology would see only the gun owner being able to actually fire it. And the new hi-tech security system could have an impact on gun laws in Britain further into the future. Wolfgang Tweraser, CEO of Armatix said his firm is developing a pistol which connects to a smartwatch, you input a code before you are then able to shoot. Mr Tweraser said: ‘Our goal is not to replace guns, normal guns, so to speak. It is just to bring another product to the market that has safety features.'”