David Hemenway curses the darkness . . . Fight the silencing of gun research – “Yet the US government, at the behest of the gun lobby, limits the collection of data, prevents researchers from obtaining much of the data that are collected and severely restricts the funds available for research on guns. I have watched this first-hand, being one of a half-dozen or so gun researchers in the United States who has continuously published in this field over the past two decades. During his presidency, Barack Obama made little headway in addressing the US gun problem. From 2013, Congress continually blocked his attempt to provide the principal public-health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with funds to support firearms research. Overall, his accomplishments were minor — administrative tweaks to improve the background-check system used to determine whether someone is eligible to purchase a firearm, for instance.”
Buy guns over tobacco . . . Better Buy: American Outdoor Brands Corp. vs. Altria – “The alcohol, tobacco, and firearms industries often get lumped together as “sin stocks,” and both American Outdoor Brands (NASDAQ:AOBC) and Altria (NYSE:MO) have delivered solid, impressive returns for longtime shareholders. However, both companies face constant challenges from opponents of their respective products, and changing trends can push their stocks in and out of favor. For investors looking at the space now, the big question is which stock makes a smarter choice. By looking at American Outdoor Brands and Altria using a number of key metrics, you’ll get a better idea of which one you should look to add to your portfolio.”
Hornady match ammunition – “We carefully select every component to ensure uniformity, then load to exacting specifications to provide pinpoint accuracy. Each cartridge is loaded with either Hornady ELD Match, A-MAX, or our high-performance boattail hollow point bullets. Stringent quality control ensures proper bullet seating, consistent charges and pressures, optimal velocity and repeatable accuracy.”
4 children shot at north Harris County apartment complex – “Deputies were called around 10:30 p.m. to the Parkwood at Cypress Station Apartments in the 500 block of Cypress Station for reports of a shooting. Investigators said there was an argument between the group of children, ranging in age from 12 to 16, and another group. Someone pulled out a gun and started shooting, deputies said. At least 10 shots were fired, according to investigators. A 16-year-old girl was shot in the head, deputies said. She is in critical condition. Three others suffered non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said. A boy, 13, was shot in the hand. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the face.”
Windy City ‘gun violence’ by the numbers . . . Inside the Algorithm That Tries to Predict Gun Violence in Chicago – “Gun violence in Chicago has surged since late 2015, and much of the news media attention on how the city plans to address this problem has focused on the Strategic Subject List, or S.S.L. The list is made by an algorithm that tries to predict who is most likely to be involved in a shooting, either as perpetrator or victim. The algorithm is not public, but the city has now placed a version of the list — without names — online through its open data portal, making it possible for the first time to see how Chicago evaluates risk.”
Docs beat GLOCKs . . . Florida declines to appeal decision striking down ‘docs versus Glocks’ law – “After six years, health care providers scored a major victory Monday when Florida officials declined to appeal a federal ruling striking down the so-called ‘docs versus Glocks’ law. In 2011, Florida lawmakers passed a bill which prevents doctors from asking patients about guns. Since then, a federal court invalidated several parts of the law. The National Rifle Association supported ‘docs versus Glocks,’ which put several restrictions on doctors and other health care professionals.”
Correlation? Causation? Both? Neither? . . . Gun violence rises in Peoria as more guns stolen and seized – “The recent uptick in gun violence on Peoria’s streets has followed a familiar trajectory: as temperatures rise, so do incidents of gunfire. But Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell on Friday pointed out a different correlation during a press conference convened after the number of shooting victims reached double digits, with one fatality, in a one-week time frame. So far this year, 76 firearms have been reported stolen after residential or vehicle burglaries in the city, a roughly 27 percent increase from the average. And officers have confiscated 144 guns, more than double the number two years ago.”
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