Parents’ fury after military instructor ‘taped rifle to pupil’s hands after she failed to hold it correctly’ – “Parents were left furious after a military instructor at a private school allegedly bullied a teenage girl by taping a rifle to her hands after she had trouble holding it properly. They were upset that former soldier Mark McAlister was allowed to continue working with children at Glasgow’s Kelvinside Academy after the allegations surfaced.” I think that’s called a code red.
Why did it take this long? . . . Trump administration fires Obama-appointed surgeon general who called gun violence a ‘public health issue’ – “Continuing its federal shakeups, the Trump administration dismissed Obama-appointed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Friday — less than three years after he took the post under former President Barack Obama. Murthy was relieved of his duties effective immediately, and his position will be temporarily filled by Deputy Surgeon General Sylvia Trent-Adams as the White House looks for a replacement, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.”
Chinese modern sporting rifles . . . Thousands of T91 rifles sold in US in one day: report – “More than 1,000 T91 assault rifles were sold in the US in a single day, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported, after the Ministry of National Defense began exporting the locally made weapon. Made by the ministry’s 205th Armory, the rifles were exported through the US-based Wolf Performance Ammunition, the first Taiwan-made small arms to be sold commercially, the report, published on April 10, cited sources as saying.”
Lawsuit Filed Against California’s Assault Weapons Control Act – “The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced it is supporting, along with the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), an important Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s newly expanded Assault Weapons Control Act (AWCA). The suit, Rupp v. Becerra, seeks to have the courts declare the AWCA unconstitutional because the ill-conceived law will do nothing to stop terrorists or violent criminals, and infringes on the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.” It’s the ninth circuit. So they’re probably pinning their hopes on the Supreme Court taking the case.
Just don’t bring one to school . . . Ultimate Tactical Rubber-Band Guns, Ranked – “Ah, rubber-band fights: a schoolkid’s rite of passage. Let us fondly recall those heady days of desperately trying to nail our friends in the eyeballs — totally an accident, honest! — with a Mark 1 Mod 0 finger pistol, or the advanced delivery technology provided by a No. 2 pencil. For a select few, the rubber-band war continues well into adulthood, and this has led to quite an arms race. From Gatling-style rotary blasters to stretch-powered shotguns, these are the five most badass rubber-band cannons the internet has to offer.”
Building big beautiful walls . . . Barricades and security cameras: With more gun store thefts, owners arm themselves – “Gun store burglaries nationwide are on the rise. But Ron Quick isn’t too worried. For him, concrete barricades and security cameras — among other things — are enough to protect his business. He’s owned Quick’s Guns and Transfers in Kansas City, Kan., for about two years, opening it after closing Quick’s BBQ at the same location. The old dining room is the gun store’s display room. ‘I have no more concern now owning a gun store than I did with a restaurant, to be quite honest,’ Quick said. But the statistics show gun stores increasingly are becoming the targets of thieves.”
Isn’t this why tragic boating accidents were invented? . . . 100 years ago in Spokane: Federal agents confiscate guns owned by Germans – “In one example, Mrs. Alphonse Obergefell of Peaceful Valley turned in her old Springfield rifle, but exceedingly reluctantly. She told the marshal that she was an English woman and that her husband was an Alsatian. The marshal explained that ‘Alsace is listed as an enemy country’ and he had no choice but to consider him a German. ‘A German?’ retorted Mrs. Obergefell. ‘He is no German. One of his brothers is now fighting in the French army, and as for me, I had one brother killed in the English army in January …’ She went on to say that her husband was “more of a Frenchman than anyone now living in France.’ The marshal remained unmoved and asked Mrs. Obergefell if there were any other Germans in her neighborhood. ‘Well, if there are, you can find them yourself,’ she replied. ‘I ain’t telling about them.’”